EcoFriends Community is a small organization that works on spreading awareness about contemporary environmental issues by collaborating with schools, providing students the opportunity to learn about different environmental rehabilitation and restoration projects by volunteering with various environmental & local community based Non-Governmental Organization's that are working on unique projects around the City of Pune.
It was founded in February 2009 by Akash Bhalerao, Viraj Shelatkar and Parvez Patel, students of The Bishop's School, Camp, Pune and has been gaining momentum and support ever since. In it's initial stages it was heavily supported by The Bishop's School, Pune which served as a launch pad for the organization, especially in terms of the amount of student support it received.
EcoFriends activities focus on restoration projects of different ecosystems such as forests and hilly areas, and we also go to different housing societies to spread awareness about environmental issues. We start our work with cleanliness campaigns at the different plots, make the soil suitable for plantation and then plant the trees that are the native species of that area. We follow the plantations up with regular watering and weeding events; simultaneously spreading awareness about the same.
As of now, we are a self-sustained organization and we do not rely on sponsorship from any political parties or companies. We organize small fund-raising events where we set up stalls in farmer’s markets and shopping malls and sell ecofriendly items to generate funds for our various and spread awareness about environmentalism.
We are associated with several environmentalists and local organizations. We believe in working together for this great cause to create a better future for our beautiful planet.
We also believe in massive public participation and we welcome any and every one to participate in this global cause.