The Executive Director of Presidents Award –Kenya, Mr. Edwin Otieno plants a tree at the Ngong Hills Forest. Youth from various schools took part in planting over 1500 trees during a five days camping visit.
The President’s Award Team –Kenya is an initiative that brings together youth from different parts of the country to engage in activities that sustain the environment and benefit society, with the aim of developing responsible citizens among youth. During the third week of June 2010, about 180 youth from various schools took part in planting over 1500 trees in Ngong forest. The students spent several days camping at the grounds during which time they learnt about various tree species, they took part in planting and building shelters to protect the seedlings.
The students were from Maryhill Girls School, Tumutumu Girls School, Kanunga Boys school, St. Anne’s Lioki school, St. Paul’s University, Kiambu High School, Moi Isinya Girls School and Mathari Child Development Centre. Members of the National Youth Service (NYS) also took part. During the closing ceremony on Sunday 27th June 2010, the Chief Guest Prof. Solomon Shibairo, Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Nairobi (UON), observed that the UON has been managing 500 hectares of land at the site for the last two decades, and raising approximately 30,000 seedlings annually for planting and distributing to the local communities.
The Ngong Hills has other organizations actively participating in tree planting efforts including Kenya Airways, KCB, and various Government Ministries among other partners.
Report & Photo by Anne Kaari