Project Nafasat by Enactus IPCW : Empowering Individuals With Intellectual Development Disorders

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Delhi generates approximately 9500 tons of waste every day. Three out of the four landfills have turned into huge mounds of waste making the national capital stink of garbage. From generation of poisonous and toxic gases like methane due to incineration, to pollution of water and air the environmental impacts of this mismanagement of waste are dawning upon us at a tremendous rate.

To fight the menace of mismanagement of waste in Delhi, Enactus Indraprastha College for Women has teamed up to transform the society and help communities through social entrepreneurial action.

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With their initiative – Project Nafasat — they pledge to do their bit as a student organisation to help Planet Earth.Project Nafasat, together with converting re-usable waste into utility products to achieve proper waste management also aims to empower a community with intellectual developmental disorder, providing them with opportunities to achieve their full potential and become financially independent entrepreneurs. Enactus IPCW steps up to make a mark in the lives of these individuals by focusing on becoming an asset rather than a liability to the world.

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The project as a stepping stone will deal primarily with reusing two types of waste: paper waste and textile waste. Textile waste, generated in huge amounts, remains the least recycled waste in the country with no methods of disposal. Paper, whose production itself leads to deforestation and loss of energy amounts to a huge part of the waste generated. The two products that are produced are Refillable Journals and Paper Pens. The journals are made using waste cardboard and cloth while the plastic free pens are made using newspaper and magazines. Since these products are made entirely by waste matter, they help decreasing the amount of garbage produced.

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The Enactus team had earlier dealt with their pilot venture, Project Aipan, focusing on empowering a community of women.

With this thought in mind, Enactus IPCW aims to meet the needs of the present without endangering the needs of the future and subsequently, aspiring towards an efficient social entrepreneurship.

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Pratyasha Patel
A Food loving, Fun Loving Budding Economist from IPCW.

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