AAR Healthcare planted 3000 tree seedlings in Kapseret Forest as a way of conserving the environment and increasing forest cover.
According to Doctor Luke Shiundu a medic from the AAR Eldoret branch, this will help to attain 30 percent forest cover as advocated by President William Ruto.
“ In our Trees for Health (T4H) initiative we have planted 3000 tree seedlings in Kapseret Forest we aim at planting 37,000 trees in 2023 as part of the company’s commitment to environmental sustainability and community wellbeing, “said Dr. Luke Shiundu.
The AAR partnered with various stakeholders which included the County Government of Uasin Gishu, Kenya Forest Service, Kerio Valley Development Authorities, Education Institutions such as Little Lambs, Mount Kenya University, and Rift Valley Technical Training Institute among others.
The T4H initiative is implemented through AAR Healthcare’s employee voluntary Program (EVP) and community engagement by partnering with schools at both the primary and secondary school levels as well as other institutions across the country.
Joy Maina A student at Little Lambs said that their aim of planting trees is to take care of the environment as trees provide food, shelter for the small animals, timber, and also help in attracting rain.
Kapseret Forest Station manager Joseph Ondieki noted that over 20 hectares of the 60 hectares of degraded Kapseret forest were under afforestation.
Ondieki added that there is conservational and commercial forestry in the area where exotic trees that cover 720.2 hectares are found in the commercial and indigenous trees are found in conservational which cover around 629 hectares.
He has also said that rehabilitation is an ongoing process for the forest to cover up the degraded areas which covers 60 hectares.