Rotary Friendship Trees planted at the Arghakhachi’s BP Koirala Park.

Rotary Friendship Trees planted at the Arghakhachi’s BP Koirala Park

Rotarians have planted trees in the name of fellowship, friendship and community service since the early 20th century. These trees, planted worldwide, have grown into enduring monuments of Rotary’s ideals.

“Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago”.

Warren Buffett

 

As part of the 2019 Humanitarian mission, the Asha Project team members planted trees at the BP Koirala Park in Archakhachi.  During our Asha Project’s Humanitarian missions to various parts of Nepal, we have planted trees to symbolize goodwill and friendship.  In our annual Humanitarian mission, ‘Rotary Friendship Trees’, as we call them, has been the norm for a long time now.

BP Park

In 2015, after the massive earthquake, my Rotary district, RID 7510 (now 7475) launched its first Humanitarian mission to Nepal and planted trees in collaboration with the Dhulikhel Rotary and also have collaborated with many other Rotary and Rotaract clubs to plant trees in Nepal.   

The Asha Project

During our visit to Arghakhachi, we distributed school supplies, school bags and coloring supplies provided by the COLOR FOR KIDS project to local students and helped to conduct Mega health camp for local people.  More than 1000 people were checked during this one day health camp.

That day, we all felt the power of Rotary and the love of Rotarians around the globe, as we saw smiling students  ‘walking’ back home with their newly received school supplies and health participant with their newly acquired medicines. Most of all our participants were very surprised to receive 100s of freshly made garlands from our local hosts.  After, climbing 7000 ft from Sea level in a one way highway and having to back the bus due to incoming bus from other side, our participants were quite nervous. But when we reached the top of the hill having 1000 of people lined up to welcome with local musicians and 1000 of villagers welcoming us with their palms together with “NAMASTE” greeting made us forget those nervous moments we had before.  We had banner exchange with Arghakhachi Rotary club charter president Gopal Prasad Panthi , RID 3292.

As 2017-18 RI President Ian Riseley said “Planting a tree promotes peace simply by giving people a place to sit in the shade and contemplate the world. Trees are good for disease prevention and treatment, because the world is a healthier place with more trees to produce oxygen and absorb carbon dioxide”.

2017-18 RI President Ian Riseley

“Maybe, when we visit next time and walk through our Rotary Peace Garden, we will remember our friends who serve humanity with passion. Each friendship tree will have its own story on the valuable transformation Rotarians are making for humanity”.

Dr. Tulsi R. Maharjan, the Asha Prject

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