KWEPU as a community-based organization (CBO) is running a tree…
Wangari Maathai, Kenya (Nobel Peace Prize Laureate)
When our partner association KWEPU (Kamayoge Women Education Progressive Unit) started the tree nursery, their goal was for people to learn and understand how important trees are to the future of the island. This includes leading by example and also involving children from a young age so that they grow up with the right behavior towards their environment.
In April 2020, KWEPU launched their tree nursery and has since not only encouraged their community to buy trees to plant at home, but also donated hundreds of tree seedlings to Wamwanga Primary School, Eddie Memorial Primary School and three other schools.
Fast-growing and shade trees, as well as fruit trees and varieties with medicinal benefits, will be raised. The sales proceeds cover the running costs and generate a small surplus to be used for other charitable purposes. In its first year, the small nursery raised 16,000 seedlings, of which 7,800 were sold and 7,850 donated to schools.