While waking up in the morning at 6 am, I could hear the raindrops over the windows and was wondering about the meetup whether rain will support me or not. However, rain stopped around 7 and my day started with even more enthusiasm. I imagined like rain has sprinkled some blessings from up welcoming us to plant more trees. Thanking mother earth for the enthusiasm, I started my journey towards the meetup site.
Our guys are always on time for tree planting. I always appreciate them because most of them are all like me. They love to do tree planting and protecting nature. Yes @Meshanth, @nazeem, @DilibAjanthM, Sangeeth and Vinoth joined me at this tree planting in the morning time. We took all the trees in my car loading be them in the boot and started planting. We visited some houses and planted the trees with their permissions. The beauty is all appreciated and like to have fruit trees. This time we took fruit tree such as Guava, Amla and few teak trees too.
We had lots of fun while traveling in the car. Also, I took the local guides flag, little pin which I got from connect live.
We planted 50 trees in several other places of Batticaloa district. The soil was wet and it was easy to dig a hole to plant. Looking at the soil conditions, we even thought to get some more trees but rain didn't give us more time. That time @Kashifmisidia came on HO and he also planted 150 trees in Pakistan. We had a HO and spoke to Pakistan local guides. That was a different experience to have people with similar interests on a HO while in action. We Sri Lanka local guides got introduced to them.
The shower was about to begin again while we all were rushing to go for our photo walk after planting, so we had to wave bye to Kashif and continued with planting and photo walk. While on the meetup two young women Mayushika, and Nilogini joined this and they also planted trees. Also, they said in future they will also join with us planting trees. Also before completing the photo walk, I gave the new participants an introduction about local guides program and started the journey adding a business place, uploading photos and writing reviews.
This time, as a highlight we got many kids for tree planting in a particular area in Batticaloa to make more awareness among the public and planted some trees with the support of kids.
Look at these kids. They are so cute and no words to explain about their curiosity while planting. After planting we have named those plants with some of their names. They also promised us that they will take care of those plants and they will also plant more trees in future. That made our day!!! We were fulfilled with bundles of joy with those word from these little kids. I felt like I have given the responsibility of Greening the world to the future generation.
Mayushika and Meshanth served us tea and juice while we were roaming around planting trees. local guides are always so kind and treat us in good way. Big thanks to our team.
Then I got a call from @D1ne5H who had come from 75 km to attend this meetup. Then I took him to some good places where we can do a small photo walk. When I ask about 360 camera and usage, he said he had never tried one and I thought to train him and do some contribution to maps. So finally after my training, he did a great job. He added a street view where more tourists visits. Thank you, Dinesh for making this.
With all those memories we completed our meetup and went home. Yeh, then only the rain actually started and some of us got fully wet while on our way. Thank you for all who joined us to get some free rain and photo walk.
What I got from this meetup is people actually like to join this kind of meetups doing dual contributions. Particularly in this meetup contributing to our mother earth and google map. Special and big thanks to those cute little kids who did a great job and that boosted us to do more and more meetups similar to this.
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