Our annual volunteer driven campaign aims at greening Delhi and protecting its existing green cover. In the wake of the various “developmental” activities that a growing Delhi is seeing, its old green trees are being felled, even as 300 more cars are added to Delhi’s roads everyday. Monsoon Wooding is our only hope to breathe in this city- we Plant, Protect and Promote Trees during the monsoon months in Delhi. We plant approximately 2000 trees in Delhi each year and so far have planted and survived over 10000 trees in total. The campaign is partially supported by KHD and is mostly driven by crowdfunding.
Protection and promotion of green spaces in the city, community mobilization for the environment, environmental responsibility
Community identification,green walks,awareness raising and cleanliness drives in communities across Delhi and NCR,sapling distribution and large scale plantation drives, institutional collaborations,creation of urban mini forests
Communities with potential green spaces, school and college students, corporate houses
OUTREACH AND IMPACT
Over the last one decade, we have planted and survived over 10000 trees in total. These plantations have been carried out in collaboration with schools, colleges, RWAs, institutions and organizations.
In 2013, Delhi’s first urban mini forest was created at St Mary’s School, Dwarka
In 2014, Faridabad’s first mini forest with over 600 saplings of 40 species was created in Dhouj. Over 50 volunteers from different parts of the city worked together for 2 days to transform a barren patch of land into a self-sustainable forest.
In 2015, we created food forests, butterfly gardens and native herb gardens with over 2600 saplings across Delhi, Noida and Gurgaon.
Fostering of partnerships with corporate houses such as PwC, Mckinsey, S & P Capital IQ , National Stock Exchange and Boston Consulting Group.
Created a native herb patch at Department of Social work , Delhi University and small green patches at Sarvodya Kanya Vidalaya, Malviya Nagar and Mayoor School, Noida
In 2016, we collaborated with Bitgiving, a crowdfunding platform to raise funds to plant across the city. As a part of the campaign, over 2400 saplings were adopted by individuals and organizations and planted across the city in the form of forests, herb gardens and butterfly gardens. Details here – http://swechha.in/2016/06/20/monsoon-wooding/
Direct engagement of over 5000 volunteers through the campaign
We always wanted to contribute, didn’t know how. Swechha gave us a path; there were wasps around, mosquito bites, but we didn’t mind it. The cause kept us going.