We have recently begun funding a wonderful charity in Jodphur, India called Bal Basera. It is a residential program for HIV positive children in Rajasthan, where they have come to welcome 65 children with open arms and providing them with a home, education, medicine and tools to ensure growth and independence.
Most of the children at this child care home are orphans who have lost their parents to HIV, they have been alienated by the society for no fault of their own. This includes being given very few rights and little or no education, as well as being rejected by their communities. So Dinesh Joshi, the founder and his team provide unbiased, unprejudiced and fair living conditions to the children so that they grow up into becoming confident adults, not ashamed of their HIV status. Not only do they provide lodging for the children, but also medicine, education and recreational activities.
Bal Basera Child Care Home is a place where these children can play, learn, live and do all sorts of activities that every child is entitled too.
Due to the stigma and misconceptions of HIV/AIDS, the charity has often struggled acquiring accommodation on a permanent basis. Because of this, they have had to move several times over the past few years. Finally through donors they have procured a piece of land, where we will be helping them to build a permanent home, and medical centre.
Our carbon footprint and climate change is something we care deeply about at Coach House. Over the past few years we have made huge inroads into the way we run our business and have many plans going forward. We are investing into renewable energy sources, we have changed every bulb in the building to LED (that’s 2987 bulbs!) and now have a completely new waste management system which ensures that less than 10% of our waste goes to landfill, and the majority recycled or put into waste-to-energy schemes. Not only are we changing what we do in Lancashire but we have recently looked further afield onto how we can help globally, we have started with the Kartigan Project.
At Coach House, as with our valued suppliers and clients, we take our environmental footprint very seriously, as such we have offset our GHG emissions with Permian Global for Scopes 1, 2 & 3 (as defined in the Greenhouse Gas Protocol) by purchasing high quality verified emissions reductions from the Katingan-Mentaya Peatland Restoration and Conservation project on the island of Borneo in Indonesia. Through our support and the support of many others, this project will continue to restore these tropical rainforests, protect the threatened biodiversity, and contribute towards achieving the social development goals of the local communities.
The Katingan Mentaya Project is living proof that carbon finance can combat climate change. The largest program of its kind, it generates an average 7.5 million triple gold certified carbon credits annually; equivalent to taking 2,000,000 cars off the road each year. Each verified carbon unit (VCU) purchased protects a specific endangered forest and prevents a tonne of CO2 from entering the earth's atmosphere. As the largest such project in the world, Katingan Mentaya produces almost 7.5 million VCU's per year.
The project protects vital peatland habitats in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia for five Critically Endangered, eight Endangered and 31 vulnerable species. The protected area is home to between 5 and 10% of the global populations of the Bornean Orangutan, Proboscis Monkey and Southern Bornean Gibbon. Not only this, they are also in partnership with local communities, utilising carbon revenues to ensure natural forest restoration and protection, through activities aligned to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Climate change represents an immediate threat to global ecological and economic stability. The purchase of Katingan Mentaya Project verified carbon credits enables a direct and immediate contribution to reducing that threat, and securing our natural forests.
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