Amidst the bustling streets and vibrant energy of the Madaraka community, a remarkable event unfolded on Nationwide Tree Planting Day, November 13, 2023. The School of Computing and Engineering Sciences (SCES) joined hands with the Community Service Centre(CSC), and Strathmore University Neighborhood Initiative, orchestrating an awe-inspiring feat: the planting of a thousand trees within a mere five hours.
Prominent figures from Strathmore University and the Madaraka community lent their time, adding a touch of prestige to the event. Among these luminaries were: Dr. Vincent Ogutu, the University’s Vice Chancellor; Dr. Julius Butime, Dean of the School of Computing and Engineering Sciences; and Luis Borrallo, Director of the Madaraka Community’s Community Service Center. Reverend Ikinya and Chief Inspector Nderitu, along with Assistant Chief Kevin Okumu, and a league of other notable personalities graced the occasion with their presence, emphasizing the collective commitment to this environmental cause.
However, it wasn’t just the influential adults who made this day truly extraordinary. The heartbeat of the event was the spirited participation of children from the neighborhood. With boundless enthusiasm, they joyously contributed to the planting of a substantial portion of those thousand trees. Their excitement soared even higher when a police land cruiser, complete with blaring sirens, made an appearance, adding an unexpected thrill to the day. This engagement not only sowed the seeds of environmental responsibility but also cut a lasting memory in their young minds.
As whispers of the event rippled through the community, parents enthusiastically shared their positive feedback. They lauded the event for providing their children with a purposeful and engaging holiday activity. The nurturing of these trees has since become a cherished responsibility for the children, fostering a deep-rooted sense of ownership and connection to their environment. Undoubtedly, this exercise has sown the seeds of long-term community well-being and environmental sustainability.
From Hima Estate to Orange Court, an array of estates and courts became integral players in this grand endeavor. Their collective efforts, along with the tireless support of Mark Barasa and Regina Kithaka, ensured the seamless execution of this ambitious tree planting initiative. Their unwavering dedication and support were the cornerstone of this success, and their contributions will be forever cherished.
In hindsight, the Nationwide Tree Planting Day stands as a testament to the power of collective action. It was a triumphant symphony of passionate volunteers, esteemed individuals, spirited children, and engaged community members, all harmonizing in their commitment to a greener, more sustainable future.
Article written by Teresa Nekesa
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