The group Anbodu Kochi, which hit the headlines for helping victims of Chennai floods in December, is back in the limelight for their mission to preserve ponds in Ernakulam district in Kerala.
â€ªThe campaign is titled "Ente Kulam, Ernakulam", and apart from cleaning ponds, the volunteers of Andobu Kochi are also performing street plays to spread awareness on the importance of pond restoration and preservation of a better environment for the next generation.
The group began discussions on the campaign in the last week of December 2015, and started its cleaning mission on 10 January at the Chittatukara panchayat with the guidance of District Collector MG Rajamanickam and the District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) team.
"Model Pond work completed at Chittatukara panchayat in Kakkanad. (near Model Public School) The pond was restored and handed over to the natives near to the pond. Team #AndoduKochi performed street plays to spread awareness on the importance of preserving ponds. The support from the natives were overwhelming and we had a lot of kid volunteers as well, (sic)" the group posted on the Facebook page.
On Sunday, 17 January, the volunteers, along with the collector completed the cleaning of four ponds in the Udayamperur, Chottanikkara, Thiruvaniyur and Maneed panchayats. The team has also expressed gratitude towards the locals for supporting them in achieving this.
Anbodu Kochi is expected to complete the cleaning of ponds in as many as 82 panchayats by 28 February, and is inviting more volunteers to be part of the cause.
Check out some photos and video of the Ente Kulam Ernakulam campaign here:
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Posted by Ashok Sp on Monday, January 18, 2016