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      Helping Friends in Kenya Plant Trees

     "It's the little things that citizens do. That's what will make the difference. My little thing is planting trees." - Wangari Maathai, founder of Kenya's Green Belt Movement and 2014 Nobel Peace Prize recipient.


     Kenyan forests play a key role in storing water during the rainy season and releasing water slowly during the dry season. Deforestation due to logging and unregualted agricultural activities is deeply impacting the forests' ability to make this happen. That's why First Presbyterian Church of Jeffersonville is enthusiastically stepping up to assist Rev. Tom Ochuka in Kisumu, Kenya, realize his dream to do an important "little thing" - establishing a tree nursery to help bring greater forest cover to the area, one trree at a time. Kisumu, one of the poorest regions in Kenya, also has the  lowest forest cover in the coutnry. The need is profound.

     "Trees for Kenya" fundraiser starts on June 5. Leaves may be purchased for $5 per leaf. Each leaf will become part of a larger artistic tree at First Prez while making possible hundreds (maybe thousands!) of real trees in Kenya. Our goal is $902 for the budget to establish a tree nursery requested by Rev. Tom Ochuka.