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HELP PLANT 100'000 TREES

Planting indigenous trees in Kenya | by EMAUA

Project Status

CHF 2,945/month

raised out of a total goal of CHF 5,000

59%

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Read the article (french) He wants to plant an additional 100’000 trees (Nov. 2020) in 

The Project

After planting more than 30’000 trees in 2020, we now aim to plant 100’000 trees. We are planting a majority of pioneer, fast-growing trees, the most vigorous of which are over 2 meters in less than a year.

 

WHY NATIVE TREES?

Currently, the vast majority of reforestation projects worldwide are industrial-scale, with fast-growing species being planted in monocultures over huge areas. These species, such as eucalyptus or pine in Kenya, are not local, and such practices create “sterile” environments.

 

Native trees live in synergy with the local flora and fauna and are therefore more adapted to their environment, which is why we multiply them. They allow many animals, fungi, bacteria and insects to live where exotic trees (from Australia or the United States) would have prevented them. In addition, they are linked to many medicinal and other traditions, and thus contribute to the preservation of the cultural heritage of local communities.

 

The seeds and shrubs are collected by us within a radius of 100 km, and are cultivated in our nursery. There, they are transplanted into bamboo pots that we produce ourselves, before being distributed to be planted in different projects.

 

100’000 TREES… IS THIS REALISTIC? 

Such figures are very abstract. However, if we manage to raise the necessary amount of money, we will be able to produce that number of trees. On average, shrubs mature in 3 months, after which they are ready for distribution. Moreover, the transport of the shrubs, which can be transported in batches of 2’000 without being damaged, will allow us to transport 100’000 shrubs in about 50 trips.

 

 PRACTICALLY, THIS WILL ALLOW US TO:
  • Increase our production considerably, from 30’000 trees in 2020 to 100’000 in 2021. This will involve developing our research activities for the most interesting native seeds and shrubs, the production of substrate (compost) and bamboo pots, and the search for partners for the planting of our trees. Our partners are schools and local people interested in creating hedges or creating natural forests. We are also considering partnerships with authorities in different counties to create larger scale projects.

  • To considerably increase our production of energy efficient stoves, which allow us to reduce household wood consumption by 2/3 (we are aiming at a production between 5 and 8 times higher). They also allow us to use only thin branches, where traditional open fires require logs from whole trees. Finally, from a sanitary point of view, they almost completely eliminate the thick smoke from kitchens which can be a vector of respiratory diseases in women .

  • Improve our teaching capacity in village communities and in elementary school. Teachings  focus on the importance of indigenous trees and their means of conservation, as well as the use of local and free resources for better food self-sufficiency.

  •  Increase the number of farmers’ groups that receive training on the use of local and free resources to increase their food self-sufficiency.

REFORESTATION IN TROPICAL REGIONS: ONE OF THE BEST WAYS TO STORE CARBON
Reforestation in tropical regions is one of the best known ways to sequester carbon and fight climate change. Thanks to their vigorous growth (some species grow to more than 2 meters in just one year, as mentioned above), tropical trees store a lot of carbon in their biomass-that is, in their bodies. Since 2017, we have established 70,000 trees in our native tree nursery, and planted them mainly in schools.
THE TEAM
EMAUA in Kenya is made up of local employees with diverse skills ranging from traditional agriculture to engineering and education. Its 10 members have enabled the organization to develop activities throughout the entire Teso North region (260 km2, the size of the canton of Geneva), and to start developing activities in bordering regions.
The results of EMAUA are due to the strong integration of EMAUA in the local fabric and culture as well as a participatory way of working within the team, which leads to motivation, autonomy and efficiency.
A SWISS FOUNDER
Julien Kauer is the founder of EMAUA. At the age of 26 (2015), he decided to leave everything behind to launch a food self-sufficiency project in an elementary school in Malaba (Kenya), 40 km away from the current project. There he lived with part of the team under local conditions and learned to speak fluent Swahili. A self-taught man with a passion for agro-ecology and the regeneration of ecosystems, he now lives between Kenya and Switzerland, where he regularly gives lectures and organizes with the 7 members of the committee the activities of EMAUA Switzerland.

The entire EMAUA Kenya team.

Second row, from left to right: Charles Abuko, Bonface Olusa, Julien Kauer, Iwowo Barasa, Zablon Milengo, Meshak Ekachul. Front row, left to right: Evans Chemiat, Violet Amoit, Maureen Etee, Aserwa Okou, Adams Maase

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SUPPORTS AND REWARDS

Plant 300 trees

You allow a family to create hedges or a small forest, which will enable them to benefit from all that trees have to give: freshness, beauty, fruits and their branches for cooking!

You receive:

A SACHET OF HONEY FLOWER SEEDS to be planted in spring | A personalized thank you card | DETAILED INFORMATION on the progress of our projects throughout the year
15.-/month (in 2021)

Plant 600 trees

You allow a community to create hedges or a small forest, which will allow them to benefit from all that trees have to give: freshness, beauty, fruits and their branches for cooking!

You receive:

A TABLE RUNNER with African wax patterns (delivery May 2021) | A personalized THANK YOU CARD | DETAILED INFORMATION on the progress of our projects throughout the year
30.-/month (in 2021)

Plant 900 trees

You allow a school to create hedges or a small forest, which will allow children and teachers to benefit from all that trees have to give: freshness, beauty, fruits and their branches for cooking!

You receive:

A BLAZER JACKET in African wax (delivery May 2021), design by Vazi Afriq (Entreprise Sociale de Mode Africaine) | A personalized THANK YOU CARD | DETAILED INFORMATION on the progress of our projects throughout the year.
45.-/month (in 2021)

Plant 2'000 trees

You allow to reforest 10'000 square meters of land, and thus offer to all the surrounding inhabitants their multiple benefits: freshness, beauty, food, medicine, etc... You also allow EMAUA to expand, in the hope of taking on projects with an increasing number of indigenous trees.

You receive:

A VOUCHER FOR A BASKET from your nearest direct selling market gardener | A BLAZER JACKET in African wax (delivery May 2021), design by Vazi Afriq (African Fashion Social Enterprise) | A personalized THANK YOU CARD | DETAILED INFORMATION on the progress of our projects all year long.
100.-/month (in 2021)
The region where we are active, the county of Busia.