Inculcating a culture of environmental conservation and sustainable management of resources among children and youth in Narok and Kilifi Counties
KCDF is implementing a three-year project (2020 to 2023) funded by I&M Foundation in Kilifi and Narok Counties. The project is implemented in partnership with four implementing partners (IP); Malindi Education and Development Foundation (MEDA-F), A Rocha Kenya in Kilifi County and Nguzo Africa and Nkoilale Community Development Foundation (NCDF), both in Narok county.
The project aims to inculcate the spirit of environmental conservation and sustainable management of resources among children and youth and nurture them into environmental champions by enabling them to plant and care for trees. The project's interventions are implemented in learning institutions, forest areas, religious places, markets, and other community spaces where children and youth are found.
As of December 2022, through this project, KCDF had engaged 150 learning institutions to establish 9 tree nurseries leading to the planting of 242,410 trees in an effort to involve the youth in various schools take part in environment conservation work. Further, the project has so far seen the procurement and distribution of 135 solar lacterns and 236 energy saving jikos to various households, with another 41 jikos being distributed to other institutions.
KCDF has continued to provide oversight and technical support to the four IPs through facilitating Participatory Organisational Capacity Assessments (POCA) to gauge progress, identify institutional gaps and incorporate priority interventions.
Further, KCDF has continued to provide technical support in reporting areas, including how to undertake impact reporting, georeferencing, documentation of change stories, financial reporting, and on species selection, spacing, and watering to enhance tree growing. We have also supported IPs in setting up county committees to help reward the learners and the schools participating in environmental conservation.