“Since I felt very passionately for the loss of tree cover in Bengaluru, my friends suggested I do a dharna. But I felt I wanted to do something a little more productive.
I formed the Rajanet Yegneswaran Charitable Trust in memory of my husband and decided to take up the planting of saplings in the neighborhood”
But Janet knew that her in order to make a difference, she will need to have scale. She started by recruiting a few volunteers and planting trees in other neighborhoods.
While doing so she sought help from local residents to help water the plants, but she did not get a good response. Janet said:
“The response was lukewarm. While some agreed, others did not support me. But I did not give up”
Janet had earlier worked as a landscape designer at the Sri Kanteerava Stadium for a few years. Her experience has helped her in picking the right kind of saplings depending on the land where it was to be planted. Janet kept planting more saplings across several parts of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.
Over the last 13 years on this mission of increasing the green cover in remembrance of her husband, Janet’s foundation has planted more than 73,000 trees and contributed to making the country slightly more green than before.
At IFORHER, we feel Janet has found the most beautiful and heart-touching way to build a remembrance for her late husband.
As a society, we need to celebrate the beautiful legacy that she plans to leave behind in the memory of her true love. We wish more and more people will seek inspiration from such a progressive way to show love!