Bangalore, February 17, 2014 -- /EPR NETWORK/ -- The Sunday morning of 9th February was not a usual Sunday for more than 450 children at Uttarahalli lake, as they had come with a mission to raise their voice for the revival of the lake in their vicinity. United Way of Bengaluru (UWBe) an international NGO, as part of their “Wake the Lake” campaign along with the Uttarahalli Magekere Walkers’ Association engaged children from different schools by conducting painting competition for various ages, education sessions and quizzes about lakes and organised fun events.
Speaking on this meaningful occurrence, Sabu Thomas, Chairman, UWBe said, “The objective of this initiative is to broaden the knowledge of environment preservation and educate children on the importance of lakes in their locality. I feel highly satisfied to see these little children come forward in huge numbers and participate to save the Bengaluru lakes."
Anjani, a differently abled artist from UWBe’s partner NGO ‘Samarthanam’ created a silhouette of the Uttarahalli Lake on canvas. He also guided the children on colouring different areas of the outline to finally create a grand Uttarahalli Lake picture. The audience present at the event coloured and signed their names onto the canvas.
United way of Bengaluru has been actively creating awareness building program by several volunteering programs for tree planning, lake cleaning, poster drives, Lake-a-thon, engaging the local community in lake monitoring work and restoring eco-system balance.
As part of the “Wake the Lake” campaign, United Way of Bengaluru has been actively mobilizing resources to undertake the maintenance of a number of lakes in Bangalore . Many of the lakes have shown remarkable improvement with the return of migratory birds and an improvement in the water table.
About United Way chapters in India & United Way of Bengaluru (UWBe):
United Way of Bengaluru is a network partner of United Way Worldwide. United Way is a global network of locally governed not-for-profit member organizations in 41 countries and territories whose members work to create long-term solutions to local human needs. These members convene community leaders who identify and prioritize local needs, generate and distribute resources for mission-centered work, help improve the effectiveness of the non profit sector, and enhance service delivery. This work happens primarily at the local level, where community needs and opportunities are best understood by local volunteer leaders. Through its commitment to and demonstration of effectiveness, transparency and accountability, United Ways are able to raise US $5 billion dollars worldwide which are applied to create greater local community impact. United Way convenes more than 2.5 million volunteers annually – a diverse corps of people who care about their communities and are motivated to make a difference. For more information please visit: www.uwbengaluru.org