10% For The Planet Update: Sadhana Forest March 2018
Ahimsa Eco is happy to share that we were able to raise funds from our very first 10% For The Planet initiative for the months of February and March 2018 to donate to Sadhana Forest, thanks to all of the people who have chosen to say no to disposable plastic by purchasing our products. This money donated will provide five families (in Kenya, India or Haiti) with access to clean drinking water; and plant 250 trees, nurturing them to full growth and food production.
We first encountered Sadhana Forest on our trip to South India in 2015, where we met their founder Aviram Rozin – truly one of the most humble, selfless and inspiring people we have ever met! We were so moved by the organization’s heartfelt efforts to combat climate change globally and to address malnutrition through reforestation with native food-bearing trees, that we decided they would be the first organization that Ahimsa Eco would support with our 10% For The Planet initiative.
Sadhana Forest was founded by Aviram and his wife Yorit in 2003, with the vision to transform 70 acres of severely eroded arid land on the outskirts of Auroville, India. Since then, they have trained over 20,000 people in agroforestry and planted more than 140,000 trees, creating water and food security on three continents. Sadhana Forest won the third place in the Humanitarian Water and Food Award (WAF) 2010, and Aviram is now a member of the Global Restoration Council and an observer to the Conference Of Parties (COP) for the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD).
“What we are doing to the forests of the world is but a mirror reflection of what we are doing to ourselves and to one another.” ― Mahatma Gandhi
Wes recently chatted with Aviram about his journey from leaving a high profile position as the CEO of a medical device company to becoming the founder of an international non-profit combating climate change. Aviram shares how he followed his inner instincts to let go of the need for safety into order to give him the courage to find his true calling. This letting go guided him into a more fulfilling life of service, working with forestry and nature.
Take a moment to sit back, relax and be inspired by this great humanitarian!