We are happy to inform that the German Consulate General donated the profits from the Charity Christmas Market to a reforestation project in the Sundarbans by the German consulting agency SOCEO gGMBH. The yearly charity market has been successfully providing a platform to various NGOs and fair trade organization’s from Kolkata and outside to not only showcase their products at the fair but also to network and create awareness among visitors which can help them to continue their social projects in a better way.
The project aims at the preservation and protection of
the mangrove ecosystem by planting 10.000 mangrove trees at two sites in
Sundarbans. The initiative will be executed by the local partner Mritika
Prayas, a non-governmental organisation, which is also running a knowledge
center in the Sundarbans. This will not only help the ecosystem to recover, but
also provide local people with an opportunity to earn a living by collecting
honey from the trees. The program will be conducted under the guidance and the
surveillance of experts.
The Deputy Consul General, Mr. Jürgen Thomas Schrod,
signed the contract with representatives of Mritika Prayas in the presence of
the members of SOCEO.