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TREE PLANTING IN DOON VALLEY

The Doon Valley is a long and wide valley on the foot of the Himalayas within the Shivalik Hills, with stunning views at each turn. The Rajaji National Park lies along the Doon Valley and contains a magnificent range of fauna and flora.  But the people living in this gorgeous environment are burdened with crushing poverty. Impoverished, illiterate, under-resourced and ineligible for government benefits, the Tongia tribe has turned to illicit felling, poaching and grazing, creating social and environmental issues.

The “Tongia Community Poverty Alleviation Initiative” in Hazara Tongia aims to uplift the Tongia tribe. With Friends of the Doon Society (FODS), we are building a positive human-nature relationship by initiating sustainable socio-economies. The project serves approximately 110 families, focusing mainly on capacity building for youth and women, while protecting the local environment. With the implementation of SoCCs, AI holds awareness camps to spread knowledge and sensitivity regarding environmental conservation, training villagers in sustainable agriculture by building small kitchen gardens and compost pits, and planting tree saplings to use as fodder. These initiatives have protected the Rajaji National Park while creating alternative jobs for the villagers. Other initiatives are a small educational fund for financially challenged students, adult education sessions, solar street light installations and village clean drives.

 INITIATIVES

Environmental & Sustainability

LOCATION: Dehradun, India
LOCAL PARTNERS: Friends of the Doon (FODS)

PROJECT FEATURES:

  • Work with local schools and gated communities to encourage tree planting

This is a multiyear project, to learn more select year program:

This project contributes to 5 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

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YEAR 1

PROJECT FEATURES, YEAR 1:​

  • 8  ‘awareness camps' were organized covering SoCCs concepts such as building of inner confidence, introduction to banking operations and various vocational course possibilities. 

  • 20 women participated in the sewing centre and learned basic sewing. 

  • 163 native plants were planted in Project village. 

  • 5 Vet camps were organized and all the village cattle were examined, vaccinated and medicines were provided covering different diseases. 

  • 34 women participated in Adult Education sessions for 15 weeks. 

  • 4 Health Camps were organized with professional doctors and nurses.

  • 55 families are participating in the activity and a total 14202 sq ft area of the village is being converted into a kitchen garden. 

  • Youth from 25 schools about nature conservation and its importance of the ecosystem for our future survival. 

  • 12,000 trees were planted by 942 students.

Total eight  ‘awareness camps' were organized covering SoCCs concepts such as building of inner confidence, introduction to banking operations and various vocational course possibilities. 20 women participated in sewing centre and learned basic sewing. 163 native plants were planted in Project village. Selection of species was done to provide green fodder for cattle, nutrition to villagers, probable future means of earning,  and to add some color & shade within the village area. 5 Vet camps were organized and all the village cattle were examined, vaccinated and medicines were provided covering different diseases. Adult Education sessions were organized for 15 weeks where 34 women participated. Slates, chalks and motivational talks were also provided during the classes.  Four Health Camps were organized with professional doctor and nurses whereby almost all the villagers were examined and appropriate medicines were administered. The women and children were very pleased, as some of them have seen a doctor for the first time. 55 families are participating in the activity and total 14202 sq ft area of village is being converted into kitchen gardens.

 

YEAR 2

PROJECT FEATURES, YEAR 2:​​

  • Over the course of 2020, close to 10,000 trees were planted by 19 schools, housing, and residential associations

  • These trees included 111 unique species, expanding the biodiversity of the Doon Valley

 

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