Frequently Asked Questions:
What percentage of funding is used for administrative purposes?
Only 12% of total amount is used for administrative purposes.
How do we choose our projects?
We do not target specific projects or place. Instead, people in developing communities come to us for help. We work hard to make it known to the people of these communities that there is help for them to save their lands and their way of life - and that it's free because concerned people here (like you) are aware of the critical problems they are facing and want to help.
As a project succeeds, it isn't long until other communities in that area ask to participate. These days e-mail and our website have greatly sped up this process and therefore the numbers of villages served, with the number of trees planted, is growing rapidly.
How do I know the trees will be planted?
Our newsletter and website, available to all members and prospective members, announce the projects well in advance, as does our annual plan of action & budget is available on our website. Through these same channels, we tell our members of the results, which are based on reports from our local representatives, community leaders and the participants themselves. Essentially, your donation helps support a share of our work for the year. At the beginning of each year we see what the needs are, and try to set a realistic budget for what we can achieve. Then, throughout the year, donations come in that allow us to carry out these projects
How do I know the trees won't be cut?
The projects you support or tree you plant are given the utmost importance and care and we ensure you that for the period of three years of maintenance, they will be under are strict vigilance and surveillance. Even after that we educate the plant owners not to cut the trees.
How can you plant a tree for less than INR 100?
Our work focuses on agro forestry, which involves integrating trees into agriculture. Essentially, while working on agro forestry extension, we end up planting a lot of trees, and we are finding that people strongly support tree planting. Therefore, we leverage this support, and use it to promote agro forestry. That is how we can plant trees for such a low "price." We come up with the figure of INR 100 per tree by taking our annual budget, and dividing it by our estimate of the number of trees planted in a year. Using this methodology, our average cost per tree is right around INR 100. This cost includes all of our overhead, and all fundraising expenses.
Do you plant only indigenous species?
We primarily only use species that are already naturalized in an area or are native to the area, but as many of our projects involve working on degraded lands, one of the main criteria is finding trees that will grow quickly and will establish an environment that allows for the native plant life to return.
In order to restore the biodiversity, we must plant multi-purpose, fast-growing trees to create conditions that allow the native species to thrive. In this process, we are quite careful to avoid using invasive species, but we do not restrict ourselves to strictly native species.
How does your program bring back diversity to degraded lands?
We initially plant multi-purpose, fast-growing trees that lower daytime soil temperatures, provide partial shade, add humus and nutrients to the soil. This creates a microclimate that allows dormant seeds and native trees to germinate and reestablish themselves, which helps to restore much of the former diversity.
However, there are tremendous pressures exerted on these lands by the families who depend on them for their very survival. Our program offers these families important, sustained, income-generating activities that succeed because they also contribute to restoring an environmental balance to the land. Planting trees, without addressing the root causes of the deforestation, will not bring about any long term positive changes.
Why should I donate to eHariyali?
You should donate to us because you care about both people and the environment and because our program brings greater benefits to the people and to the environment we share with them than any other program out there. We plant trees for an average cost of INR 100, and are working closely with communities around India. We offer a grassroots model of development focused on environmental and economic sustainability, and have been doing this for over many years.
Does a third party verify/monitor your tree plantings?
In order to assess our progress, we have our local representative, the community leaders, representatives from the concerned local organizations and, above all, the participants themselves, provide periodic reports and pictures on the progress of the projects. Through these reports, we determine how many trees are planted, how well they survived the initial year, how quickly they grew, any problems that were incurred - and how these problems were overcome. However a random spot verification by reputed third party can be done.
What partners or associations do SARC has?
Let you know in some time
How can I calculate my carbon dioxide emissions?
There are a number of good carbon calculators available on the Internet, therefore we have not created our own. A few that we think are worth looking at are.
What if I want to volunteer in the field with eHariyali?
Some of our partner organizations may have opportunities for internships and volunteers. Please contact us and we will let you know if there are any available opportunities.