By Thokozani Chipungu, MANA
Blantyre Synod youths of the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP) have planted over 1.5 million trees in 18 of its congregations since January this year.
Synod’s Youth Director, Reverend Chikondi Banda said the tree planting drive is an annual event involving the church’s youth department engaged in planting and nurturing the trees.
“The campaign has been very successful this year with a lot of youths participating in the exercise. The Synod is very pleased considering that over 1.5 million trees have been planted.
“As a department, we encourage the youth to plant trees and take care of them so that they may turn into forests. We also encourage them to sweep the surroundings with an aim of making our communities clean,” said Banda.
Banda said during the CCAP Blantyre Synod tree planting season, all the congregations are encouraged to plant 100 trees, 1000 trees per zone and 2000 trees per presbytery, adding that the presbyteries choose a congregation where the event should take place.
During last year’s ‘Go Green’ campaign, the Synod distributed tree seedlings to communities around T/A Nkhulambe in Phalombe district following a donation from Netherlands.
The CCAP Blantyre Synod Go Green campaign is expected to end this month in line with the national tree planting season which runs for a period of four months from December 15 to April 15.
In December last year, President Peter Mutharika launched the 2019/2020 tree planting season where at least 62 million trees were expected to be planted by the end of the period.