This month we are very excited to welcome new recruits into the Green Channel family. We are currently restructuring the organization, allowing for more flexibility and autonomy among the frontline members. Our new structure will include the following positions:
We have recently completed our interviews with some very promising candidates who will be filling up some of the vacant positions from 2 through 8.
This year we have also welcomed a Global Giving visitor called Neeharika Tummala who was very impressed upon visiting sites where we have set up our trashcans. We have sat down and also discussed her observations, our aspirations and current action plans.
Currently we are also exploring new ideas for small scale projects that smaller teams within th eorganization can design and implement. Few days ago, 2 of our Governing Body members, Sarah Seraj and Zabir Islam took a tour of JU’s biogas facility. The biogas there is piped to 30 residential homes. The GC representatives spoke to Dr. Khabir Uddin, the designer of the system, about the possibility of making a pilot-scale biogas system for houses in the slums of Dhaka, to which he has shown great interest and we look forward to discuss with him on this further.
At Green Channel we encourage and inspire an entrpreneurial spirit. All our members are great leaders, constantly coming up with new ideas, leaping for new opportunities and executing effective projects. With your continued support and assistance, we hope to make a significant difference in Bangladesh's waste management system.
The recent political turmoil and the cascade of blockades (up until the elections on 5th January) has been a huge disadvantage for Green Channel. Roads were blocked with arson attacks were taking place everywhere. Just before the turmoil started, we begin a new program called Project Trash Patrol (PTP) through which we began checking back on our existing trashcans, numbering them sequentially. We recruited volunteers on a three months basis for these checks ups. However the turmoil prevented us from sending volunteers on the road. We are just about starting to pick up on that program again, and updating our trashcan tracking doc.
Besides, we are also working directly with North Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) to check out new trashcan designs, (that we are very excited about) - that is supposed to be fixed to the ground, to prevent theft and disfiguration. Once those designes and checked out and approved, we will use th enew designs to carry out our next phase - Phase 4.
This is to let you know that 24 new trashcans have been set up as a part of Phase 3 - in DIT Road and New Eskaton Road in the following locations:
New Eskaton Road:
This is half of Phase 3 of Green Channel's Dhaka wide trashcan setup, to be completed over a series of 16 phases. We are current preparing for the second half of Phase 3. Please continue to support us in our endeaors to create a litter free Bangladesh.
Due to the recent political instability and violence in the country, we were unable to do much in the past few months. Things have calmed down a little bit at the moment and we are hoping to get some work done this summer.
We are currently doing spot selections for Phase 3 and 4. By the end of July we hope to have set up the trashcans in those areas. We are also looking forward to present at different universities in Dhaka to create awareness among youth, spread the message of our work and recruit more volunteers. The IT team is currently working on creating our official website.
Our new video on the current project is now up and running on Youtube. Please feel free to check it out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oXFr4JHbtwk
We are glad to let you know that we now have 78 trashcans in operation in the following parts of Dhaka:
We have also completed the "mapping" that is studying all the areas of Dhaka city and dividing all of it into 16 phases under each of which certain roads will be covered for setting up trashcans. As estimate of 815 trashcans need to be placed in all over Dhaka in total, in 16 phases. We have just completed Phase 2. The total amount of funding required for the whole project has been estimated to be USD 96,556. Therefore please continue to support us, donating more funds, and spreading the word. In the mean time we are planning for our Phase 3.
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