Sponsorship Sunday: Savety – The Instant Smart Water Tap

 

As washing your hands for at least 20 seconds has become an essential duty and on an average a person washes their hands at least 10 times, can you imagine the amount of water lost?  A trillion liters!

As the global community responds to the COVID-19 led pandemic lockdown, there has been an increasing emphasis on public health strategies. WHO promoted several health initiatives like keeping a safe distance from each other, staying home, and most importantly practicing proper hand hygiene by washing your hand with soap for at least 20 seconds.

But can we imagine the amount of water wasted as we leave our taps open? We are busy lathering our hands with soap and scrubbing it with great intent; we are wasting precious freshwater.  While you may think you’re taking the right steps to prevent yourself from COVID-19, even touching a tap can be unhygienic due to cross-contamination between users in social places like hospitals, hotels, schools. Railway stations and other cultural areas where self-hygiene is in dire need.

With an urgency to change this situation, Vishwanandh Fego Maladi, founder of Feel Good Innovations, created a campaign called “Savety – The Instant Smart Water Tap.” Savety is an IoT smart water tap that saves the earth by containing a water crisis while also protecting us from the dreaded COVID-19.

With the help of Savety, we can prevent a water crisis by converting your manual taps into automatic taps in just 30 seconds.  Savety is very user friendly and easy to install, plus you don’t need a plumber or any additional equipment and can be fixed in just “30 seconds”.

The reason I like the idea behind Savety is that:

  • It reduces touch pollution
  • It has a first-class water efficiency energy saving and environmental protection
  • It has a simple design and is adaptable to various home styles
  • It has a one-time charge for 3-4 months that lasts for 6 hours
  • It is water and energy sufficient and will, in turn, reduce your total bill in dwellings

As we crusade against COVID-19, let us also remember to practice having good hygiene first. Let us learn to conserve and protect ourselves and the earth and the same, or we may end up with age-old saying

Water, water everywhere, and all the boards did shrink;

Water, water everywhere, nor any drop to drink.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

You can contribute to this Savety – The Instant Smart Water Tap hosted on Fuel-a-Dream

 

Funding Friday: Humanity First

In the middle of this horrific crisis, I found inspiration in the efforts of Mohammed Shujatullah, a student of Sultan Ul Uloom College of Pharmacy in Hyderabad, who created the Humanity First Foundation. Mohammad serves free breakfast outside 3 government hospitals to the poor that are struggling to make ends meet.

How he started a life of giving is best explained in his own words:

It all started with a thankful “gesture to God” for passing an examination.

“I had a backlog in one of my papers. I had decided to feed ten hungry people if I successfully clear the backlog. It was my way of thanking Allah. I succeeded, and then I fulfilled my promise,” says Sujathullah. “But then, something happened,” he continues, “the experience of feeding the hungry changed me entirely. I felt at peace.”

March 22nd was his 1240th consecutive day of providing free breakfast outside Niloufer Hospital to 800 people every day. Then March 24th shutdown threatened to disrupt the noble and critical work that Mohammed undertook, but the Telangana police allowed him to serve 1000 people a day and continue his work.

Sandesha and I support a cause every Friday under our Funding Friday initiative. However, Mohammad’s selfless act made such a profound impact on her that it ignited the writer inside her. In a surprising turn of events, she wrote a beautiful piece:  Humanity First: Hyderabad Man Distributes Free Food Outside Hospital, which we proudly shared on the Artha India Venture’s blog yesterday.

Whether you decided to contribute to Mohammad’s campaign is truly up to you, but you must see the video below to sit in awe of the truly inspirational work this student is doing. Sandesha, myself, and several of our team members have already contributed to this initiative; you too can contribute at this link on Milaap.

Funding Friday – Team Vaayushastra

A group of students from  Fr. Conceicao Rodrigues College of Engineering formed Team Vaayushastra in 2012 to compete in SAE Aero Design East competitions. The students have competed well against teams from Georgia Tech, Michigan Ann-Arbor and Concordia to name a few and ranked 5th in the competition in 2017.
SAE Aero Design East competitions provide undergraduate and graduate engineering students the opportunity to work on real-life problems. Here is how the SAE website describes the competition:
First and foremost, a design competition, students will find themselves performing trade studies and making compromises to arrive at a design solution that will optimally meet the mission requirements while still conforming to the configuration limitations.
I love initiatives that encourage youngsters to innovate and take risks. I am contributing towards this project through Ketto.
Here are video highlights from the 2018 SAE Aero Design East competition:

Funding Friday – India’s Sons

Rape, whether done upon a woman or man, is a heinous crime. There is no doubt that the perpetrators of this ghastly act deserve the wrath of the legal, social, and economic systems. In the same spirit, falsely accusing another individual of a ghastly act such as rape is a crime that is as appalling, if not worse, than the act of rape itself.
Just think about the lives a false accusation destroys besides the credibility of the innocent.
The act destroys the families of the innocent, including women in the accused’s life, like his mother, wife, daughter, and sister. Even after the accused is proved innocent, his family continues to bear the ignominy of a crime that their son, brother, or father did not commit.
What makes the act of falsely accusing a man of rape sinister is that it affects the actual victims of rape when they approach the police and the judiciary. Judges and law enforcement are impartial but are (after all) humans too. When an accused is found playing truant with the law to meet with their malicious intentions, it casts doubts in genuine cases.
Therefore as a bad joke, the actual victim is subject to additional scrutiny due to the disgraceful actions of fake victims – subjecting the victimized to further victimization. This business of falsely accusing someone of settling scores or of extorting money must get highlighted, and the lawmakers get tasked with making provisions so that the false accusers get strictly punished.
I believe that any law should protect the innocent before it prosecutes the guilty; therefore I am backing eye-opening documentary by Deepika Bhardwaj, aptly named – India’s Sons. Deepika highlights the anguish of the victims of false rape accusations this ghastly act and how it is destroying the very fabric of Indian society. India’s Sons, is listed on Milaap.

I have backed Deepika in the past as she consistently highlights the anguish of the “forgotten gender” under India law with hard-hitting and compelling storytelling. Her last documentary, Martyrs of Marriage, went into gut wrenching detail on the misuse of Indian laws created to abolish dowry and prevent domestic violence by unscrupulous women. These women utilized these laws as tools of oppression against the husbands and their families. Martyrs of Marriage is available on Netflix.