Originally published on the blog Rwanda on the Wing by Agahozo Shalom Youth Volunteer, Jared Cole. Check out all the great pictures from the day on his site. And find more ASYV volunteer blogs, here.

This past Saturday, Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village celebrated Rwanda’s Environment Day. The student Environment Club and its two staff/volunteer sponsors coordinated the day’s events, which included tree plantings, speeches, and an environmental film.

ASYV started the day with over 50 students working on our new nature park and trail and gave the inaugural tour to some visiting donors. The nature park, Parike Y’Umutungo Kamere W’Agahozo, was envisioned by students and features a 600 meter trail that showcases acacia, umuko, and other native vegetation. Environment Club members marked the event by planting four native acacia trees in the park.

After lunch, the club hosted an educational event. This event attracted more than 250 village residents, including 220+ students and over 30 staff/volunteers. We screened “Planet Earth: Freshwater,” viewed a presentation about water conservation from our assistant director, and heard from three students who spoke about trees. Following the speeches, students and staff explored environmental issues at an interactive idea marketplace. The club sponsored a tree giveaway so that each family could plant a tree on Environment Day.

Finally, after the event, students planted a total of 30 trees in their yards, including 7 acacia, 20 papaya, and 3 guava. Please enjoy the pictures of our version of Earth Day! Click here to view the photos.