India has many natural resources. One of these is large forests. Unfortunately, many people living in rural villages use wood for cooking which affects the forests. India faces serious forest fires due to severe summers and this is affecting the environment. Every year the water table is going down. Both government and nongovernmental organizations for many years have been promoting reforestation and protection of forests. From 1992, with the generous support of Andy and Brooke Nixon of Brunswick, Maine, USA. We have raised thousands and thousands of seedlings each year and have freely distributed them. We have done this in a massive scale. We have visited hundreds of villages and schools to educate on the importance of reforestation. We have planted in public places such as: schools, public offices, pilgrimage centers, anandashram, home for the aged, TB sanatorium, roadsides, villages and new settlements. Farmers have planted along their fields. Over the years this program has provided work for hundreds of unskilled laborers, brought awareness on the importance of tree plantation and ecological balance and involved many in this noble cause. We were able to produce a 20 minute video explaining the importance of tree plantation. We printed and distributed thousands of leaflets explaining the importance of reforestation. We were well received and have been very successful. There is a great need to continue this worthy program. FCN takes up this new venture. Please join us.

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Climate change Rural Poverty
CO2 capture Hunger
Carbon Credits Neem Trees
Habitat Protection Community-based Solutions
Biological Diversity Leadership for a Sustainable Future
Water Conservation Charitable Contributions
Soil Erosion  

What do all these have in common?
A contribution to plant "neem trees" in India will address the challenges of all these issues, meanwhile enriching the lives of the rural poor and minimizing a cause of global warming.

How can you do that?
Planting and caring for trees can help break the cycle of rural poverty. Specifically our goals are to protect the local water table, to mitigate the effects of droughts and soil erosion, to provide food, fuel, building materials and medicinal benefits: and to accomplish these objectives through a cost-effective community-based program.

How do we do that?
Over the last fifteen years we have planted countless trees at an approximate cost of 10¢ per seedling. To lower costs and to ensure the continued viability of the program we organized it locally using social workers, teachers, and school children to plant and care for the seedlings. With our costs limited to nursery production, distribution and education we can plant 1,000 trees for $100.

This program has potential beyond its present limits and it is our hope that you will consider supporting our efforts. Perhaps you are evaluating one of the many evolving carbon credit schemes. The average American emits the equivalent of 24 metric tons of CO2 annually. It is estimated that these emissions could be offset through purchasing carbon credits in the range of $300.

This program offers much more. You will provide a direct benefit to sustaining the earth, help the rural poor to improve their lives, and educate a portion of the global community in the importance of environmental stewardship.

Neem trees were chosen for several reasons. The tree is fast growing, drought resistant, has a well-developed root system, is evergreen with a widely spread branch system, and its fruits are prized for their medicinal value. In India it is known as the “Divine Tree”. On a lesser scale, at several locations, we also plant fruit trees.

Kindly join us in this venture. Please be assured that all funds contributed to this program will go directly to support reforestation efforts.




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