- Every month I donate part my salary to charity.
- This month I sponsor ‘miracle trees’.
- What impact do trees have?
2016 is my year of charity. I’ll donate part of my income for good causes, every month another one. Then I’ll blog about the project that I picked. Here is what I support in January.
For this month I choose Tree Aid. They focus on poor families in the African drylands, especially Women. The aim is to reduce poverty & protect the environment by using the potential of trees. The organisation provides education, training and technical advice around planting and maintain the saplings so they survive and grow. Goal is to support poor communities to build incomes, secure access to natural resources and provide nutritional security.
Even during droughts, when other crops fail, trees can survive. This can provide a village a steady flow of something to harvest.
- Food to harvest
- Money from selling products
- Health coming from natural medicines
And it’s good for the environment too:
- Soil making the land more fertile,
- Shade for humans and wildlife as well as crops.
- Acting as windbreaks that stop soil blowing away.
Bikes in the savannah
The charity aims to be sustainable and cost-effective. This means they provide trees and seedlings for growing food and improving the environment. They train locals how to grow and to care for them. Helping to set up tree nurseries and earn an income is a central part to achieve sustainability.
Donations going to Tree Aid might be used provide tools such as buckets, pestles and mortars as well as wheelbarrows – even bicycles to provide an environmentally friendly and low cost way to travel between nurseries and orchards. But an underestimated part is also to defend people’s rights to access: If you can’t reach the plants, or if someone else harvests its produce, it would render the efforts useless.
What happened so far?
- Over 10 million trees have been planted across Africa.
- Millions more have regenerated naturally thanks to improvements in natural resource management.
- More than 1,000,000 can grow more food thanks to better soil and water management.
- Over 500,000 villagers have been educated to use trees for food, health and income and are able to feed their families
Let’s take a closer look at a Project
Farming and crop rotation was possible in the past because of a lower population density but that changed. Farming methods changed under the pressure of a larger population and turned the landscape to semi-arid. It’s an enormous challenge to provide food.
Farmers are driven to clear more land by cutting and burning trees as there are not many options for employment. But this leaves the region bare and prone to erosion and worsens the food situation and causes even more problems.
Tree Aid set up Community Self Reliance Projects across 17 villages in that region through their partner the CSRC (Community Self Reliance Centre).
The soil fertility and yields are increased thanks to organic farming techniques and agroforestry. Plants around schools and near public buildings are preventing further erosion and offer protection from the harsh conditions.
Who is behind all this?
Why did I choose this project?
- Like what TREE AID is doing? Great, head over to their website to learn more.
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