Maestros ‘Go Green’ project, a grouping of passionate youths passionate about the environment, have planted 5 000 trees in the flood prone lower Shire district.
The project’s media and innovations liaison officer, Dennis Imman, told Nyasa Times that they felt they could do something as Maestros on the situation to reduce the effects of the devastating floods that hit the district almost every year.
“There is a women’s group that we worked with. They too were interested in the tree planting exercise and we partnered with them by buying the seedlings and polythene tubes,” said Imman.
He said the whole project, which was supported by the US embassy in Lilongwe, cost them over K2 million.
Imman emphasized that it was high time that people started taking the issue of reforestation and climate change seriously in the country.
“It must start with us before someone else from elsewhere thinks of helping,” he said.
Maestros ‘Go Green’ project is part of a number of initiatives under the Maestros Company which was founded by Charles Lipenga, a Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI) scholar.
It has branches in all the country’s prominent colleges and universities.