We are now over halfway through The Big Give Christmas Challenge and so far we have raised an amazing £5,647 for our ‘My 20 Trees and Me’ project in Kenya. However, we still need to raise £8,753 if we are to reach our target of £14,400 by Tuesday 4th December. This means there is still match funding available for your donation to be DOUBLED!
The children taking part in this project learn how to plant trees, creating beautiful green spaces in their school grounds. We hope that these children will go on to share the skills they have learnt with their family at home, leading to increased productivity in rural household farms. They are also encouraged to appreciate the local and global importance of trees and forests.
Today, 9 year old Clinton from Mbuinjeru Primary School shares his thoughts on why trees are important in his life.
Why are trees important to you?
Trees are important in our lives because the oxygen we breathe comes directly from trees, so trees bring life. I have also seen my parents cut down trees and build houses with them, so they provide timber as well as firewood for cooking.
What have you enjoyed most about participating in ‘My 20 Trees and Me’?
I have enjoyed participating in the “My 20 Trees and Me” project. I have learnt how to plant trees and what they provide us with, especially firewood and timber. I had never planted trees before, but now I will start planting trees at home with my parents.
What kind of trees have you planted in your school, and how many?
I have participated in planting 20 trees within the school compound this year, 10 Grevillea robusta and 10 Acrocarpus fraxinifolius.
What happens once you’ve planted the trees?
I water them daily to avoid them from drying and I protect them from damage by other children.
What do you want to do when you leave school?
I want to excel in my education and get a better grade to take me to the University. I would love to become a doctor once I grow up.
Help more of Mount Kenya’s children to plant and appreciate trees with a donation today, and make it go twice as far. Donate here.