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Friends of the Ganges & the Sankat Mochan Foundation in India 

OzGREEN has been working alongside the Sankat Mochan Foundation in India for over 20 years, working to restore the health of the Ganges River.

It is our vision - Not a single drop of sewage flowing into Ganga along the religious bathing ghats of Varanasi. Now more than ever this is an achievable goal. In February 2015 the Indian Government announced plans to construct 2 new sewage treatment plants in Varanasi. However, we need to ensure the mistakes of the past are not repeated. 


Swatcha Ganga Abhiyan (Clean Ganges Campaign) is an initiative of the Sankat Mochan Foundation (SMF), a not for profit, secular organisation with a vision to see not one drop of sewage flowing into River Ganga at Varanasi. The SMF office, research laboratory and environmental education centre are located on the banks of River Ganga at Tulsi Ghat.

Established in 1982, the Swatcha Ganga Campaign of the Sankat Mochan Foundation (SMF) draws on the wisdom of an ancient culture and the world’s best engineers, promotes the use of effective state-of-the-art sewage treatment and engages the creative involvement of community. Over the past 30 years SMF has implemented a wide range of strategies including mobilising public attention about river pollution, regular monitoring of river water quality, environmental education and leadership programs for youth and community, village safe drinking water.


OzGREEN supports the SMF through providing strategic guidance, community engagement and partnering to deliver our Youth Leading the World and MYRiver Programs. We have successfully built up a groundswell of community support and scientific data that can no longer be ignored.

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