Projects

Plastic Awareness

Over the past 10 years, Thiruvannamalai has had many visitors, both foreign and Indian, who come for the full moon pradakshina of Arunachala as well as to visit the Ramanashramam.  Not knowing to do otherwise, many residents and visitors are using plastic packaging and discarding it along the streets and walkways.  Much waste has accumulated in and around Thiruvannamalai from other sources as well, such as clinics, and this need not be.
The general public, who are not aware of the harmful effects of pollution from plastics and medical wastes, have been infected with many diseases and general ill-health stemming from weakened immune systems.  This project will help us to make people aware of the benefits of using less plastic, and we will be organizing camps and rallies to bring awareness to the general public about what they can do to help make Thiruvannamalai a cleaner, healthier place to live.

Protect Arunachala Project

The objective of the Protect Arunachala project is to return our glorious mountain Arunachala to its pristine state, free of unwanted waste that has been left behind by the many visitors that frequent its heights.  Currently it is common practice to simply discard any packaging that is brought onto the mountain by the people who visit, and much of this waste is non-biodegradable.  So, along with cleaning up what is already there we wish to educate people so that this is not a recurring problem.  We will also be installing rubbish bins along the way to the peak of the mountain so that all waste can be conveniently be disposed of.

School Sponsorship

Global Watch Trust is currently sponsoring a primary school, kindergarten through third grade in Thiruvannamalai.  After a successful first year, Global Watch Trust Primary School will be reconvening for its second year with about five times the number of students.

Waste Water Program

The goal of the Waste Water Program is to turn all household waste water in the Thiruvannamalai area into useable, drinkable water.  We already have a grant for the land necessary to build the required treatment center.  This will help to create a cleaner, healthier environment for the residents of Thiruvannamalai, eliminating some of the health hazards that open sewers cause.

Medical Waste Management System

Hospitals generate more than two million tons of waste each year. In the past, many hospitals simply dumped all waste streams together, from reception-area trash to operating room waste, and burned them in incinerators. Now we know that incineration is a leading source of highly toxic dioxin, mercury, lead and other dangerous air pollutants.

Women's Educational Program

This program is designed to help Indian women who work in the home to broaden their horizons. They learn the necessary skills to operate a computer and from there learn web design.

Village Widow Development Programs

Hospitals generate more than two million tons of waste each year. In the past, many hospitals simply dumped all waste streams together, from reception-area trash to operating room waste, and burned them in incinerators. Now we know that incineration is a leading source of highly toxic dioxin, mercury, lead and other dangerous air pollutants.