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Teaching children the art of tree growing and maintenance to help them venture into growing trees and reducing climate change.

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Explain your project idea (2,000 characters)

The idea is to teach children how to take care of trees and create habitats for insects and birds. Insects and birds contribute to healthy growing of trees. This would help eliminate the challenge of growing healthy trees especially within the urban centers. Insect hotels can also be made as antiques or outdoor ornaments and can help develop children's art work with a view of environmental conservation.

Who are the beneficiaries? (1,000 characters)

Our beneficiaries are children aged between 7-16years who are pursuing their primary or secondary school education in Kenya.

How is your idea unique? (1,000 characters)

Organizations and initiatives that have done this fail to wholly involve natural development in environmental conservation especially when it comes to creating hotels for insects or nests for birds with the aim of improving health of trees.

Idea Proposal Stage (choose one)

  • Pilot: I have started to implement the idea as a whole with a first set of real users.

Tell us more about your organization/company (1 sentence and website URL)

DUDU HUT wishes to involve all children in Kenya in the arts of tree growing and habitat creation for birds and insects.

Expertise in sector

  • 1-2 years

Organization Filing Status

  • No, but we are a formal initiative through an accelerator, hub, or other entity.

In 3-4 sentences, tell us the inspiration or story that encouraged you to start this project.

I was part of a tree planting initiative, and planted 100 trees in a school out of which only 20 survived despite being watered on a daily basis.

Please explain how your selected topic areas are influenced, in the local context of your project (1,000 characters).

Climate change is rapidly causing environmental defects but can be reduced by planting more trees, which act as carbon sinks. The society in Kenya has for a while beed involved in deforestation and in future this can only be reduced if the young generation embraces forestry as a culture.

Who will work alongside your organization in the project idea? (1,000 characters)

The children are the main people engaged in this are the children. They are trained weekly on how to take care of the trees, insects and birds. The children mainly take part in practical activities in the open on the afternoons.

Please share some of the top strengths identified in the community which your project will serve (500 characters)

My community has children who spend hours within classrooms and would be glad to have open environment activities in the afternoons. The government also has a tree planting exercise with an aim to increase the forest cover of the country.

Geographic Focus

The idea targets Kenya.

How many months are required for the project idea? (500 characters)

25 months

Did you submit this idea to our 2017 BridgeBuilder Challenge? (Y/N)

  • No


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Photo of Marnie Glazier

This is a wonderful project idea! I am so sorry to hear though that in your recent plantings, only 20 out of 100 trees survived. Did you determine the causes and can anything be done to help ensure that the newly planted trees thrive?

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Yes, it was unfortunate. Despite the kids taking time to water them. I've not specifically determined what the problem was, but my immediate guess is disease or the lack of suitability of the habitat. I was overseeing the watering, but there was still a miss on environmental suitability.

Photo of Marnie Glazier

Perhaps partnering with an organization that focuses specifically on trees would be good. I know in the US there is the Arbor Day Foundation. They might be helpful. I am also happy to partner in any way I can!

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Hello Marnie!
I have tried finding out about Abor Day Foundation, and it is something I would really pursue. What about you? If it means partnering, how can you help? Or how can we go about that? It would be amazing to get all the help I can get!

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I would be happy to partner and to help make contacts at the Arbor Day Foundation. It seems their primary location is Nebraska in the center of the US, which is really exciting. There is a great park you can visit there, and the foundation has many corporate partners who will help provide support, so I think that we could start by just reaching out to the foundation directly - and seeing what kind of support they might provide. If you want I can make a call to get some preliminary information - or do you think we should write to them via email first?

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Why don't you give them a call, find out how they can help, then we send them an email? I think that would be better, right?

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Marnie Glazier  This is the unfortunate fate of most planted trees.
Limbe We have had a lot of experience planting trees in East Africa and have found that it is often the kids are the best at keeping them alive once they are planted, however, I am a firm believer that most of the work is in digging a big deep hole.

I am part of a team that has an app designed to track tree survival rates and looks for the answers to why trees survive or die.

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