"When we plant trees, we plant the seeds of peace and hope..."

About Us

  • KFT is as a non-profit organization which was registered in 2008 as a trust under the Trustee (Perpetual Succession) Act, Cap 164 Laws of Kenya, for the purpose of participating and providing strategic assistance to grassroots (rural) communities in environmental and biodiversity conservation. This mandate has been expanded to address the increasingly worsening socio-economic and environmental challenges affecting local communities in Kenya. To this end, the Foundation conceived an ambitious programme to plant 10 million trees country wide in the next five years under the banner “Tree is Life Campaign. As a non-profit organization, KFT aims at building, strengthening and increasing capacities and awareness of communities in sustainable environmental and biodiversity conservation and management strategies. KFT envisages communities and nations where a culture of environmental and biodiversity conservation is cultivated among individual and is passed over from generation to generation for posterity.

    The foundation works through partnerships and synergies with various organizations which is in line with KFT’s overall mission of mobilizing the Kenyan community to take concrete action and improve their livelihoods by planting, nurturing, conserving, protecting trees and sustainably managing their natural resources, using absolute awareness campaigns in line with Vision 2030 and the Millennium development goals.

Main Objectives

  1. Create channels of engaging society, corporate and donors to participate in tree planting and environmental conservation using absolute awareness campaigns

  2. Reduction in forest degradation and forest edges through creation of buffer zones

  3. Biodiversity maintenance and improvement plus watershed protection and soil stabilization

  4. Poverty reduction by advocating sustainable livelihood options through improved agricultural productivity

  5. Improved social capital through improved participatory planning, capacity building and transfer of knowledge and skills.

Tree is life campaign

KFT is a non-profit organization which was registered in 2007 as a trust under the Trustee (Perpetual Succession) Act, Cap 164 Laws of Kenya, for the purpose of participating and providing strategic assistance to grassroots (rural) communities in environmental and biodiversity conservation. This mandate has been expanded to address the increasingly worsening socio-economic and environmental challenges affecting local communities in Kenya. To this end, the Foundation conceived an ambitious programme to plant 10 million trees country wide in the next five years under the banner “Tree is Life Campaign. As a non-profit organization, KFT aims at building, strengthening and increasing capacities and awareness of communities in sustainable environmental and biodiversity conservation and management strategies. KFT envisages communities and nations where a culture of environmental and biodiversity conservation is cultivated among individual and is passed over from generation to generation for posterity.

The foundation works through partnerships and synergies with various organizations which is in line with KFT’s overall mission of mobilizing the Kenyan community to take concrete action and improve their livelihoods by planting, nurturing, conserving, protecting trees and sustainably managing their natural resources, using absolute awareness campaigns in line with Vision 2030 and the Millennium development goals.

Rehabilitation Programs

Under this component, KFT utilizes a community driven approach to environmental conservation and management. The approach enhances consensus building with local communities in the counties of Nandi, Uasingishu, Elgeyo Marakwet, Pokot and Baringo.

Through this approach, KFT encourages participation of local communities in environmental conservation and management which is in tune with kenya’s constitutional dispensation in which devolution of decision making power to the people, is key.

The community therefore actually participates in environmental conservation through planting of trees in the highly degraded sites such as the landslide prone Kerio Valley Escarpment, the encroached forests of Embobut and Kaptagat.

On the issue of Kerio Valley Escarpment, KFT is now working very closely with the county government of Elgeyo Marakwet ,Kenya Forest Service and the Standard Media Group in seeking a lasting solution to communities settled on very steep slopes in the valley. The approach here is to conduct sensitization campaigns at the community level on the dangers of settlements on very steep slopes especially during this era of climate change vulnerability being experienced across Africa and the entire world. KFT envisages that through standard group, effective campaigns can be launched to sensitize local communities, government policy makers, corporate entities and other key stake holders to participate and contribute resources to this campaign to secure the degraded steep slopes in the Kerio valley escarpment for the present and future generations.

Greening Schools

This is basically environmental education /awareness creation through schools. Thus ,KFT inpartnership with Kenya Forest Service and the Ministry of Education has held two launches for the greening schools project in the North Rift region. The lunches are aimed at inculcating a culture of tree planting and growing among kenya’s school going children and students.

During the launches close to 400,000 tree seedlings were distributed for planting to 250 schools spread across the four counties of Nandi, Elgeyo Marakwet , Baringo and Uasingishu. KFT has also expanded the school greening initiative to the counties of Nairobi and Kilifi. KFT has planted over 3.5 million seedlings since 2011 through schools and community groups.