Hope Ministry's Reforestation Initiative Praised by Namadidi Community
Members of Namachoka Community Based Organisation and officials from Hope Ministries International inspect trees at Namadidi Mountain
Zomba, Malawi — Hope International Ministry is expressing satisfaction with the role of the Namachoka Community Based Organisation in conserving the environment in the Namadidi area of Malawi, writes Peter Ngwenyama.
Project Manager for Hope Ministries International, Judith Liposa, commended the community organisation for their efforts in environmental conservation.
She emphasized the importance of reforestation as a means to mitigate the impact of climate change caused by widespread deforestation.
"We thought it wise to introduce an initiative of reforestation that will help citizens in the country promote and conserve the environment," said Liposa.
"As a church, we are also taking part in conserving the environment apart from teaching the gospel to equip communities busy in promoting and protecting the environment."
Liposa further elaborated on their nationwide efforts, saying, "We are doing this initiative of restoring the environment and promoting degrowth campaigns in different districts across the nation, like Zomba, Dowa, Chitipa, Kalonga, and Lilongwe."
Abel Sauzika, Director of the Namachoka Community Based Organization, highlighted their successful tree planting endeavours in Namadidi.
"Last year, we planted 5,900 trees on Namadidi Mountain, and 4,911 survived, indicating that the community surrounding the mountain is aware of the importance of conserving the environment and the impact of deforestation."
Sauzika revealed that they have introduced bylaws enabling the organisation to manage and conserve the trees planted last year during the tree planting season.
He called upon the government and other stakeholders who planted trees last year to monitor them and encourage the community to play a leading role in conservation.
In response, Group Kaunde commended Hope International Ministries for their environmental conservation efforts in Namadidi.
They urged other non-governmental organisations to embrace similar initiatives to prevent land degradation and floods, which often push hundreds of families into poverty.
Hope International Ministry and the Namachoka Community-Based Organization are setting an example for environmental conservation, demonstrating the impact that local initiatives can have in the fight against climate change and deforestation.