NCBA Group Managing Director Mr. John Gachora plants a tree together with his son, Aiden Gachora to observe World Environment Day, during a tree planting exercise at Kimathi primary school in Nakuru.

NCBA has today partnered with Baboon Project Kenya for a tree planting drive across Nakuru. The initiative is part of NCBA’s commitment to environmental sustainability including combating climate change, enhancing  biodiversity  and restoring  natural landscapes in Kenya. It is  in line with this year`s World Environment Day theme: ‘Focusing on land restoration, desertification and drought resilience.’

The Baboon Project Kenya is a conservation initiative that was established in 2021 in Nakuru county   in collaboration with the  Kenya Forest Service ( KFS) . The initiative –  in partnership with  the Green School programme –  is designed to conserve the environment in line with the Climate Change Act,2016 (No. 11 of 2016).

It focuses mainly  on schools and communities around them, creating awareness among students on the importance of planting trees. “We are thrilled to collaborate with Baboon Project Kenya on this significant tree-planting initiative. I’m particularly inspired by the enthusiasm and participation of our young people. Their commitment to growing and nurturing these trees reflects a profound sense of responsibility and demonstrates the role they can play in protecting our planet. Through the planting of these 10,000 tree seedlings, we aim to make a tangible contribution to Kenya’s natural heritage and sow the seeds of a sustainable and resilient future for generations to come. We look forward to having this initiative across at least  fifty  schools in Nakuru County and thereafter to scale it up to other schools across the country, “ said Mr. John Gachora, Group Managing Director, NCBA.

(L-R) NCBA Group Deputy Director of branch business, Jane Ng’ang’a, NCBA Group Director of strategy and Chief of Staff, Louisa Wandabwa, NCBA Group Director, Commercial and SME banking Robert Kiboti and Baboon Foundation CEO and founder Sammy Gichohi during a tree planting exercise at Kimathi primary school in Nakuru.

Change the story

The tree planting and growing campaign is among the fifteen  ambitious sustainability commitments NCBA pledged under its  ‘change the story’  platform, being  executed  in collaboration with strategic partners, including the government and the private sector. “We are honoured to have made this strategic partnership with NCBA, with whom we share the commitment to conserve the environment by planting trees. Tree planting is not just about adding greenery to our landscapes, it’s about sowing the seeds of hope for future generations. Each tree we plant today stands as a testament to our commitment to environmental stewardship, a promise to nurture and protect our planet,” said Simon Gichohi –  founder, Baboon Project Kenya

Through strategic partnerships and community engagement, NCBA has committed to grow  ten  million trees by 2030. The bank also aims to foster a culture of conservation and environmental responsibility that will benefit future generations. Other partners in  the tree planting activities are :  Kenya Forest Service, Ushiriki Wema Foundation, WWF Kenya, Boreka Group and Ahadi Kenya. “I truly commend Baboon Project Kenya for their efforts in conservancy and community involvement in environment protection. This grassroots education is vital in creating a generation that values and actively participates in preserving our natural resources. Your commitment to this cause is truly inspiring and essential for fostering a sustainable future,” said Dr. Stanley Kamau, executive director Ahadi Kenya Trust.

During the tree planting event, Mr.  Gachora pledged Kshs. 500,000 for renovation of classrooms and kitchen facilities in the school.  The donation  will  help  Ahadi Kenya Trust  to upgrade these  facilities  in a  bid to enhance  the   students’ learning experience.  



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