TREES FOR MOUNT KENYA SCHOOLS
Working with schools around the Mount Kenya Forest Reserve, CHASE Africa and Mount Kenya Trust will plant woodlots on school grounds. Schools have up to 10 acres of land, and are motivated to plant trees to provide a sustainable source of firewood and timber. This helps reduce pressure on the indigenous forest which surround Mount Kenya - Africa's second highest mountain. The trees also improve biodiversity and provide shade in the playground when they are growing. Children engage in learning about the importance of trees, and the woodlots also act as demonstration sites to inspire parents to plant trees on their own land. The organisation works with schools who are motivated to care for the trees on their land over the period of growth, which means they have excellent survival rates and can cut costs associated with fencing. They have run successful schools projects since 2016, and hope to expand this work over the coming years to support many more communities.