|Ferdosa Ali-Odi (right) and some environment club members plant trees in her school.[Photo:Allan Olingo/Standard]|
By Allan Olingo
Because of their commitment to preserve the environment, various organisations including Safaricom and Bella Matata Productions initiated the Plant for the Planet foundation where 12 local artists pledge to plant trees for every artwork sold.
“I come from the Korogocho slums that neighbours the Dandora dumping site. This site accommodates all the garbage in Nairobi. Due to harmful fumes from the site, many lives are at risk as the smoke causes chronic diseases,” says Ferdosa.
“As children, we have realised that it is important to be ready to sacrifice what we are, for what we can be. We are the agents of change and together we can conquer all the odds and save the environment for our future,” she said during her presentation.
Ferdosa is a member of Child Peace Kenya, an agency which helps children realise their potential and exercise their freedom of expression.
Says Ferdosa: “At the organisation, we have come up with different initiatives such as the Kengele children’s magazine and we also have a radio programme broadcast by a community radio station. Through this, I realise that even if we live in a slum, we deserve to live in a better environment.”
“I look at the poor state of the environment within my neighbourhood as a challenge, what if we change our perception and take care of the places we live in? Would it make a big difference not only for us but for the future?” she poses.
Ferdosa says the northern part of Kenya used to have pleasing climate and the weather patterns could be predicted. Wild animals roamed the area during her parents’ youth. But now what it is only vast, desolate land.