Tanzanias school kids planting trees blog


After two weeks of substantial rains the timing was perfect to get some trees into the ground. Meza Abraham the manager of a small tree planting initiative and tree nursery called "Usa-River Malihai Club" came over to my place in the morning. With a bunch of fresh organic bananas and 2 liters of drinking water, the camera we jumped in the Landrover Pickup to load 400 trees at his nearby nursery. On our way on the main road we got stopped twice by friendly police acknowledging the importance of planting trees and supporting our mission. After 15km of Tar road and 40km of dirt road with a 300kg load in the back we reached the school grounds immediately surrounded by enthusiastic kids helping to offload the trees. Within minutes kids started to engange and came with tools to dig holes for the trees. The ground was beautifully ready to receive the mix of Croton, African ebony and Loliondo and  trees. While Meza was continuing to educate kids on the importance of environmental issues the planting continued. After signing the visitors book and a conversation with the head teacher and principal we headed back through a back road which was just passable. The way back 45km instead of 55km took 1hr longer and damaged the suspension but it was worth passing through usually inaccessible terrain and paths. Seeing small home steads and farms (usually about 1acre) in this area of rural Tanzania is an inspiring. People grow banana, coffee, Taro root, Avocados, timber trees, leafy greens in often very effective food forest setups. By 2pm we were back home with a new plan to plant another 50 banana trees on a nearby private agroforestry project.