This is a brief of my experience at the Tree Plantation Drive at Raghavendra Gou Shala, Malur. I joined Youth For Seva quite recently and, in fact, this was my first volunteering event through them. To say that that it was enjoyable and satisfactory would be an understatement. Not only did I plant saplings, but also learnt to work with new people in a new environment and learnt a lot about the current situation of native Indian cows.
Vruksha Janani was a five hour event on 2nd July 2017, in which more then one NGO and many individuals participated. The event was mainly conducted by GoPals and the plantation drive led by SayTrees. The main sponsoring Corporate partner was Visa. A team of about 40 people came from Visa and students from two local schools also participated in the event. On the whole, about 500+ volunteers joined hands to plant around 300 saplings. All the saplings were about an year old and are local (native) species. The surviving saplings will grow, with maintenance, to be huge trees creating a miniature forest-like environment.
After a warm freshly made breakfast with tea, all the volunteers were shown how to place the saplings, add manure and soil and build a bundt around each sapling so that it retains at least 20 litres of water. The SayTrees members also showed us how to place support sticks next to each sapling and tie them together. After an hour of digging and planting, two water tankers were brought to the plantation and a large human chain was formed around the saplings. This was undoubtedly the most fun and interactive part of the event. After introducing ourselves to our neighbouring volunteers in the chain, we passed buckets of water along and gave about 20 litres to each plant. Having completed two satisfactory hours of spending time in nature, we retreated back to the main area where a stage and seats had been put up. There were quite a few entertaining activities for children and we learnt a lot about the Gou Shala. After that, a most delicious lunch was served to all the volunteers present, including the school children.
Meanwhile, we were shown around the Gou Shala where there are around five large cow sheds, with more than 15 different breeds of native Indian cows. They also have an enclosure with many cows which were rescued from slaughter houses. Did you know that what cows exhale, mostly consists of Oxygen? How much better can these devine animals get? Many products made out of cow milk, cow urine and cow dung which are manufactured in a factory within the Gou Shala, were sold there. The entire place does not have any external source of electricity, since electricity is generated from Gobar Gas in the factory there and can be used for 7 hours a day.
I thoroughly enjoyed my time and I am looking forward to do more activities with YFS. I would definitely encourage anyone interested to give volunteering, especially tree plantations, a try. Trust me, the joy of actually doing something is just the cherry on top with the amount of things you learn at such an event.
(Student- Just completed Class 12 from Greenwood High) July 10, 2017
“Dell EMC volunteers visited Raghavendra Goshala for a noble cause (Swachh Bharat Campaign), as part of cleaning campaign we cleaned up unwanted weeds and bushes around the saplings/plants which stop saplings/plants to grow. Goshala has near about 100 cows belong to different indigenous breeds from different part of India, it was wonderful experience to know about these breeds like Kankrej, Gir, Ongole, Kapila (very rare breed) and many more. People from corporates including Dell EMC are putting their selfless efforts to connect young generations with cows in scientific ways, and of course reminding about the methodologies our ancestor used to follow and cow was considered as part of family which we left behind.
Goshala people have walked us through and have shown us bio-gas plant and how it functions from start till end, comprises of feeding raw dung, its processing, producing bio-gas from it and finally utilization of that gas into generating electricity for entire Goshala unit and for cooking purpose. Apart from this Goshala people have also shown processes and machineries to manufacture organic products (healthcare, homecare and farming products) made from cow dung, cow urine (Gaumutra) and other natural raw materials”.
It was great to know Goshala people are working selflessly and putting best efforts to save cows and manufacturing products from wastage and adding value to the society”.
It was a great experience being there and thanks very much for giving this opportunity to us.
IT Project Manager
October 16, 2017
It is an amazing place to visit and the folks out there are really doing a great job to save the cows.
We could do our part to help cleaning the Gou Ashram and we got a walk through about the Ashram including various cow breeds, the products being manufactured and much more.
October 16, 2017
That was the best way of celebrating Shankranthi with our Desi Cows. Had good time with kids preparing Pongal using cow dung cakes for fire, preparing Garland, preparing doop out of cow dung. Nice to learn about Ayurvedic plants planted in Malur a dry place which are surviving because of Jeevamrutha. We learnt how to prepare Jeevamrutha which helps the soil to provide all the nutrients required by the plant and about mulching which absorbs atmospheric moisture and prevents sunlight directly hitting soil n killing friendly bacteria..Thank you for letting us know chemical free simple technique of growing plants in any condition.. It was nice to know about different breeds of our Desi cows and how they impact on the very way people think when their milk is consumed. Felt very happy playing with Calf’s.. Enjoyed being with the Sathsang people. Travel with the team Gopals helped me meet different people being volunteers in different Sathsangs, learnt a lot of thing from each one of them. We were lucky to see Yadugiri Yathiraja Mutt Swamiji and Know his experiences regarding Gou shalas which he has come across. Happy to see Gopals team distributing gifts to people who take care of Cows in Malur.. Thank you for organizing such a event.. Hoping to be a part of many such events.
-Nivetha ,Software Engineer
January 12, 2018