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Kijabe Bonfire Highlights

This Saturday 9th April 2011, the Rotaract Club of Nairobi Central together with other rotaract clubs including Rotaract Club of Milimani, Rotaract Club of Muthaiga, Rotaract Club of Kenya Polytechnic University College, Rotaract Club of University of Nairobi, Rotaract Club of Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology among others, will be heading to Kijabe for a weekend of tree planting, learning, networking, fellowship and swallowship.

On 9th April 2011, our first stop is at the Kijabe Environmental Volunteers (KENVO) which, just like rotaract, is a volunteer organization comprising of young people who wish to make an impact in society by utilizing whatever resources and abilities at their disposal. The organizers will give a small talk on what they do and thereafter the rotaractors will be engaged in a tree planting exercise. Other events will follow and in the evening, we will all be heading to a members’ home (Norman Kuria) where a bonfire shall be lit and the members will have to brave the chill of Kijabe as we engage in a night of swallowship, fellowship and friendship.

10th April 2011, we wake up to a traditional African breakfast and take a morning walk through the forest and thereafter return to Norman’s home to break camp. We come back to Nairobi in the afternoon and we continue our tree planting campaign on 16th April 2011 where we shall be joining the Kenya Airways and KLM staff in a tree planting exercise at the Ngong Hills. All are welcomed.

Kenya’s forest cover (about 1.7%) is not something to talk about but the small steps we take as Rotaractors will enable us as Kenyan Citizens realize the 10% forest cover that is also part of the country’s Vision 2030. This is the chance and time.

Departure is strictly at 8.00am at Home Park Restaurant, formerly The Green Corner, behind Kencom Bus Stop.
(Tree planting is best done early to prevent wilting of the seedlings)

For participants that will come late, below find directions to the Kimende.

Take matatus at the bus terminus opposite Roast House and alight at Kimende Shopping Centre. From Kimende, take matatus heading to Kagwe and alight at Mugumo-ini which is the treeplanting site.

We expect to be joined by members of KENVO to get a better insight of their role in forest conservation and also learn how to carry out tree planting.

Participants are encouraged to promote KENVO’s work by purchasing items such as honey, eco-friendly bags, T-shirts, stickers, safari hats which will be available for sale.

Being a do-it-yourself trip and also to enhance bonding, participants are encouraged to assist in various duties such as cooking, cleaning of the dishes, maintaining cleanliness of the host’s place.

Casual and warm clothing (including gloves, socks) is highly recommended.

Carry pocket money, sleeping bag, medication, torch, toiletries any other items that will make your stay comfortable.

NB: Remember to bring your own packed lunch for 9th April
Charge your lungs, mouth (MAKELELE NI MUHIMU) phones and batteries properly as there is no power in Kijabe.

For more information on Kijabe Environmental Volunteers, visit http://www.kenvokenya.com

Contact persons: Irinah 0723582492 or Norman 0725900394

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