World Vision, Varun team up to combat climate change in Chongwe

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WORLD Vision Zambia and Varun Beverages LTD joined forces in a significant move to combat climate change today as they planted 500 trees at Twikatane Primary School, marking the beginning of a broader initiative to plant 2,100 trees across five schools in the district.

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During the tree planting ceremony, students demonstrated the effects of deforestation through artistic works, engaging the community in understanding the importance of trees.

World Vision’s Resource Acquisition and Communication Director Jason Befus, stressed the crucial role of trees in the face of climate challenges, such as delayed rainfall.

Expressing gratitude for community commitment towards the cause, Befus explained that the decision to plant 500 trees at Twikatane school was influenced by the level of community involvement.

Varun Beverages (Zambia) Ltd CEO, Vibhay Singh Chauhan, emphasized the partnership’s significance in stabilizing ecosystems and combating the rise in temperature.

And DEBS, represented by Mary Mabele, underscored the need for active tree protection.

Mabele outlined measures, including potential fines for those whose cattle might damage the newly planted trees.

Students were encouraged to form conservation clubs for ongoing care.

“These trees must never die, these trees do not only belong to the school and the headmaster, they belong to you parents and the community too. When we need your children to water the plants during this holiday, please send them,” Mabele said.

Twikatane Primary School Headmaster Moses Chibesa committed to safeguarding the trees and expressed gratitude for the support from World Vision and Varun Beverages.

And Grade 8 pupil Grace Mukuwa pledged the students’ dedication to tree maintenance through watering and weeding.

This collaborative effort represents a proactive step towards addressing climate change locally, with plans for future tree planting initiatives.

Community engagement and education remain integral to the success and sustainability of such endeavors.

Story and Pictures By Buumba Mwitumwa

Kalemba on December 7, 2023.

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