•Charlene said tree planting was part of the government’s effort to mitigate the adverse effects of climate change.
•She visited Kasagam Mixed Secondary School, Joyland Special secondary School and Nyalunya Mixed School in Kisumu county on Monday.
President William Ruto’s daughter Charlene Ruto has urged students to embark on massive tree growing as a climate change adaptation and mitigation measure.
Charlene spoke while visiting Kasagam Mixed Secondary School, Joyland Special secondary School and Nyalunya Mixed School in Kisumu county on Monday for tree a planting initiative.
The president’s daughter said massive tree growing will help address the adverse effects of the climate change in Kenya.
She was accompanied by President Ruto’s ally George Ayugi alias Mbuta, Kisumu East MP Shakeel Shabir and county commissioner Josephine Ouko.
“The President wants citizens to own up tree growing initiatives and students should not be left behind. Every person should plant 300 trees,” Charlene said.
She noted that Kenyans should be part of the solutions to the dangerous levels of climate change issues that impact negatively on their livelihood and the economy.
Charlene also challenged teachers to embrace and inculcate the culture of tree planting among the students to help enhance environmental hygiene and conservation.
To realise the required tree cover, she called on county governments to take tree planting seriously.
During the tour, she donated books to the schools and sanitary towels to female students.
At Joyland School, Charlene pledged to help them get a school bus that will aid in tranportation for the special children.
She noted that the President was committed to transform the education sector and challenged students to work hard in class.
“It does not matter where you come from, family or the school you go to what matters is working very hard and you will achieve your ambition,” Charlene said.
“The President did not come from a wealthy family or schooled in a posh institution but through hard work he rose to become the president.”
Charlene lauded Kisumu residents for the warm reception they accorded her during the visit.
She also paid a courtesy call to Mama Grace Onyango, Kenya’s first woman mayor and woman MP at her residence in Tom Mboya estate.
Mama Grace thanked Charlene for the visit and sent her regards to President Ruto.
Ayugi also called on Kenyans to support President Ruto’s tree planting initiative.
Recently, the President said tree planting will save the country from the adverse effects of climate change.
He said the move is in line with the goal of planting five million trees in the next five years.