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Mount Kenya Environmental Conservation is Non governmental organization registered and working here in Kenya since 2015. The organization started as a self-help Group in 2007 consisting of youth who came together to undertake forest restoration project and promote planting of trees on farms. The organization works with community members to restore degraded forest lands, promote agroforestry techniques on farms and school greening programmes as well as rehabilitation of water catchment areas and livelihoods improvement through planting of fruit trees.

The organization is currently working in Embu County with over 500 community members. Our main objectives include;

  • Rehabilitation of degraded forest lands through tree planting activities; currently the organization has planted 196,000 tree seedlings inside Mount Kenya forest thus restoring 196 hectares of degraded forest lands.
  • Undertaking agroforestry techniques trainings with community members to help them improve their livelihoods. The organization has undertaken trainings which includes; Group empowerment, tree nurseries establishment and management, agroforestry techniques trainings and grafting. Over 600 community members have benefited from these trainings.
  • Planting beneficial trees on farm for fuelwood, timber, posts, soil improvement, fruits and fodder leaves. Already the organization has planted 85,000 tree seedlings with community members.
  • Water catchment areas and waterlines rehabilitation through tree planting.
  • Greening schools through planting trees on school compounds with kids. Already our organization is working with 15 schools within Embu County to promote tree planting activities within the schools and we have been able to plant over 15,000 tree seedlings in those schools. We are targeting to plant 3 million trees within the region with school pupils.
  • Environmental conservation awareness with community members living near forest reserves.

 

 

 

WHERE WE WORK

The Mount Kenya Region is one of the most significant reserves of remaining forestland in Kenya. About 30% of the forest cover was lost through various illegal activities.  Most communities living in the area are poor. Unsustainable methods of farming have caused massive soil erosion and infertility. 

Get Involved

We appreciate your interest in helping and supporting us. Donations of all kind are important for us to accomplish our mission. Thank you!

Donate Your Time

We offer a variety of volunteer opportunities from one week up to one month. Volunteers will live and work with the communities. They will help in the nurseries, planting and supporting the community itself by teaching and training community relevant knowledge.

Donate Money

Your donation helps however small – every dollar counts. You can donate towards one of our specific programs:

Tree planting

You can support our work by contributing to our tree planting activities.

$ 1 will help to grow 3 trees
$ 100 will help to grow 300 trees
$ 1000 will help to grow 3000 trees

Our community members are planting trees on farms and forest lands around Mount Kenya. Above costs include: germinating and management of seedlings in the nursery, out planting and after planting management.

Support women to acquire energy efficient  cookstoves

Women are the most vulnerable members of the Kenyan community. You can support them to acquire an energy saving cookstove which is fuelwood efficient, smokeless and reduce cases of respiratory related diseases.

$ 20 will purchase 1 energy cookstove
$ 200 will purchase 10 energy cookstoves

In return, every beneficiary who receives a cookstove will plant 20 trees on her farm to offset her and her supporters carbon footprint. The trees to be planted on the farm will generate benefits to the family; they will include: agroforestry trees, fruit trees, medicinal trees and fodder trees.

Adopt a tree nursery

You can adopt a whole tree nursery with 10,000 tree seedlings.  The adoption support includes purchasing of seeds and nursery equipments, all cost for raising seedlings, management and out planting.

$ 5,000 will support a nursery for 1 year
$ 2,500 will support a nursery for 6 months

The adopted tree seedlings will be donated to schools. The organization will educate pupils and students on the importance of trees and as practical action tree seedlings will be planted.

Support the development of an agroforestry training manual

Mount Kenya Environmental Conservation is working to develop an agroforestry training manual to help local farmers and students. The manual will offer a broad overview of important agroforestry topics: choosing the best trees to plant, seed collection, storage and germination, tree nursery establishment, management, out planting and after planting management, agroforestry techniques trainings, sustainable land uses practices, fuel efficient techniques, integrated pest management and composting.

$ 3 will provide one farmer or school pupil with a copy of the agroforestry training manual

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Donate Goods

Donating goods and services is a great way to support our work. Please contact us before you donate any goods, for example we need nursery equipment like: polythene bags, watering cans, irrigations systems, wheelbarrows etc.

Gift Donation

You are looking for a useful present for a loved one or to celebrate life’s special milestones, such as weddings and anniversaries? You would like to dedicate a donation “in honor of” or “in memory of” someone? Once you selected the program to be supported and the full donation is made, we will finalize the dedication by sending you a personal certificate. For an additional cost we can also send updates every 3 months about the progress of the supported program.

 

 

  • Tree Planting Activities
  • Agroforestry Trainings
  • Energy Efficient Cookstoves

tree plantingMount Kenya Environmental Conservation is involved in tree planting activities with community members on their farms, forest lands, schools and water catchment areas. The trees planted provide farmers with fuel wood, fodder leaves, shade, improve soil fertility, stops soil erosion, counter strong winds and provide post and building materials. Besides providing the community members with many products the trees also sequence carbon from the atmosphere.

agroforestry Agroforestry is the intentional integration of trees and shrubs into crop and animal farming systems to create environmental, economic, and social benefits. Mount Kenya Environmental Conservation trains the farmers to be able to use their lands in a more sustainable way. Trees on farms have many advantages: from providing timber, fruit, or nuts as well as shelter for livestock and crops to contributing to food security by restoring the soil fertility for food crops.

Open fire or three stones form of cooking are commonly used in rural Kenyans areas. They contribute to deforestation because women’s spend long hours in the forest collecting fuelwood and even sometimes risk their lives from being trampled by wild animals. Besides contributing to deforestation, three stone method of cooking contribute to respiratory related diseases such as cancer, running eyes, severe coughing and deaths of children who are exposed to smoke as their mothers prepare foods.

Mount Kenya Environmental Conservation is working with community members especially most vulnerable to provide energy conservation stoves which are fuel efficient and smokeless. These stoves consume 2 kilograms of fuelwood in a day compared to three stones which consumes more than 15 kilograms of fuelwood in a day. Women can now work in the field instead of spending whole day in the forest collecting fuelwood. Every beneficiary of cookstove plant at least 15 trees on their farm. They just need to prune branches of trees to prepare meals instead of cutting down trees.

IMG_0241         old woman carrying the cookstove home. Some of the beneficiaries of the project we undertook previous. These women are standing infront of the cookstoves. woman cooking using the energy saving cookstoveslid_cookstoveinuse  IMG_20170508_135004 IMG_20170508_135028 one of the beneficiaries of energy saving cookstoves holding the stove

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