50,000 Peace Trees Planted in Memory of September 11 Victims.
On World Environment Day June 6th – Africa Initiative for World Peace ( AIFWP), with the support of Associacion Bernadette Strebel World Peace (ABSWP), initiated the planting of 50,000 Peace Trees in honor of the Memory of September 11 Victims. The 50,000 seedlings were donated by the Governor of Edo State as the state´s contribution to the September 11 Memorial Peace Tree planting. The planting was flagged off by the Governor of Edo State, Comrade Adams Aliyu Oshiomhole and Mr. Bert Ronhaar, the Dutch Ambassador to Nigeria.
AIFWP decided to commemorate 9/11 in this way as a reminder of the spirit that defines the world as a Global Village, longing for peace. The Memorial Peace Trees remind us that our shared humanity can never be destroyed by an act of terrorism.
Governor of Edo State, Nigeria visited our forest of Peace Plantation
During the World Environment Day, 6th June 2013, the Governor of Edo State, Adams Oshiomhole, visited our forest of peace plantation planted between 2008 to 2011 in the One Million Trees for Peace Project. He thanked the President of Africa Initiative for World Peace (AIFWP), Bernadette Strebel, board members of Association Bernadette Strebel World Peace (ABSWP) and all our donors, for their support in bringing back our forest. He further said that this forest plantation has provided jobs for the people of Edo State, especially those in the rural areas, thereby improving their living standards. He also said that the Government will protect the Peace Trees. During his visit, he also planted a memorial tree in honor of his late wife Clara Oshiomhole.
Edo State Governor is Awarded the Africa September 11 Memorial Peace Tree Planting Gold Award and the Hon. Commissioner for Environment and Public Utilities with the Africa Environmentalist of Excellence Peace Tree Planting Gold Award.
AIFWP honored Comrade Adams Oshiomhole with the Africa September 11 Memorial Peace Tree Planting Gold Award. This award was in recognition of the Governor´s donation of 50,000 tree seedlings for the September 11 Memorial Peace Tree planting and for planting a memorial tree in honor of the 9/11 victims at the September 11 Memorial Forest of Peace Plantation. The award was presented to him by Dr. Andrew Pocock, British High Commissioner to Nigeria, on behalf of AIFWP, with the support of ABSWP Spain, on the 11th September 2013 in Government House, Benin City.
During this ceremony one minute´s silence was held for the victims of 9/11.The Hon. Commissioner for Environment was also honored with an award for his support for the One Million Trees for Peace Project.
Bernadette Strebel, President of AIFWP, visits the forest plantation of 150,000 trees and donates gifts of food to the workers´ families in the village of Irhue.
Recently Bernadette Strebel made an official visit to Africa to inspect the 150,000 Peace Trees plantation and the newly established September 11 Memorial Forest Plantation. During her visit she donated food items to the families of the villagers who work for the One Million Trees for Peace project. The villagers welcomed Bernadette with great joy and love and expressed their gratitude to her for her commitment to them. Deeply touched, she also expressed her love and gratitude to the villagers. She gave the children chocolate – a gift they had never before received!!
Edo State Governor Adams Aliyu Oshiomhole donates a new Toyota Hilux to support the One Million Trees for Peace Project in Africa
Bernadette Strebel, President of AIFWP, Dr. Andrew Pocock, British High Commissioner to Nigeria, board members of AIFWP, and members of Edo State Executive Council visited Government House during the ceremony to commemorate the 12th anniversary 9/11. The meeting was hosted by the Governor who, in addition to donating 50,000 tree seedlings, made the most generous, and much – needed, donation of a new project vehicle. We would like to note here our great gratitude to the Governor for this wonderful donation.
AIFWP performs a Memorial Tree Planting as part of it activities to Commemorate the 12th Anniversary of 9/11
On the 11th of September 2013 AIFWP, with the support of ABSWP Spain, joined the rest of the world in remembering the day that changed the world forever. A Memorial Peace Tree Planting was performed. The British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Dr. Andrew Pocock, was Guest of Honor and the Governor of Edo State was the Chief Host. Dr Pocock planted a tree in honor of the victims of the attack and hoisted the British National flag. The Governor also planted a tree and hoisted the Nigerian National flag as a symbol of partnership for World Peace. It was a very moving ceremony. Dr Pocock stated his deep wish for World Peace and expressed his support for the Trees for Peace project in this challenging time of climate change and political unrest. He also said he was particularly pleased to see so many children at the ceremony since our children are our future.
The AIFWP with the support of ABSWP is grateful for the generous support from our donors, individual and corporate, especially those from Switzerland, Spain and Germany. Our hearts are really touched by your support which has made it possible to plant 150,000 peace trees, in spite of the harsh economic reality of our time.
Your donations to the One Million Trees for Peace project provide jobs for the less privileged in African society. Poor families are empowered to raise their standard of living. They take pride in themselves because they can afford to send their children to school. The trees they plant and maintain are bringing back our forests, helping to save our world from climate change. At the same time a safe habitat is ensured for our animals, such as the monkeys and antelope.
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To date we have planted 150,000 trees, including the 50,000 trees planted in memory of the victims of 9/11. Without your support we cannot continue to maintain the planted trees and establish new plantations in 2014. As a Non – Governmental Organization we rely solely on your generous donations, which we now desperately need if our important work is to continue. For the sustenance of the planted trees, we would appreciate so much a donation from you, however great or small.
When the last Tree Dies the last Man Dies
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