Training Local Students to Plant and Protect Life-giving Trees
The farming communities of the Karangazi Sector of Eastern Rwanda, have been hit by drought and families are malnourished due to limited diversity in local crops. This has declared by the residents of this sector as indicated by electronic questionnaire which was used for data assessment. The objective of this project is to improve community livelihood by planting life giving trees. Through CAE in collaboration WRI, 60 local students are being trained to plant and protect 60 000 trees. The purpose is to engage young people to maintain the culture of environmental conservation. 3 students’ environmental clubs were established to teach other students about the value of planting trees which will result to planting different types of trees like fruit trees where grafting technology will be applied, Grevillea trees, Calliandra trees, etc. GIS data like satellite images, Google Earth and Google Maps are used in this project to know more urgent places for forestation. GPS coordinates are taken to know the scale of the covered area. Students will be motivated by preparing interschool games and incentives as a method of approaching them to enhance students’ involvement in planting trees. As a result of this, trees will provide food, income, rainfall, fruits, firewood, food for farm animals and protection against extreme weather, as well as conserving water supplies and enriching the soil. Environmental clubs will equip these young people with the skills they need to continue practices at home and teach others to do the same - improving villagers' land and lives into the future. We will continue this action for the next generations, and it is evident from our observation that students of primary and secondary schools can contribute more in conserving environment when the government includes this subject in the school curriculum. For more information, visit:www.globalgiving.org/projects/rwandan-students-fight-poverty-with-trees/...
Biography: Mr. Elisa Tumwesigye, Programs & Projects Manager of CAE
I am called Elisa Tumwesigye, I am a Rwandan by nationality. In 2014, I graduated from University of Rwanda/College of Sciences &Technology with the Bachelor of Science in Biology option of Botany & Conservation. I’m currently the programs & Projects manager of Compagnie Agricole et Environnement-CAE. Now, I’m working with World Resources Institute and Global Giving as the funder to implement a project in Nyagatare District, Eastern Province to train local students to plant & protect life-giving trees.