Forca Goa Foundation and Drishti Marine received recognition from Network 18 for their efforts in the Swachh Bharat initiative. Forca Goa and Drishti Marine were among 18 organisations from across India who were felicitated for their work. The Foundation was recognised for its efforts in helping communities take care of their waste, while Drishti Marine was recognised for raising awareness about waste management in beaches through the 150-day TeraMeraBeach campaign.
Dr Mahesh Sharma, union minister of state for culture lauded Jill Ferguson, managing director, Forca Goa Foundation and Ravi Shankar, chief executive officer, Drishti Marine for their efforts towards cleanliness.
Speaking about the award, Ferguson, said, “We are grateful that our work is being appreciated at a national level and through this hope to inspire many more individuals and organisations to commit towards tackling the growing garbage crisis.”
Drishti Marine, CEO, Shankar, gave credit for the award to his dedicated team and said that, the TeraMeraBeach campaign will run for many more years.”
The Forca Goa Foundation aims to make a difference in communities by using football as a tool to empower individuals and teach them sustainable habits. Therefore, encouraging the community to start segregating, composting and recycling at home by teaching children at their grassroots centers the effects garbage has on the environment.
In a bid to improve cleanliness on beaches, the state government had reached out to Drishti Marine in December 2016 to step in and assist with garbage collection. Accordingly, Drishti Marine through manpower and equipment is involved in clearing garbage from the beaches and the same is transported to the Saligao Waste Management plant.