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Dec 5, 2018

Thank you for supporting reforestation in Ethiopia

Thank you for your support
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.

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WeForest has various projects on GlobalGiving, including reforestation projects in Brazil, the Khasi Hills in India and in Zambia.

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Nov 23, 2018

A final thank you for supporting reforestation activities in Amhara

Thank you for your support
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.

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Oct 31, 2018

Training farmers to become bee stewards!

Bee steward Alfred
Bee steward Alfred

Did you know that in a world without bees we would lose about 70% of all fruits, vegetables, seeds and nuts. Bees are not only great for our food production, they are also great helpers when it comes to promoting forest restoration, as the bee pollination itself helps the forest regenerate. With currently 16% of bee species having disappeared, WeForest has started to install beehives and train families, in cooperation with local enterprises, to become bee stewards.

In Zambia, there are now 2.540 beehives installed across all WeForest farmers. In July alone, the 151 hives that were harvested have produced 21.5 kg per hive on average. This means that each farmer could increase their annual income with more or less $150, considering that the average annual income is around $300 per year, this means a 50% increase.

An example of a new bee steward is Alfred. At his forest restoration plot, he has five beehives. He used to have beehives before the project already, though they all burnt in a wildfire. Therefore the top bar beehives of WeForest are now hanging in the canopy of mature trees and therefore are protected from those fires. Last July, when harvesting honey from three out of the five beehives, they produced an average of 40 kg per hive and an incredible total of 122 kg. Needless to say, Alfred is thrilled to be given this opportunity and only more motivated to keep caring for his forest...

So, time to express our thanks to our little winged friends and of course to you, for your support in restoring the forests and helping to give local communities income alternatives.

Beehive in tree
Beehive in tree
Positioning beehives in the trees
Positioning beehives in the trees

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