Chinthana Foundation, Ajjampura, Karnataka
Contact: Mr. G. Channappa
Dates: October 2018 – September 2021
Total Budget: Rs. 10,91,545
2020 Budget: Rs. 3,10,950
In its second year, Chinthana Foundation has continued implementation of the project in five schools (Arabala, Garagadahalli, Nandipura, Muguli and Bankanakatte) near Ajjampura, Karnataka with cooperation and support from school children and teachers. Work completed this year included installing or repairing barbed wire fencing to protect the planted trees from animals and intruders. Various types of trees (upwards of 965) were planted on school properties with the participation of school children, teachers and management. Children were also educated on the different types of trees as part of this work. Coconut fibrous husk was used for mulching to hold the water in ground for the plants. Trees and plants were also distributed to the students for planting in their yards with the help of their parents. These children enjoy caring for these trees at their homes. 50 percolation pits were dug (4 cubic ft each) to collect rainwater. This rainwater was used for watering the plants after the rainy season. In addition, a much larger pit (30x20x3 ft) for storing water was constructed in Garagadahalli school area. Various vegetables, grown in kitchen garden units started in three schools late 2019, were used for mid-day meals. This has saved each school about Rs.4,500 in expenses.