Bangalore Mirror: Greening is on their compass

This article appeared on Bangalore Mirror newspaper on Sunday, February 21, 2010

Everyone talks about saving trees, but does nothing about it. Here is an exception. A bunch of techies from the city are not only planting herbal saplings, but also plan to maintain them for the next two years.

These professionals from Compassites, a software solution company, planted 30 varieties of herbal plants in the Government Girls School, Basavangudi, on Saturday.

The company and the school will jointly maintain the saplings with the help of students. Naveen Lakkur, founder of Compassites, said, “Students need to study about these herbal plants to know their importance. The campus has got less space, so we decided to go for a small number.” The selection of the plant variety was outsourced to IndusHerbs, suppliers of natural herbs in Bangalore. “They will be working with us and will help students look after the plants in the next two years,” Naveen said.

After planting the saplings, students of eighth and ninth standard were given a class on the importance of plants by the representatives of the Kshiti Foundation, an organisation working for creating awareness towards the environment.

For Social Change

With a mission to work towards social responsibility, Compassites has a group called COACH (Compassites On A Cause For Help) which has a manager and five team members. It organises social programmes quarterly and the planting of herbal plants was one such exercise. The company had spent Rs 23,000 for this programme and it includes maintenance charges of the plants for the next two years.

COACH has got its own way of raising funds for the programmes, one being screening movies after office hours. In summer, it ties up with a coconut vendor. The employees pay one or two rupees extra for each coconut and the margin goes for organising the programmes. Naveen said this is the third time they are associating with a green initiative. Earlier, they had taken part in the initiative to plant trees in Bangalore University.

Other Programmes

COACH had, in the past, organised free medical camps, cataract surgeries and dental check-up for rural people. Employees organise interactions with orphanages where they, along with their families, play, eat and spend a whole day with the less-privilaged.

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