Early on the morning of 11 June 2015, with pits carefully prepared and irrigation tubes in place, 1500 trees of various shapes and sizes stood ready for planting. This was the day Purna Vidya Foundation in Coimbatore would be ‘greened,’ with the help of 60 Central Reserve Police Force trainees, 50 to 60 children from (name of school), VIPs, including the District Inspector General of Police, the District Forest Officer and the Panchayat President, ashram staff and villagers.
The ‘greening’ of the ashram was seen as a win-win by all who joined hands in bringing life to the ashram. Vanitha Mohan, whose organization, Siruthuli, had taken the initiative on their 11th anniversary day to plant trees at Purna Vidya Foundation, celebrated this event with great joy and fulfilment. Kumuda and Maelswamy, volunteers from Siruthuli, were responsible for organizing the event, from delicious food for all 210 guests to the acquisition of the trees.
After handfuls of soil and water from the sacred Ganges were lovingly tossed by guests onto the first planted tree, everyone exuberantly pitched in and planted the rest of the trees. Three hours later, all 1500 trees had been planted . . . an amazing feat of enthusiasm, commitment, community and organization!