On Friday 4 December, ICS organized a tree planting and walking event in collaboration with Hiwot Life and Shamida Orphanage at Entoto Park. The partnership allowed ICS families to be a part of Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s ‘Green Legacy’ initiative to plant 5 billion trees. Accordingly, the ICS parent and diplomatic community will be contributing and plan to plant 50 - 100 trees each year.
There were 21 participants at the event; among them ICS parents and staff, students, ambassadors, local officials, and media. Spirits were high, and participants were ready to get their hands dirty to ensure access and enjoyment of natural treasures to present and future generations. A total of 50 trees were planted. An elderly woman who resides in Entoto graciously offered to water the trees and help care for them in the longer term.
“The best time to plant a tree was 25 years ago. The second best time is now.” - Yohannes Yedagne, Regional Director at GOInnovation
Following the tree planting, the group went on a tour of the park. With clear and pleasant hiking trails, the park is complete with activities and recreation for all ages. Participants were happy to discover something new to do over the weekend with their families.
“This event is so refreshing. It’s a good way to come out and meet new people and also do something good at the same time.” - Demaris, ICS parent
The purpose of the event was to bring a sense of community amongst ICS families in a time of physical distancing. Going forward, there are plans to organize more excursions to help maintain our relationships, reconnect with each other, and make new families feel like ICS is a home away from home.