Let the Compassion Games Begin
Let the Compassion Games Begin: Treeplanting and Soccer for the Green World Charter, Earth Week, and the Compassion Games!
We also formally launched the first Green World sports programs. GWC founder/director Marc Barasch arranged the donation of virtually indestructible soccer balls from a friend's company, One World Futbol. Today 20 schools in our Green World Schools programs are playing soccer "for people and planet." Teams were awarded the balls for their outstanding work in helping to "regreen" barren land. (In 2014, kids in Green World Schools programs helped their communities plant half a million trees).
Green World Schools student Katana Hamisi is 11 years old and has planted over 50 trees. He has been in bio-diversity training, and helped restore the damaged Pungu wetlands. Katana’s parents are small-scale farmers living on less than $1 a day. Among the trees Katana has planted are "superfood” moringa trees. He has been sharing with his parents and community what he learns in school about these amazing drought-tolerant trees whose leaves are 30 percent protein and whose pressed seeds yield a valuable oil.
Katana and kids like him are playing sports to celebrate their own "green compassion” for our shared environment. They exemplify our mission to "ReGreen the World in One Generation--for All the Generations to Come."
GWC K has been able to reward 20 schools taking part in the reforestation program with footballs. The schools are part of the over 40 schools that planted 300,000 trees in 2014. The schools were recognized for their outstanding dedication to greening not only their schools but also community lands and their homes. Children in these green clubs not only take part in tree planting and agroforestry initiatives in their schools but have gone farther to sensitize the community especially their parents to adopt sustainable environmental methods of farming. The green clubs in some areas have come together for a common goal to reforest river beds, water catchment areas and also sacred forests. During times of tension in the community, they have joined hands with elders to plant peace trees.
In the month of April alone Green World Schools have planted 23,789 trees in total.
The footballs have given a chance to these Green World School clubs to play sports to celebrate their compassion for the environment and to show that they are truly making an impact for future generations. After all he who plants a tree plants hope.
Leila Mkai Matei, a 12 year old student, has been part of the greening movement in his school and she has planted numerous trees in the school compound at Jaffery Primary and has participated in community planting events with the local farmers. She loves sports, and is thrilled she was part of a club that has created a green legacy for the school. Her enthusiasm extends to sensitizing her home community to plant many more trees .
Leila has also learned to use a small press donated by Green World Campaign to press oil from mooring seeds, and how to cook the “superfood” moriga leaves. She’s even taught her mother to add them to traditional vegetable dishes for extra nutrition.