NEVER UNDERESTIMATE the power one person can make. You may be familiar with the story of the STARFISH. Well, here’s a true story that will touch your heart. Things take time, do not grow weary of doing good!
More than 30 years ago, a teenager named Jadav “Molai” Payeng began planting seeds along a barren sandbar near his birthplace in India’s Assam region.
In 1979 the floods had washed a great number of snakes onto the sandbar. When 16-year-old Payeng found them, they had perished in the sun.
“The snakes died in the heat, without any tree cover. I sat down and wept over their lifeless forms,” Payeng said.
“It was carnage. I alerted the forest department and asked them if they could grow trees there. They said nothing would grow there. Instead, they asked me to try growing bamboo. It was painful, but I did it. There was nobody to help me.”
Now, that once-barren sandbar is a sprawling 1,360 acre forest, home to thousands of varieties of trees and a variety of wildlife — including birds, deer, apes, rhino, elephants and even tigers.