[PHOTOS]: Youth plant 30, 000 trees as they launch human security activities
Youth plant 30, 000 trees as they launch human security activitiesThe implementation of the Rwanda National Police (RNP) memorandum of understanding signed last week with the Ministry of Lands and Forestry on environmental conservation, started over the weekend with members of Rwanda Youth Volunteers in Community Policing planting at least 30, 000 trees in different parts of the country.
The MoU partly specifies planting 27000 hectares of trees countrywide; 22000 hectares on agroforestry land and 5000 hectares on hilly area.
The planting of trees was part of the official launch of the youth volunteers’ community development and human security activities, marked by Umuganda on November 11. The exercise brought together Police, army, local leaders and residents in their respective areas.
The trees were planted on about 40 hectares of agroforestry land. About 9000 trees were planted in Ayabaramba in Mageragere, Nyarugenge District; 8000 (16 hectares) in Ruhango District; 2153 trees in Gabiro Cell of Gatebe Sector in Burera District; and 6323 trees in Gashuma village of Nyakagarama in Rukomo Sector, Nyagatare District.
The community development and human security activities were also marked with giving livestock, rehabilitating and constructing houses and toilets for the vulnerable families.
Others activities include preparing organic gardens, creating roads linking villages as well as preparing sites where classrooms will be constructed.
In Nyarugenge, the District mayor Kayisimire Nzaramba, who presided over special communal work, thanked the youth for the spirit of volunteerism.
Nzaramba appealed to residents to plant trees in their homesteads and to keep Kigali clean, green and safe.
She also warned against illegal constructions, which also result into disasters especially during rainy season.
The youth Umuganda activities will be conducted every second Saturday of the month. According to Jean Bosco Mutangana, who is in charge of training and community mobilization of the youth group, composed of over 200, 000 members, much focus will be put in afforestation and preservation of environment in general, helping poor families, anti-crime awareness campaigns, as well as hygiene and sanitation exercises.