At times efforts from unexpected quarters lead to change and pro-active measures. One such act was the cleaning up of Meedi Kunta Lake located in Hafeezpet. And this happened thanks to the efforts of the founders of Fountainhead Global School and the enthusiastic and determined students of the school.
Fountainhead Global School is the brainchild of Meghna Musunuri and her husband Sridhar Vunnam. During one of the interactions with school children, Meghna said that lakes, forests, and other natural resources belonged to people and it was their duty to take care of them.
Much to her surprise, her students demanded a field trip to experience this ‘ownership’ and Meghna found herself taking them to the 15-acre lake which was nearly dead, full of garbage and sewage. Contrary to what Meghna expected, the children decided to take up the cause of cleaning and dredging the lake bed.
But things were not as easy as envisaged by the young minds. They had to face opposition from authorities, local residents, trouble-makers, etc. But the children were determined. So, Meghna and Sridhar began the process of bringing about awareness about the lake and the need for rejuvenating and cleaning it.
After a lot of work, both physical and mental, they realized they needed money to take up the cause. That’s when Sridhar chipped in with the money. The students too collected around Rs 10 lakh for the purpose. But the major chunk of Rs 2 crore needed for the job was put in by Sridhar.
The couple started fundraising drives, awareness runs and walks, tea parties near the lake to keep going.
After a long battle, they managed to take up the actual task of cleaning the lake, and dredging of the lake bed was taken up, sewage lines were diverted, borewells around the lake bed were closed and the garbage was dug and taken away. One of the school children came up with a logo Cheruvu and this gave a lot of traction to the project. Seeing their efforts, the locals too pitched in, and over two years the lake was cleaned.
Finally, by 2021, the lake became a symbol of serenity to the entire locality. Meghna says it was a good exercise for the students to learn how the real-world functions. She maintains that what the children learn in books is different from what happens in real life and with the exercise, the students gained the willpower and strength to deal with real-life situations.