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Volunteers Come Together for Reforestation Initiative in Mongolia and Kenya

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By Emiko Perea

People throughout the world have been facing challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic which has spread to millions across the globe. More than ever, partners and stakeholders have come together to mitigate the effects of the pandemic and improve their local communities. 

For countries like Mongolia, and Kenya, one large area of focus for this year has been on reforestation efforts. Working with Global Peace Foundation chapters in both countries, Global Peace and Development Service Alliance (GPDSA) has made significant strides in propagating the growth of indigenous and fruit trees. Because of their efforts thus far in the year, a total of 1 million trees were planted in Mongolia by My Club and GPF volunteers.

Mr. Daniel Juma, the GPF Kenya Country Director, Mr. Budoi Samuel GPDSA Regional Director and Mr. Japheth Ouda, Environmental Service Coordinator, enhanced the work for reforestation efforts in 2020 with the intention of supporting 10% of forest cover and improving sanitation in the community. Up to 700 trees were planted in Kenya at the Health Center in Kariobangi, Kariobangi Girls Secondary School, along the banks of Mathare River, and the surrounding area. The Global Peace and Development Service Alliance came about from a union of GPF work and other service partners over the past decade. The alliance has taken action on the UN 2030 peace and development goals through dynamic youth social enterprise and creative partner action.

By December 2020, GPDSA hopes to grow up to 4,000 trees in Kenya through further collaboration. The committee expressed their gratitude towards all the partners and organizations involved in the reforestation efforts, with special thanks to Kenya Forest Services, Chandaria Foundation, Kariobangi Waste Management Alliance, Pan Africa Climate Justice Alliance, Raslimali Enterprises, The Kariobangi Health Center, Local Administration, Total Foundation, and the Kariobangi community.