Create 5,000 Youth Nature Leaders in India

 
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Green Rhinos campaign for a better Kolkata!
Green Rhinos campaign for a better Kolkata!

Dear Green Rhinos Supporter,

The Green Rhinos wish you a happy and peaceful New Year!

We are thrilled to let you know that there are more than 1300 Green Rhinos in the Sundarbans and Kolkata.

In addition to your support we have received a grant from Rufford Small Grants to create 800 more Green Rhinos in Delhi, Kolkata and Siliguri. A Tata Group company has also given us a grant to create 200 Green Rhinos among poor and ultra-poor girl students in the Sundarbans.

We would like to share with you a video made by a student of Santa Clara University, Genna Magnan, who interned with us last summer. View at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WkL94Zy_uUs&list=UU_M6R-CMS-KTAzI0KSPzhlA   to know about how the Green Rhinos have been impacted by the Program.

We still have a long way to go to reach our target of creating 5,000 Green Rhinos by 31 December 2016. We look forward to your continued support.

With gratitude,

Diti

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Dear Green Rhinos Supporter,

We are pleased to let you know that 100 more Green Rhinos were created in the remote L-Plot island in the Sundarbans on 8th August 2014. There are now more than 1200 Green Rhinos doing their bit and inspiring others to keep our planet green and clean! Your support has made this possible.

The projects the Green Rhinos are presently conducting are tree plantation in the Sundarbans and efforts to control noise pollution in Kolkata. Diwali, the festival of lights, is approaching. During this time people burst loud crackers which cause noise pollution. The Green Rhinos in Kolkata are educating their school mates on the harmful effects of noise pollution and how to celebrate Diwali in a responsible and peaceful manner.

Our aim is to create 5,000 Green Rhinos in India by 31 December 2016. Do continue to support us in our shared quest to create a better planet!

Thank you,

Arpita
Arpita

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,

Diti

Debasree
Debasree
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,

Diti

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

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Diti Mookherjee

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Kolkata, West Bengal India

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