Category Archives: Appeal

Show Us The Trees In Your Garden!

Gulmohar

Do you know about the people who photograph and blog everything they eat? So many people are doing this that camera manufacturers are even providing a setting to shoot the food at its colorful best.
In that general trend I would like to suggest that we blog about the tree we are most proud of in our garden this present season and leave the link in the comments of this blog post.
Why trees? Because trees are going to be around for a long while once grown they require little water and are majestic in their presence in the garden. Furthermore we need them to attract the rain bearing clouds. And they provide oxygen, fruit, flowers and shade in the summers.
And if this post inspires somebody to plant his favorite sapling this monsoon, all to the good.

JOIN THE FLICKR GROUP

Why Kill A Tree Like This?

We kill trees all the time. Some of us might need the wood or the bark or the fruit or leaves or  we might need the right of way where the tree is standing. We can kill it by neglect or lack of water or manure. But the worst and the most lamentable  way we can kill a tree is by throwing  Amar Bel on it. Amar bel looks harmless enough. Just a green string of vegetation. But it is a parasite to a healthy tree. Soon it will start spreading. It will become so that you will see only the green strings of Amar Bel only and not the branches or leaves of the trees. And soon enough a fully grown tree will be strangulated to death. Once it is  thrown on a tree it is practically impossible to get rid of it. If you are trying to save a tree by removing Amar Bel and the affected branches you should burn the vegetation so removed.  You can see this infamous parasite  on the hedge in Karpoor Chand Kulish Garden,  on some trees on Prithviraj Road and on Sardar Patel Road.

Amar Bel Description

Why Burn Dry Leaves?

The trees are already shedding their leaves and it is getting warmer in Jaipur. Every morning the streets and home courtyards are littered with fallen leaves. People gather them up and throw them  in the nearby dumpster, thinking their duty is done. What happens next is the dumpster overflows and there are  heaps  of  dry leaves all around the dumpster. And some kind soul  comes along and sets fire to the piles creating a huge bonfire which burns with huge bursts of flames and later on smokes for hours making breathing difficult for hours in the surrounding area. The dumpster, a valuable public property, is in the middle of this conflagration  and becomes useless after a few of such episodes. Furthermore there are strong winds in summers and the ash left behind is blown away further polluting the atmosphere.

The point is we have to change this mind set of burning trash. It surely is the easiest and the cheapest  way out in the short run. And the trash might belong to you and you might think  you are the best judge of disposing it off.  We have to relegate the idea of burning trash to the dust bins of history.

We dispose off all sorts of things in trash. More often than not now a days even chemicals are thrown away like this. What if we burn some chemical like this and cause a health hazard.

There are some waste water purification plants in the pipeline in Jaipur for providing water to the  gardens of Jaipur. There is one in operation at the Man Sagar Lake already but in my humble opinion we also need a plant which will process these leaves and other bio-degradable wastes because disposing off trash by burning has to go. As this option is expensive our Rajasthan Government will have to help in implementing it. But if you are a do it your self enthusiast and have some space in your garden you can compost the leaves and use it as organic  manure in your garden.

Please visit the links given here below for some more information.

A Guide To Managing Organic Yard Waste

Options For Disposing Of Leaves

Daily Dump Compost At Home An Indian Initiative

An Appeal

The Issue

Children have the right to study and enjoy their childhood. However 50% of school age children in India are not in school today. It is estimated that there are anywhere between 10-20 mn children working as labourers in hazardous industries and being exploited when they should be learning and playing.

Education is the only  key to unlocking these  children’s future, the key which will allow them to lead a dignified and financially independent adult life.

The Plan

GIVE Foundation will use the $1mn grant to for educational sponsorships costing $43 per child per year thus providing access to education to more than 20,000 children through our partner NGOs. All partner NGOs have undergone due diligence, and are highly transparent and credible organizations. They are located across India and provide access to education to underprivileged children, including the girl child, tribal children and children from remote rural areas.

However, so that your vote COUNTS and goes FURTHER we will take the balance of about $90,000 and run a matching campaign that raises an additional $1mn from individual donors. This balance will also help meet the operating costs of running this program, including costs of project monitoring, and tracking including regular quarterly updates.

Each $43 sponsorship will provide books, school bags and uniforms to the children as well as the education i.e. teachers salaries and other costs to ensure a quality education.

The Outcome

More than 20,000 children will be educated for a year with the grant support. In addition over 20,000 children will be educated for a year through matching donations raised from individuals, thus ensuring that in all, more than 40,000 children are educated.

The program aims to make the underprivileged children of India self-reliant and independent by providing them a mainstream education. It is a movement to strengthen the future of the nation, an attempt towards a better life.

Each child we help is one less child that has to work for a living; one less child that has to experience illiteracy; one less child that has no hope for the future.

We believe that there are enough people who want to see this happen, enough people to ensure that we get 40,000 votes that will in turn help to educate 40,000 children. One VOTE = one CHILD!

Vote here : http://apps.facebook.com/chasecommunitygiving/charities/338730

Bloghttp://blog.giveindia.org

Website: http://www.giveindia.org

e.mail:  giveindiachase@gmail.com


Reblog this post [with Zemanta]