The Soft Move- Students in Patna are helping shopkeepers switch to paper bags - PatnaBeats

The Soft Move- Students in Patna are helping shopkeepers switch to paper bags

Many people think and ponder over the thought of helping society but only few are able to implement it and still few are able to execute and continue it. We have an example amidst us who had a dream to bring a change in the society and impact lives DwishJoyee Banerji a 12th pass out was successful when she established an organization called Softmovement Project some two years back with an intention to bring real change through actions and not just by words.Dwish started this project two years back in Patna with now volunteers from 21 cities, to create real impact in society. Some of the projects such as feeding dogs, winter clothes driveare to name a few. Dwish has also collaborated with Save the Children and United Nations. But the most impactful and path breaking project started by the soft movement project is Paperbag Project under which she and her team distributed newspaper carry bags to vegetable vendors, to flower vendors near Mahavir Mandir free of cost.

Dwish shares the process of getting these paperbags, she explains that they don’t have a manufacturing unit but school student are the one’s who provide them with these recyclable paperbags. She also shares that the softmovement team have conducted workshops in various schools such as Don Bosco, St Michael’s, Mt Carmel . they give proper training to the students to create paperbags which they in turn pass on to vendors free of cost. Inorder to check the durability of the bags they use two RD Sharma books.

The team has been successful in getting help from 21 cities all across India such as Ayodhya, Akola, Delhi, Kashmir, Darbhanga, Unnao, Lucknow, Benaras and so on. Dwish shares that she got inspiration from her parents who have an NGO called Kahaanighar, as a child she recollects, used to accompany her parents on slum visits which instilled in her the passion to work for the betterment of society. During the conversation Dwish shares that social work is as important to her as Roti, Kapda and Makan and Social Work.

Due to her work to change society she has received accolades from Ashoka fellowship young change maker, The Hindu changemaker awards, Global changemaker, Young leaders for active citizenship, Save the children India. With youth like her working towards the betterment of society, our society is in good hands, along with soft movement project we also need to make our bit for the betterment of society.

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