Dear Kind Supporter,
We are very pleased to let you know that 100 students on the remote L-Plot island in the Sundarbans received solar lamps on 8 August 2014. They were handed over the lamps at a ceremony organized in the local high school in the presence of the school headmaster, teachers and other dignitaries from the community. The students were shown how to use the lamps and were requested to contact the Project staff in case they faced in problem during use.
The students were inducted into the Green Rhinos Program to create youth nature leaders and viewed an audio visual presentation on the “Nature of Sundarbans”. The threats facing the Sundarbans and how students can protect the Sundarbans was discussed.
The Solar Lamps Project has now benefitted 1400 individual students in the Sundarbans.
Geetika studies in Grade 4 and lives in the remote village of Binodpur. Her parents are daily wage earners. She says, “Earlier kerosene lamps were our only source of light in the evening. But one solar lamp has changed our lives! I am able to do my lessons till late at night and my parents can use the lamp for household work, when I am not studying.”
Geetika adds, “My friends were asking if they could also receive solar lamps …they are using kerosene lamps for studying at present.”
There are many more students in the Sundarbans who need solar lamps. One lamp changes many lives! You are part of this change and we look forward to your continued support.
Dear Green Rhinos Supporter,
This is the start of a busy time for the Green Rhinos in the Sundarbans, with the onset of the monsoon rains and tree planting season beginning. We have requested the Forest Department to give us 10,000 tree saplings which the Green Rhinos will plant. They are also raising tree saplings from seeds.
Arpita of Baikunthapur High School looks after the saplings she planted last year in their home garden. She is keen to plant more saplings by the side of their pond this year. Arpita also participated in an Art and Nature Camp conducted under the Green Rhinos Program. Arpita promises “I will combat global warming and save our loving planet by afforestation and green initiatives here in the remotest part of Sundarbans”.
“I am proud to be involved in environment building activities by our Green Rhinos Team. We wish to plant more trees to keep our surroundings green and clean. It is our promise to save Sundarbans from floods and cyclones”, says Debasree of Ambikanagar Haripriya High School.
Since April 2014, the Green Rhinos Program in also being conducted in a school in Kolkata. We are excited to see what projects they create and implement!
Our target is to create 5,000 Green Rhinos in India by December 31, 2014. Do spread the word and continue your support so that the cadre of youth nature leaders grows, creating a greener, c;leaner and pollution free world!
With kind regards,
Through your generosity 1700 students in the Sundarbans have received the opportunity to better their lives. One solar lamp helps a student further her/ his academic studies and saves at least 18 liters of kerosene a year resulting in 2% saving in annual family expenditure. It results in reduction in carbon emissions benefiting the fragile ecosystem of the Sundarbans, a World Heritage site.
Many more students are yet to be reached.
TODAY is Bonus Day. All donations to this project will be matched by 100% by Microsoft!
Bonus Day starts at 12 pm (noon) EDT/ 9.30 pm Indian Standard Time. Funds run out very fast so do hurry if you wish to make a donation!