Enactus St. Xavier’s College , Kolkata is part of a global devout student fraternity that capitalizes on social entrepreneurship as instrumental in invigorating the potential prowess across the forsaken segments of our society. We establish student programmes on campuses across the nation and apply business concepts to develop entrepreneurial projects that transform lives and shape a better, more sustainable world.
Analogous to its objective of channeling entrepreneurial skills of students onto real-world problems, Project Shuddhi by Enactus SXC is a gravitational water filter that aims to deliver potable water by administering low-cost filtration technique, thereby making each litre of purified water available at a nominal cost of Re. 0.085. The project has already made way into many remote areas of West Bengal like the districts of Purulia, Nadia, and parts of North 24 Parganas. Having sold over 1400 filters and impacted the lives of more than 4500 people in a very short span of time, Project Shuddhi comes off as an extremely promising endeavour, determined to uplift communities.
On 28th April, 2019, Enactus SXC under their venture Project Shuddhi organized an awareness program in Haroa, where representatives from over 300 rural families gathered whose main source of drinkable water was untreated inputs from adjacent tube wells and ponds. Through a properly pre-constructed and practiced awareness routine, the 300 attendees were educated about water borne diseases, with emphasis on the “presence of arsenic in many water sources in West Bengal” and the importance of drinking filtered water. There was an interactive session with the gathering subsequently in an attempt to solve all their doubts and answer their queries. Ensuing the awareness program, Shuddhi water filters were displayed to the assembly, expounding its functioning and related benefits embedded in the filter.
The whole program was extremely successful, so much so that 280 households in a sample space of 300 decided to take home a Shuddhi filter on the spot. The filters were given to the people at highly subsidized rates owing to the grateful help of the Shree Digambar Charitable Trust, Alipore who sponsored the filters for the mass.
With an extremely dedicated team of 40 members, the project has been receiving immense support and appreciation from the college faculty and administration, led by Rev. Dr. Dominic Savio, S.J., Principal, St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata.
Branded as Talking Pots, this project started in 2015 and strives to replace the bouquet gifting culture, to subsequently restore the balance of flora and create environmental awareness amongst the urban population in Bengal. Imparting a vibrant facelift to the earthen pots, we hone the art skills of our beneficiaries and give them a platform for recognition. Talking Pots has become a household name in Kolkata and we’ve been successful in selling over 700 pots in 2018 alone. With approximately 1,396 tonnes of plastic saved through replacement of bouquets and lives of 9 beneficiaries made sustainable, Project Kalakriti has been successful in delivering pots that tell a thousand stories.