REFORESTATION ON MFANGANO

Recent OHR volunteer, Emily Lowery, helped us kick-start a much needed Reforestation campaign as part of a capstone project for her completion of a Master’s Degree in Landscape Architecture. Her article published in Friends of Africa Magazine offers a window into our quickly moving, community-driven reforestation program! We celebrated our second annual Earth Day Event on April 22, calling Mfangano residents to attention (truly … the loud speaker was LOUD and reaching far distances!) regarding this critical issue as an estimated 10% of the forest remains. The Ministry of Forestry graced the event with speeches that truly touched the hearts and memories of the Suba people and humbly gave OHR nearly 2000 tree seedlings. Community members have elected a Reforestation Committee to move forward on the first and most complicated step, Gazettement – establishing areas to be conserved and preserved.