SCHOOLS in semi-arid areas of Embu and Machakos counties have planted more than 17,000 trees through irrigation.
The students and pupils from Masinga, Mbeee North and Mbeere South subcounties have for the last two years used water from their homes to grow the trees.
Kengen Foundation managing trustee Mike Njeru hailed the students “sacrifice” to water the trees.
He was speaking during a briefing on the progress of Green Initiative Challenge, a project of Kengen, at the Seven Forks hydro-electricity dams.
Njeru said during the two-year challenge, 81 primary and secondary schools were provide with300 tree seedlings each.
He said the competition will end in September. The school with the most trees will be given a 20,000l water tank, a trip to Kengen and Sh40,000 cash.