Caribbean Trees for SAI-100 was launched at the RISE (Renew, Inspire, Service, and Enlightenment) Conference in January 2023, planting 15 Tecoma (dwarf Poui) trees on the grounds of the conference venue in Penal, Trinidad. This is part of a three-year initiative by SSSIO Zone 1 to plant one million trees across the Zone by Sri Sathya Sai Baba’s 100th birthday in 2025. Caribbean Trees for SAI-100 will contribute to this goal by planting trees over three years.
Inspired by the initiative, SSSIO volunteers in the countries of the West Indies enthusiastically planted more than 3,600 trees by May 2023, with 3,554 trees being planted in Suriname. In Barbados, volunteers gathered at the PEG (People, Environment, and Growth) Nature Reserve, where they planted six trees to the rhythms of Sai bhajans and the Gayatri mantra. The project was initially hampered by a harsh dry season but is set to take off with the advent of the rains. SSSIO members in Guyana contributed to the project by planting 36 trees.