In October 2011, Kijana officers in Kenya and students in various schools planted over 1200 tree seedlings in honor of the late Wangari Maathai, who passed away in September 2011. Professor Maathai, founder of the Green Belt Movement- which is credited with planting over 40 million trees in Africa, was the 2004 winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. Tree planting is dear to the mission of Kijana and one of the first activities we embarked upon as an organization. We planted these trees to honor, cherish and encourage the continued legacy of Wangari Maathai, the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize. In the photo below, students at Ematsuli Secondary School, pose with some of the trees that they planted. At left in the photo is former Kijana Kenya chairperson, Bishop Charles Anabaka.