By Maurah Van Impe - Supporting WeForest' sponsors and Donors
Women in Permaculture leading the way in Zambia
Farmers in Zambia, as in many other countries in Africa, often cause deforestation as trees are generally the only way for them to cook or earn an extra income through charcoal production. It is therefore that WeForest is engaging with more than 800 small-scale farmer families to change this and to find ways that farmers can make a little extra money with the use of the trees, without the need to chop them down. One of these farmers is Maggie.
After following a plant nursery training course at WeForest training center, Maggie started to grow fruit tree seedlings from seeds in her own nursery in her garden, grafting and selling them. She also engaged in developing a permaculture garden with the support of WeForest.
During a recent visit she says: ´Thanks to the WeForest training and equipment they provided, I’ve now learnt a valuable skill that I can bring into practice without investing or losing out on other sources of income. I hope to expand my nursery and permaculture as more people buy my products.´
Dec 5, 2018
Thank you for supporting reforestation in Ethiopia
By Manon Koningstein - Chief Marketing & Communications Officer
Thank you for your support
In the Seret region, a joint re-greening effort of the government, community and NGO´s works to stop land degradation, protect natural resources and improve food production. It does so mostly using “exclosures”: areas where livestock is not allowed, to rehabilitate degraded land.
WeForest works with this movement through the enriching of encroached exclosures using native trees. The project works in close collaboration with the local community and supports them with trainings on natural resource management programs, income generating activities and providing material support. The project specially targets landless youth and women groups by engaging them in income earning scheme activities such as working with the beekeeping cooperatives and through paid field work activities.
Currently, 54 people are directly long term employed through their work at the nursery, guarding, seed collection, vegetation and soil monitoring activities and 459 farmers (287 female and 172 male) report an increased income through the project.
Reason why we want to take this project out of GlobalGiving?
For the project of Seret, we will be working with large corporates that have committed for multiple years. As this area especially benefits from a steady income flow, we prefer to continue with other projects for our individual GlobalGiving givers, such as in Brazil, India and Zambia.
Want to stay in touch?
WeForest has various projects on GlobalGiving, including reforestation projects in Brazil, the Khasi Hills in India and in Zambia.
A final thank you for supporting reforestation activities in Amhara
By Maurah Van Impe - Supporting WeForest's sponsors and donors
Thank you for your support
THE AMHARA PROJECT IN ETHIOPIA In the Amhara region, like in many areas of Africa, farmers mostly see forests as a resource for timber and fuel wood, resulting in high levels of deforestation and severe soil erosion. We work together with them, to improve their livelihoods with alternatives that do not destroy the forest. They then become our best local ambassadors to protect the forest in the long term.
The project currently employs 44 permanent staff members, working as forest experts, site facilitators and nursery workers. Furthermore, 550 casual workers are in charge of the nursery support, planting and site maintenance.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT Thanks to some funding, we are able to ensure the longevity of the project. Therefore, we wil emove this porject from GlobalGiving. We however wanted to take a moment to sincerely thank you for your support! Please be aware that your support made it possible to restore degraded lands and allowed us to imporve people's lives. Locals re-value standing forests who help put an end to global warming.
CONTINUE SUPPORTING OUR CAUSE If you would like to continue supporting WeForest's cause, please be aware that we have several other projects on GlobalGiving, including reforestation projects in Brazil, the Khasi Hills in India, Zambia and the Seret Exclosure in Ethiopia.