Malika Rawal is the co-founder of HelpHygiene Organization – an initiative started by her in 2016.
Malika's Story: My family and I went to explore our native roots in India - the first time ever I stepped foot on my motherland. We stayed with my cousins in Delhi, the capital of India. On the 2nd day of our trip, we decided to explore some poor areas in Delhi. And the experience intensely alarmed me as I witnessed the devastating living standards there. Kids on the streets were walking around in the dirt with only undergarments on (without shoes). Many families could not afford to use water (except to drink it). Therefore, they could neither wash their hands regularly nor brush their teeth. According to the World Health Organization, "60–90% of school children and nearly 100% of adults have dental cavities and Oral disease in children and adults is higher among poor and disadvantaged population groups". After I returned, I caught severe Pneumonia. When I visited the doctor, he said that pneumonia and sickness were "normal". After coming back, an idea came to my mind to help the suffering people when I questioned myself: Why are we letting families in impoverished communities undergo such poor sanitation standards to harm their bodies?
Thus, I shared my idea with my childhood friend - "Simran Bhargava" - and we both decided to start HelpHygiene.
1.. Shreena Patel
2. Shreya Sirlapu
3. Emily Burns
4. Ashna Patel
5. Raghav Mahajan
6. Declan Waters
7. Kabir Dewan
8. Hanna Manning
9. Priyanka Vallabh
10. Misha Mathur
11. Shishir Vyas
12. Sohni Uthra
13. Erin Martin
14. Rashi Jagani
16. Shubhi Mathur
17. Shrey Mathur
18. Bhoomika Khatri
19. Tanvi Sikka
20. Sana Pandey
21. Shubh Kumar
22. Shaurya Kumar
23. Akshi Kumar
24. Nandini Mittal
25. Saloni Arya
27. Zoe Sherman
28. Kaveesh Bhatnagar
29. Riya Patel
30. Krish Kashyap
31. Atish Pillai
32. Anjali Singh
33. Aditya Bulusu
34. Hriday Narang
35. Shaina Jhanji
36. Nancy Jhanji
37. Arjun Rawal
38. Ronit Banga
39. Archish Soni
40. Rajat Chaudhary
41. Simran Bhargava
42. Malika Rawal
43. Ishan Chawla
44. Shivani Chawla
45. Shreya Mathur
46. Esha Purohit
47. Madhav Piplani
Simran Bhargava is the co-founder of the HelpHygiene Foundation, an organization that started in 2017.
Malika approached me about her idea of creating HelpHygiene, and we transformed that idea into a reality. Ever since I was five years old, I have been visiting my family in India a few times every two years. My family lives in New Delhi, the capital of India, and Agra, where the Taj Mahal is located. Every time I traveled somewhere in India, I always noticed children on the street walking around on the dirt road with no food or home. They didn’t even have any shoes and they barely wore any clothing that could protect them from the harsh environment that they were living in. There are multiple diseases that affect people in India and other third-world countries that can be prevented through proper hygienic care. By making this nonprofit organization we can make a difference throughout our community and hopefully to other third world countries. .
Madhav Piplani is the Executive Committee member of HelpHygine, He is establishing Help Hygiene in India, our first international expansion.
When, I returned to India from London for Class IX, I was immediately struck by the poor conditions I
saw so many people living in. It was heart breaking to see little children running around naked and bare
feet in filthy conditions in the countless slums in and around Delhi. I saw people go to the fields or hide
behind bushes to defecate, stand in long queues to get water and make do with basic hygiene products.
I also learnt in my school that India has amongst the highest cases of preventable water borne diseases
and those caused by poor hygiene. I was moved to do something to help these communities and found
the right partner in Simran, my childhood friend. Simran co-founded Help Hygiene in 2017 and came to
India to run the India Project, distributing hygiene products and setting up a water pump to help a
community in Kologhat. When I met her on her trip and learnt about the great work she is doing, I was
immediately inspired. I decided to help expand Help Hygiene in India by establishing a permanent
presence, and sustainably carry on the work initiated by the India Project.
Rashi Jagani is the Executive Committee member of HelpHygine,
In 2009, my family and I moved to India for two years, and even though I was only eight
years old I was astonished by the lack of concern for hygiene. I had visited India every year
since the year I was born, but it was at that age that I really noticed the poor hygiene conditions
that affected the majority of India’s population. As I grew older and moved to North Carolina, I
realized that poor hygiene was present not only in developing countries, like India, but also in
my immediate community. Seeing so many people around me lack the access to basic hygiene
supplies and clean water in my community and beyond, I knew I had to do something to make a
change and bring awareness about the importance of hygiene. When Simran and Malika told
me about Help Hygiene I knew that it was definitely something I wanted to be involved in, and
that it was something I would grow to love. Help Hygiene has allowed me to make a difference
in so many lives, and it continues to motivate me to take even bigger steps in order to make a
change within my community.
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