Locally Fundraised Project
Funds Raised : Kes 850,000
Project Lead : Eng. Isaac Gitoho
Project Status: Closed
Location: Ngong Road
The Rotary Club of Muthaiga (in conjunction with Rotary Clubs of Peponi, Madaraka, Gigiri and Rotaractors) in partnership with Kenya Urban Roads Authority (KURA), Nairobi City County Government had a tree planting event on Saturday, 14th April 2017 along Ngong Road between Nairobi Club and Prestige Plaza. The exercise aimed to plant about 3,000 trees, made possible by the combined effort of all volunteers and stakeholders.
In attendance was the Rotary District 9212 Governor Peter Mbui, Nairobi City County Governor H.E. Mike Mbuvi Sonko, Kenya Urban Roads Association Ag. Director General Eng. Silas Kinoti, The Kenya Alliance of Residents Association CEO Henry Ochieng, Major Ootiso of Kenya Airforce, Rotarians; Tree planting Project Co-coordinator Eng. Isaac Gitoho, Past District Governor Geeta Manek, Country Chair Jane Mberia, Past Country Chair Salome Gitoho, RC Muthaiga’s President Kuria Waithaka and over 400 participants drawn from Rotary & Rotaract Clubs, KURA, WKK, Nairobi City County Government, KARA, Architectural Association of Kenya- Landscape Chapter, Kenya Airforce, Traffic Police, Prestige Plaza, Silver Springs Hotel, Carmax, CTM Ltd, Jiweke Tarven, Toyota Tsusho Fertilizer Africa, Raerex E.A Ltd, Nairobi Baptist Church, Royal Nairobi Golf Club, Café Juncxon, Nailab, Pelican Signs and other Friends of Rotary took part in & supported the initiative.
Tree planting activities began on the 11th April and culminated in the launch of the exercise on 14th April, 2018 at 10.00am outside the Traffic Police Headquarters by H.E Mike Mbuvi Sonko; the Chief Guest highlighted the importance of making Nairobi the green city in the sun and reclaim its glory. In addition Governor Sonko sought to support other initiatives in line with his vision of making the entire Nairobi green per his various on-going tree, flower & grass planting exercises in the county.
Participants showed up with a desire and willingness to plant trees as they interacted with other volunteers. It was a great event where all came together for a common good. This was not the first nor the last time that Rotary is being involved in tree planting. There have been other tree planting activities with several happening across Nairobi (Karura forest, Syokimau, various schools), Kirinyaga, Kikuyu, Kisumu, Kakamenga and an upcoming one at Ngong Forest on 28th April 2018. In the ongoing effort to plant more trees in the country, Rotary continues to be amongst the interested parties to having a greener environment.
The initiative brought on board various stakeholders to ensure successful restoration of trees following the ongoing expansion of the Ngong Road. Some countries uproot trees and replant them after such exercises; Kenya should therefore borrow a leaf, replant in order to restore the beauty the trees offer.
Rotary’s dedication of service to humanity recognizes the need for collaboration with government/corporates and other stakeholders in developing our communities. The tree planting was therefore held in an effort to beautify the environment and raise awareness on the need to conserve the environment. This ongoing commitment to the conservation of the environment was been made possible by the kind donations from you and other various organizations and individuals.
The Rotarian’s primary motto is “Service above self and this is a noble ideal that encourages individuals from all walks of life to aspire to be of service to their communities and put “self” second. In this spirit, we have leaders of our Nation getting their hands dirty to improve the environment amongst other initiatives. It is all for a good cause.
Rotary International is an international service organization whose main objective is to bring together business and professional leaders in order to provide humanitarian services, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and to advance goodwill and peace around the world. It is open to all people regardless of race, color, creed, religion, gender, or political preference. There are 34,282 member clubs worldwide. 1.2 million Individuals called “Rotarians” usually gather weekly for breakfast, lunch, or dinner to fulfill their first guiding principle to develop friendships as an opportunity for service.
Area of Focus / Goals
Environmental Sustainability and Peace
All six areas of focus form one integrated system for a more peaceful, collaborative world all co-habitate in a shared sustainable environment.