Project GreenHands (PGH) is a grassroots ecological initiative established by Isha Foundation. It has grown out of a deep concern for the global effects of deforestation and land degradation, and in particular, for the rapidly degrading ecology of Tamil Nadu. PGH aims to take corrective measures to increase the green cover, restore soil health and manage natural resources appropriately. Towards this end, PGH has successfully overseen the planting of more than 14 million trees by over 2 million volunteers since its inception in 2005. In 2006, 856,000 trees were planted in just 3 days, which earned the project a place in the Guinness Book of World Records.
Action for Rural Rejuvenation (ARR) is a multi-dimensional program with a holistic approach towards improving the overall health and quality of life of the rural poor. Applying innovative ideas such as Mobile Health Clinics, Rural Health Centers and Rural Olympics, ARR aims to give rural people far more than just economic or administrative help; it seeks to transform the life of the rural poor. Since 2003, ARR has reached more than 4600 villages, serving a population of over 7 million people.
India’s rural youth have the potential to contribute to and share in the growth of their country. Yet due to low-quality education, many young Indians graduate from school without the basic skill sets necessary to gain employment and pursue higher education. Isha Vidhya was founded as a means for transforming the lives of rural children by providing affordable, high-quality education where it is otherwise unavailable. Isha Vidhya functions on a grass-roots level, relying on community involvement and the support of innumerable volunteers and donors. The seven Isha Vidhya schools have over 3000 students enrolled, 60% of whom are supported by full-time scholarships.