'Want to help create inclusive spaces': Tanvi Sriramaneni

She is looking forward to building energy-efficient homes


Tanvi Sriramaneni,

volunteer at Habitat for Humanity India

Since her high school days in Hyderabad, Tanvi Sriramaneni, 19, had been taking part in several activities that allowed her to build sustainable houses for the poor. She worked at medical camps in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana to gain insight into the number of people who needed medical care and assistance. Volunteering at Habitat for Humanity India—a non-profit organisation building homes and providing housing-related services to low-income families across India—gave her an opportunity to construct houses in Keesara, Telangana. Today, as an architect student at Syracuse University in New York, Sriramaneni is looking forward to building energy-efficient homes for low-income families and provide them with access to solar energy.

The change I want to see

It is important to use our knowledge and resources to help create inclusive spaces for those who are less fortunate. Homelessness is currently at an all-time high in India, and social housing is in short supply. Incorporating sustainability into the built environment is vital due to the climate crisis we are facing. It presents a significant challenge for cities and their poorest residents. Several migrants living under tarpaulin and tin sheets have scant protection against severe climate change. Thus, educating them about small steps can help in mitigating this issue. To take action, no matter how big or small, is crucial, as it creates a lasting impact.

- Akanki Sharma