Tree Planting – October 2018, Kereita Forest, Nairobi
Nairobi, 28th October 2018: BAPS Charities in conjunction with KENVO plants 2,500 trees at Kereita Forest
Kereita forest forms the southern tip of the Aberdares ranges and is an important water catchment area for Nairobi’s water supply.
Over 150 BAPS Charities volunteers joined KENVO (Kijabe Environment Volunteers) in planting 2,500 seedlings at the Forest. As part of our Environmental efforts, BAPS Charities works to bring awareness of the important environmental issues faced in the community. We achieve this by participating and supporting initiatives such as tree-plantings, water conservation campaigns and promotion of renewable energy sources.
To support such efforts, BAPS Charities held a Walkathon fundraiser on 16th September 2018 at the Karura forest. The Walkathon saw 300 walkers from as young as 2 years to as old as 85 years. – See Event article (Link)
The volunteers planted 10 different species of indigenous trees during the planting effort at Kereita. Seedlings were planted within parcels allocated to farmers in the forest, who facilitate proper care and upkeep of the trees as they grow. This ensures high survival rates of the trees which typically get trampled due to grazing in open areas.
This was the fifth tree planting project carried out by BAPS Charities since 2013. In total BAPS Charities Nairobi has now planted 16,000 trees. Through such tree planting projects BAPS Charities is committed to building a program that will help improve our forest coverage and sustain our water catchment areas in Kenya.