The girl's name was Wangari.
In her family's food garden she broke up the soil with her machete.
She pressed tiny seeds into the warm earth.
She would follow the narrow paths through the fields, crossing rivers as she went.
When Wangari was seven years old, her big brother persuaded her parents to let her start school.
She did very well at school, and was invited to study in America.
Wangari was excited! She wanted to know more about the world.
And she remembered how she grew: playing games with her brothers in the shade of the beautiful Kenyan forests.
The more she learnt, the more she remembered her African home.
Huge farms stretched across the land. Women had no wood to make cooking fires.
People were poor and hungry.
The women sold the trees and used the money for their families.
The women felt powerful and strong. And many trees grew.
Wangari's message spread across Africa. Today, millions of trees have grown from Wangari's seeds.
In 2004, Wangari Maathai was the first black African woman ever to receive the Nobel Prize, and also the first environmentalist.
We can continue her work by planting and looking after our forests.
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