MAKAMBA August 3rd (ABP) – As part of the Thursday dedicated to the environment, women of Makamba commune (south) gathered in the “Bakenyezi Makamba Tugire Urunani” (BAMATU) cooperative, with the support of the NGO “Roots and Shoots Burundi” participated in the preparedness of a nursery at Mugonera in the Gisenyi village and zone of the Makamba commune and province, a check on the site by ABP has revealed.
BAMATU Deputy Chairperson Winefride Siwema told the check by ABP on that occasion that those women come from all the 32 villages of Makamba commune. She said they are aware of the environmental protection, given the importance of trees in Burundian households. Ms. Siwema also indicated that they plow their fields in turn and that it is through that cooperative that the women of Makamba commune have learned how to make a kitchen garden in their households.
Speaking in turn, Roots and Shoots Burundi’s national Coordinator David Ninteretse called on those women to redouble their efforts and raise their children’s awareness to participate in the environmental protection works. He said Roots and Shoots sent 100 Health Insurance Cards to help poor women access health care.
The governor of Makamba province, Mr. Gad Niyukuri, said that the provincial administration supports all environmental protection activities. He asked other women in the province to follow suit of BAMATU members for their self-development.
It is worth noting that in that nursery and in other ones established by Roots and Shoots Burundi, everyone uses baskets made of banana leaves to meet the government’s policy of banning the use of plastic bags.