ZOMBO. The Community Livelihood Empowerment Initiative (COLEIN), a community-based organization (CBO) with its headquarters in Warr sub-county, Zombo district has resorted to promoting environmental conservation through charity run.

The first charity run dubbed one child, one tree is slated for November 11, 2019, in Paidha town council under the theme: “Plant a tree now and save the future.”
According to Mr Davis Onegiu Rupiny, the project coordinator COLEIN, the one child, one tree campaign will target at least two pilot schools per sub-county that will receive tree seedlings to plant before the initiative is rolled out to other schools.

He said the money collected from the run will be used to establish a nursery bed from which tree seedlings will be raised and later supplied to the pilot schools.

“We are going to also form environmental clubs in those private schools to champion environmental conservation matters,” Rupiny said.

He also revealed that COLEIN will annually organize the run in order to meet its target of having at least 40,000 trees planted within a period of four years, all in line with its efforts to conserve the environment.

Rupiny said the impact of climate change is real and that it is the reason for the unpredictable rainfall that has affected almost all human activities.

Mr Dan Mugisha Pikisa, the COLEIN Director said they are committed to combating climate change impact through tree planting by involving members of the community so that they become part and parcel of the struggle.

He said COLEIN seeks to empower the community to become self-reliant for sustainable livelihood and eventual restoration of land that is one of the most important factors of production.

“We voluntarily support the community where we operate to conserve the environment through the planting of trees so that they realize the importance of tree planting and environmental conservation,” he said.

Pikisa said climate change affects all and if not tackled, the future generation will suffer its utmost consequences.

“We are organizing the run so that people may appreciate the importance of tree planting and other forms of environmental conservation,” he said.

Pikisa added that besides the run, people will be taught about tree management and nursery bed operation among others.

Founded in 2012 as an informal organization and later registered in 2017, COLEIN takes a keen interest in gender and rural development, environmental conservation, food and security and empowerment of the vulnerable.