Visual diary of the local youth group’s football team volunteering to build the mud walls for the seedlings planted in 2010 by G-lish Foundation.
Footballers preparing mud
It was around 8 am in the morning; our shadows were still long. We had just finished playing football, as we do every morning in the village, and moved to the area where we planted seedlings to begin building walls.
Football Team helping build walls
We realised that if we didn’t build walls to protect the seedlings for their first 6 months of life, the animals and fowl would destroy them. So, we got set to building mud walls for the seedlings so the fowls could not peck them to death and the goats would be less tempted to chew them. Having said that, most animals don’t like the taste of Neem unless they get desperate.
Making Mud Balls Ghana
Building the Mud Wall to Protect Neem Seedling
Still, we didn’t want to tempt them, so we got to building. Building takes a lot of effort. The digging, the carting water in buckets from the borehole, the mud mixing, the making the balls, the building.
It’s a credit to the footballers that they put their hand up for it.
Local Footballers for Tree Planting
We have more walls to build, but this was a great start. We’ll keep you updated as we progress.