Village In India Plants 111 Trees When A Girl Is Born. Here's Why.


Historically, many rural Indian villages thought daughters were a burden.

In fact, according to One Green Planet, rural villages under the dowry system showed bias in favor of males while women were often married before they turned 18. Additionally, women did not receive a proper education.

But Piplantri, a village in India, combats this idea by celebrating daughters and providing incentive for a positive upbringing.

Everytime a daughter is born, the village honors her by planting 111 trees throughout the land.

Along with planting the trees, the village offers monetary deposits for families with daughters to collect after 20 years. 

"We make these parents sign an affidavit promising that they would not marry her off before the legal age, send her to school regularly and take care of the trees planted in her name," Shyam Sundar Paliwal, the man responsible for starting the initiative, told The Hindu in 2013.

Gehrilal Balai, a father, planted 111 saplings in the village last year.

He "said he felt the same happiness in looking after the saplings as lulling his daughter to sleep," Hindustan Times reported.

"Now we have decided we will plant a sapling on her each birthday," Balai added in the report. 

As a whole, the project not only helps women, but it also promotes and builds a greener environment for the community to live in.

So far, in the last six years, over a quarter of a million trees have been planted, according to an article on

It's a fantastic, beautiful feat.

(H/T: Reddit)