Deforestation is a major problem in much of the world. Much of the wood loss is directly attributable to so many people using the very inefficient 3-stone fires. Using more efficient cooking stoves can reduce wood use by as much as 60% and help halt the loss of valuable forest habitat.
Planting trees for reforestation is one part of our tree planting effort. Planting trees that will provide a yearly source of food is the other. Our goal is to provide each family that we work with a minimum of five “food” trees.
Our partner in Nicaragua, El Porvenir, strongly encourages villagers to set up community tree nurseries. Villagers learn to plant and care for seedlings, then transplant them to strategic conservation areas (for example, around the village well and throughout the micro-watershed the well draws from). Native hardwood trees are planted and villagers are educated on how reforestation will increase infiltration and aqufier recharge, as well as, prevent landslides and soil erosion. El Porvenir reforesters also give talks on enviromental education at local schools. They teach about the relationship between trees and water and the connection between healthy watersheds and village wells that have clean water and are sustainable.
Attacking the problem on a local level by educating, involving, and encouraging villages provides a real and long-term solution. Starting these programs and maintaining them as a way to provide ongoing education requires significant funding sources.. You can be the one to start making a real difference by DONATING $10.00 U.S. OR MORE!
- 50% of Nicaragua’s forest area has been lost since 1950. We can’t wait to act.
- Involving and educating the local villages about reforestation becomes a local solution to deforestation.
- Deforestation leads to errosion and landslides. Water table sustainability depends on having adequate tree cover.
CURRENT PROJECT FOCUS
We will be partnering with El porvenir in Nicaragua. They will be establishing community-based reforestation programs. Reforestation workers are trained to
-start tree nurseries
-transplant seedlings to targeted areas
-ensure survival of the seedlings
-train villagers to collect, clean and store seeds for next year’s nursery.
In addition, El Porvenir distributes grafted fruit trees (mango, avocado, orange, lemon, papaya) to families that participate in the reforestation program. While ordinary trees bear fruit within 5-7 years, grafted fruit trees can bear fruit after only 2 years and reach maturity within 4 years. The grafted fruit trees can provide the family with a source of vitamins and minerals as well as supplemental income from the sale of excess fruit.
We can take one tree and transform the health and life of a family. Our current projects are in remote rural villages where families lack the most basic services and infrastructure. The cost for one grove of 25 trees averages $25. To make a donation at the 1tree level($25.00 U.S.) or become a friend for a donation of $10 or more go to our Donation page.