Interview with B.Manohar Reddy, Akshada Foundation

1nellore.com caught up with the busy Manohar Reddy, Akshada Foundation. Here’s what followed…

1.What is this buzz about lakhs of saplings being planted in Nellore?

Nellore District administration is planning to plant about 4 lakh samplings in the coming weeks.

2. Government plants saplings every year. What is special this year?

This is a massive tree plantation program that is very unique. This is a collaborative effort of DWMA, AP Social Forestry Department, 3573 Government Schools, 249872 school children and Akshada Foundation. Under this initiative, 3,91,842 saplings are about to be planted in the next few weeks, and they will be monitored for an year to ensure that all of them survive. This program also has the blessings of the District Collector Mr.B.Sridhar

3. How does Akshada ensure that the plants survive after they are planted?

Akshada educates students about the need for trees, and motivates them to plant a sapling. Akshada provides the sapling and the ‘MY Tree’ card which the students use to record the growth of the plant for an year.

  • Each student is given only one tree, so that they can focus completely on that
  • The student takes care of the plant and records the growth status monthly on the ‘MY Tree’ progress card
  • If the plant dies in the middle of the year, the student is given a another sapling
  • All students get a ‘Green Crusader’ certificate at the end of the year
  • The best nurtured tree is selected from each school group and that student is given a special certificate.

4. Do you have any past experience in this type of work?

Akshada Foundation has already done a pilot of the plant monitoring in the past years. Under the pilot, 500 children from 5 schools were selected and each were given a sapling and a ‘MY Tree’ card to record the progress of the growth of the plant. At the end of the year, an impressive 420 saplings survived.

5. Beyond protecting plants, do you have any bigger objective behind ‘MY Tree’?

This program is not about just saving a plant for an year. It is about creating a lifelong bond between the student and the plant, and making the student a green warrior

6. How can an average Nellore citizen help you?

You can donate any amount of money to the program:

  • You can adopt a complete school, village/town or mandal where this program is being carried out
  • For amounts more than 10,000/-, donors name will be printed on the ‘MY Tree’ cards and donors will be sent quarterly status of their plants.

Print ‘MY Tree’ cards:

  • Print as many ‘MY Tree’ cards as you can and donate them to Akshada

Volunteer:

  • Create awareness about this program by sharing this information

7. I want to donate money? Who should I contact?

  • You can transfer or deposit money to the Corporation Bank account of Akshada Foundation
    • If you are sending from the same bank: Corporation Bank, Nellore  A/c No: 2509 and Branch No: 2095
    • If you are transferring from a different bank: Corporation Bank, Nellore A/c No: SB 01002509 and IFSC NO: CORP0002095
    • You can send a crossed check or DD in favor of Akshada Foundation payable at Nellore to the address given below
    • You can visit Akshada Foundation office in person, handover cash and get a receipt. Address is given below.


How can you reach Akshada Foundation?

B Manohar Reddy

Akshada Foundation
27/603, 3rd Street,
Chandramouli Nagar,
Opp. Nippo Factory,
Nellore – 524 004
Andhra Pradesh, India

Ph: +91-861-2304848
Mobile : +91 – 9492934142
Email : info@akshada.org
Web: http://www.akshada.org

 

 

Nellore students take up massive green drive under My Tree programme

The District Water Management Agency (DWMA) and Akshada Foundation have come together for a massive afforestation programme under NREGS. 5 lakh seedlings of fruit bearing and shade providing trees are being provided to schools as well as to students. These include fruit-bearing trees such as guava, amla and drumstick, and shade trees such as Pongamia (Kanuga in Telugu).

District collector Mr B. Sridhar has launched the programme formally at the ZP High School in Amancherla village in Nellore Rural Mandal on 12th December 2011.

Akshada Foundation is involving 5,50,000 students studying in government schools from the elementary section to high school in the district. Some of these seedlings of shade trees will be planted on the premises of schools all over the district. Fruit-bearing trees will be distributed to all students for raising at their homes.

To involve the students in nurturing and protecting these plants, a My Tree history card is being given by Akshada Foundation along with each seedling to record the growth of the plant every month. Akshada Foundation Chairman Mr B Manohar Reddy said that Akshada would also monitor plant growth with help from teachers. A photograph will be taken at the time of plantation along with the student and it will be repeated once in six months to create a bond between the plant and the student. Students have to produce the history card before the teacher every month.

Project Director of DWMA, Mr Yugandhar, said that DWMA is making arrangements to transport the seedlings from the nurseries to schools and is planning to take up plantation on a single day all over the district like the pulse polio programme. It will provide funds for pitting and filling the plantation in schools.

Akshada Foundation

Akshada Foundation was launched on 25th January 2010 to further the cause of Indian government’s mission of Education for All. In addition, Akshada also involves school children in various social causes in the areas of environment, health, etc.,

Akshada Foundation
27/603, 3rd Street,
Chandramouli Nagar, Opp. Nippo Factory,

Nellore,  AP  524 004
India

Work Phone: work+91-861-204848
Cell Phone: cell+91–9492934142
Work Email: bmr@akshada.org
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