Bollywood actor Aamir Khan recently shared a lovely video on Instagram where he showed how he turned barren land into a jungle with the help of his Paani Foundation. The video shows the team's dedication to convert the barren land into a lush green forest in just two years. The video stated, “The saplings were densely spaced to encourage competition and stimulate growth".
The members of the foundation can be seen planting 2000 saplings in the video. This was possible with the help of the villagers from Satara district, Maharashtra.
Aamir captioned his post, “Really proud of this experiment done by the team. Please watch and give me your reactions. Love.”
The Paani Foundation after being inspired by a Japanese ecologist Akira Miyawaki started on their journey in September 2018. It took two years to complete the project. A careful selection and mix of tree species have resulted in this forest.From credit card to Driving licence, News Rules to implement in India from October 1
In 2016, the Paani Foundation was set up to address the scarcity of water in the villages of Maharashtra. Aamir Khan, his wife Kiran Rao and team Paani had been consistently working towards the water conservation activities in and around Maharashtra. The Ministry of Jal Shakti has hailed and appreciated the foundation for their contribution to conserving water in the drought-prone area in Maharashtra. Aamir Khan and Kiran Rao both thanked the Ministry of Jal Shakti for acknowledging their contribution in water conservation.
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Kiran and I would like to thank the Ministry of Jal Shakti, on behalf of every member of Paani Foundation, for acknowledging our efforts 🙏. Thank you for highlighting this people's movement against drought in Maharashtra. This would not be possible without the support of our donors, and every Maharashtrian who has contributed to this effort, and has been a part of this journey 🙏. Your kind words fill us with hope and strength. We remain steadfast in our efforts, and are humbled to be working alongside thousands of water heroes in Maharashtra. Thank you 🙏 #Repost @ministry_of_jal_shakti • • • • • • Today we celebrate Paani Foundation, founded by renowned actor Sh. Amir Khan and his wife Smt. Kiran Rao. This NGO has been transforming regions of Maharashtra from drought to prosperity. 'Satyamev Jayate Water Cup' was an applauding initiative by the NGO. #celebratingngo
Aamir also took to Twitter and shared a statement thanking Jal Shakti for its ‘kind words’. He wrote, “Kiran and I would like to thank the Ministry of Jal Shakti, on behalf of every member of Paani Foundation, for acknowledging our efforts. Thank you for highlighting this people’s movement against drought in Maharashtra. This would not be possible without the support of our donors, and every Maharashtrian who has contributed to this effort, and has been a part of this journey." The actor further added saying, "Your kind words fill us with hope and strength. We remain steadfast in our efforts and are humbled to be working alongside thousands of water heroes in Maharashtra. Thank you.”
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As per Paani Foundation's website, a 45 days competition is held yearly where thousands of villagers participate to build water conservation structures. Activities like the collection of money, testing of soil and others are involved.