girl-led association; Daughters of Gambia based in Siffoe, Kombo South,
Saturday planted about 30 small orange trees in each members compound and the
premises of the community police post and nursery school.
The Association’s executive said the initiative is meant to sensitize the young girls on the importance of tree planting and the need to sustain them for the benefit of the future generation, including their live long impact on the society as a source of finance and food to the general population.
Daughters of Gambia targets to promote the development of young girls in achieving their full physical, intellectual, social and spiritual potential, as individuals, as responsible citizens and as members of their local and national communities.
Coordinator Adama Jarju said one of the reasons for forming the girl-led association is mainly to assist them in realizing their own physical, spiritual and intellectual future potential as young girls of the community, in order to become responsible citizens of the country.
She said the initiative was as a result of providing every girl child with orange seedling, which she said was then taken care of by the girls themselves in their various homes before it reaches transplanting period. “What we do is provide one orange tree to every girl child to plant and take care of them.It is important that we sensitize our young girls on how to become responsible citizens which I think should be a primary duty of every grown person in communities,” she said.
Ms. Jarju said some of their focus areas is environment which she said is very key. “We planted about 30 orange trees in each of the girls’ compound and at the Hope Nursery school and police station. The Village Development Committee, Alkalo, Council of elders, school administrators and the police post where all notified about the event.”
She said human beings cannot live without trees which, she said, is one of the reasons they conducted the planting exercise. “This is meant to teach the girls about the importance of trees. If we plant a tree, it will not only benefit us but generations to come. We started it with fruit trees for them to understand the value of trees when they grow.”
Trees are vital. As the biggest plants on the planet, they give us oxygen, store carbon, stabilise the soil and give life to the world’s wildlife.