Trees for the Future
PO Box 7027
John Moore, John Leary, Mark Brown, Humphrey Mensah, Dinah Bengur, John Montgomery, Shannon Hawkins, Linda Sobel Katz, Michael Gumbley, Larry Seruma
Planting trees with families in the developing world, enabling them to restore their environment, grow more food, and build a sustainable future.
Over the past 20 years, Trees for the Future has helped people in 32 countries plant more than 65 million trees. Trees for the Future fills a unique niche among nonprofit organizations and environmental groups by teaching people in rural communities across the globe how to plant trees and harvest them sustainably. In the developing world, numerous problems- from fuel and food shortages to soil depletion to undrinkable water - can be traced to the loss of trees and forest cover. Fast-growing tree species provide families with firewood for cooking, food for their livestock, and improved soil for greater food production, while reducing the impact on existing forests.
Trees for the Future works tirelessly to provide the communities and families we serve the opportunity to build and harvest the resources they need not just to survive, but to thrive in a changing world.
In 2011, Trees for the Future Haiti Program delivered three critical services - tree planting, agroforestry, and agricultural assistance - to local farmers in three regions of the country: the Arcadine Coast, Chaine des Chaos, and Gonaives. Our program provided direct assistance to 450 farmers and their families living in extreme poverty, and our work touched the lives of another 2,800 community members. To date, our Haiti program has established 21 tree nurseries and one central nursery that have produced approximately 1,500,000 seedlings. Roughly 800,000 of those seedlings were planted in May, June, and July, and the rest will be planted during the rainy winter season. In addition to tree planting, our dedicated Haiti staff conducted 20 training sessions, providing 450 participants with training materials and practical, on-the-ground knowledge of agroforestry and sustainable agriculture. Our staff also advanced environmental education by teaching conservation practices to 150 children in Gonaives.
All our country programs are tailored uniquely to fit the socio-cultural and economic needs of that particular country.
Trees for the Future's Ethiopia Program was an overwhelming success in 2011. Working with 12 partner organizations, primarily in the SNNPR and Oromiya states, TREES and our local partner, Greener Ethiopia, orchestrated the distribution and planting of 1.48 million seedlings involving 38 unique tree species in eight project areas. The trees will contribute to the livelihoods and food security of the inhabitants of our target communities and will also help them enhance their existing natural resource base. Another estimated, 520,000 seedlings are currently being raised in Konso region. They will be planted in early 2012 as part of our integrated watershed recovery program. In addition to tree planting, Trees for the Future conducted workshops and training on agroforestry and sustainable land-use practices in dozens of communities throughout Ethiopia.
In Honduras, Trees for the Future planted 1.8 million trees in conjunction with our local partner IHCAFE, which works closely with coffee producers all over the country. In Cerro Azul Meambar National Park, we collaborated with local farmer's cooperative and produced 5,100 grafted fruit trees - avocado, citrus and guava among them. These fruit-tree species were planted in diversified production plots established in deforested areas, thereby protecting the land from further erosion while providing a future income for local producers. We also were able to grow 10,000 trees with COAPHIL, a new partner and the largest apiculture (bee-growing) cooperative in Honduras. By working closely with local farmers, TREES continues to develop relationships that will benefit the Honduran people not only today, but for generations to come.
These countries illustrate the diversity of our tree-planting programs, as they adapt to local needs and conditions. Over the weeks and months immediately ahead, TREES is committed to planting trees and improving lives of as many people as possible. But, if we are to meet what is nothing less than an accelerating, worldwide demand for our knowledge and services, it is imperative that we raise additional funds to meet the demand.