Create 5,000 Youth Nature Leaders in India

Jul 2, 2014

Tree planting time!


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,


Apr 3, 2014

Green Rhinos busy with project plannning!

Andrew Michael, a supporter from California visits
Andrew Michael, a supporter from California visits

Dear Green Rhino Supporter,

It is with great pleasure that we let you know that 1100 Green Rhinos are going strong in the Indian Sundarbans!

After planting over 7000 trees and conducting garbage cleaning drives, this year the Green Rhinos are hard at work with their current tree plantation plans. They plan to plant 11,000 tree saplings of which approximately one third will be raised by the Green Rhinos teams. Project work will start from May 2014.

Teams will create compost pits in their schools. They will make organic manure from the waste collected in the pits and use this manure for tending the tree saplings that they will plant. Some teams will conduct an awareness campaign for nature protection.

Shefali Maity, a Green Rhino who is now assisting with training others, says, "It is my dream to plant 25,000 trees in Sundarbans".

Expansion plans for the Program with schools in Kolkata are underway. The Program will also start in the tea garden area in North Bengal in the latter part of 2014.

Thank you for being a part of our team. Do spread the word so that the Green Rhinos Program can spread to other parts of India and the world!

With warm regards,


Dec 23, 2013

Green Rhinos on a roll! Happy New Year!

Shefali with Diti
Shefali with Diti

Dear Kind Supporter,

As this year draws to a close, over 1100 Green Rhinos wish you a very happy 2014!

In 2013 they planted over 7000 trees! Shefali Maity, a teenage girl in the Sundarbans, raised 100 tree saplings! She along with her fellow Green Rhinos from school, with the assistance of their schoolmaster, planted 1500 trees in school and around their homes.

In 2014 some of the projects the Green Rhinos have planned are:

  • 16500 tree saplings to be planted
  • 4 waterbodies to be cleaned
  • Environmental awareness campaigns to be conducted
  • Bio-fertiliser to be made from throw away organic waste in school and used as fertiliser in the school campus.

In 2014 we hope to work with more schools in urban areas, including Kolkata, and continue our work with the schools in the Sundarbans.

Thank you so much for being a part of our team!

With prayers for peace and happiness,

Diti Mookherjee

Sep 23, 2013

500 more Green Rhinos!!

Dear Supporter,

We are thrilled to let you know that 500 more Green Rhinos were inducted into the Program on 19 and 20 September 2013 on 3 remote islands in the Sundarbans. These students from 6 local government schools received orientation about the Program which included a presentation on the “Nature of Sundarbans”.

50 Green Rhinos will be chosen from the 6 participating schools and will receive transformational leadership training in October/ November 2013. They will design a six month project which they will implement with fellow Green Rhinos in their school.

All the Green Rhinos received a solar lamp under ASED’s Solar Lamps Project as they live in non-electrified areas.

There are now 1100+ Green Rhinos in India! As part of their project, the Green Rhinos in the Sundarbans are planting 6000 tree saplings this month!

We thank you for being part of this great team!

With gratitude,


Jun 21, 2013

276 Green Rhinos created in Sundarbans!

Green Rhinos sharing their project
Green Rhinos sharing their project

Dear Donor,

With your support, 276 Green Rhinos were created in the Sundarbans in March 2013. 76 Green Rhinos were created on 24 March on K-Plot Island and 200 Green Rhinos were created on Maipith Island on 25 March.

All the Green Rhinos received solar lamps since there is no electricity in their villages. Events were held on both the islands where they were briefed about the Green Rhinos Program and given an audio-visual presentation on the “Nature of Sundarbans”. Green Rhinos who had been inducted into the Program last year shared how they had planted tree saplings. They said that were unable to save all the saplings as the goats and cows ate some of them. The parents of some of these youth and other members of the community were present.  We appealed to them to help the youth to protect the saplings by creating tree guards and keeping their animals away from the plants.

30 Green Rhino leaders received the transformational leadership training in April. The projects that they have identified include planting 5000 tree saplings and cleaning garbage from 60 water bodies.  These projects will be conducted by all the 276 Green Rhinos.

Thank you for your continued support. You are making a difference in the lives of the Green Rhinos and helping to protect the Sundarbans!

With warm regards,


Sheikh Golam, a Green Rhino sharing his experience
Sheikh Golam, a Green Rhino sharing his experience

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Diti Mookherjee

Kolkata, West Bengal India

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