Cofounders and Project directors
We cofounded Project Teak in the summer of 2009 in order to alleviate the concerns of the participating farmers about the Project Jatropha's viability. The global recession played a major role in their skepticism. In order to give them assurance that we were in this project for the long haul, we came up with this bonus package, in which we distributed teak, silver oak, and pongamia saplings. Teak and Silver Oak trees, which are tropical hardwood, are famous and valued for their weather resistance. They are used to make outdoor furniture, doors, and window frames. Project Teak is providing a future long term source of revenue for farmers compared to the more immediate and short term economic benefits of Jatropha curcas. In 2009, for Phase I of Project Teak, we have distributed 813 teak, 1279 silver oak, and 225 pongamia saplings to 22 farmer leaders of Phase I and II.
In 2010 summer we expanded Project Teak as a part of Global Call to Youth. Though Project Teak has become a subdivision of Global Call to Youth, we are keeping this web page separate as we plan to record the activities involving adult farmers here as opposed to the activities involving rural schools which will be covered in Global Call to Youth main page.
Please contact Apoorva at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in sponsoring Teak, Silver Oak, and Pongamia saplings to farmers or rural high schools.