AAR Bweyogerere Clinic Health Centre Manager Dr Stephen Lugolobi(L)asks the a kamauli primary pupil to take care of the tree.Looking on Headmaster(R)
With Uganda said to have lost about 28 per cent of its tree cover and recent surveys pointing to an annual loss of about 92,000 hectares (on public and private land), something needs to be urgently done to save the country from turning into a desert.
At the current rate of tree felling, reports indicate that if nothing is done to curb the trend, Uganda could lose its forest cover by 2040. It is for this reason that a number of corporate over the week ended April 11, 2014 engaged in tree planting activities in various parts of the country.
While Stanchart bank planted trees in Mpigi district, AAR Bweyogerere clinic took the tree planting campaign to Kamuli Church of Uganda Primary School. The AAR team was led by the AAR Bweyogerere Health centre manager Dr.Stephen Lugolobi.
The event under the trees for health programme falls under the AAR Beckmann Trust and is dubbed the Trees for Health programme which combines health of the environment with children’s health.
One of the ways the Trees for Health programme is achieved is by directly involving schools, communities, teachers and children, in the tree planting processes right from hole preparation to care and management of the tree, hence an environmental conscious generation.
AAR Uganda has been planting trees and undertaking de-worming exercises at selected education institutions since 2012 and has carried out similar activities at Ntinda primary School, Kitante primary school and at St Mary’s College Lugazi in the past 2 years.
This is one of the many events that AAR is undertaking as it celebrates 30 years of existence in East Africa. The AAR Beckmann Trust was set up in 2007 with the aim of facilitating the development of a health care environment which impacts right down to the lowest income earners.
Source : The Independent