Come participate in our upcoming drive to help transform the society, one drive at a time.
Change Is Us (CIU) is a youth-led initiative, co-founded by Akshat Shah and Shubh Mehta. Since its inception in 2019, CIU has embarked upon the endeavour to create environmental and social awareness and change. Akshat and Shubh approached the BMC who arranged for supplies like dustbins, ghamelas and gloves and CIU had its debut beach clean-up on July 21, 2019, with 18 volunteers.
Fast forward to today, our largest cleanup had 650+ volunteers. It has been a tumultuous journey since then. When the Covid-19 pandemic hit, we had to shift our operations online, with webinars, social media posts to spread awareness, online competitions etc. This is when CIU decided to widen its scope beyond beach cleanups and vowed to leave an indelible mark on the world.
In 2020, when the world stopped in its tracks, Change is Us gave art lovers and aspiring writers a platform to display their mesmerising talents. Art for Earth and Ink for Earth were online events for people to express their love for the environment. Participants had the opportunity to win amazing all-inclusive handcrafted eco-hampers from GoKind. The creative extravaganza which resulted in a vibrant tapestry of art and words, was judged by a very distinguished panel of judges. The event showed how, even in times of tragedy, our propensity for creativity shines through.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and consequent lockdown, a large portion of the population found itself deprived of basic necessities. To try and tackle this, CIU conducted food distribution drives to distribute food and ration kits to help those in need. With the help of our sponsors, crowdfunding, awareness campaigns, volunteers and collaborators like the Musafir Project and Feed the Need, we successfully participated in 10+ food drives, across Mumbai.
CIU has also carried out 3 successful sanitary pad distribution drives where we distributed 16,500+ pads to break the stigma that surrounds feminine hygiene and increase women’s access to feminine hygiene products. We have conducted 3 orphanage drives, 2 old age home drives and 3 drives for the physically disabled. In these drives, we played games and organised activities for the people we visited.
Despite our ups and downs, we have had beach cleanups every week since the inception of CIU, barring the lockdown. We have had several volunteers across various age groups participate in beach cleanups, webinars and happiness drives. It has been a long journey and there’s so much more to come, so stay tuned.
Change is us is a wonderful group of people who have committed to making earth a better place to live in by organising events like beach cleaning drivesSoftware Developer
Other than being fun, beach cleanups also ignite a sense of empowerment that the magnitude of change entirely depends on the number of individuals actually willing to make a difference.Student
I initiated my social work journey with CIU. It provides me with a great opportunity to socialize and interact with so many new people along with bringing impactful changes to the society around me. Beach Clean-ups are engaging because the people here are so warm and welcoming, it feels like home.Content Creator
'Change Is Us' the name says it all. I feel so proud and satisfied to have volunteered with such young, dedicated and sincere minds-Shubh & Akshat- for a humungous cause for the city & environment.Special Educator
Very eye opening experience! I didn’t realise the extent of the problem until I cleaned up with my own hands. It goes so much deeper than we know and it feels great to be able to do my part and give back to the Earth!Concept Artist
Exhilarating and uplifting experience. One might say even spiritual. Gives you a sense of being one with nature. Made me aware and encouraged me to take proactive action.Periodontist