During November, our YES and Eco-Clubs engaged in a tree-planting and caring campaign. Working jointly with Root to Fruit, a number of centres were targeted, and demonstrations on how to plant and care for the trees were held. Community members, nearby schools and village-based organisations were invited. The main objective for the campaigns was to educate community members practically on how to plant and care for their new trees, in order to increase the trees’ survival rate.
The tree-planting and caring campaign is considered very important as Root to Fruit and CITW YES youth want to see the survival rate of the planted trees per year increase to not less than 70%. Their observations of recent years showed that some of the planted trees were dying before they reach two years because the schools and communities who receive seedlings from the Root to Fruit tree nurseries lacked basic know-how.
By Symon Chibaka, CITW Malawi Programme Coordinator