Arbor Day & World Environment Day Report
On Saturday June 5, 2010 Novi celebrated Arbor Day and World Environment Day at Dagleta Public Elementary School in Allada, Benin. The tree-planting event was attended by fifty-five students, teachers, administrators, members of the Parents' Association and Novi representatives.
The day began with a lecture on the importance of trees in our living environment. Then, the attendees engaged in a fun tree planting activity. There were two types of plants selected for the activity: mango trees (Mangifera indica) and cola trees (Terminalia Catappa).
Of the fifty trees planted in total, forty of them were generously financed by Ukuwa, a Columbus-based organization that promotes healthy youth development in the US as well as the social and economic empowerment of
children in Africa.
The mango tree, commonly known as Mango Cameroonian, is well appreciated for its delicious fruit. Thirty mango trees were planted in the school’s back yard in the form of garden. “In few years these trees will provide many fruits and we can be happy knowing that our children will eat healthy at school. Many thanks to Novi and Ukuwa,” raved one of the parents.
The cola tree, which is a tropical almond tree, was chosen because of its vast shade- a perfect place to escape from the African sun. Twenty of them were strategically planted in the school’s front yard, right in front of the classrooms. Once the trees mature, they will provide excellent shade. As soon as each tree was planted, cages made of palm branches were set in place to protect the plants and give it enough support to grow.
The students were so pleased with the outcome of the event that they expressed the desire to form a student club and care for the plants! They also promised to pass the message of protecting our environment to their families, friends and neighbors. Furthermore, the President of the Parents’ Association and one of the teachers promised to supervise the students. As this was a great and proactive response from the attendees, the Novi coordinator has promised to visit every three months to check on the student club’s activities. He ensured that Novi will help them organize so that they can gather once a month and discuss environmental issues while solving their local problems.
After a successful day of planting trees, all participants were invited to a reception. Two sandwiches and a soda were served to each. As the event concluded, the school authorities and parents thanked Novi for choosing their school for this project and asked that Novi come back with other projects. ♦
A Special Message To Ukuwa, From Novi’s Volunteers
“We would like to sincerely thank Ukuwa for its financial support because it shows that its members have a special thought for Africa. We hope that our partnership is strengthened so that, together, we can achieve our common goals.”
Inflow of capital
1 Big banner
1 Small sign
40 Plant Protectors
10 Plant Protectors
Food & beverage
Olou & Parents’ Association
Long distance communication
Ndeye Awa Kebe
YES Projects Coordinator
Cossi G. Hountondji
Project Coordinator Benin
Finalized on June 19, 2010