GIL - "Growing into Life"
Within the past few years only, too many trees had to give way for large construction projects and streets in Nepal´s capital Kathmandu. Countless small intra-urban holy places with trees (Mahabodhi trees) and shrines, common and natural places of spirituality and respect for nature of life have been sacrificed for becoming a mega-city.
Meanwhile a couple of campaigns have been initiated to countervail the ecological destruction and environmental pollution in Nepal. Long Yang trust decided to support the UNEP - one Billion Tree Campaign with an own initiation. In Kathmandu places of purity and reconnection to spirituality and nature are being created and preserved.
Nature - pilot project with Kathmandu Vidya Mandir School
The Vidya Mandir School in a densely populated neighbourhood at the edge of Boudha and with 500 students aged 3 to 16, was selected for this pilot project by the Long Yang Organisation. Students and teachers jointly agreed to raise and care for 108 little tree seedlings in their schoolyard.
The little trees, growing together with the children will be planted at selected places in the neighbourhood. However, the students will take care of them as an ongoing project. Thus green oasis should be created not only for improving the climate but also for awaking environmental awareness and the value of pure places.
The project was presented at the theme days "Treasure of the Himalaya" in Munich for the first time. Total proceeds from the event go directly to the campaign and the Vidya Mandir School. The first plant campaign starts in May 2010 at the beginning of the monsoon and will be documented via internet.
For this campaign Long Yang trust cooperates with the NGO "Youth for Nature" located in Kathmandu. Suraj Upadhaya, chairman of "Youth for Nature" and forestry student, takes care of the project locally and teaches the students in ecology and nature protection. Further we are looking for german partner schools who wish to participate in GIL and share information with schools in Kathmandu. In the course of the year more schools have been integrated and an ecological network been built: GIL in Rims school
The non-profit Long Yang organisation supports the ecological-spiritual and charitable project „GIL - Growing into Life" financially and with personal know-how.
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RIMS - Readers International Model School in Jorpathi has been the third school, where "Gil - Growing into Life" - a Plantation and Enviromental Program for Children has been introduced. The program is a Nepal - German cooperation and has started in may 2010 in Vidya Mandir School in Boudha.
108 students of RIMS have been choosen to participate in GIl and planted today one of 108 small seedlings of 13 species under guidance of Members of "Youth for Nature" - a nepali NGO founded 2009 by the forestry student Suraj Upadhaya.
"We are all part of Mother Nature no matter where we are born - we need to join and to take care " said Tulku Khyungdor Rinpoche - the Head of the German Association Long Yang, who initiated Gil and has been Chief Guest today in Rim School. During the last 15 years Kathmandu became a concrete jungle, a highly polluted town. Our hope for change lies in the hand of young people who can make a change for future generation - Gil is an initative to encourage everyone to do something for a cleaner and greener planet. The program is supporting UNEP one billion trees campaign and the donation for this school came from www.reiseberichte-welt.de - initalized by a German travel agency.
Visit at Rims School, March 20, 2011