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Sep 11, 2019

Meet Edward, FTPF's Uganda Program Director!

Uganda Program Director Edward distributing trees
Uganda Program Director Edward distributing trees

Muli mutya friends,

While we are in the planning phase for our next Uganda tree planting and distribution project in 2020, we thought it'd be nice to introduce you to the amazing team we have in the country.

Meet Edward, our Uganda Programs Director who first reached out to FTPF almost 10 years ago to launch a fruit tree planting initiative in his adopted country. Edward, originally from Tanzania, is the Executive Director of the local NGO Africa Partnership on Climate Change Coalition and has dedicated his life to mitigating climate change in East Africa. As the director of our programs and partner nursery in Jinja, Edward is in charge of ensuring that tens of thousands of saplings are grown to the highest standard in the nursery and planted with communities, schools, and municipalities throughout the region. Edward is passionate about creating positive change in Uganda through the planting and distribution of fruit trees and we are grateful to have him leading this initiative!

Keep an eye out for our next project report which will introduce more members of our Uganda team!

Musiibe bulungi (Have a nice day)!

Sep 11, 2019

Meet Sylvia and her "Flores de Mango"

Sylvia's delicious "mango flowers"
Sylvia's delicious "mango flowers"

Hola friends,

During our time in El Salvador earlier this summer, we visited the Los Decidios Cooperative to conduct aftercare workshops and document previously planted trees in the community. As we were leaving, we were asked to wait for a surprise...

We were presented with these beautiful "flores de mango" (mango flowers) made by cooperative member Sylvia from fruit grown on trees donated by FTPF.  Many of the cooperative members sell "flores de mango" as well as whole mangos along the highways leading in and out of the capital city of San Salvador to earn extra income for their families. These were some of the most delicious mangos we've ever tasted, made extra special knowing they are products of FTPF's work and progress in El Salvador over the years!

Thanks to each and every one of you for your continued support of our mission to plant 100,000 fruit trees in El Salvador in order to support hard-working Salvadorans like Sylvia!

Muchisimas gracias,

The FTPF Team

Sep 11, 2019

150 fruit trees planted at Hawai'i Island schools!

Hawai'i Island students with a new soursop tree
Hawai'i Island students with a new soursop tree

Aloha friends,

Our most recent Fruit Tree 101 schoolyard orchards took place in Hawai'i, where over the past month we planted 150 fruit trees at schools all across Hawai'i island. Types of trees planted include mango, avocado, white guava, mulberry, cacao, rollinea, pink jackfruit, Suriname cherry, acerola, soursop, white and red mountain apple, jaboticaba, clove, cinnamon, Brazilian plum, starfruit, abiu, Meyer lemon, Calamondin lime, Valencia orange, tangelo, kumquat, tangerine, and navel orange! Below is a list of the Hawai'i Fruit Tree 101 orchards donated this month (click on the link to see photos from the planting events):

Kealakehe Elementary School: 23 trees planted & 8 trees given away to school teachers and staff

Konaweana High School Agricultural Farm: 25 trees

Lapahoehoe Public Charter School: 24 trees

Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole Elementary & Intermediate School: 7 trees

Malamalama Waldorf School: 18 trees

Hawai'i Academy of Arts & Sciences Upper School: 8 trees

Hawai'i Academy of Arts & Sciences Lower School: 7 trees planted & 10 given away to students' families

Kohala Elementary School: 25 trees

Mahalo nui loa to each and every one of you who have supported this project, we truly could not do it without your support and aloha for Fruit Tree 101!

To a fruitful future for all students,

The FTPF Team
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