By Muhammed L Bojang
The Santo-Su Community Youth Development Association on Saturday 14th November 2020, launched a Green Up Santo-Su initiative of over 500 moringa seedlings to set the community all green.
Lamin Colley, the public relations officer for the association said the initiative is all about planting trees to improve the environment as it has a lot of benefits and importance to the community.
“Previously, we had a lot of trees like a decade ago but lost many of them and we haven’t replaced it. Though technically, we are not replacing the exact varieties regarding the moringa plants which has so many benefits to our society with health and food. That is why we are planting over 500 seedlings and we are not stopping there,” PRO Lamin Colley stated.
Musa Jallow, the Chairperson of the Association also gives similar remarks outlining the ambitions of the Youth Association.
Speaking to this reporter, Mr Jallow said they want to see every part of Santo-Su green and that could be only attained if every household plants more trees in the streets.
“We have established a taskforce which will be supervising these planted trees to make sure it’s in very good conditions as this is a community based and everyone will take ownership” Chairperson Musa Jallow highlighting on the sustainability of this initiative.
“Moringa is a very important and a special tree and we have witnessed during this Covid-19 pandemic most of the local people rely on moringa to serve them with a medical purpose, and the start of the pandemic we embarked on a community-based sensitization on the preventive and control measures of Covid-19 following the W.H.O global covid-19 guidelines with the distribution of sanitary materials to our community,” he remarks.
Also on attendance, Kemo Fatty the Director of the Green-Up Gambia could not hold his excitement seeing the young people taking on the centre stage to be part of the initiative.
Fatty said he was quite excited and happy that the young people have taken this initiative to green up their community, even though the summer has passed but it didn’t stop them from taking actions from their homes.
“When we come together not only that we are planting but also sharing ideas, knowledge and best practices, and this can only bring forward more social change,” said Kemo Fatty, the Director Green-Up Gambia.