Standing tall in the wind, with branches swinging, are 20 plus 60 trees at our Kalumpang campus. If the land could speak, it will be shouting and jumping with happiness for it will now slowly begin to get cover from the scorching heat, store underground water, see flora and fauna flourish in time. This “ultimate conversion” of the land was made possible through the rain-forest seedlings- planting endeavour by MySkills in collaboration with Penawar Hutan, an initiative by Mr James Gingham.
About a month ago, 68 trees were planted by a group of forty students, some staff as well as directors of MySkills. Prior to that, about twenty seedlings were planted in November/December, as a test case to see the suitability of these seedlings to soil and water conditions. Since these survived, we could confidently embark on our rain-forest- creation scheme. My. Pathi planted the first tree, followed by Mr. Ragavan, our directors. The rest of the team, including staff and students joined in this highly productive activity.
Jagadeswaran, 16, a student, shared that he has never planted a tree before; so toomany of his friends. Anand explained that the forty students at Kalumpang helped the two interns, L.Pavitheran and Mathevan, dig the sixty holes over a period of two weeks. Though the digging was difficult, nevertheless, they enjoyed and appreciated the reason for his physically challenging activity. They were divided into teams of five for his task.
Naresh, a staff at Kalumpang, explained that the philosophy behind this project was multi-pronged. Among these was to help the eco-system regenerate because of deforestation. Another was to give ownership to each student in particular the responsibility to see to the growth of the seedlings. When these students return some time in the future, they will be able to identify themselves with the tree they planted on 21ST April 2018. This idea was the brain-child of Mr. Pathi. Naresh also added that this “one student one tree” concept will be part of the process of changing the mind-set of the students. They will be able to proudly say “this is my tree”.
Come and plant a tree and say “this is my tree”. We will provide this opportunity soon. Stay in touch with us!