We are happy to be taking part in The Big Give Christmas Challenge for the second year running. From midday today until midday on the 4th December anything you donate to our ‘My 20 Trees and Me: Growing up Together’ project via our Big Give profile will be DOUBLED!
If you‘re thinking of giving this festive season, this is the perfect time to do so, as your gift will go twice as far all at no extra cost to you!
Our ‘My 20 trees and Me’ project engages Kenyan primary school children in tree planting and environmental education. Over 50% of Kenya’s population is under 18 and with just 7% tree cover, we believe it’s incredibly important to ensure that the next generation appreciate the importance of trees and forests from an early age.
The children taking part learn about planting and caring for trees whilst creating beautiful green spaces within their school grounds. We also 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.
From 27th – 4th December, you can help us reach new schools around Mount Kenya – and anything you give will be doubled, meaning we can reach twice as many children. Just visit our Big Give donations page to support us. We’re aiming to engage a further 150 schools to plant 30,000 trees with children by 2022.
We asked some of the children who have participated so far about their experiences of the project. Today, 11 year old Denis from Kathuniri Primary School shares his thoughts on why trees are important in his life.
Why are trees important to you?
‘Trees are important since they attract rainfall. Because of trees, we breathe fresh air within our schools, and they provide shade during dry seasons.’
What have you enjoyed most about participating in ‘My 20 Trees and Me’?
‘I have enjoyed a lot! I have planted trees within the school compound since I was in class 2. I am happy to see the trees I planted 3 years ago are growing very fast, we now enjoy having lunch under the shade of those trees. The project is motivating me to continue planting more trees and encouraging other children to do the same.
What kind of trees have you planted in your school and how many?
‘So far, I have planted 60 trees, 20 each year. I have planted several species including Grevillea robusta, Croton megalocarpus, Acrocarpus fraxinifolius.’
What happens once you’ve planted the trees?
‘In term time, I often weed the trees I planted, and water the young ones during hot weather.’
What do you want to do when you leave school?
‘I want to succeed in my education, get a good grade to go to university, and then start working. I want to become a teacher.’
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.