The Indian village that plants 111 trees every time a girl is born

The Indian village that plants 111 trees every time a girl is born

  • March 23, 2020
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In the small Indian village of Piplantri, a tradition was started that for every girl born 111 trees would be planted.

The tradition stemmed from village leader Shyam Sundar Paliwal, after his daughter passed away at a young age. Although Paliwal is no longer the village leader the tradition has been going ever since.

For generations daughters were seen as financial burdens to families, as many villages across India still adopt the dowry system (money, goods or estate that a woman brings to her husband in marriage). And so, this tradition aims to welcome the birth of a girl.

When a girl is born the village comes together and a “trust” of roughly 31,000 rupees ($500) is created for her when she turns 20, to ensure that she will not be a financial burden to her family. Along with this, the parents of the girl sign an affidavit ensuring she will only be married after the age of 18 and has received a proper education.

How many Trees have they planted?

So far more than 250,000 trees have been planted within the community, with every tree cared for just like the daughters of the village.

This initiative has helped create employment within the community, increase social well-being and the environment around them, reduce crime and allow the birth of a girl to be seen as a positive.

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