Media practitioners in Trans Nzoia under the umbrella of the Kitale Press Organization (KIPO) today joined efforts to restore forest cover at the Kitale Museum by planting 500 tree seedlings as part of the group’s community service.
This was necessitated by the need to offer solutions to the effects of deforestation apart from merely reporting on the adverse effects of the vice which was brought about by human settlement after some individuals encroached on the institutions land.
The Western Region Coordinator of National Museums of Kenya Mr. Daniel arap Mitei said the target is to have 20, 000 new trees planted at the Kitale Museum on part of the land which was reclaimed from grabbers.
“We welcome such efforts because they are all geared towards ensuring that we reach our goal. We are happy to work with Journalists as partners since we are using a multi-agency approach in reforestation,” said Mr. Mitei.
The curator of the Kitale Museum Mr. Chole Kizili welcomed the initiative saying reporting on matters environment and taking an extra step of being part of the solutions to issues of environmental degradation is commendable.
“The decision by the organisation to take part in planting trees is a clear indication of commitment to change. The group joins the history of this museum as proponents of environmental conversation,” said Mr. Chole.
The Chairman of the Kitale Press Organization Mr. Godricks Wanyonyi said the group whose main goal is economic empowerment for media practitioners in the region will continue to be part of long-term solutions to societal challenges.
“We will keep working with like-minded stakeholders to engineer lasting solutions to several community challenges that we come across in our day to day work as journalists,” said Mr. Wanyonyi.