Nestlé Cares, Nestlé Ghana’s employee volunteer program, reached out to the Tema community by planting 100 tree seedlings at Tema Manhean Anglican Cluster of Schools and Community 8 No. 4 Basic School. To promote good environmental hygiene in schools, the Nestlé Cares Team donated waste bins, handwashing stations, watering cans an shovels. The Team held public education sessions for students at beneficiary schools on proper hygienic practices, especially at a time that Ghana was experiencing the third wave infections of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Speaking at the outreach event, Corporate Communications and Public Affairs Manager of Nestlé Ghana Ms. Deborah Kwablah said greening and protecting the environment ought to be an everyday affair. Ms. Kwablah explained that the beneficiary schools were selected for the Nestlé Cares outreach because of the negative impacts that community activities were having on the school environment. She hoped that beneficiary schools would nurture the planted tree seedlings to help sustain the health of the environment.
“At Nestlé, we have made a commitment to contribute to environmental sustainability through several actions, and this exercise is not just about the trees and donation, but to help imbibe [sic] in students positive actions in environmental sustainability.”Ms. Deborah Kwablah | Corporate Communications and Public Affairs Manager, Nestlé Ghana
Ms. Kwablah indicated that challenges with waste management in the country required that the general public develop the habit of waste segregation at source, which could help manage waste by enabling the extraction of reusable or recyclable materials and increasing existing recycling activities being undertaken by some institutions.
The Adigon Mantse Nii Tetteh Atanya II, who representative the Tema Traditional Council at the community outreach event, commended Nestlé for the initiative and encouraged members of the Manhean community to endeavour to plant trees around their surroundings in order to improve the health of the environment. Nii Tetteh Atanya II underscored the benefits the school and the community could derive from the trees if they were nurtured to maturity.
Tema Metro Director of Education Mrs Bernice Ofori expressed regret that the natural landscape in most of the schools schools in the Tema metropolis had become bare because of encroaching human activities. Mrs. Ofori described the Nestlé Care volunteer programme as timely and noted that besides their value in beautifying the environment, the planted trees would also grow to provide shade for students and teachers, purify the air quality and prevent soil erosion. Mrs. Ofori urged teachers and students in beneficiary schools to ensure that the donated sanitary facilities were maintained properly and their use encouraged, especially because proper handwashing was key to preventing the spread of COVID-19.