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My Baby Tree Initiative


 

Building upon our Child welfare component, the My baby tree initiative promotes tree planting for an eco-friendly environment. When a child is registered with the Child welfare program, parents of the enrolled children, who are also beneficiaries of one or more of our integrated health and empowerment activities, plant a tree on enrollment day as a symbol of their commitment to improve their child’s well-being while contributing to environmental restoration and inculcating a culture of environmental protection and management among children and adults.

The growth of the tree is monitored as much as the child is cared for, and the child assumes responsibility to care for the plant when she is old enough to do so. Moreover, families from the same communities are encouraged to grow their trees in the same plot so that, with enough trees, woodlots can begin to form.

A criteria for being part of the Child welfare scheme is for parents to commit to never having the child circumcised, which creates an effective synergy between the My baby tree initiative, the Child welfare initiative and the Campaign against female genital mutilation and all other harmful traditional practices project.