How this climate-action group from Udupi came to rescue orgphanages, senior citizens, transgenders

Anju Ann Mathew

In 2018, a group of like-minded individuals came together in Karnataka to work towards climate action, civic awareness, and circular economy in local communities.

TIP Sessions, an initiative by a design studio in Bangalore called The Integrated Penguin (TIP), was first put together by its founder Divya Hegde, to provide exposure to rural youth in Udupi, her hometown, to alternative lifestyles and careers.

“We believe that weaving sustainability into the very fabric of development is the key to building a green and liveable future. Making climate action accessible and achievable for Tier II and Tier III cities can spark significant community-wide social change that is meaningful,” says Divya.

As they say, the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, and this initiative has now evolved into an end to end waste management and climate action NGO called TIP Sessions Charitable Trust. Officially registered in 2020, the NGO works primarily in Udupi, Chikmagalur and Mangalore region of Karnataka.

TIP Sessions
The volunteers at TIP Sessions

Divya explains that in local communities, women fulfil most of the domestic needs of their families. “We train these women to manage waste better through segregation of waste. We also encourage them to educate their communities on ways to reduce and replace items that generate toxic and unsustainable waste,” she tells SocialStory.

Through its Eco-Schools Waste Education Programme, TIP Sessions has also been conducting workshops and classes for school children on waste management since 2019. Divya believes introduction to waste management practices at a young age can help in making this a part of their development process.

With many of the NGO's efforts spent on the field, the team had plenty of volunteers and workers on board. Not wanting to let their resources go to waste, Divya and her team pivoted to Covid relief efforts with the onset of the pandemic in 2020, when normal routines came to an abrupt end.

They were instrumental in providing food and medicines free of cost across Udupi, Chikmagalur and Mangalore to COVID-19 affected families, senior citizens, and patients with co-morbidities, and also to residents of special schools.

It also distributed PPE Kits and essentials to ASHA and frontline workers in the region.


Read more about TIP Sessions' story here.

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