Members of Alfanny Reach Out Community Based Organization (CBO) from Machakos County marked the World Red Cross day by planting trees in Manza Primary and Mumbuni Primary.
World Red Cross Day is celebrated on 8th May every year to remember the principles of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. It is the day where people across the world pay tribute to millions of volunteers who have sacrificed their lives to have a great contribution to humanity.
The CBO partnered with the Kenya Red Cross Society, Wamiti Foundation, Mumbuni Primary, Manza Primary, and other partners who volunteered to provide tree seedlings to facilitate the whole event.
Through their Chief Executive Officer, Alfanny Reach Out CBO expressed their joy by saying that, “if we plant the right seeds, tomorrow will be better. If you put out good things, then you’ll get good things back. That’s part of our responsibility as humans.”
The theme for the World Red Cross Day 2021 is ‘Unstoppable’ this time has been named regarding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic which has affected the whole world and how volunteers and the frontline workers like Community Health Volunteers (CHVs), nurses, and doctors around the world are coming together to help those in need this difficult time.
The Kenya Red Cross Society has been planting trees throughout the country through their Sustainable Environment Restoration Programme (SERP) where they have been mobilizing community members.
Growing trees is one of the key components under SERP which they hope will have an immense contribution to the attainment of Vision 2030 in Kenya. It is also geared to increase the capacity to adapt to the impacts of climate change, combat desertification, guarantee water, food security, and livelihoods as it is evident that most parts of the Ukambani Region don’t receive the adequate amount of rainfall and are semi-arid.