In India, Karuna-Shechen launched in 2013 the “Clean Bodhgaya Initiative”, a multi-faceted program to make the local population aware of the importance of cleanliness and personal hygiene, and to create projects and methods to integrate this awareness into their lives.
The Shechen Medical Clinic is located in Bodhagya, India, the place where Shakyamuni Buddha is said to have attained enlightenment. Every year, thousands of people from all over the world visit this small town located in Bihar, one of India’s poorest states.
Like so many other Indian towns, Bodhgaya is plagued by pollution from cars, trucks, motor rickshaws, poor cooking fuels, and progress is hampered by a general lack of education on issues of health, environment, and hygiene.
Our Clean Bodhgaya Initiative:
– Plants hundreds of trees in and around Bodhgaya.
– Teaches environmental issues through intra-school drawing and speech competitions.
– As an alternative to plastic, distributes thousands of jute bags to families.
– Teaches street-vendors about basic hygiene and gives them protection nets for food.
– Installs garbage cans where most needed.
– Organizes training courses on basic hygiene and cleanliness.