Empowering Rural Kenyans through Reforestation

$10,200 $0
Raised Remaining


Rooted In Hope promotes environmental, social, and economic development in rural Kenya through our reforestation efforts in the Aberdare National Park. In addition to restoring degraded forest areas, planting trees provides a multitude of benefits, most notably with regards to water, women, and wildlife. Our program in Kenya results in increased water table levels, employment for underprivileged women, and rehabilitation of the natural habitat of several threatened and endangered species.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Deforestation has reduced Kenya's forest cover from over 40% to less than 2% in recent decades, which has diminished watershed levels and reduced access to clean water for the 1 in 3 Kenyans dependent on this critical water tower. Women and girls face persistent gender inequalities and often lack opportunities to employment in rural areas. Widespread degradation of natural habitats has threatened the rich biodiversity of the Aberdares, which is home to thousands of plant and animal species.

How will this project solve this problem?

Reforestation enhances water availability, women's empowerment, and wildlife protection. Planting trees helps to trap rainwater and reduce soil erosion, thereby increasing access to water in nearby communities. We source seedlings from women-owned nurseries and employ local laborers in our tree-planting efforts, providing jobs in the local community and income opportunities for underprivileged women. Restoring natural habitats not only protects biodiversity, but also improves the tourism sector.

Potential Long Term Impact

Planting trees does more than combat climate change. Our reforestation program in Kenya increases watershed levels, creates local jobs, and restores habitats of several threatened species. Reaching our goal of $10,000 will allow us to engage 10 women-run nurseries and employ over 100 local workers to plant 2,000 trees in the Aberdare National Park, which EACH YEAR, will replenish 3 million liters of water, improving clean water access to the 2 million people dependent on the Aberdare watershed.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $10,200

Funding Information

This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.

Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $10,200 .  The original project funding goal was $10,000.


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Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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Rooted In Hope

Morgan Hill, California, United States

Project Leader

Katie Emick

Morgan Hill, California United States

Where is this project located?

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