|Thousands of mangrove saplings are planted each year|
I want to say something about a friend of mine here in west Wales who is planning to celebrate her 60th birthday by organising a benefit for a project on the other side of the world.
Sarah Wright, who runs her own business, Sustainable Solutions, based in Cardigan, is raising money for Mangro, a community based regeneration scheme in Orissa, one of the poorest regions of India.
It’s a cause close to her heart, as the project is run by a charity set up by her own family.
Sarah’s parents started the Integrated Village Development Trust (IVDT), which is based in Oxford, about 25 years ago.
One of the charity’s projects, MANGRO is a community-based mangrove regeneration initiative in Kendrapara, Orissa, where more than fifty villages are working, with the help of the charity, to protect themselves against the consequences of climate change, and to prepare for an uncertain future. This is where proceeds of Sarah’s benefit birthday party will go.
The charity’s priority is to help the most marginalised people – women and children, dalits and tribals. IVDT works in rural communities in parts of India which are being left behind by progress, leaving many people even more vulnerable than before.
It is also important to the charity that the project beneficiaries themselves become empowered and are able to take control of their future.
In addition to the work in India, IVDT is involved with campaigns in the UK, trying to address practices and change attitudes which have helped to create some of the most serious problems which are faced in the project areas.
For those who are local and want to support the cause, Sarah’s benefit birthday party is at the CastleCafé Cellar Bar in Cardigan on Saturday, September 22.
There will be live music, the bar will be open and Indian food will be served.
Tickets are £5 and are available at the Pwllhai producers’ market (Thursdays and Saturdays), at the Eco-shop in Cardigan and at the Castle Cafe.
To find out more about the IVDT Trust and how to donate, please visit the website: http://www.ivdtrust.org/pages/projects/mangro.php
The MANGRO Nature Reserve was set up five years ago on derelict land. It is now a
wonderful sanctuary for wildlife, especially birds.