As part of fulfilling its Corporate Social Responsibility, the Sharing Education And Learning For Life (SELL) has put smiles on the faces of residents of Yola Community along Jos road, Bauchi, Bauchi State.
Disclosing this to Bauchi Caritas recently in Bauchi, SELL Director, Very Rev. Fr. Patrick Esekon, SPS on Friday 12th October, 2018 said, the tam embarked on tree planting in Yola Community.
Esekon who stated that members of the community told the team that they have never benefited from any government project such as this said, the Foundation had a focus group discussion with the Community representatives on the impact of the project.
He disclosed that in 2017, SELL Foundation implemented part of Laudato Si project in the same community with the support of St. Patrick’s Missionary Society.
The Director also revealed that Yola community was carefully chosen because of the peculiar nature of their case.
“The community has never benefited from the National Energy grid and this can be confirmed with the glaring scene of lack of electrical connections (poles, wires and transformer) in the community.
As such, the project featured distribution of 150 Solar Lantern to 150 Household and creation of awareness on the negative effects of deforestation” said he.
In order to bring the project to completion, the Director and his team were in Yola community to plant trees as a way of discouraging deforestation on the one hand and promoting afforestation on the other.
Speaking during the tree planting campaign, the Village Head (Mai Gunduma) revealed that their only source of energy is wood which are sourced from fallen down trees, cutting down of matured trees and sometimes young trees which provides them with shade.
A woman leader in the community, Mrs. Rose Filibus thanked the Foundation for the project noting that the trees planted will not only improve the quality of air they breathe but also provide a safe haven for their children and grand children.
Other members of the community who spoke separately thanked the St. Patrick’s Missionary Society Fathers for their support.
Leader of the team, Benjamin Beji appreciated the village head and members of the community for their cooperation in creating an enabling environment for the team to complete the project.
They called on Government agencies and Non-Governmental Organizations to support this kind of projects in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).