15-year-old Tanay Jain, a class X student of St James school in Kolkata, witnessed this first-hand at his father’s textile manufacturing factory in Parihar.
Talking about his inspiration, Tanay says, “In 2018, when I visited my father’s factory, I saw big machines, many laborers, and a lot of small pieces of clothes thrown around the floor and stocked inside boxes. When I asked my father what would happen to all that fabric, he told me that it was all waste and would be thrown out. Immediately, I asked, could it be used to stitch clothes for small children.”
Tanay's family and friends helped him establish the Katran Foundation till date, he has upcycled 3,500 meters of fabric, donated 2,500 dresses to underprivileged children in Kolkata, as well as employed 68 karigars (craftsmen) in the city.
Within a few weeks, Katran identified tailors in need of jobs all over the city. The individuals invited to the factory were briefed on the reason behind using scrap cloth for stitching. Clothing was separated into individual packages and distributed among several orphanages in Kolkata a few days after the donation. Vandana Jain, Tanay's aunt, was in charge of keeping track of deliveries and identifying the karigars, and orphanages.
Taking a step further towards the good cause, Tanay says, “Soon, through word-of-mouth, many family members and friends became aware of the initiative. They were ready to take a step forward to offer their support. So, we requested them to donate Rs 200, which will cover all the expenses for one garment, from stitching to delivery.”
In addition to giving the donations to the children, Tanay arranges a video call with the donors so that the children can thank them. He adds, “Some donors purchased the upcycled clothes in bulk and distributed them across orphanages outside Kolkata.”
The Katran Foundation distributed 30 garments to an NGO working to empower underprivileged people across West Bengal in January 2021.
To reach more underprivileged children and donors, Tanay Jain along with his friends Raunak Sarawgi, Raunak Seksaria, Nishita Lulla, and Pratham Madhogaria, began an Instagram page of ‘Katran Foundation’, which gives all the details about their work and how they have been helping the needy children.
Tanay plans on collecting waste cloth from factories and helping more orphanages, karigars, and other organizations in the coming months.
For more information, you can email [email protected] or follow them on Instagram and Facebook.
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