The Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) plans to raise $40,000 to plant 250,000 trees in the country that will spread across 250 public schools to improve the quality of children’s health.
The Head Communications, NCF, Mr Oladapo Soneye, who disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday, September 14, 2021 in Abuja, said that it would also help improve the air children breathe.
He said that NCF would partner with Global Giving, a globally accredited crowdfunding platform to raise the $40,000 to plant 250,000 trees in public schools across Nigeria within the next year.
He said that the funds would be received and managed by Global Giving, adding that the crowdfunding acceleration exercise would run online from Sept. 13 to Sept. 30.
He further said that the platform was open to the general public for their donations toward this good cause.
“In keeping to its mandate of building a society where people prosper while living in harmony with nature, NCF will improve the quality of air in public schools by planting trees.
“Most schools’ environments in Nigeria are bare and void of trees and this has led to hot and polluted environment, making school children be more restless, prone to ill-health and generally low performance in their studies.
“The donations will be considered people’s contribution to building a better and healthier society, especially for our children,” said the statement.
Trees play important roles in maintaining a virile and sustainable environment, apart from beautifying the environment it helps to clean the air.
In recent times, NCF has been visiting schools across the nation to plant trees, create gardens and teach the teachers and pupils on upcycling activities.
NCF has consistently implemented programmes that help restore and conserve the environment, support community livelihood, protect species; and provide environmental education for teeming students and youths across the country for over four decades.
By Patience Omoha