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Walk With Janisha And Plant A Tree
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    Created by

    Stephan Marchal
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    This fundraiser will benefit

    The GHNP Community-based Ecotourism Cooperative

    from Banjar, Himachal Pradesh;HP

Who is Janisha ?

Janisha Marchal, 9 years old, lives in a small village called Bihar near the Great Himalayan National Park in Himachal Pradesh, India.
Janisha loves to walk or run around the national park with her dog and her friends because the air, water and trees here are pristine. But she is saddened by the loss of trees and the spread of forest fires. She says the trees talk to her to relate their pain: “People cut me down and make forest fire.”

Her concern is legitimate

The pain is also being felt in the village of Pekhri, just outside the national park. The spread of coronavirus has meant that tourism in the Himalayas has come to a virtual stop with a devastating impact on many of the 500 people in Pekhri who depend on tourists for their livelihood.

Janisha wants to help

Janisha wants to help these people and also protect the environment, but cannot do it alone. You can help by taking part in “Walk With Janisha” campaign, a virtual walk with three objectives

First, we encourage you to walk in your neighbourhood for your own health. Walk any time, anywhere, with anyone. Walk inside your house or outside, but walk at least 1 km a day. 
Second, use the walk to raise funds for planting trees in the Himalayas. Our goal is to raise Rs 250,000 to plant about 1,000 native trees. We encourage you to donate money for this purpose. 
Third, planting trees aims to put the jobless local people of Pekhri to work while also protecting the environment.

What we have done so far

Janisha will be leading the walk. Come join Janisha by making a donation. The campaign starts on September 1 and continues until October 30, 2020.
Support the cause by encouraging others to walk and sharing the link. Help to plant at least one tree per person to protect livelihoods and the environment in the Himalayas.
A combination of fruit, fodder, and timber trees will be planted for diversity, such as: Silver oaks, Walnut trees, Horse Chestnut, Moru Oak, Himalayan Cedar, Apricot trees, Prunus armeniaca and poplars.

Next plan

“Walk with Janisha” is just a start. The larger plan is to reforest 2 km2 (2,000 hectares) during 2020-22 and 20+ km2 beyond this date. 
Here are a few packages:
A: We will plant one tree for your donation of INR 250 (USD 5 if outside India).
B: We will plant four trees and a "Thank you email" for INR 1,000 (USD 20).
C: We will plant ten trees and mail you a certificate for INR 2,500 (USD 50).
D: We will plant 40 trees, geotag the area, and send you a picture of the area and a certificate for INR 10,000 (USD 200).
This project will involve people with no work and no income in planting trees, protecting forests, and increasing awareness on the environment and climate change.

The project area is completely barren

The 2 sq. km to be reforested. The area 1 was reforested thanks to previous donations.

Tree planted in August 2020 with the village Pekhri in the background.

Meeting with some of the villagers of Pekhri.

Campaign supported by Stephan Marchal, Mohan Reddy Attipalli and Emmanuel D'Silva

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