Sophia Wambui Kiarie
Fuelwood was scarce in the Ruiru area of Kenya. Sophia Kiarie started the Bellerive Foundation's first tree nursery program.
She developed a successful approach to distributing, planning and nurturing seedlings through schools and organisations in her community. Ms. Kiarie organised tree planting days for primary schools, engaging the participation of school headmasters, teachers, students and their parents. Sixty Green Islands, each with 500 to 5,000 trees, have been established. The project also helped farmers to plant tree belts in their farms.
Altogether, the program has resulted in the planting of 2,000,000 trees by 100,000 people since 1982.