Sunday, September 19, 2010
Profile of Jodie Underhill, Mountain Cleaners founder
Jodie Underhill, the founder of the Mountain Cleaners was born in 1976 in Great Yarmouth, England. She is a committed environmentalist who enjoys world travel, fundraising, event organising and challenges. Previous jobs in the UK include legal editor, fundraising assistant, volunteer co-ordinator and carer for the elderly and people with spinal injuries.
She is the co-founder of two other groups - Love 4 Tibet and the Cornholme Community Project. She came to India last year to travel and learn about the Tibetan cause. She sponsors two children at the Tibetan Childrens Village in Chauntra. On arriving in Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh in March 2009 to conduct letter writing workshops for sponsorship secretaries she was horrified to see the amount of garbage destroying the beauty of the local area. She started organizing mass clean ups in McLeod Ganj and went on to form the group the Mountain Cleaners in April 2009.
At the start of this year Jodie spent two months travelling around and learning about sustainable solutions in India such as waste management, rainwater harvesting, bio-gas & composting. Her experiences left her inspired and confident that positive and long lasting changes were possible.