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KenGen Foundation Environment Green Initiative Challenge

KenGen is committed to environmental conservation and sustainably safeguarding the environment it shares with other communities at its areas of operations—for today and generations to come. Through the Foundation, the Company has invested in long-term programs dedicated to sustainable environmental conservation and promoting a tree planting culture within the organization.

The Schools’ Green Initiative Challenge

Our flagship environment program, The Schools’ Green Initiative Challenge,is a unique project implemented in partnership with Better Globe Forestry and Bamburi Cement Ltd.

The main objective is the greening of over 460 acres in the semi-arid counties of Embu, Kitui and Machakos with Mukau (M. Volkensii) and Muveshi (S. Siamea) tree species as a way of mitigating climate change and providing wood fuel and alternative income opportunities for the local communities.

Mashamba Primary School, Kitui CountyThe GIC is structured as a competition to participating schools, mainly due to the dry weather conditions in their locations, with prizes awarded based on the highest survival rate of seedlings, use of innovation, and community inclusion.

Through the setting up of woodlots in participating schools, the project acts as a change agent to establish a tree-planting culture for multiple benefits in dry-land areas.

Even higher benefits are the project’s contribution to the reduction of greenhouse gases through carbon sequestration, and the control soil erosion by increasing topsoil infiltration and reducing runoff.

Phase I

KenGen_Kaewa_Tree_PlantingPhase I of the project, launched in November 2013, had 81 schools from the two counties of Machakos and Embu. The pilot project aimed at addressing the massive deforestation at the counties through a rural schools-led initiative. The GIC pilot project, which concluded on 17th November 2015, saw St. Martin’s Kaewa Secondary School (Machakos) scoop first position, followed by Mwea Primary School (Embu), with Makutano Primary School as the third runners up.

Click here to read and download the Schools’ Green Initiative Challenge Phase I Report

Phase II: GIC Expansion Project

KenGen_Green_Teacher_GICThe GIC Phase II, also known as the GIC Expansion Project, is a ten-year project that follows in the success of GIC Phase I. The Expansion project follows an MoU signed between KenGen Foundation, Better Globe Forestry and Bamburi Cement Ltd. The project launched on 17 November 2015, currently has 120 schools participating in the competition – 40 from each county.

Phase II introduced the concept of the ‘Green’ teacher, an environment patron who helps in managing the tree planting activities; Monitoring and Evaluation Officers; and annual capacity building sessions facilitated by the project partners.

Apart from Mukau (M. Volkensii) and Muveshi (S. Siamea), GIC Phase II also includes the planting of paw-paw and yellow passion fruit trees as value addition to the project.

Education scholarships for selected students in the participating schools are also included as part of the winning prize.

Since 2013, a total of 300 schools from the three counties are currently taking part in the afforestation program. Following the launch of GIC Phase III on May 10 2017, an additional 99 schools joined the initiative.

Phase three includes the participating schools’ head teachers in the capacity building sessions for project ownership and inclusive woodlots management across all levels of administration.

The GIC project is exceptional as all schools within the country can easily adopt it. It is also sustainable since is targets school children turning them into conservation ambassadors.

Click here to read and download the Green Initiative Challenge Expansion Brochure

Phase III:

KenGen Schools Afforestation Project Phase IIICurrently, there are 219 schools from the three counties taking part in the afforestation contest after the launch of GIC Phase III on May 10 2017 with 99 schools.

Phase III includes the participating schools’ head teachers in the capacity building sessions for buy-in and participation of the schools’ administration in the project.

The GIC project is exceptional as all schools within the country can easily adopt it. It is also sustainable since is targets school children turning them into conservation ambassadors.

Phase III also introduces mango trees in selected schools where the conditions are favorable.

Click here to download the Technical Manual for small forests and woodlots