Our Kenyan partner, OTEPIC, has just successfully completed a 6 month programme of tree-planting and ecological education which reached 5,000 children in 5 schools, attracting hundreds of members of the local community to help out. The project originally aimed to train 500, but overwhelming demand and enthusiasm from the local community and young people meant 5000 took part.
The programme included training on the importance of tree-planting and seed collection, as well as how to establish tree nurseries and plant trees properly, with a huge tree-planting exercise using over 5,000 seeds. The programme also ran a seed exchange programme between schools.
The programme was launched because of OTEPIC’s huge concern for the degradation of the local Kitale natural environment, with deforestation occurring on a mass scale due to the need for firewood and farming. This project aimed to educate young people on the need to protect and nurture their forests, and to empower them to take action themselves to build the tree population back up.
Peter Kasiti, 15, commented how the programme had changed his attitude:
Before I thought it was the responsibility of teachers and parents to organise tree planting, but now I’ve volunteered to organise my fellow students into groups who will be responsible for watering the trees and collecting trees in the forest.
Just £3.50 can buy 50 tree seedlings. Please help us to support OTEPIC provide ecological education to children in Kenya and donate here.