Shanga Project Plants 6,400 Trees in Lusaka

… Chitibwi says this project is mpowering Communities and Youth for a Greener Future

By Francis Maingaila
Lusaka Province, Zambia24 – (27-05-2024) – The Worldview Institute has successfully completed Phase One of the Shanga Project, a large-scale tree-planting initiative across Lusaka Province. This phase saw the planting of 6,400 trees, surpassing the initial target of 6,000 trees, with an investment of K416,000.

The first phase covered six districts, including Chongwe, Luangwa, Rufunsa, Lusaka, Chilanga, and Kafue, focusing on 110 schools. The initiative achieved its tree-planting goals, fostered significant community and youth involvement, and enhanced local environmental and economic resilience.

Community engagement was a key aspect of the project. It supported small-scale businesswomen and youths who supplied the trees, promoting local economic empowerment.

Students’ involvement in adopting and nurturing trees instilled a sense of ownership and environmental stewardship among the youth.

Isaacs Chitibwi, Executive Director at Worldview Institute, reaffirmed the organization’s dedication to social responsibility and environmental conservation.

“Our commitment goes beyond just planting trees. We are fostering a culture of sustainability and responsibility among the younger generation,” he said.

The project’s measurable outcomes include the number of trees planted, schools involved, and districts covered. These efforts are expected to mitigate deforestation, improve air quality, and conserve biodiversity.

Despite logistical difficulties, coordination issues, and financial constraints, the project overcame these hurdles through strategic planning and community collaboration.

Schools faced challenges such as water supply issues and moth infestations, which were addressed through the project’s sustainability pillars.

The project’s sustainability framework ensures the long-term growth and survival of the planted trees. This includes the Tree Adoption Program, partnerships with local volunteers, and technical support from District Forestry Officers.

The completion of Phase One marks a significant milestone, setting the stage for subsequent phases.

The Worldview Institute plans to expand its reach and impact, continuing to build on the successes of the initial phase to create a lasting legacy of environmental stewardship and community resilience.

Victor Nyasulu, Board Chairperson of the Worldview Institute, said the Shanga campaign responds to President Hakainde Hichilema’s appeal to empower schoolchildren as environmental stewards.

This fosters a sense of responsibility and a connection to nature. He emphasized the need for sustainable actions like tree planting to address drought and climate change.

The Worldview Institute has launched the Shanga Initiative, aiming to plant 150,000 trees across ten provinces in Zambia.

This initiative demonstrates their commitment to environmental stewardship and reforestation.

Cooperation from the Ministry of Education and other administrative bodies has been secured, along with substantial funding and resources from sponsors.

The project aims to plant 150 trees in each of the ten targeted provinces, totaling 15,000 trees per province, with an estimated value of 9.7 million Kwacha. Beyond planting trees, the Shanga Initiative focuses on educating communities and promoting sustainable environmental practices. Direct engagement with schools and local communities is crucial to create a lasting impact through increased awareness and involvement.

Monitoring and evaluation are key components of the project. Various institutions maintain accurate records and evaluate the project’s impact. Volunteers are heavily involved in both the planting and ongoing monitoring processes. Starting as a small grassroots movement, the Shanga Initiative has grown into a broader movement, highlighting the power of collective action in driving meaningful change.

The organization engages in active fundraising and resource mobilization, leveraging social media to increase awareness and support. Looking ahead, the Shanga Initiative plans to extend its tree-planting efforts to all secondary schools, envisioning a widespread and lasting impact across all regions. Collaboration with local schools, district administrations, and other partners is deemed essential for the project’s success and sustainability.

The Shanga Initiative’s tree-planting campaign represents a significant stride towards environmental sustainability in Zambia. It combines education, community engagement, and grassroots action to make a lasting impact.

Vice President Nalumango has urged for immediate and robust action against climate change, emphasizing the critical need for sustained efforts.

The Zambian government has demonstrated a steadfast commitment to combating climate change through comprehensive policies and robust legal frameworks aimed at environmental protection.

The Worldview Institute’s Shanga project aims to plant one million trees this year. So far, 150,000 trees have been planted across ten provinces. The initiative emphasizes youth empowerment and collaboration with communities and sponsors.

The Think Green Program, which aims to plant one million trees by 2030, has garnered significant praise for its ambition and potential environmental impact. The Shanga initiative, a youth-led program, has successfully planted 6,400 trees and aims to plant a total of 150,000 trees across all ten provinces in partnership with the Ministry of Education.

These tree-planting initiatives extend beyond environmental impact. They are educational movements empowering young Zambians with knowledge and a sense of responsibility towards their environment.

Vice President Nalumango emphasized the importance of integrating climate action into national development plans and urged all stakeholders to support initiatives like the Worldview Institute and the Shanga initiative. “Collective action is the cornerstone of our strategy,” she emphasized.

The vision is to protect the environment, ensure a sustainable future, and create a better Zambia for all.

The Institute stresses the vital role of trees in ecological balance and oxygen production. It calls for government measures to combat illegal activities like charcoal burning and supports programs addressing deforestation, pollution, and poverty.

Shanga seeks to shift attitudes towards conservation, acknowledging the changing employment landscape influenced by environmental changes. It urges collective action against deforestation and environmental harm, emphasizing the importance of continued support for environmental initiatives.

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