Dear Kind Supporter,
This month another 100 deserving students will receive solar lamps! We are in the process of identifying these students from schools on two of the remotest islands in the project area. Teams of students who have received solar lamps and subsequently the Green Rhinos youth nature leadership training are conducting nature conservation activities in their villages.
“A solar lamp changed my life! I secured high marks in my board examinations and received a scholarship of $420 from the State Education Department”, says Shampa Sahoo excitedly. She lives in the remote Binodpur village in the Sunderbans where the Solar Lamps Project is being conducted. With a solar lamp she is able to study for long hours by a steady light. Before receiving the solar lamp she would be able to study for a limited time as kerosene is expensive to buy for her family. The quality of light was poor and her eyes would burn.
More than 1700 young people have bettered their lives with your support. Help us to reach out to many, many more needy and deserving students. As part of the team do spread the word about the project.
June 25, 2014 is a Bonus Day when all donations will be matched 100%!! Mark your calendar!
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,
We are pleased to inform you that since the inception of the Solar Lamps Project in 2011, we have provided 1300 solar lamps to individual students, provided solar lighting for a girls' school hostel with 40 students and sets of twin solar lights to 8 government high school hostels and a coaching centre benefitting over 400 students. Since April 2012, we are inducting the students who are receiving the solar lamps into the Green Rhinos Program, a transformational youth nature leadership program.
It is amazing to see how a single solar lamp has transformed the lives of the young people who receive it. They are now able to study for much longer hours by a source of light that is steady and powerful. Their families who are already very poor do not need to incur any recurring cost for providing them this light. Carbon emissions are also being reduced as kerosene is not being used. This is benefitting the fragile ecosystem of the Sundarbans.
All this has been possible because we are working together as a team. These young people know that they have friends from all over the world and this is a source of inspiration and reassurance for them.
We look forward to your continued support.