Here is an astonishing story of wonder hero named Mr. Jadav Payeng Molai from Assam, a northeastern state of India. Today he is in his 50s, relentlessly working since last 34 years for a cause he believed in with all his heart.
He spent his entire adult life in planting trees which resulted in dense, full grown forest spread on 550 hectare of sandbar in the middle of the Brahmaputra.
His story started when he was just a teenager. It was 1979, when he was just 16 year old teenager, massive flood hit the region which caused wide spread destruction resulted in large number of dead snakes washed on to the sandbar which died due to the heat.
Jadav literally mourned over their dead bodies as they died just because of there were no trees to shelter them.
He informed about this to forest department and requested them to grow trees on that barren sandbar. They rejected his suggestion on account of that land being unable to grow anything. Instead they asked Jadav to try growing bamboo.
He was deeply disappointed with their attitude and indifference, but still accepted their suggestion and started growing bamboo.
He left his village, his education, his home and started living alone on the sandbar to take care of his trees day in and day out. He also put efforts to change the quality of soil, by transferring red ants from his village to sandbar which altered the properties of barren land.
He nurtured his bamboo trees and within few years successfully turned the sandbar into a thick bamboo grove which led him to decide to grow other types of trees.
And today, a singe man's determination and dedication has resulted in early 1400 acres of forest consisting of variety of flora and fauna.
This forest has variety of several thousand trees and gives shelter to diversified wildlife. It has not just turned into a home to over hundreds of deer, apes, birds, rabbits, snakes but also became a secure place to live for endangered animals like rhino and royal bengal tiger.
It has been noticed that a herd of more than 100 elephants visits the forest regularly and also 5 tigers are living there.
Local people refer to this forest as “Molai kathoni” in Assamese which aptly means Molai's Forest.
Jadav still leads very humble life. He constructed a small house in the forest and lives with his family, comprising of his wife and three children.
He sells buffalo and cow milk to earn his livelihood. He loves and cares for trees and animals like his own children.