Allopathy has made major inroads into the Healthcare system of India. In spite of that millions of people all over India still depend upon the Traditional Medical Systems like Ayurveda, Siddha and Unani. These Systems traditionally relied on collecting the plants and different parts of the trees from the Wild. However because of massive commercial exploitation a number of such species have been extremely marginalized and some are on the brink of extinction. A 2010 Survey highlighted the fact that 93% of the wild medicinal plants are endangered which is very worrying. We may soon face a situation where we know what cures an ailment but we will not be having the plant material to effect that cure.
Planting a tree is a lifelong investment. How well this investment grows depends on the type of tree selected and the planting.
We had tied up with Shanthivanam as part of our efforts to increase green cover in the Virugambakkam and Kaliamman Koil street area in 2006. We were successful in planting more than 3000 saplings of native tree varieties. The results are there for everyone to see. Our heartfelt thanks to Shanthivanam volunteers.
Mrs. Rajalakshmi DayanathanSecretary – Virugambakkam Women's Welfare Association
We chose Shanthivanam team when we wanted to plant trees in Chennai as part of our Green Earth Club, supported by our Corporate Social Responsibility initiative. Spread over a period of 2 months in the year 2015, our young staff joined hands with Shanthivanam's energetic band of volunteers by planting more than 10,000 saplings. The missionary zeal and energy of Shanthivanam team was very impressive!
Mr. Pradeep Krishnan,HR Manager of a leading MNC in Chennai
Air Commodore D. Kumar (Retd)
Commander Himanshu Joshi (Retd)
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Volunteering has always been synonymously used with the terms Community Services or pro-bono help. While most of us have the privilege to lead a good life, we know that a huge community outside our four walls needs more help and care.