Passing on, one generation to another
It was the flourishing trees that grabbed Namaan’s attention and at this time of year, with blossom trees flowering across the UK, it’s easy to see how nature can catch your eye.
The trees on his neighbour’s well-tended farm in Kenya made Namaan really curious. What was Peter doing that was making a difference?
After plucking up courage to speak with Peter, Namaan learnt that his neighbour was a champion for natural land regeneration. Given training by World Vision through the Regreening Africa Project, Peter was restoring indigenous trees where they’d previously been felled to produce charcoal or other crops. Peter wanted to share his skills with others so, Namaan had come at just the right time.
Restoring land and restoring hope
Eager to learn, Peter taught Namaan all he’d learnt, even though his mum was a little concerned about whether he’d have time to learn farming skills and keep up with his schoolwork.
But now, as well as school subjects, Namaan has learnt all about managing natural regeneration, and loves pruning the trees on their land:
“At home, after pruning trees, you can take the cut branches and use them as firewood for cooking or make charcoal. Not cutting the whole tree. I have seen our trees grow bigger and we also get fruit to eat such as guava, avocado and other local wild fruits,” explains Namaan.
And along the way Pamela became more than a little curious too.
Now, not only does she take care of her usual maize crop, which has doubled its yield, but also joins Naaman to take care of the trees by pruning them. And the income from maize along with the charcoal produced from the pruned trees keeps Namaan and his five siblings in school.
“Facts speak loud and clear: action is needed to tackle climate change, improve food security, fight poverty and minimise disasters. What better way to take action than to educate children like Namaan on how to be the positive change in families.” Irene, World Vision Environment and Climate Change Specialist
“…neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Romans 8: 38-39 (NIV)
We’ve come this far together, but we must go further. Bringing hope, no matter what.