01. Who can participate in WePlant Work Camps?
Everyone! young and old, skilled and unskilled, rich and poor or educated or illiterate can participate in the WePlant Work Camp. What is required is the determination and inspiration to plant fruit trees in public places and change the world at large and the world of children living malnourished in particular and those who struggle to survive at the verge of starvation death.
02. What variety of Fruit Trees are planted by WePlant?
WePlant only location specific and indigenous fruit trees. No exotic trees are planted by WePlant.
The varieties of trees planted include Mango, Tamarind, Jamoon, Guava, cheeku, pomegranate, lemon, berry, mulberry, jack fruit, coconut, Palmyra, rose apple, apple, orange, peach etc.
03. How to organize a Work Camp in a location I have identified?
If you have identified an open space in public locations in villages or public parks in urban location, decide a date to plant trees in that location. If the location identified is a village, meet the Village head and school masters and seek their permission to plant fruit trees. Also meet the youth and children and encourage them to actively participate in the planting, nurturing and protecting the trees for initial couple of years. WePlant will provide saplings, seeds and instruments to plant etc.
Form a task force to regularly care those saplings. Place a protection fence around each of the saplings. Planting is one day activity; and very important is to care the sapling very closely during the first year.
04. Can I volunteer / Intern with WePlant?
Yes you can volunteer, if you are determined to take the first step to change the world! WePlant look for volunteers and majority of the trees are planted with the active participation of volunteers.
Short-term and long-term internships are also available with WePlant.
Interns involve in physical activity of planting of trees, documentation, field visits to care the saplings and also identify and prepare new locations for planting of trees. WePlant also provide opportunity to work on raising awareness and resources to support the activities of WePlant.
05. What are the skills required to Volunteer with WePlant?
No specific skill is required to volunteer with WePlant.
If you have used spade and planted trees earlier, it gives additional advantage. Also if your skills include computer and creative use of social media, great opportunity awaits you at the WePlant.
06. What are the benefits of planting Fruit Trees in public places?
- Irrespective of the location, every tree planted is a step to save animals, birds and human beings from extinction.
- When fruit trees are planted in large number in public places, it is not only that nutritious fruits are available in remote and rural locations but also accessible to children and elderly who cannot otherwise afford to buy them.
- Planting more and more trees is the only way to fight global warming.
- Planting trees is the only way to revive and sustain rivers and ground water level.
- Planting trees is the only way to protect ozone layer.
- Planting trees is the only way to fight drought, famine, calamities, floods etc
- Planting of variety of fruit trees helps enhance biodiversity the only way to sustain lives of honey bees that will increase in the food production.
07. How to participate in 'Save the Seed' initiative of WePlant?
Every tiny seed is a large tree waiting. Seeds are also natural oxygen bombs waiting to be planted. Once we plant these seeds, they sprout and start growing as trees that emits oxygen all their lives.
Identify large trees like Neem, Mango, Jamun, Wall-nut, peach, badam, almond, cashew nut, Palmyra etc. Inform people around that area that you are volunteering to collect the seeds to plant and nurture them in public places. During the season, collect as many seeds as possible and inform WePlant so that we can collect the seeds regularly from you and plant them in NISHKAMAKARMA Ashrams or directly plant in the identified location, where it could be protected.
08. How can we say that WePlant idea is fighting Malnutrition and Starvation Death?
Malnutrition is caused by deficit of vitamins, minerals and proteins in the food intake. majority of the population today in the world do not get complete diet. Many do not get any food and they fall victim to starvation death, where as others eat only rice or wheat that are carbohydrates. Unfortunately fruits, vegetables and nuts are now falling into luxury category and many dont have the economic freedom to include them in their diet.
When intentionally and carefully varieties of fruit trees are planted in large numbers, in remote villages, where the poor live, they too start getting a balanced diet that will change their health status. Availability and accessibility of nutritious fruit to the poorest of the poor is the key to fight malnutrition and starvation death.
09. How old are the trees planted by WePlant?
WePlant started experimenting this new idea in 2011 and from 2012 large number of trees are planted in several locations. There are thousands of four year fruit trees in public places bearing fruits.
10. Can we donate Land for WePlant?
WePlant accept land donation. Such lands received as donation will be preserved as natural green areas by planting as many fruit trees as possible and declare those places as permanent green belt. No-one every in the future will be permitted to cut the trees in those land.
As per the suggestion of the donors, certain land also will be preserved and maintained as NISHKAMAKARMA Ashrams, where fruit tree saplings will be planted and nurtured to be replanted in other locations.