For the past decade, United Way Bangalore’s Wake the Lake project has focused on revitalizing the lakes of India’s third most populous city. The proactive effort to improve the condition of the city’s waterways was necessary to curtail the damage and pollution that ongoing urban development has had on these fragile ecosystems. Before the project began, Bangalore — once known as the ‘city of lakes’ — had seen its number of lakes decline from 51 in 1985 to just 17 today.
Fortunately, United Way’s grassroots effort has improved the conditions of many of the remaining lakes around Bangalore — most recently with the support of Wells Fargo’s India-based Enterprise Global Services team members.
“Wells Fargo’s support was extremely important for us. We had a lot of volunteers coming to us from Wells Fargo in the last four years,” said Manish Michael, head of United Way India. “Around 9,000 saplings we’ve planted, and those saplings have grown more than five feet today.”
With the young trees and fauna beginning to flourish, the birds and insects are returning, along with the local residents, as they can once again enjoy the natural lake setting and take pride in their improved community.