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The first lady of the republic of Kenya H.E mama Rachel Ruto on Thursday 8th June led the tree planting program, Mama Doing Good Initiative at Shikusa Forest Kakamega County. She was accompanied by both the National and the County Government leaders including Kakamega County Senator, Bonny Khalwale and the spouse to the Kakamega County Governor, Professor Janet Kasilly Barasa.

A total of 30,000 trees were planted with more than 500 million trees expected to be planted under  the Mama Doing Good Initiative by 2030.

She encouraged all Kenyans to join her in planting trees and those living near forests to protect the trees, avoid deforestation and use other forms of fuels for  cooking  like gas cookers.

Apart from planting the indigenous trees, she also planted fruit trees at Shikusa primary school under Mama Fruit Gardens Initiative and encouraged each school to embrace fruit planting to help feed the children. The fruits selected were guavas and mangoes. The program was supported by the Governor’s spouse, Professor Janet Kasilly Barasa and her colleagues.

Women Empowerment is one of the first lady’s main agenda and with this, she donated a total of 85 bicycles to women of Shikusa which she says will ease transportation for them. This was supported by Kakamega Senator who said the forest will not only contain trees but will also help women to plant food like maize for consumption.

By Sylvia Odhiambo

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