Abisha from India

 

Hello, My name is Abisha.

I started attending the children activity centre of HEAL, the partner organisation of tdh Germany India Programme as young adolescent student of 10th standard. More than the academic support, awareness session on child rights along with sports & games were the activities that attracted me and my friends to join the children activity centre. Simultaneously I took leadership in starting the eco club in my school with the support of staff team members of HEAL. As a lead person of the eco club I and my team of 20 other students planted coastal native species trees within the premises of the school. I along with HEAL actively participated in the coastal restoration work in the Manakudy Estuary, Chothavali Beach and Sanguthurai Beach which were the most biodiversity sensitive zone of Kanyakumari. Under my leadership we, the youth members planted more than 25,000 seeds of Rizophora and Avicennia to restore the estuary in Manakudy. As I come from the fishermen community that completely depends on fishing, I and my friends witnessed natural disasters tsunami in Dec, 2004 and Ockhi cyclone in Dec, 2017 that had grossly affected our Kanyakumari region. The impact of these natural disasters has helped me to understand climate change issues as well as fuelled my motivation to conserve natural resources. I hold the position of President of Heal Youth Federation and the post of Treasurer of the Eco Youth, Tamil Nadu – State Level Youth Network for Ecological Rights.

 

I presented the coastal ecology conservation efforts in the State level youth networks as well as the National Youth Convention conducted by terre des hommes Germany in India. Volunteering as a youth to manage the children activity centre of HEAL gives me satisfaction. As a children activity centre facilitator I have organized workshops on child protection for 30 children and conduct regular child protection audits with the participation of the students. I have been organizing sensitization programs through door to door campaign on water resources conservation, natural resource management and solid waste management in the villages of Kanyakumari by joining hands with other youth members. I am one of the key trainers of the sustainable farming which has trained nearly 300 farmers in Kanyakumari on organic farming methods.