On July 18, Embassy Banjul Public Affairs Officer, Janel Heird, joined staff of American Corner Banjul, the Gambia IVLP Alumni Association, and YALI Network members for a tree planting exercise at a lower basic school in the West Coast Region in observance of Mandela Day.
The exercise was also part of efforts to raise awareness of the importance of trees and environmental protection. Dozens of seedlings were planted in the school compound. Speaking at the end of the exercise, the IVLP Alumni Association President, Alieu Jaiteh, encouraged the students and staff of the school to take care of the trees. The host school was later presented with five watering cans and bags of fertilizer to help nurture the young plants.