Mzuzu-based Citizen Impact Organization (CIO) in collaboration with Mzuzu University students, Girl Guide Association and Good deeds Patriots has embarked on a tree planting exercise in Mzuzu City.
The organizations visited Matemanga Village and Msongwe Primary School in Mzuzu where they planted about 1000 trees.
CIO Director Chimwemwe Banda asked for a consented effort in the fight against deforestation and climate change.
According to Banda, the organizations will reach to many areas in the city with the tree planting exercise.
“We want to plant more trees this year so as to make Mzuzu continue being a green city of our motherland, and mostly fight against deforestation. We have more areas to reach out and plant trees here in Mzuzu city and the whole northern region at large,” promised Banda. Our advice to the community members is that they should always take care of these trees as no one will come from somewhere and do that for them,” advised Banda.
Speaking during the exercise, Mzimba District Youth Officer Mwase who was also a guest of honor thanked CIO management for the exercise saying it will help in restoring and covering bare grounds.
“This is a great initiative as now all places which were left bare due to deforestation are to be restored and make the Mzuzu continue being named a green city of Malawi. We are here to thank the CIO management team for the tree planting initiative, this should not stop here. Let’s plant more trees so as to be in support of our National Forestry Vision launched last year. Mzimba District Youth office is in support of this,” said Mwase.
In his remarks, Headteacher for Msongwe Primary School Ephraim Mdoka thanked CIO for the tree planting exercise saying the trees are vital for the social-economic development of a country.
The trees were received from Malawi Creation Care Network (MCCN), CIO’s partners in the conserving environment project. The conserving environment project was launched with an aim of planting trees in some communities of Mzuzu city so as to restore lost forest cover in the city.
So far, CIO has planted 1000 trees in Matemanga Village, Nkhorongo and Msongwe Primary school.