PARWD, Educating on the Conservation of Endangered Medicinal Plants

The People’s Association for Rural Women Development Trust (PARWD) is an environmentally-conscious, sustainable development initiative located in Madurai, India.

Established in 1992, PARWD supports impoverished women and children in the rural tribal areas of Tamil Nadu through environmentally sustainable development programs that promote recycling, waste management, and environmental conservation. PARWD’s newest project, Educating on the Conservation of Endangered Medicinal Plants, will educate communities about the environmental, social, and cultural consequences of widespread deforestation in the region.

Over the next 12 months, PARWD’s team of volunteers will visit local schools in order to teach students and their families about the connections between environmental conservation, the preservation of traditional medicinal plants, and community health.

Additionally, PARWD will provide 50 students from Amutham Higher Secondary School (ages 11 to 18) with training on the cultivation of 10 different species of medicinal plants. Participating students will be organized into youth volunteer teams that will strategically plant medicinal botanicals throughout the region.

GRANT AWARD DATE: October 5, 2015