Alice Njoki Bundi and Catherine Wangeci Njora,Okoa Misitu Yetu
Alice Njoki Bundi and Catherine Wangeci Njora are leading an effort to reforest areas of Mt. Kenya near Kerugoya, Kenya that have been devastated by wildfires while restoring rural community water sources.
Over the past few years, as wildfires have ripped through the forests of Mt. Kenya, natural rainfall capture has been increasingly disrupted by the absence of ground cover. These processes have effectively reduced the overall amount of rainfall that ends up in nearby rivers and streams which serve as important water resources for local communities.
Through their initiative, Okoa Misitu Yetu (Forest Restoration Project), Alice and Catherine are organizing youth from local communities, church groups, and schools to reforest the Mt. Kenya area with tree saplings.
Alice has personally overseen the collection of healthy seedlings from nurseries throughout Kirinyaga County and together with Catherine she is mobilizing local leaders, farmers, and residents from the communities of Kangaita, Gatwe, Kwa Eliud and Dima. Overall, they expect over 200 people to participate in the reforestation project.
Additionally, through their mobilization efforts, Alice and Catherine plan to raise local awareness of pressing environmental concerns over deforestation and the importance of forest conservation.
2015 YOUTH ENVIRONMENTAL GRANT RECIPIENT in Partnership With Levi Strauss & Co.