JalTaru Mitra is in press.Its a premature thing, but feels good for the pat on back. Thanks Shree of Mid-Day.
I would have written the same thing as follows.
JalTaru Mitra – Friends of Water and Trees
There is a hope. The hope is seen in the work and enthusiasm of a group called as JalTaru Mitra, the friends of Water and Tree.
The group founded in June this year, has many dreams and aspirations for sustainable development. Founded by the software guys, Sachin Walunj, Abhijit Ramdhave, Milind Kale, Prashant Patil and friends this group has 30 proud members now.
The immediate motive is to prevent soil erosion, harvest rain water and plant trees. But this is just a beginning. They intend to go to the grassroots, study and implement technologies, best social practices and management techniques to bring a positive change in villages of Maharastra. It’s an irony that people in the feed area of our dams are deprived of basic drinking water and sanitation facilities. JalTaru have a vision of strong and vibrant villages, and hence a sustainable focus towards development. To start with JalTaru have implemented, Continuous Counter Trenches (CCT) over a land of 8 acres and planted 1500 Indian trees.
"When I begin my work three years at Baner, I was alone; people joined and now I am very busy answering calls and queries related to our work. This was a new arena for me, and has become a primary concern.", says Sachin.
Milind said that he used to water plants even after coming from office in Magarpatta, late in the night. “I have 1500+ children who need water and that used to make me restless”, says Milind.
Abhijit says that the work in Pune is a pilot activity. These are just the infant days. We have lots to learn, implement and tackle. The difference it makes to our thinking is tremendous and is a lot challenging task.
Priyanaranjan says that “It’s nice to see a tree grow and this work is a professional activity for me. It’s part of my personal development as well.”
JalTaru’s 30+ strong team includes most of the software professionals who have found a new way to be happy, smiling with the nature. They visited Hiware Bazar, the ideal village recently. Vruksha Puja or worshipping the tree was done on Diwali day. They intend to spread the word and build a strong and committed team.
To know more join the Google group firstname.lastname@example.org or mail Priyaranjan at email@example.com, 9960987701.