Nellore, Andhra Pradesh
Green India Trust (GIT), established in 2008 by Dr. Ch. Murali Krishna and a dedicated group of individuals, serves as a collaborative platform for em Read morepowerment, development, and conservation initiatives. It focuses on enhancing the livelihoods of its target communities by optimizing the utilization of land, water, and forest resources. This involves expanding value chains, advancing knowledge, and ensuring financial accessibility. GIT facilitates improved access to essential inputs and services, either directly or through connections and collaborations. Community engagement is achieved through Self-Help Groups (SHGs), which are organized into sustainable federations. In addition to economic progress, GIT recognizes the significance of enhanced health and living conditions. The organization promotes hygiene, sanitation, immunization, and proper nutrition within village communities, actively involving community members in the process. Another critical aspect addressed by GIT is skill development, women's empowerment, and job creation. The organization targets unskilled workers, women, and young individuals with a basic education. They receive training in skill acquisition, skill enhancement, and entrepreneurship development, and are provided with post-training support for the technical, financial, and managerial aspects of their businesses. As a nonprofit public benefit organization, Green India Trust (GIT) currently strives to provide practical environmental education to the public while also supporting various environmental initiatives. The focus has shifted towards actively endorsing significant global environmental reforms to bring about effective change. GIT's ultimate objective is to enhance the state of the global environment for the well-being of all, while fostering a deeper understanding of the long-term impact of our civilization on the planet. The primary aim is to empower vulnerable individuals residing in rural areas by educating them about their fundamental rights to live and work with dignity and by raising awareness about government development projects. In its role as a catalytic agent, the organisation endeavours to carve out an expanding space for the disadvantaged through development programs that it integrates with community efforts, making them an integral part of the local development process. Green India Trust serves as the voice of the Indian people for environmental justice, sustainable development, and democratic governance. The organisation is dedicated to promoting a healthy environment and preserving diverse biodiversity across the Asia Pacific region and beyond. The goal is to implement people-centered development interventions to ensure that every deserving individual in rural areas has equal economic and social opportunities, enabling them to lead dignified lives with improved quality. Their mission encompasses a series of vital initiatives to address pressing environmental and societal issues. To combat global warming, enhance soil fertility, and mitigate micro-climate changes, it is dedicated to planting a billion trees across villages and cities. Additionally, it seeks to construct green walls along India's coastlines, river beds, and lake beds to combat coastal erosion caused by tsunamis and floods, thereby safeguarding marine habitats. The efforts include establishing plant production centers (nurseries) to meet the requirements for the billion-tree plantation project. The organisation also prioritizes raising awareness about the harmful consequences of deforestation and encourages individuals to participate in reforestation, aiming for a planting ratio of 1:10. To promote domestic wellness and greenery, it conducts door-to-door distribution of plants. It engages with political leaders, urging them to minimize plastic and polythene usage in campaigning and advocates for digital marketing and social media for promotion. It advises government officials and the cinema industry to ban wall posters, and works to increase public awareness of environmental damage, particularly related to plastic usage. The efforts extend to approaching road transport authorities to ensure the construction of missing footpaths in India. The organisation provides medical support to economically disadvantaged sections of society through medical camps and medicine distribution, with plans to establish a specialized hospital for those in need. Additionally, it focuses on preserving national heritage and culture by educating children through child reformation centers. Its commitment to education includes sponsoring children at risk of dropping out of school due to economic hardships. It actively promotes education and skill development among economically weaker sections of society and strives for women's empowerment and financial independence. Through sustainable projects, it works towards uplifting economically disadvantaged communities. Its dedication extends to promoting animal husbandry and maintaining shelter homes for animals. It prioritizes garbage management and advocates for eco-friendly garbage disposal and recycling practices. It educates and promotes the recycling of bio waste, including the use of bio gas systems and fertilizer production.
Billion Tree Plantation
Green India Trust's "Billion Tree Plantation" Project is guided by four key principles:
1. Maintain Ecosystem Authenticity: The project emphasizes the preservation and enhancement of high conservation values within the ecosystem.
2. Effective Participation: The plantations are established through efficient and inclusive participation processes.
3. Economic Contribution: The project aims to contribute to economic growth.
4. Conservation and Improvement: It is committed to conserving and enhancing the ecosystem's integrity.
The objectives of the "Billion Tree Plantation" Project by Green India Trust are as follows:
To mitigate global warming and empower rural communities to engage in collaborative and proactive sustainable community development. This includes farmer-to-farmer training using participatory approaches.
To increase household income by expanding plant production, improving market access, and reducing household expenses.
The Green India Trust's "Green Wall" Project addresses the specific impacts of coastal resource ecosystems on human life through an innovative approach. This project functions as a "BIOFENCE," aiming to combat coastal erosion by implementing extensive Palmyra cover plantations and other forms of vegetation along the entire Indian coastline.
The primary objectives of the Green Wall Project are as follows:
1. Selection and Identification of High-Quality Seeds and Seedlings: This involves the careful selection and identification of superior seeds and seedlings.
2. Coastal Plantation: Identifying suitable coastal areas for planting Palmyra Seeds to create a dense forest near the coastal regions.
3. Palmyra Seed Plantation: Actively organizing and carrying out the plantation of palm seeds.
4. Community Education: Raising awareness among the local populace about the significance of plantation for future generations.
5. Traditional Community Engagement: Collaborating with traditional leaders
Green India Nursery
Green India Trust operates its own nursery dedicated to plant cultivation. This nursery has been established with a primary focus on women's empowerment, aiming to generate employment opportunities for local women. It operates as a non-profit entity and is strategically located in a rural area.
The saplings grown in the nursery beds require transplantation after 2-3 months, either to the planting site directly or into poly bags. Saplings placed in poly bags can be stored for up to a year, depending on the plantation requirements. Ideally, saplings with a height ranging from 45-60 cm are best suited for transplantation. Subsequent care, including regular watering, weeding, and soil aeration, is essential to ensure their healthy growth.
Campaign 19 to 24
The "Campaign-19" initiative transitioned into advocating for eco-friendly campaigns. All campaigns were encouraged to adopt digital or electronic media platforms. To achieve this, letters were composed and dispatched to various recipients, including District Collectors, Heads of Political Parties, Members of Parliament (both Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha), and Pollution Control Boards.
The Election Commission was urged to discontinue political campaigns utilizing plastic materials such as banners, flags, and hoardings, as well as large public gatherings. Considering the excessive use of plastic during election campaigns, the "Campaign-19" project aimed to reform campaign practices and informed these leaders accordingly.
Child Reformation Centers
Neshna Trust, in collaboration with Green India Trust and Strada Dei Putei, operates Child Reformation Centers (CRC) that offer educational support to students ranging from 2nd to 7th grade in adopted villages across three districts: Nellore, Prakasham, and East Godavari. These centers benefit approximately 1,049 children. The CRCs serve as knowledge enhancement hubs, where children engage in various activities, including homework assistance, computer literacy and typing, yoga, self-defense (especially for girls), handwriting improvement, targeted studies, mathematics instruction, drawing classes, nutrition education, and math competitions.
Green India Trust, in collaboration with Murali Krishna Trust, Murali Krishna Hospital, and Neshna Trust, has organized a total of approximately 1,170 medical camps. These camps feature a dedicated team of certified physicians, pharmacists, nursing staff, and laboratory personnel. During these camps, routine health assessments, including blood pressure and diabetes screenings, are conducted for underserved individuals. Various medical specialties are covered, with an emphasis on general medicine, gynecology, and orthopedics, followed by pediatrics, ENT, and dental services. The medical specialists gather patient histories and perform regular health check-ups, providing specialized treatments and referring cases requiring surgery to higher-level facilities when necessary.
Between 2008 and 2010, the organization conducted six camps weekly, effectively managed by the camp coordinator.
Green India Trust adopted Indiramma Colony, where the team resided for a period to provide livelihood support through the following key areas:
1. Women Empowerment: Projects in this category focus on empowering women through education, training, capacity building, awareness activities, and the establishment of self-help groups (SHG Groups). Additionally, these initiatives help women access government schemes and services.
2. Skill Development: The organization conducts training programs aimed at enhancing the employability of the local workforce, including school dropouts, semi-skilled, and unskilled workers. These programs encompass vocational training and digital literacy, such as tailoring.
3. Agriculture: Green India Trust implements targeted interventions in agriculture, horticulture, and livestock management. These interventions are designed to enhance production system efficiency, reduce input costs, increase per capita output, and improve food and nutritional security.
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