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A man singlehandedly created a forest in ASSAM
Jadav Payeng turned a barren sandbar in North East India (Assam) into a lush new forest ecosystem. Thousands of trees, animals ranging from the rhinoceros, tigers to the other inhabitants: rabbits, wild boars, apes, thousands of birds and hundreds of elephants. With meagre income to support his family from selling milk of his buffalo and cow, Molai is unperturbed about his own comforts and continues to work determinedly to make a difference.
Jadav Molai Payeng
JadavPayeng turned a barren sandbar in North East India (Assam) into a lush new forest ecosystem.

In, 1979, massive floods eroded the land and caused widespread damage. A 16 year old then, Mr Jadav Payeng Molai, watched in horror as some of the most endangered species of life, getting washed up and dying due to no habitation and excessive heat.

Time and again, his requests to the forest department to habitat the environment got him no results. As most of the forest officials believe that virtually nothing would grow in the dry sandbar.
Deeply disappointed with their indifference, he came up with a decision to single handedly grow bamboo trees so that some habitation would revive and give shelter to some animals.

This journey meant giving up his comfort zone, his village, his education, his career dreams, his family and stay on in the barren area till afforestation became a possibility.

Initially the quality of the soil was not befitting for any afforestation efforts, he took soil from his village and even the ants, specially the red ants to make the soil conducive to grow trees.
His efforts finally paid off. Thousands of trees, animals ranging from the rhinoceros, tigers to the other inhabitants: rabbits, wild boars, apes, thousands of birds and hundreds of elephants.

A very humble and unassuming person, Molai continues to live in the forest with his family, wife and three children. An unsung hero, he is eager to work more to bring about a change in the local environment by planting more trees, and working more in the other parched forest areas.
With meagre income to support his family from selling milk of his buffalo and cow, Molai is unperturbed about his own comforts and continues to work determinedly to make a difference.

Locals call this as “MolaiKathoni” in the local Assamese language which means Molai’s forest.
 
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