Creating a global community of friends through the Global Tree Initiative!

The Global Tree Initiative (GTI) is not only about planting trees but also planting seeds of kindness, friendship, and support while growing our global community!

In July 2021, Christine Donald reached out to the GTI. She explained that she runs international development projects from the University of Strathclyde, based in Glasgow Scotland. At that time, Christine was busy with the reconstruction of Pashupati Siksha Mandir School at Fenhara, Nawalparasi, Nepal.

Reconstruction of the school

Wanting to learn more about tree-planting projects in this area, Christine was referred to us by Nicole Zito, our donor, and partner from Sapana Nepal and Thubten Kunga Ling in the US.

We were able to refer Christine to one of our community members in India, Reshma Sathe (B.Arch, M.L.Arch) from Green Habitat Consultants.

Christine, an amateur – but enthusiastic – gardener, said she had absolutely no idea what might grow and thrive in Nepal so the assistance that she got from Reshma was invaluable!
“Reshma sent me a list of possible trees to plant and pointed out the pitfalls of certain species. Moreover, she encouraged and ensured me that over time, the school will have beautiful trees for shade, and a potential fruit crop. The tree plantations will also contribute to other environmental factors.” Christine says.

With professional guidance from Reshma, Christine was able to proceed with her planning. Now, one year later, the school is almost completed, and trees will be planted soon!

A recent photo of the completed school

“The plantation suggested was not just native to the area, but also helped create some basic remuneration through the fruits from the trees. Of course, trees will take years to mature, and help the community. A tree we plant today helps future generations by giving back. This is something we learn from nature,” Reshma tells us.

Christine also introduced us to her beautiful grandson, David! She tells us that David (4 years old) “likes to potter in my garden (especially watering it). We grow some vegetables and flowers from seeds. Recently, we planted some apple pips in a pot, and they are looking good. He is delighted by his efforts!”

A Recent photo of David, watering the garden.

David’s apple saplings.

Christine, Reshma, and little David thank you for inspiring us!  We are happy to know about your work, and to know that the GTI is helping to create a global community!

We are also looking forward to seeing the trees planted at the school, and how your project develops.

Stay tuned to our newsletters to follow the development of this beautiful story.


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