It was very exciting to see all the families arrive so early on a sunny Saturday morning. The kids are all psyched and ready to get down to work and start planting (which is also the case with our own kids). They were a bit restless as we told them to do some prep work for the event.
Before we started planting, first there was a presentation on the role of trees on our planet, and how we should plant and take care of them. Reminding the kids of their role as stewards of the planet. They all screamed and laughed when they saw our mystery guest who came out to play with them.
After the presentation the MC led all the children over to the planting site, they lined up for their saplings, and got down to work. It was quite a site to see all the little people kneel down to plant with their parents. After they finished, I went over to inspect them and if they had planted properly, give them their certificate of tree planting.
The event finished around noon, I am sure all the participants had a super time. Many parents told us please to notify them again the next time we do it. I think there is something really significant about letting kids know their roles as stewards of the planet, and that they, even at their young age can do something for the planet and benefit of others.
I was especially moved (to tears actually) by the sight of my boys planting. Because I had been so busy helping out the other families, I was not able to plant with them, instead of nagging me to plant with them, they were off planting by themselves, and even helping other people with their planting. I thought to myself, this is why we do DOMI, so that our kids can learn to be servants for others and the world, and take an active part to plant and build something better.