Amritsar Foundation Day (2014) Celebrations…
Nature Walk Series Inaugurated by children of Central Khalsa Orphanage
(An EcoAmritsar and WWF venture)
June 24, Amritsar: On the second day of 437th Amritsar Foundation Day celebrations, Eco-Amritsar in collaboration with World Wildlife Funds for Nature (WWF) inaugurated Nature Walk series with the children of Central Khalsa Orphanage at Bhai Veer Singh Niwas Sthaan. The concept of experiential learning for the next generation regarding clean and green environs shall be a focus area for EcoAmritsar for the coming year.
Beautiful children and citizens alike relived the legacy of the Bhai Veer Singh. His love for nature, and the biodiversity of trees and plants, was shared in the nature walk. His contributions to the Punjabi culture and language through books, stories, play and poetry was shared with the participants. The children committed to planting one tree every year and nurture them for at least two years. Books of this great philosopher were distributed amongst the kids.
Eco-Amritsar Chairman, Gunbir Singh congratulating the children on Amritsar’s 437th anniversary, and said, “Modern history of the Holy City is intertwined with Bhai Veer Singh ji, who also founded the Central Khalsa Orphanage. While experiencing the legacy of Amritsar, children as our NextGen, must play a positive and responsible role in the city. Therefore sensitization to the natural environment is to be a core commitment during the year for us.”
Eco-Amritsar has over the past year converted the bio-diverse gardens into a natural organic model, where no toxic chemicals and fertilizers are being used. The gardens were a pleasure to visit, with birds and butterflies frolicking in natural surrounding and the experience was enjoyed by children, citizens and foreign visitors alike. Said Balbir Singh, caretaker of the garden, “Switching to organic treatment has yielded awesome results, a three-fold rise in fruit harvest, improved fruit size, and eliminated the termites from the infected trees.”