‘Seeing is believing’

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Mama Day School kids pose for a happy photo after maintaining the green house.

When I began my conservation and restoration journey two years ago, I envisioned one day having a space where members of my community and beyond could come to learn and share thoughts and dynamics around these topics.

Being selected as a forest restoration steward by the GLF earlier this year was an answered prayer to bring my vision to life. The fact that I had joined hands with my community on the journey made it easier to start establishing this space.

A green-house was one of the main establishments we knew we needed. It would be the place where we would be propagating our fruit and tree seeds, growing flowers and fruit, and farming organic vegetables. We would also establish a tree nursery around the space that would host the diverse tree seedlings we would later use for our forest restoration efforts.

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It’s been a beautiful journey so far, seeing the greenhouse finally constructed, the community and kids happily owning the initiative, seeds sprouting after propagation, and flowers and fruits slowly germinating and greening the space. It really is a journey we’re happy to nurture each day and one that we hope transforms our community a day at a time as we work to restore and heal our planet.

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Supporting partners 2023

Supporting partners

The Restoration Stewards program provides funding, mentorship and training to deepen the impact of youth-led restoration projects. The year-long program is run by the Youth in Landscapes Initiative (YIL) and the Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) under the banner of Generation Restoration to support and highlight the work of eight young restoration practitioners and their teams in 2023.

During the program, the Restoration Stewards and their teams are  supported to further develop their project and serve as ambassadors at both global and local levels. Globally, the Restoration Stewards share their journeys in a series of vlogs and blogs documenting their stories of inspiration and challenges and participate in different international events to showcase their work. Locally, they are sparking a restoration movement, mobilizing local communities and creating pathways to connect, share, learn, and act for livelihoods and landscapes.