One of the coolest traditions we’ve heard of at I Love Nature is the tradition that has sprung up in the village of Piplantri. There, the tradition states that every time a girl is born in the village everyone in the community helps to plant 111 trees. The tradition was started after a village leader had lost his beloved daughter at an early age and wanted to do something to honor her memory. It caught on and now the world is just a little bit greener every day.
Part of the tradition helps the newborn girls have a future. When they’re born, the community and the girl’s parents chip in and pay into a trust of about $500, which is set aside in a 20 year fixed deposit for the girls. This helps the girl get started in life and eases the burden that is often placed on families to provide a dowry.
In exchange for this incredible gift, the parents sign an agreement that the daughter will not marry until she is at legal age, has received a proper education, and that the trees planted have been cared for.
The project has other ancillary benefits. The fruit trees planted for the girls help sustain the community. To protect the freshly planted trees and protecting them from termites, the villagers plant aloe at their base. This means there’s plenty of materiel available to make health and food products, which has created a source of income for several families in town.