Being born a girl can be risky in some parts of the world. In communities where a dowry is expected at the time of marriage, and where education is not offered to girls so that they can earn an equal wage, a baby girl is often seen as a liability rather than as a child to be celebrated. To offset this negative view of being female, the village of Piplantri, India has chosen to overcome the stigma of being born female by planting 111 trees every time a girl is born. The 350,000 trees that have been planted thus far have become a source of beauty and sustenance for this forward thinking village.

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  • RameshShah

    Honoring the Girl birth & Women Movement in an unique way. WOW!

  • Savita

    The beauty of the plan.

  • Sarafina Nwokenta

    Wow! What great idea . . . Trees will last and last, plus preserve nature! I am most impressed with the significance of the number of trees - 111 - May the lives of our daughters be indeed successful. Truly inspiring!

  • Kathryn

    Everything! That women are celebrated and honored by the planting of trees is such a wonderful way to honor our Mother Earth too. That the family of the girls take care of the trees that are planted in their name. And that they include their brothers in the honoring too.

  • Bob Gest

    I am just blown away by the people in this village. Wouldn't it be great if this was replicated in some areas all over the world? I have never understood how the value of girls/women/females is so undervalued.

  • Tip

    EVERYTHING!!!!!! Hooray for this village and their attitude! I hope it spreads to the rest of India and to the rest of the world!!

  • Margaret Thompson

    I love the fact that the project was initiated by a man as a way of recognizing the value of women in his culture. It would be interesting to conduct a study of the girls in that community to see if they are better educated and become more self- sufficient. I'd also like to know if the project has had positive impacts on the men in the community.

  • Carrie

    Tears of hope and joy that there is good still in the world!

  • Patrick Watters

    The β€œsacred feminine” continuing to create in the image of Divine LOVE. }:- a.m.

  • Caroline

    A wonderful, thoughtful and creative way of celebrating the gift of women to the community! I love it! πŸŒ³πŸŒ³πŸŒ³πŸŒ³πŸŒ³πŸŒ³πŸŒ³πŸŒ³πŸŒ³πŸŒ³πŸŒ³πŸŒ³πŸŒ³πŸŒ³πŸŒ³πŸŒ³πŸŒ³πŸŒ³πŸŒ³πŸŒ³πŸŒ³πŸŒ³πŸŒ³πŸŒ³πŸŒ³πŸŒ³πŸŒ³πŸŒ³πŸŒ³πŸŒ³πŸŒ³πŸŒ³πŸŒ³πŸŒ³πŸŒ³πŸŒ³πŸŒ³πŸŒ³πŸŒ³πŸŒ³πŸŒ³πŸŒ³πŸŒ³πŸŒ³πŸŒ³πŸŒ³πŸŒ³πŸŒ³πŸŒ³πŸŒ³πŸŒ³πŸŒ³πŸŒ³πŸŒ³πŸŒ³πŸŒ³πŸŒ³πŸŒ³πŸŒ³πŸŒ³πŸŒ³πŸŒ³πŸŒ³πŸŒ³πŸŒ³πŸŒ³πŸŒ³πŸŒ³πŸŒ³πŸŒ³πŸŒ³πŸŒ³πŸŒ³πŸŒ³πŸŒ³πŸŒ³πŸŒ³πŸŒ³πŸŒ³πŸŒ³πŸŒ³πŸ’•πŸ’•

  • Lucas Wellness

    Great to see this. More good for the people and the planet.

  • Kristin Pedemonti

    What a beautiful, meaningful and lasting way to celebrate girls & honor their worthβ™‘

  • Wendy

    Girls are marginalized in so many parts of the world. What a beautiful example Piplantri has set to change people's perceptions.

  • Sethi

    Thank you . An inspirational message which should be shared and spread across the globe .

  • Nila vora

    wonderful story about what a visionary leader can accomplish. thank you for sharing this story.

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