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Success Story
PGH provides economically beneficial trees like timber value, fruit, fodder & fuel trees for planting in farmlands. Since these trees provide a livelihood option for the farmers, the survival rate is much higher compared to other projects.

Read Here
1. Mr.Muthaliyappan, a farmer shares his experience.
2. A new breath of life, shares – Mr.Sekar, a farmer from Vadaserypatti.
3. A turning point in my life – Mr.Senthil Kumar, a farmer from Periyakuili shares his experience.
4. Green Warriors at Pudukotta.
5. Mr. Ganapathy, a farmer from Kundrandarkoil village shares his experience.
“Every society needs individuals who go on planting mango trees whether they get to eat the fruit or not.”

About Project Green Hands

What is Project Green Hands?

Project Green Hands (PGH) is the environmental initiative of Isha Foundation. It has mobilized thousands of individuals, farming families, NGOs, SHGs and Corporate companies for tree planting activities. From planting 25,000 trees in Tsunami affected coastal areas that marked the beginning of the project , the project has enabled the plantation of 17 million saplings by involving over 1.5 million volunteers to date.

How do I know PGH is genuine?

PGH was awarded the Indira Gandhi Pariyavaran Purasakar, India's highest environmental award, "Beyond Sports Award" in the Sports for Environment category in the award function at USA and was recently awarded the "Environmental Award – 2010" by the Department of Environment from Tamil Nadu State Government. The Yves Rocher Foundation, Suzlon, Indian Overseas Bank and Karur Vysya Bank have all either supported us in the past or continue to support us in our endeavors.

About Isha PGH World Environment Day Campaign

Why 100 Rupees?
  • Seed purchase - We use seeds of the highest quality, commercially viable tree species.
  • Survival Rate from seed to sapling- Not all seeds germinate or survive till sapling level, so the rate per seed increases
  • Staffing and distribution – It takes a lot of people and resources to nurture saplings and distribute them to planting locations
  • Farmers awareness and training – Since farmers take care of trees, our volunteers train and provide technical support for their tree planting operations
  • Follow Up and Monitoring – To ensure highest survival rates, we monitor the locations of all our trees and follow up regularly.
  • Tracking cost / admin cost
How will my trees survive?

Your trees will be planted by farmers as a boundary to the main crop. The trees are of commercially viable species. This means that because of the trees, the farmers' income increases. For example, when the tree is of a sufficient height, farmers can grow secondary crops like pepper or betel leaf on framework supported by trees and can sell the crops for profit.

The very presence of trees ensures shade, decreased water evaporation, increased groundwater retention, provides habitat to birds that take care of pests on the crops and provides many other indirect benefits to farmers.

Because so much is at stake, a farmer has vested interest in the trees survival. Rest assured, your trees will grow up to be healthy to a full life and provide benefits to farmers as well as the planet.

How will I know where my trees are?

A tree certificate will be sent to you once you donate. This tree certificate will contain a unique tree identification number that you can use in about six months time to know the location of your trees.

What kinds of trees are planted?

Nearly 20 different species of shade giving, medicinal, timber value, fodder giving and fruit trees are provided. Teak, Mahogany, Rosewood, Red sanders, Arborea that have timber value and shade giving trees such as thespesia populnea, Michaelia champaca, Mimsupos elengi are some of the species. We also give fruit trees such as mangoes, jack fruit, lime, amla, pomegranate etc.,

How and when do I track my trees?

You can track your trees by visiting www.projectgreenhands.org/track and entering your unique tree identification code in about six months time.

The trees are planted in the following six months based on the species' planting cycles, monsoons etc.

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