By Nyasha Mutena
The Bridge Trust has donated pine and gum tree seedlings to two schools in Harare.
The donation comes at a time when the world was celebrating the International Youth Day. Speaking during the donation recently, Bridge Trust Founder, Brenda Kachepa said due to continuous stiff travel measures by government to contain the spread of the global Covid-19 pandemic, the organisation is finding it difficult to reach out to marginalised communities especially the urban -distant ones.
She highlighted that it was imperative to extend as much support as they can to locals who need their assistance adding that they are in solidarity with schools through supporting and accelerating the attainment of all the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
“Due to travel restrictions during this lockdown period we could not travel to the communities we usually focus on and we decided to commemorate International Youth Day by donating pine and gum tree seedlings to Warren Park 1 Primary School and Warren Park High School.
“We decided to deviate from the trust main focus where children are involved which is Quality Education (SDG4) for all children.
Striving to fight climate change which threatens the homes, livelihoods and lives of some of the world’s most vulnerable people, aiming to instil a green mindset in young people to build a better world, Kachepa says they remain relentless towards ensuring that the future is green.
“We also realized that it is in the best interest of children as the future of tomorrow to interweave and accelerate the achievement of the all the SDGs,” said Kachepa.
The schools, she pointed out, have been cutting down its trees because they were now very old posing great risk to children and the sorrounding community.
“The Bridge Trust decided to make the donations so that these schools can replace those old trees and at the same time serve an awareness campaign that educates the young minds about Climate Action, the importance of their involvement and the role of trees in the fight against global warming”.
Kachepa said the organisation will continue to extend more donations to other schools to ensure that they generate income for self-sustainance.
The Bridge Trust mainly advocates for women and children’s rights and is passionate about uplifting women and children in marginalised and rural communities although assistance is not limited to the above mentioned.