Over 10 schools in Jinja now have school orchards and we have been running workshops with their students, ensuring that the spaces will be used for garden learning as well as providing shade and delicious fruits In the future. Schools are happy to continue working with the team, empowering green leaders from a young age. Plus Ddumba our schools coordinator will be following up with photos and messages from students. Orchard Week is an annual campaign but the work continues throughout planting season. Continue following us on Twitter and Facebook to hear more about Girls for Climate Action's work with local schools as well as communities and impact makers.
As the new year opens, the Jinja Youth Tree Nurseries project has an opener update too. With resources to have made the establishment of 2 tree nurseries possible, a lot has been and still being achieved with assured support for the project.
After the establishment of 2 tree nurseries around Jinja, our programs especially the Young Environmentalists Program and the Climate Demonstration Hubs has been continuously supplied with tree seedlings to be planted in schools and local communites by students, teaching and non teaching staff as well as small holder farmers.
From activities like the Birthday Tree Campaign, PLE Tree Campaign to Orchard weeks and mass planting activities by partners. All this was made possible through the GlobalGiving donations towards the Jinja Youth Tree Nurseries Project.
Over 5,000 tree seedlings were donated and planted by 1500 students, teachers and non teaching staff in 20 schools and by 250 small holder farmers in 5 communities. What an amazing way to open the year 2023.
We will continue to create a global population mindful and protective of the environment by actively engaging society in working towards continued improvement of the environment with support from our partners, friends and family.
By Pius Kizza Ddumba, Alan Cundall | Project Leads
With our partners in Wakalenge we grew several hundred fruit tree seedlings and established an orchard in ten schools and several communities. Recently with the wet rain season we are growing new seedlings and looking for new partner schools while continuing to visit established sites.
"Introducing pupils to climate change has equipped them with the practicability of taking care of the trees and the ecosystems around their schools because you have a practical climate series curriculum. The trees you have donated and planted, are already providing us with shade and the pupils and teachers are enjoying fruits harvested from them” - Mr. Magala Derrick, Deputy Head teacher St Henry’s Educational Centre
The greatest joy for us as GirlsForClimateAction is seeing former students becoming leaders in their communities. Among families and communities, awareness has grown and changed the way people perceive their relationship to the environment
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