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Dec 3, 2019

Three inspiring stories from the field

Permaculture training at our training facilities
Permaculture training at our training facilities

A good example of determination

Mary S. joined the Luanshya project in 2018, together with her husband Solomon, who is a beekeeper. A hardworking and determined farmer, Mary joined the nursery and plant propagation training. She realized it would be a good way of making a living and that is exactly what she is doing today. Thanks to the support of WeForest, she now has some 2,000 lemon, 5 avocado, 30 pawpaw, 35 granadilla and 30 mandarin seedlings for sale. To top it off, Mary was awarded WeForest's title of Best Performing Farmer!

A farmer to follow

Anne S. has been actively involved in the Luanshya project since March 2019 and recently attended a training on how to set up a nursery. When we visited her nursery afterward to see how she was doing, Anne's enthusiasm and dedication surprised us all. Within 2 months she had managed to not only set up her nursery, but approximately 1,000 seedlings had already germinated! We can't wait for Anne to attend the next training which will be on plant propagation.

“We all have a part to play”

Mbewe B. joined the WeForest training sessions in 2018 and developed a keen interest in fruit tree propagation as a way to diversify his income. That way he is able to pay for his child’s school fees. “We all have a part to play in protecting and growing our farm forests”, he told us. “And we can all make a real and tangible difference: anyone can come up with their own nursery regardless of gender and age. We can easily forget charcoal production.”

Nov 7, 2019

The restoration activities have started

Handing over seedlings to each other. By IDESAM
Handing over seedlings to each other. By IDESAM

Together with the local environmental secretary, our partner Idesam has been providing training activities to raise awareness on fire in Apui, a municipality in the Brazilian Amazon state that was heavenly affected by the recent fire outbreaks. The local fire brigade now has 14 new fully trained members.

Though the brigade is still doing rounds to search for new fire outbreaks, the situation is more under control now and few firebreaks are still happening in Apui. This means that the restoration activities were able to start: seedlings from the nurseries are being transported to the affected areas to support local farmers. The goal is to plant at least what was lost in the recent Amazon fires and to protect the trees that are still standing.

Handing over seedlings to each other. By IDESAM
Handing over seedlings to each other. By IDESAM
The young seedlings ready to be planted. By IDESAM
The young seedlings ready to be planted. By IDESAM
Training activities by IDESAM
Training activities by IDESAM
Training activities by IDESAM
Training activities by IDESAM
Oct 16, 2019

Knowledge is key

Pictures by IDESAM
Pictures by IDESAM

While the media attention might have lessened, the fires in the Amazon are still happening. We have started an Emergency Fund for the Amazon municipality of Apuí, and our team on the ground there has been working hard on trying to put down the fires or at least limit the damage it is causing.

Meanwhile, local children are still receiving classes where they are taught about fire. During training sessions, they learn about its dangers and how to avoid it from starting or spreading by, for example, creating and maintaining fire breaks. Knowledge is key if we want to avoid this from happening again.

Pictures by IDESAM
Pictures by IDESAM
Pictures by IDESAM
Pictures by IDESAM
Pictures by IDESAM
Pictures by IDESAM
 
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