Pax Earth is committed to a clean, green and sustainable environment. It is performing its duty to nature and earth by involving in tree plantation time and again. Effort of organisation is not limited to quantities of trees being planted but on the survival of these trees. Since June 2018, the organisation has been gradually involved in creating one fruit garden each at Shree Raktakali Primary School, Shree Kalika Primary School and Shree Seti Devi Primary School located in Namobuddha Municipality of Kavrepalanchok district of Nepal.

In the same project line, Pax Earth organised a tree plantation program in each of these three schools on July 3, 2019. A 6-members’ Pax Earth team led by president Sujan Koirala along with secretary Manohar, board member Laxman Pd. Neupane, members Debraj Ghimire and Sital Mainali, and fruit development expert Ramhari Prasad Upadhyay visited these three schools and involved in planting 37 fruit saplings.

In Seti Devi Primary School, the team involved the students of class four and five for planting the saplings. Thanks to the courtesy of fruit development expert Ramhari Prasad Upadhyay, the students and the teachers could learn to plant the saplings systematically. They planted total 9 saplings in this school – 2 avocado, 2 orange, 2 pomegranate, 1 mandarin and 2 lemon. In Shree Kalika Primary School, the team involved the students in panting the saplings. Again, fruit development expert Upadhyay demonstrated them to plant the sapling systematically. Then, the students followed to plant. They planted total 3 saplings in this school – 1 avocado, 1 pomegranate and 1 orange. In Shree Raktakali Primary School too, the students of class four and five were involved from digging the holes to planting the saplings. Again, expert Upadhyay guided the students to plant the fruit saplings systematically. They planted total 6 fruit saplings in this school – 1 avocado, 1 orange, 1 pomegranate, 2 mandarin and 1 lemon.

The next day, the community people planted 19 saplings of flowers and fruits at the premises of Raktakali Temple: an important religious site for the community people in the Kot Timal village following the guidelines provided by the organisation. These saplings were handed over by the Pax Earth team in the previous day. The saplings include 13 flowers – Indrakamal 3, China Rose 4, Neeljai 2, Rose 2 and Hibiscus 2; and 6 fruits – orange 1, mandarin 2, kumquat 2 and lemon 1.

Whatever the effort Pax Earth has been putting, until and unless the community people and the schools care for it, it would be futile. Hence, the organisation has sought a strong commitment from the community people and the school authority for taking a good care of the planted trees and for their survival. The commitment of the community people and school authority has reflected in the survival of the planted trees. At Seti Devi School, 7 fruit trees (5 pears and 2 apples) have survived. At Kalika school, 50 fruit and wild trees (4 chestnut, 3 pears, 5 apples, 1 pomegranate, 3 mandarin, 2 lemon, 2 persimmons, 2 camphor, 1 paulownia, 1 buddhachitta, 2 gooseberry and 24 wild trees) have survived. Two apple trees have already started to bear fruits in this school. At Raktakali school, 23 fruit trees (8 pomegranate, 1 apple, 7 mandarin, 5 orange, and 2 avocado) have survived. These trees will bear fruits in 2-3 years and will turn into a good fruit garden provided a strong commitment from the school authority and the community people.

The Pax Earth believes that the trees help to absorb carbon and reduce global warming. This very tree plantation is a token of contribution to this goal. Yes, Pax Earth is committed to ‘duty to environment’ and will keep on planting the trees time and again in future.

Reported by PEN Secretariat!!!