Romogi Seed SS benefits from AIRD’S 10th Anniversary tree planting Initiative

AIRD head office piloted its tree planting drive in Yumbe district at Romogi Seed Secondary School on the 27th of September 2017.  This was part of the over 5000 trees the organization donated to the district to be distributed to various institutions and Bidibidi refugee settlement.  The seedlings including Mango and orange fruit trees along with white oak and Ashok trees are to be distributed to schools, health units, police units and food distribution points. The donation is a contribution to support persons of concern and the local communities as the organization celebrated its 10th Anniversary.

The tree planting ceremony held at the school premises was graced by the AIRD Members of the Board, staff, UNHCR and OPM officials, students of Romogi and local council officials of the area.

 According to the CEO Mr. Mathias Temesgen Daniel, environment protection was selected based on the strategic operational response priorities for refugees as set by UNHCR and Office of the Prime Minister of Uganda.  As the host of the world’s largest refugee settlement in the world (Bidibidi), Yumbe district has mostly been affected environmentally.  The need for vast pieces of land to host refugees has led to massive deforestation, this is coupled with the need for poles for construction of shelters and firewood for both refugees and the host community.

Romogi, located 12.2 Km from Yumbe town was selected because of its interest in Environmental protection.  Ms. Musarait Kashmiri the AIRD director of Operations said that the organization’s research established that the school had a small tree nursery. “Our contribution of seedlings was meant to boost and support their work in rejuvenating the environment,” she said.

The head teacher of Romogi Seed SS Mr. Khalid Mulawa appreciated AIRD Management for piloting the tree planting initiative at the school. He said that the school accommodates both refugee and local students. “The refugees are our sisters and brothers, we share everything with them”. Mr. Khalid said.

He added that planting more trees is a way of safeguarding the future by preventing climatic hazards resulting from deforestation such as droughts.

The AIRD BOD Patron Mr. Charles Kirenda applauded the school for their efforts in protecting the environment and hosting refugees.

The guests were entertained with performances from students in form of songs and poems about the environment. The ceremony was crowned by tree planting led by AIRD BOD members alongside UNCHR and OPM officials.

 

 

Engineer Bateyehun Haile one of AIRD B.O.D members (in hat) planting a tree at Romogi Seed SS

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