'Chal Rang De' is back again to paint the slums in Khar

The organisation not only aims to paint the slums but beautify it with sustainable and durable rooftops. More than 2000 volunteers participate in this initiative.

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Chal Rang De plans to paint the slums in the city. With a whole new projects and volunteers the members of this initiative are painting the walls and roofs of houses to change the way people look at this city and its slums.

The members of Chal Rang De do not just plan to paint the walls of the slum but beautify it with the sustainable and durable roofing which reduces indoor temperatures by three to four degrees. With funding for 300 houses, they are covering the roofs in a colourful blanket of paint that they hope to eventually unfold onto all the 7000 houses in the area.

The first weekend, around 1250 volunteers helped them out and later, another 1000 joined them. During the week, about another 200-250 volunteers helped out. The organisation informed that they are covering over 300 houses in the Khar Danda area, including their walls and roofs.

“After Asalpha, we received requests from all over the country and even beyond. Amongst our volunteers, were amazing residents of Khar who introduced us to the area that we’re working with now. This is an area that a lot of flights taking off from Mumbai pass and one of the first things you see from above the city. This gives us an entirely new opportunity to highlight the beauty of our city. For the first time ever, Mumbai is going to have a slum with sustainable roofing with a blanket of colours that shows the outside world just how beautiful the inside is.” says Dedeepya Reddy, Co-founder of Chal Rang De.

Terence Ferreira, Co-founder of Chal Rang De, added, “The residents of Khar have as much pride in their homes as any Mumbaikar, if not more. They are amazing people who have been super supportive of this project. As with all of our projects, we want the space to resonate with its people, through the colours, the art on the walls, and surroundings. After Asalpha and the informal ‘No Spitting’ rule that the residents imposed to maintain the painted walls, promoting cleanliness has become one of our number one priorities. We want to motivate the locals to keep their home as clean as possible by installing colourful bins around the slum, in the hopes that they themselves will realize the importance of it. We know it is going to be a challenge, and so does everyone else involved, but the spirit of the city and Chal Rang De makes us want to keep pushing for a better, cleaner, and more colourful Mumbai.”

The organisation managed to gather more than 2800 volunteers in their programme and their website recorded more than 4500 registration for the same. They worked in three slums for 10 days and almost 52 artists helped them create 44 wall art murals.

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