For communities in developing countries, trees mean more water, more food and they make up a big part of the solution against climate change. But they are also home to billions of plants, animals or insects – whether inside forests or in hedges.
Every year, we plant thousands of indigenous trees together with local communities of Western Kenya. And with the surplus funds generated from tree planting, we teach communities on how to become more self-reliant.
indigenous tree nursery
REFORESTING FOR MORE BIODIVERSITY
Locally, one of the greatest threats to forest cover is the production of charcoal, tobacco and the collection of firewood. Raising community awareness is essential to reduce deforestation in forested areas. Since 2019, we have taught 15,400 young people about the vital importance of trees for human life.
Agroforestry has the potential to reconnect trees and agriculture, as farmers around the world have long considered trees as pests. However, when well managed, trees improve crop yields because they increase soil fertility and water retention, while increasing biodiversity.
Since 2019, we’ve planted 15,000 trees, to 30,000 in 2020 and 60,000 in 2021. We have mainly distributed our trees in schools and to private individuals, and we have taught them about the vital importance of trees for the global and the local ecosystem. The teachings were accompanied by planting sessions, which served as practical training on how best to plant trees for optimal survival.
local resources for better living
How we work
Seeds and shrubs of native species are collected with the help of the local community.
They are multiplied in our nursery to produce robust tree seedlings ready for planting.
They are distributed free of charge to schools and private individuals. The teaching sessions we give them are aimed at ensuring the highest possible survival rate.
WHY PLANT TREES?
Trees are linked to any positive change in a community. While a huge amount of trees could offset humanity’s greenhouse gas emissions, a small number of trees can significantly improve the lives of communities at the local level. They improve soil fertility, improve soil water retention, provide medicines and cooking wood.