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Too young to climb trees, but old enough to care for them

Deepshika Raj believes in the power of serendipity to enrich lives. Three years ago, she discovered Nizhal by chance, and the voluntary organisation is now an integral part of her life. All of 10 years, Deepshika plays key roles in activities undertaken by Nizhal.

“As I could not leave her alone at home, I used to take her along to all my programmes,” says Bhuvana Raj, Deepshika’s mother who is a member of Nizhal.

That is how her love for trees began. Along with other volunteers, Deepshika attends to gardening/shramdaan work for the NGO. The ten-year-old has put her heart and soul into the Kotturpuram Tree Park and Chitlapakkam  Tree  Parkprojects.

“I have helped write name boards for the trees at the Kotturpuram Tree Park. It was fun as I got to write with different colours and also learnt a lot about plants,” says the class V student of NSN Memorial School, Chitlapakkam.

Other activities that young volunteers like her take up include packing saplings, collecting the weeds, watering plants and tying ribbons for trees that need extra care. She also makes it a practice to bring her friends along for tree walks.



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