Anthill Creations is a not-for-profit organization which is providing amazing play spaces to slum kids. A team of 5 architecture students from IIT Kharagpur 2015 batch, Pooja Rai, Nancy, Nupur Agarwal, Vishesh Gupta, and Souradeep Paul turned their college project into a full-time passion. They are on a mission to create the most colorful play zones for the slum kids in the country.
They build slides, swings, and jungle gyms for kids who do not have access to play zones otherwise.
Anthill Creations: The Idea
One of the 5 co-founders was on a college internship in Morocco. They chanced upon the idea of recycling tires. The architect with whom they were doing the project, was passionate about recycling non-biodegradable materials and using them. This became the theme for their playground projects. Their first project happened on a college campus, the Disha Seema Care Center, a school for children from villages around the IIT Kharagpur campus.
Anthill Creations got on board tire company Michelin to help them with the funding and set up a vibrant playground. Post this, two of the five decided to quit their jobs and devote full time to Anthill, starting in Bengaluru. The other 3 became part-time directors and help with projects in Delhi.
Anthill Creation’s first project was in the Bengaluru slum area, where they built a small and pretty playground. The setup costed them Rs. 20,000 and was done in just 5 days. They also tied up with a local non-profit organization Mantra4Change. They helped set up an innovative library using recycled tires for chairs and tables at Florida English School in Goripalya, which works for slum kids. Since then, they have been doing projects in Pune, Delhi, Auroville, and Nizamabad.
Anthill Creation believes that their biggest reward is a smile on every child’s face!