Plantation at Kendriya Vidyalaya-Rishikesh

With HH Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji’s inspiration and blessings a beautiful tree plantation, mid-day fruit distribution and clean up programme at the Kendriya Vidyalaya, IPDL Rishikesh took place today in which more than 30 students, coming from diverse backgrounds and different universities of the United Kingdom, studying in an International Short Term Program, on ” Social Entrepreneurship in Creating Sustainable and Scalable Social Change in India,” at the IILM Institute for Business & Management, Gurgaon, joined Ganga Action Parivar, Global Interfaith WASH Alliance (GIWA)- Parmarth Niketan Ashram in these efforts.

The institute brings a large group annually to Parmarth Niketan to immerse the students from diverse backgrounds in the spiritual-cultural heritage of India, interact with Pujya Swamiji and Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswatiji as well as to engage in the various, multi-faceted service projects flourishing under their leadership. This was Ganga Action Parivar-Parmarth Niketan’s first monsoon plantation this year in India, after Pujya Swamiji launched the International Peace Garden in the United Kingdom earlier this month, in which He had donated 100 trees.

Pujya Swamiji’s message of Health, Hygiene and Harmony resonated as the students from abroad and the beautiful young students of KV Rishikesh interacted and came together, as one family, to clean and green their gorgeous campus, supporting the ‘My Clean India’/ Swachh Bharat Mission, India campaign. There was plantation of ten fruit trees on campus, they plants included those of guava, jamun, mango, grape and litchi. There was also a clean up in and around the campus as well as the distribution of fresh, organic apples to all children and staff of the school.

Work is underway to get 6 cubicle bio-toilets installed for the school so that it has ample sanitation facilities to provide for its growing school population under GIWA’s sanitation for all initiative. Plans were made to have the Divine Shakti Foundation organize a periodic medical camp for all of the students as well as once a month Yoga camp.

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