With more than 3 billion of the world’s population still cooking over the traditional 3-stone fire, making a significant difference will require a sustained and concerted effort. In addition, introducing change into a culture requires time, thought and a working relationship with the local people wherever a project is undertaken.As a way to begin our work and develop the most effective operating program and distribution system we have established a two step approach.First, we’ve partnered with two outstanding nonprofits with well established programs in Central America. Seeds of Learning builds schools and El Porvenir builds stoves and does reforestation work, among other helpful enterprises.
Second, we’ve set an initial goal to plant 15,000 trees in Matagalpa Province in Nicaragua. The reforestation project will be done in cooperation with a community of 100 families. Trees will be planted throughout the micro-watersheds of the lands owned by community members.
A member from each family has volunteered to help with the reforestation process including planting the seeds, transplanting the seedlings and finally ensuring that the seedlings have the proper care to grow to maturity. Each of the 100 families will also receive five grafted fruit trees that will produce fruit within two years.
With a per capita GDP of $750, Nicaragua is the second poorest country in the Western hemisphere. 47% of its population is below the poverty level. These families earn less than $1 per day.
Cost for this initial project phase will be approximately $11,000. Our goal is to raise these funds by March 31, 2012
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