"It's the little things that citizens do. That's what will make the difference. My little thing is planting trees." - Wangari Maathai, founder of Kenya's Green Belt Movement and 2014 Nobel Peace Prize recipient.
Kenyan forests play a key role in storing
water during the rainy season and releasing water slowly during the dry
season. Deforestation due to logging and unregualted agricultural
activities is deeply impacting the forests' ability to make this
happen. That's why First Presbyterian Church of Jeffersonville is
enthusiastically stepping up to assist Rev. Tom Ochuka in Kisumu,
Kenya, realize his dream to do an important "little thing" -
establishing a tree nursery to help bring greater forest cover to the
area, one trree at a time. Kisumu, one of the poorest regions in Kenya,
also has the lowest forest cover in the coutnry. The need is
"Trees for Kenya" fundraiser starts on June 5.
Leaves may be purchased for $5 per leaf. Each leaf will become part of
a larger artistic tree at First Prez while making possible hundreds
(maybe thousands!) of real trees in Kenya. Our goal is $902 for the
budget to establish a tree nursery requested by Rev. Tom Ochuka.