President Ruto’s Daughter leads tree planting campaign for schools

Counties Editor's Pick Environment Kisumu

President William Ruto’s daughter Charlene Ruto toured various schools in Kisumu County in a drive to sensitise learners to plant trees and take part in achieving the set national forest cover.

Ruto’s visit to the Lakeside County was meant to enhance the campaign for Kenyans to grow trees to achieve President Ruto’s plan that targeted planting five billion trees to counter climate change and conserve the environment.

The first daughter visited Kasagam, Nyalunya and Joyland Special Secondary Schools in Kisumu East Sub County where she presided over tree seedlings planting sessions and donated a bag of goodies for teachers and students.

“I urge each of you to plant at least 300 tree seedlings everywhere so that we can increase forest cover in our country and take part in conserving the environment,” Ruto said.

She encouraged the learners to champion the tree seedlings planting initiative from a young age in a bid to inculcate the culture of tree planting among the young generation.

“We will be moving around the country in a mega campaign for the youths to participate in tree planting in their neighbourhoods and spread the gospel of job opportunities created by the government so the youth can take advantage,” Ruto said.

She donated cash, sanitary pads for the girls, assorted textbooks for the three learning institutions she visited, and school uniform for a section of students at Joyland Special Secondary Schools.

Ruto was flanked by a youthful team drawn from the office of Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua and the UDA party that champions environmental conservation nationally.

Also joining the visitors for the meet the students’ tour were Kisumu County Commissioner Josephine Ouko, Kisumu East MP Shakeel Shabbir, and Education Directors among other leaders.

By Robert Ojwang’

 

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