Due to COVID-19 and the associated global economic hardships, which have also affected our programme, the Children in the Wilderness Malawi (CITW) programme scaled down its programme activities to waste paper recycling, health and nutrition, reforestation, and storytelling (Children in the Media).
The Nanthomba Tree Nursery site at Chintheche in northern Malawi is a CITW Eco-Club initiative, aimed at educating children about forests, deforestation and reforestation. Apart from being a learning centre for children, at a practical level, Eco-Club children participate in sowing, raising and caring for tree seedlings. The nursery site raises between 10 000 to 20 000 different species of trees, which benefit over 10 Balaka East District villages, as well as six schools and other institutions, which receive the seedlings for free every year.
The need to expand the reforestation activities in the Liwonde area has required the expertise of a sister organisation – Root to Fruit, which is headquartered in Chintheche. Root to Fruit is another CAWS organisation, and runs professional reforestation activities in order to offset carbon footprints. With its possible expansion to Liwonde, it is hoped that there will be a boost in the activities of reforestation here, and an increase in the survival rate of planted trees. By allowing children to participate, and learn about forestry, Root to Fruit encourages the serious business of establishing more and larger forests within the local communities.
By Symon Chibaka – CITW Malawi Programme Co-ordinator