The Network’s vision is that pilgrim pathways, places and cities become models of care for the environment and that pilgrims leave a positive footprint on the Earth. (To read more about GPN, click here.)
Father James Wanzala, the shrine’s director said: ‘We have three groups: men, women and the youth from the local community who come to help at the shrine. The men are responsible for the tree nurseries and they take care of the forest. The women take care of the garden, learn cooking skills (in our canteen) and sew cloth for bags to replace plastic bags.
‘The youth are involved in tree planting, slashing the vast compound and keeping the compound tidy. We may begin bee-keeping. We are looking forward to involving the groups in the greening activities within the shrine and we have also approached the county government through the Nakuru Governor to join us in working with the local tour operators to include our shrine as part of their tour destinations from Mt Kenya region towards the Great Rift Valley – of which they are very positive.’
You can read more about the greening work being carried out at the Subukia National Marian Shrine here. And visit the shrine’s website here.