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    Day 165

    New Growth

    Changemakers 365 is all about doing the doable. It’s about opening our eyes to the opportunities to make an impact in a person’s life with relatively few resources – and making change each and every day of the year.

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    In Kyaka Refugee Settlement there is a problem with deforestation. When so many refugees move into an area in a short period of time, stresses on the environment are bound to happen. So for Day 165 we’re asking – how can we help rebuild the forest?

    While speaking with the commandant – one of the leaders of the camp – he told us about the need for Eucalyptus. “It’s beneficial to the environment and easy to grow,” he said.

    We wanted to plant Eucalyptus trees for both the refugees and the local Ugandan community, which live nearby. So, we thought, what better way to encourage new growth than at a school?

    The school we chose serves both the local population and refugees who live at the camp.

    We decided to bring a botanist with us – someone from the refugee community – to teach the girls of the school about the plants and how to plant them.

    All the students were encouraged to plant a tree as a symbol of friendship, environmental stewardship, and the impact they will make on the community by being part of it.

    The power of setting down new roots is universal – trees are symbol of hope, strength, and life.

    The trees that were planted today will serve as a reminder of the importance of keeping the camp lush, green, and beneficial for all. Plus, the kids will look back fondly on that fun day spent together!

    Many thanks to the residents of Eden Prairie, Minnesota for making this idea possible!

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