Green World Kenya

School Based Environmental Education and Reforestation.

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The Green World School program, being pioneered in Kenya, is a school based environmental education program that fosters positive and proactive attitudes towards environmental conservation. The Green World School program seeks to capacity build young people in primary schools and secondary schools. It uses environmental clubs as a spring board to promote environmental education in the community. Not only do many schools have good access to land and water in Kenya, they are an ideal channel to educate the next generation of Kenyans to care about the environment.

On April 13th 2011 one of our Green World Schools - Mpirani Primary in Mazeras, Kenya planted 1000 indegenious trees in the area surrounding the school. Each student is assigned a tree to care for until they graduate.

On April 13th 2011 one of our Green World Schools - Mpirani Primary in Mazeras, Kenya planted 1000 indegenious trees in the area surrounding the school. Each student is assigned a tree to care for until they graduate. With over 15,000 schools in Kenya alone this program has huge potential of reforesting much of Kenya and educating the next generation.

Uganda-Kenya Border Program.

On the border of Kenya and Uganda is an area known as Busia, because of the introduction of sugar cane in the area, huge swaths of forest have been cleared over the past 20 years. In 2010 GWC worked with local schools and farmers to educate people on the importance of tree growth and start small reforestation projects.

 

 

Green World Credits.

On the coastal province of Kenya GWC worked with youth and local businesses groups to develop economic insentives for environmental conservation. Youth groups are paid for enviornmental services with a type of complementary currency we called Eco-Pesa, which can then be used for local goods and services. These credits could then be used by businesses for trading in the absence of national currency. The Eco-Pesa program was completed in 2011.

Red Cross Partnership.

This Green World Campaign supported initiative has had some amazing impacts! Our team members are shown here are leading our program in the Miyani area since September 2011 and we have been extremely proud of what they have accomplished, especially with the help of Mwanamuna Swale from Kenya Red Cross. Over the last year we have provided training, seeds and materials to plant over 7000 trees around Miyani Primary and the surrounding areas. We have also promoted environmental education in Miyani Primary who have been incredibly supportive.

This success over the last year would not have been possible without working together with Red Cross' Mwanamuna Swale. The Red Cross program has given hundreds of farmers direct incentives to build nurseries for trees and plant and care for trees in the area. Because of this work, the farmers understand that they are taking part in building food security and economic stability in the area. The primary trees planted around Miyani are Moringa Olifera, which has an edible leaf that has amazing nutritional properties.

Not only will thousands of these trees provide much needed nutrition in the area and stabilize soils, the seeds from these trees can be pressed for oil (used in cooking and cosmetics). In the coming year as these trees reach maturity we hope to see this oil sold to ready markets in Kenya and across the globe. Moringa Olifera can easily be inter-cropped with beans and other local foods. We believe these trees represent a huge leap forward in terms of providing local food security while also combating climate change by sequestering carbon. Kenya Red Cross is also working on building a local dam in the are, which we hope to surround with trees to keep the soil intact.

The combination of working on training around trees and agroforestry while providing startup materials – and Kenya Red Cross providing organization, incentives and training for local farmers is extremely powerful and exactly the kind of partnership that we want to encourage. We would very much like this model that has been championed by Mwanamuna Swale and Shanga Mbuli to spread across Kenya. We look forward to close cooperation moving forward in 2013.

The Kenya Chapter of Green World Campaign was established in 2010 by Will Ruddick

 To find out about the Kenya program contact us kenya@greenworld.org.