P.O BOX 15155-00509

Langata Karen Nairobi, Kenya

 

Mon - Fri 8.00 - 17.00

Saturday & Sunday CLOSED

 

 

Background

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Mother Earth Network (M-e-net) is a trust registered in Kenya, the formation of which arose out of the strategies and experience of deferent religious groups in their efforts to participate in green programs. Care for creation has been an issue of concern for all Franciscans since the time of Francis himself; he is the chosen patron saint of creation. The trust was established as an issue based network, to coordinate collective advocacy for practical solutions to the problems affecting environment in Kenya.

Mother earth network is driven with a vision to make the world a greener place for the wellbeing and sustainability of people while its mission is to provide an international platform for collective advocacy, information sharing on forest conservation and environmental management by motivating people institutions religions to achieve sustainable green programs.

The Network is composed of civil society groups , corporate bodies, faith-based organizations, government agencies and institutions of learning involved in Environmental conservation and management to provide advocacy synergies, dialogue and information sharing on issues affecting environment in Kenya.

Fr. Herman Borg, Ofm

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Fr. Hermann Borg, a Franciscan of the Catholic Order of Friars Minor OFM likes to introduce himself with a specific gesture. He bends his head and moves his right hand over his forehead as a sign to wish away some sweat thereon. This gesture reminds him and others of the kind of hard work he got involved in 25 years ago, when he lived in Lower Subukia, Nakuru. His care for the environment made him plant about 1 Million trees in an area of about 1 000 km2. The Lower Subukia tree planting initiative has been a great model on how tree planting can bring transformation and environmental change that can revive the provision of environmental services. Its amazing to see how the area has Rivers are now flowing, there is bumper harvest, the conflicts have been reduced and the community members are ever, motivated to plant trees during all the two major rainy seasons in Kenya.

The gesture and the work he got involved in characterize him as a man of action, responsibility, cooperation, commitment and a strategic planner.  In case it happens that you have the chance to pass Lower Subukia you notice without doubt the number of young grown up trees decorating this peace of the world.  The beneficiaries are the larger local communities of lower Subukia.

Fr. Hermann as a man of action sees a chance and uses it. As a Germany national staying in in Kenya he has contributed much to the development of Africa at the grass-root level.  Having left Lower Subukia 20 years ago, people still remember and honor him. Besides his practical work he has accompanied the young generation, the families and the residents in many ways. He has organized for seminars and workshops under various modern topics. The foreign culture of Africa becoming not a barrier but only a challenge for him however he amazes people with his structure Swahili speech that communicates well and reveals his inner thoughts and sharing. Accustomed to African food he can pay a visit to any home and eat any food   offered to him.

After his great work in Lower Subukia he moved and settled in Nairobi committing himself to the work of his Order but at the same time pursuing his passion for care of creation by organizing activities concerning the environment. In contacts to schools he organized some tree planting activities. The network with people who like the environment as individuals and as organizations counts over one thousand.  His vision about the rehabilitation of the God’s Creation often shared in talks whenever given time to speak to conservation enthusiasts more so during the annual interfaith National Environment day Celebrations among other environmental forums.

After being rewarded for his conservation initiatives on World Environmental Day in 2011 for showcasing the true meaning Stewardship of Gods creation through tree panting and care for Mother Earth for our future generations, he founded MOTHER EARTH NETWORK an interfaith conservation organization registered as a Trust. Equipped with legal authority Mother Earth aims at expanding its horizon of action to reach out to areas where are special needs to rehabilitate the harmed nature.

Mother Earth Network has since inception engaged interfaith communities through conservation programs ranging from awareness creation, capacity building workshops and practical aspect of tree growing. The Network has gained recognitions and partnerships with various organizations ranging from Government, Private sectors and other environmental organizations.

Great achievements made by the network through the able leadership of Fr.Hermann Borg has made it be recognized and awarded a silver trophy   by Total Eco-challenge in 2012.

 

Programs & Activities

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Tree planting

The natural forests in Kenya play an important role in environmental protection and provision of products which include catchment protection. These forests help in regulating water quantity and quality as well as condition of fundamental commodities such as air, soil, and genetic diversity of flora and fauna. These forests also form an integral part of livelihoods of rural communities. However, forest degradation and deforestation continues to be a major concern in Kenya hence threatening these functions.

Mother Earth Network is involved in tree planting exercise that is aimed at contributing to increment of tree cover in Kenya, going by the already planted one million trees in lower Subukia, we are now expanding our tree planting programs to urban slums of Mukuru, Kariobangi as a way of creating a clean environment for urban settlements where they can breathe clean and secure air.

The tree planting programme is a also being done in schools as a way of reaching out to the young people and developing the culture of environmental conservation through tree planting for the sustainability of our country.

Education and awareness creation

Comprise of activities aimed at raising the general awareness and facilitating the sharing of knowledge on natural resource management, general environmental issues and best environment\ practices.

This is done through capacity building to the youths and the women in the community through a participatory learning process where the youths and women are given opportunity to speak their minds and to contribute fully regarding environmental issues affecting then as well as coming up with the best suitable local solutions to these problems. We do this to inspire members of the society to identify and associate with values that can ensure sound environmental practices to promote environmental sustainability.

Community mobilization and sensitization

The network is involved in sensitizing and mobilizing local communities on their roles and responsibilities as managers and custodians of natural resources and ecosystems.

This in majorly done to achieve the following objectives

  • To equip communities with the necessary knowledge and skills  to embrace environmental conservation through tree planting and attitude change
  • To in still awareness on importance of community participation in  natural resource management  at local, regional and national levels,
  • To mobilise community members to embrace environmental protection as a way of ensuring peaceful coexistence with nature and promoting sound environmental management and governance
Advocacy and information dissemination

This focuses on activities aimed at enhancing information sharing and dissemination as well as receiving feedback. The target groups comprising of  various stakeholders such as Policy makers, Implementing Agencies, Civil Society, Community Groups and Learning Institutions.

Through this the network is able to disseminate information that can greatly empower the society and to change their mindset on how they should interact with mother nature to ensure harmony between nature and society as well as remain good stewards of God’s creation and to always strive to make their surrounding better for the future generations.

Media Management

The network  enhance collaboration with media houses by undertaking TV and Radio programs, documentaries, print media on environmental activities and achievements. This promotes sound outreach program where vast majority can be reached with the good message of care for creation and stewardship, we also aims at focusing the media fraternity to give attention to environmental issues affecting our country in order to create a platform of strong advocacy through the media platforms.

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Values & Objectives

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CORE VALUES OF THE NETWORK

  • Integrity, credibility and courage of conviction
  • Accountability and transparency to the community
  • Application and respect to the rule of law
  • Respect for diversity.

OBJECTIVES

The objectives of the Network shall be to:

  • To provide a critical mass forum for Members of all Faiths, Faith-based organizations, civil societies, Communities, Institutions and Interest groups in Kenya and the world to conduct joint advocacy in tree planting, conservation and environmental management.
  • To create a platform where members can engage with government and international agencies in trees planting and eco-system conservation and management
  • To raise awareness amongst stakeholders whilst building their capacity in tree planting and environmental conservation and management
  • To mobilize stakeholders for participation in policy formulation and implementation, capacity building and networking and partnership creation
  • Seek network and partnerships for joint engagement in emerging issues relating to environmental conservation and management.

 

Vision & Mission

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M-e-n-et has a vision of making the world greener place for the wellbeing and sustainability of all people and a mission to provide an international platform for collective advocacy and information sharing on forests conservation and environmental management issues by motivating people institutions religions to participate in the green programs.

Care for creation and Mother Earth being an issue of concern for all Franciscans since the time of Francis himself as the chosen patron of Ecology, Mother Earth Network seeks to invite members of all faiths and people of good will to join hands in caring for Gods Creation.

Stone & Hardscaping

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Whether you are moving into a new home, or updating the grounds of the home you already live in, landscaping can dramatically change the look of your house and property. You may like a neatly trimmed lawn or prefer a wild and overgrown look, you may live in an arid climate and need to xeriscape, or you may like finely manicured rosebushes.The cost of landscaping varies greatly but most homeowners report spend- ing between $1,586 and $5,017. Before you call the pros, though, here are a few things to think about that will affect your individual land- scaping project's cost that may have you spending more or less than the average.

How large is your property?

The single largest factor in the cost of your new landscaping installation is the size of your property. If your house sits on a huge lot, and you're not sure if you can afford to landscape the entire area, talk to your professional landscaper about the possibility of landscaping it in sections. Xeriscaping is a style of landscaping that utilizes plants, shrubs, ground covers and rocks that need very little water to thrive. The cost of installing a xeriscaped yard is often more than simply planting grass and flowers. However, once established the maintenance and water costs are kept low by design. A professional landscaper and gardener will be able to tell you the best approach for this. For example, if there are plants that take a longer time to come to maturity you may be able to plant them first and when they are reaching their peak landscape

Do you want a stone?

Lawns are not expensive to plant. Enough grass seed to cover your property is far less expensive than exotic plants or other features. however, lawns need careful maintenance, and plenty of water, especially at the beginning to get them established. So you may feel a lawn is a simple and affordable way to go, but it may take more money in the long run in terms of water, time and labor

Water and Irrigation

Don't spend time and money on beautiful landscaping if you have not taken water and irrigation issues into account first. Installing a sprinkler system, leveling the ground to avoid run off, and planning which plants, shrubs or flowers will get more and less water are all precautions that may take more time and money in the short term but will benefit you in the long run. You want to give your lawns and gardens the best chance to thrive

 

Mother Earth Network Awards

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Mother Earth Awards

 

Partners & Associates

  • Franciscan Family Association in Kenya(FFA-Kenya)
  • Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB)
  • Association of Sisterhood in Kenya- AOSK
  • Kenyatta University Environmental Club(KUNEC)
  • Total Eco Challenge.
  • Damietta Piece Initiatives(DPI)
  • Green World Resource Foundation
  • Carbon Asset Limited
  • Commission of Justice Peace Integrity and Care of Creation (CJPIC)
  • Kenya Young Christians Student Movement(YCS)
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Making the world greener place for the well being and sustainability of people

Key Programs & Activities

The natural forests in Kenya play an important role in environmental protection and provision of products which include catchment protection. These forests help in regulating water quantity and quality as well as condition of fundamental commodities such as air, soil, and genetic diversity of flora and fauna. These forests also form an integral part of livelihoods of rural communities. However, forest degradation and deforestation continues to be a major concern in Kenya hence threatening these functions. Mother Earth Network is involved in tree planting exercise that is aimed at contributing to increment of tree cover in Kenya, going by the already planted one million trees in lower Subukia, we are now expanding our tree planting programs to urban slums of Mukuru, Kariobangi as a way of creating a clean environment for urban settlements where they can breathe clean and secure air. The tree planting programme is a also being done in schools as a way of reaching out to the young people and developing the culture of environmental conservation through tree planting for the sustainability of our country.

Comprise of activities aimed at raising the general awareness and facilitating the sharing of knowledge on natural resource management, general environmental issues and best environment\ practices. This is done through capacity building to the youths and the women in the community through a participatory learning process where the youths and women are given opportunity to speak their minds and to contribute fully regarding environmental issues affecting then as well as coming up with the best suitable local solutions to these problems. We do this to inspire members of the society to identify and associate with values that can ensure sound environmental practices to promote environmental.

The network is involved in sensitizing and mobilizing local communities on their roles and responsibilities as managers and custodians of natural resources and ecosystems. This in majorly done to achieve the following objectives To equip communities with the necessary knowledge and skills to embrace environmental conservation through tree planting and attitude change To in still awareness on importance of community participation in natural resource management at local, regional and national levels, To mobilise community members to embrace environmental protection as a way of ensuring peaceful coexistence with nature and promoting sound environmental management and governance.

This focuses on activities aimed at enhancing information sharing and dissemination as well as receiving feedback. The target groups comprising of various stakeholders such as Policy makers, Implementing Agencies, Civil Society, Community Groups and Learning Institutions. Through this the network is able to disseminate information that can greatly empower the society and to change their mindset on how they should interact with mother nature to ensure harmony between nature and society as well as remain good stewards of God’s creation and to always strive to make their surrounding better for the future generations.

The network enhance collaboration with media houses by undertaking TV and Radio programs, documentaries, print media on environmental activities and achievements. This promotes sound outreach program where vast majority can be reached with the good message of care for creation and stewardship, we also aims at focusing the media fraternity to give attention to environmental issues affecting our country in order to create a platform of strong advocacy through the media platforms.