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NWP Global Registry of Apprentice Ecologists - Meru, Nairobi, Kenya

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Meru, Nairobi, Kenya


Registered: September 2015
City/Town/Province: Nairobi/meru/eastern province
Posts: 1
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My name is Ian Mutwiri, 14 years old, at Kanyakine Junior High School, Meru, Kenya.
I was born in Meru, Kenya, where Meru is a county situated at the slopes of Mount Kenya my home is near the Mount Kenya forest where the place is none as the Elephants corridor, this is because Elephants’ use to come out of the forest and pass by as they visit other side of the forest and sometimes they come to feed on the plants in the nearby farms.
We are surrounded by many rivers and streams where most of their sauces is from Mountain.
In school the geography teacher told us that all those rivers and streams drain their water in the Kenyan coastal region at the Indian Ocean, whereby we went for school tripe to the coastal region to see the Indian Ocean, it was memorable tripe to me up to date. Where we saw may natural harbors where 20 ships can anchor at once and many other interesting sites.
The interesting part of it is that mount Kenya was a volcanical mountain and it has snow and known to be the second biggest in Africa, it also has some big cold lakes on it, where its believed the rivers and the streams that flows from it are from those lakes, the water tends to be very cold throughout the sessions.
Mt Kenya is a tourist attraction site known to have caves and rocks where Maumau rebellions used to hide during colonial period wars. There is one lake in the place that when we visited it, we were told not to through stones in it because it was to affect the weather but we threw some stones out of curiosity and the weather changed from scotching sun to rainy weather it was an amazing experience.

Back in my village many boys of my age like to go fishing into the surrounding streams and rivers during the vacations, we used cow dugs and some other poisonous herbs, we crush them together then we could go many kilometers far above the stream, pour the mixture into water then run down wards to collect the fish because when we pour the mixture into the stream the fish became unconscious then they are unable to swim in water therefore they are carried away by water as we go collecting them into our fishing baskets until the concoction becomes weak then they got back to life,
One day our environmental teacher taught us in school the importance of the ecosystem and I felt to inform other boys of my age the effect we cause not only to fish also to people when we use the cow dug and the poisonous herbs on fishing, I formed a group of 15 boys and taught them about the good environment and they both got happy a bought the information and we agreed to stop fishing using herbs, we also said we will be doing fishing three times a year so that we may not affect the population of the fish into our streams and when we catch the young fish we take them back to the stream, though the normal big fish we catch are not as big as the fishes found in the big fresh lakes like lake Victoria and other man made ponds but we enjoy fishing them too and we learn a lot. then we planned to be cleaning our streams after every rainy sessions which come three times a year .this was because after the rain falls, it carries many dirty items from the forest to the rivers and the streams yet the same water is piped at home for domestic use and alitcultural farming, this why we decided to be cleaning up our surroundings streams as a project.
After we started the project many boys came over and now we are a group of 30 boys where every boy covers one kilometer which in total we cover 30 kilometers long to clean our nearby stream where many families use the water from the stream for domestic use. Our parents are very happy about our project and they promised to support us whenever we need any support from them.
Most of the members in the group are longing to be the environmentalists in future.
· Date: September 22, 2015 · Views: 3127 · File size: 37.6kb · : 350 x 263 ·
Hours Volunteered: 36
Volunteers: 30
Authors Age & Age Range of Volunteers: 14 & 13 to 17
Area Restored for Native Wildlife (hectares): 30
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