Sustainable Tree planting in Rural schools for Promoting Education

Kibiribiri Pupils with ready to plant their donated trees from World Rain Forest Preservation Organization and KIRUCODO

Kibiribiri Pupils ready to plant their donated trees from World Rain Forest Preservation Organization and KIRUCODO

On 15th November 2013, Kikandwa Rural Communities Development Organization (KIRUCODO) in partnership with World Rain Forests Preservation Uganda (WRAFOPU), kick started Tree Planting for Rural Schools Project at Kibiribiri Church of Uganda Primary School. During the day, over 50 trees were planted around the school among which were fruit trees.

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Next phase of the project will reach to every pupil/ student with two improved breed mango trees which will be planted by each of the selected pupils. The distributed mangoes will begin to fruit within two years and the mango fruits harvested will be sold off and the profits realized will help cover pupils’s respective educational expenses such as lunches, books, shoes, uniform, etc and the balance will then saved.

Facts

The world’s rain forests are currently disappearing at a rate of 6000 acres every hour (this is about 4000 football fields per hour).   When these forests are cut down, the plants and animals that live in the forests are destroyed, and some species are at risk of being made extinct.  Further, as the large-scale harvesting of lumber from the rain forests continues, the balance of the earth’s eco-system is disrupted.  We need the rain forests to produce oxygen and clean the atmosphere to help us breathe.  We also know that the earth’s climate can be affected, as well as the water cycle.  Rain forests also provide us with many valuable medicinal plants, and may be a source of a cure from some deadly diseases.

Except for the Congo Basin, the tropical rain forests of Africa have been largely depleted by commercial exploitation by logging and conversion for agriculture. In West Africa, nearly 90 percent of the original rainforest is gone and the remainder is heavily fragmented and in poor use. Especially problematic in Africa is desertification and conversion of rainforests to erodible agriculture and grazing lands.

Most of the products that we use in our countries come from rainforests, such as rubber, coffee and rain forest lumber.  Rainforests are cut down to harvest the timber and also to make room for farms to grow coffee and spices.   Each of us needs to be thoughtful about the way we consume these products, and support companies and programs that make a commitment to safe environmental practices.  Recycle and re-use whenever possible, and help keep the earth green and healthy.

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