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From Our Correspondents in Kenya: Part One

On behalf of everyone at Word Forest, may I extend deep gratitude alongside notification that a small team from the UK are here in Kenya on our annual M&E Visit (monitoring and evaluation). The recent global health crisis prevented us from carrying out our M&E in 2020 or 2021. 

It’s impossible to convey the depth of our appreciation for experiencing the positive environmental and societal benefits of our charity’s objective, in person. 

It’s also incredibly uplifting to spend time with the inspirational people we’re fortunate enough to work with. They live on the frontline of our shared climate crisis and as I’ve said many times before, they’re some of the most important people on the planet.

We joined our Kenyan colleagues and tree planting friends in Nairobi just over a week ago. The team will be visiting some of our existing projects and assessing the viability of new ones, from Rusinga Island, the furthest westerly point in Kenya, through to Coast Province in the far east.

Our list of Things to Do is long, comprehensive and ambitious. We’ve already had to seek swift solutions to a few irksome botherations that have been thrown into the mix, which I’ll explain in due course.

We’re unfazed, we’re undaunted and we’re on target to exceed the expectations of our original mission, mainly because you folks are the wind beneath our wings: asante sana – thank you!

The current financial crisis has made fundraising the largest challenge Word Forest has ever faced. Our planned schedule of works will enable us to fulfil our requirements but we are on a super-tight budget. If you’d like to relieve the pressure by making a donation of any size, that would be quite wonderful.

Your belief in our mission is clear and evident and through your kindness we’re able to spend critical time with the people who are working unbelievably hard to plant and care for the trees you’ve nurtured from seeds to saplings.

Over the coming weeks, we’ll be releasing short podcasts recorded during our travels, diving deeper into what we’re doing and why we’re doing it. You’ll also be able to hear from the folks we’re working with and other Kenyans too.

Bougainvillea in bloom. Photo: Word Forest

The episodes will be shared on our social media channels and our website and we’d love it if you could share them on your platforms too. 

Help Word Forest spread the good green word and let’s help our planet be healthier, happier and calmer through tree planting here in the tropics and by taking care of the amazing people who look after the trees.

Tracey and The Team

Click below to listen to our first two episodes, and don’t forget to share them.

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