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Our Vision

To inspire people to plant trees, develop a culture of care towards the environment and re-establish their connection with nature.

Our Mission

To increase the green cover of Tamil Nadu by 10% in order to reverse desertification, reduce soil erosion, restore self-sufficiency, recreate sustainability and survive climate change. cache

Through education, mass people participation, agro-forestry initiatives and most importantly, community participation, we aim to provide the necessary inspiration and support to plant 114 million trees in the shortest span of time possible.

Children

A child’s sensitivity and understanding about what is best to do for the environment outshines most adults. Our model Green School Movement works with children between the ages of 11 - 16 and provides them an opportunity to get directly involved in all aspects of environmental conservation - right from sowing seeds to planting and nurturing a tree. This experience builds eco-consciousness in each child and open their mind to treat trees and nature as a part of themselves.

Ownership

For initiatives to become self sustaining, communities need to be inspired and motivated, with all parties benefiting through their fullest inclusion and participation. The key responsibility of Project GreenHands is to transfer the ownership of the saplings to the individuals who plant them. These individuals take up the commitment of watering and nurturing the saplings into trees. The model of Project GreenHands is to enable people to assume responsibility of the trees planted.

Grassroots Volunteering

Isha volunteers are the building blocks of Isha Foundation. Anyone can be a volunteer with Project GreenHands. Wherever possible, our project leaders enable teams of Isha volunteers, school children and corporate employees to support the nursery activities. Spending a day in the nursery, while working with the earth and soil draws people from various backgrounds right into the heart of the project. This bridges the gap between people and the environment, which may arise from living in cities without regular exposure to nature.

Farmers

Isha volunteers are the building blocks of Isha Foundation. Anyone can be a volunteer with Project GreenHands. Wherever possible, our project leaders enable teams of Isha volunteers, school children and corporate employees to support the nursery activities. Spending a day in the nursery, while working with the earth and soil draws people from various backgrounds right into the heart of the project. This bridges the gap between people and the environment, which may arise from living in cities without regular exposure to nature