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Dec 17, 2018

Bamboo crafting to reduce pressure on the forest

Bamboo crafting saves trees
Bamboo crafting saves trees

At WeForest we are not only planting trees, we also work together with the local communities to look for alternative livelihood activities to bring the communities away from forest harming activities such as mining, excessive grazing and vegetation clearance for agriculture.

One such example is the bamboo crafting project in the Ri-Bhoi district. In this area, both the climatic conditions and the availability of bamboo make that bamboo crafting has become a main livelihood activity. The indigenous people of Meghalaya make different handicrafts out of bamboo such as stools, bags and house decorations, which are an attraction for tourists and locals alike.

In September, we organised a two day training with 20 participants, with the objective to increase the skills of bamboo crafting to create additional livelihood opportunities. Some participants, such as Bah Teibor, a youth volunteer of the project, participated for the second time in the training and were able to reinforce their skills.

The fact that people voluntarily participate multiple times in the trainings shows the success and that this skill indeed pays off, literally.

Dec 17, 2018

Women in Permaculture leading the way in Zambia

Women in Permaculture leading the way in Zambia
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

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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