100,000 Fruit Trees for El Salvador

by Fruit Tree Planting Foundation
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100,000 Fruit Trees for El Salvador
100,000 Fruit Trees for El Salvador
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100,000 Fruit Trees for El Salvador
100,000 Fruit Trees for El Salvador
100,000 Fruit Trees for El Salvador
100,000 Fruit Trees for El Salvador
100,000 Fruit Trees for El Salvador
100,000 Fruit Trees for El Salvador
100,000 Fruit Trees for El Salvador
100,000 Fruit Trees for El Salvador
100,000 Fruit Trees for El Salvador
100,000 Fruit Trees for El Salvador
100,000 Fruit Trees for El Salvador
100,000 Fruit Trees for El Salvador
100,000 Fruit Trees for El Salvador
100,000 Fruit Trees for El Salvador
100,000 Fruit Trees for El Salvador
100,000 Fruit Trees for El Salvador
100,000 Fruit Trees for El Salvador
100,000 Fruit Trees for El Salvador
A young coconut tree planted in 2021
A young coconut tree planted in 2021

Hola friends,

We are just under two months away from our next fruit tree planting journey to El Salvador! This year, we will be planting roughly 5,000 fruit trees across the country, focusing our efforts primarily in areas hardest hit by both the pandemic and climate change.

Our aim is to support low-income households and smallholder farmers in their ability to be self-sufficient, creating income and providing nutrition through the planting of orchards on their lands and within their broader communities. The trees are selected to thrive in the local climate, while also considering income-generating potential and adaptability to changing weather.

We also incorporate many native fruit trees, most notably the ohjushte or breadnut tree, which has been a staple in local Mayan diets for generations. This tree is an environmental, nutritional and cultural powerhouse--and one with increasing demand after falling victim to deforestation over the previous decades.

If you are able, please consider donating today to support the planting of the ohjushte alongside the dozen or so other beautiful fruit tree varieties in El Salvador this July. It is thanks to the generosity of people like you we are able to plant thousands of fruit trees in El Salvador every year, and hopefully for many more years to come...

Muchas gracias,

The FTPF Team

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2021 plantings & distributions in El Salvador
2021 plantings & distributions in El Salvador

Dear friend:

We hope this letter finds you healthy and happy this holiday season! In November 2021, we planted fruit trees on four continents to symbolize our commitment to planting tens of thousands more at those project locations during the coming season. All with the goal of helping create a world full of abundance, in which food forests fill public parks, community gardens, schools, hospitals, and backyards to ensure everyone has access to organic, sustainable, perennial nutrition right at their fingertips. A place where families enjoy picnics under the shade of thriving fruit trees, breathe the clean air they generate, watch birds and wildlife foraging amongst the canopy, and are asked only to bring an appetite for the fruits growing overhead. A world in which we come together in collective selfless action to plant trees now so that future generations can benefit from the beauty and bounty they provide.

Throughout the year, we are excited to receive updates from previous planting partners as well as formal recognition from local governments such as Los Angeles County and Mococa, Brazil, where trees from our programs are now providing thousands of pounds of fruit for communities. Every year, we share a couple of these stories so you can see exactly how you are making a difference each and every time you support our work (many more examples can be found on our social media sites throughout the year).

Orchard update "A food forest is the only way to describe our campus ... an oasis in an urban desert. A place where butterflies, bees, birds, and all manner of wildlife frolic and dance among the seasonally changing colors. A place where one feels at peace, where the rich smell of ripe figs, guavas, loquats, and apples perfume the air. Every school deserves to be a food forest." –Eddie Cortes, Horticulture Specialist at Environmental Charter School in Los Angeles, which received an orchard donation in 2008 as part of our Fruit Tree 101 program

Orchard update – “We recently had an elder pass by and mention he hasn’t seen fruit trees like ours in years, we picked a ripe apple and gave it to him, grateful that our urban orchard can inspire and delight."–Heather Fenney, Co-Executive Director of the Paul Robeson Community Wellness Center in Los Angeles, where each tree is producing about 20-25 pounds of fruit

We are excited to report that in 2021, we planted and distributed 43,825 fruit trees in six countries (United States, Uganda, El Salvador, Guatemala, Brazil, and Peru). We often remind community volunteers that once we plant trees together, we are friends for life—and we are so grateful to have made so many friends this year. We know this is true for those who support our programs in other ways as well, including our donors, who make all this work possible in the first place. We are so very grateful to have you as a friend for life and hope you’ll consider contributing to our upcoming projects so we can create a beautiful “fruiture” together.

Please donate today knowing that for the eleventh year in a row, more than 90 cents of every dollar contributed was used in our life-sustaining tree planting programs.

 For a greener, cleaner, healthier planet, 

Cem Akin, TreeEO & Co-creator

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A participating family plants one of the new trees
A participating family plants one of the new trees

We are excited to share that together with our local partners at CONFRAS and SHARE El Salvador, the Fruit Tree Planting Foundation has planted over 6,500 fruit trees in El Salvador this year!

Last month, our team traveled to El Salvador to implement the program with farmers cooperatives and low-income families around the San Miguel, Úsultan, and La Paz regions of El Salvador. Not only was it wonderful as always to meet with project participants and put thousands of new trees in the ground, but we were also able to visit previously planted orchards to understand the impact the trees have had over the years. As one farmer said:

"When we moved here the land was barren and hot. The trees planted in previous years have already made an impact by changing the climate in the area."

As we look to the tenth year of our project in 2022, we hope to continue to see this kind of impact and positive change in this very vulnerable region. We appreciate so much all the support from the GlobalGiving community, and if you are able to do so, please consider making a donation today to help us reach our goal of planting 100,000 fruit trees across El Salvador!

Muchísimas gracias,

The FTPF Team

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Hola friends,

In celebration of Earth Day and Arbor Day, FTPF is excited to announce we will be returning to El Salvador in 2021 to plant fruit trees with families and farmers!

The region has been deeply affected by the hardships of the past year, and therefore we are really thrilled to be launching a 2021 planting campaign. The FTPF will be in the field this summer when our expert team will plant thousands of new trees, as well as collect data and perform aftercare on those already planted and distributed over the past eight years.

This year is also exciting as we will continue to see the fruits of our labor (pun intended!) as many of the previously planted trees are bearing fruit. To see these updates from the field and your generosity in action, follow FTPF on our Facebook and Instagram.

Gratefully,

The FTPF Team

PS: Depending on the situation in El Salvador regarding the pandemic and current health guidelines, FTPF may be welcoming volunteers to join us on the ground again this year. If you are interested, please fill out the form on our website. Gracias!

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Tree distributions in El Salvador this July
Tree distributions in El Salvador this July

Dear friends,

We hope this letter finds you healthy and happy this holiday season. In a year full of hardships for so many, we write with a hopeful glimpse into what we like to call the “fruiture.” A time at our project locations where the air is clean, birds sing from the branches overhead, and families harvest life-sustaining, income-generating fruit from the bountiful trees all around them. A place where students grow up fascinated by nature as they witness thriving ecosystems alive in their schoolyard orchards and vow to become staunch protectors of the environment. Where communities gather safely, away from life’s everyday stresses, to be surrounded by the magic of fruit trees and a collective effort to improve food access for all. This is the “fruiture” we dream of—and it is one we see coming to life in FTPF’s thousands of orchards around the world.

This vision has a special way of bringing communities together—and in some cases entire kingdoms—through a shared sense of hope for what a newly-planted orchard will become in just a few short years. We’d like to share one such story from our ongoing project in Uganda, where we’ve established a local partner nursery to grow our own saplings using earth-friendly practices. Last year, after hearing about our tree planting program, His Royal Highness the Chief of Butembe Chiefdom invited the FTPF team to plant trees on the royal grounds for his citizens. After first meeting with chiefdom officials, we went outside, to hold a workshop and get our hands dirty planting trees near the palace.

The chief took notice and immediately summoned one of our team members, Edward Paul Munaaba (pictured below), who is also a leading climate change educator in the region. He asked Edward what we expected in return for planting and distributing tens of thousands of fruit trees to families throughout the region along with providing training in proper tree maintenance. Edward responded that we only ask participating families, schools, and public officers for a promise to care for their trees to ensure survival—and to share harvests with others in need. The chief was so impressed with our mission that he stated he wanted someone like Edward in his cabinet and soon after appointed him as the new prime minister of Butembe!

With the honorable prime minister on our team promoting more tree plantings than ever, we were able to expand our programs and overall outreach this year. We are excited to report that we planted and distributed 96,075 fruit trees around the world in 2020. We also developed an exciting first-of-its-kind initiative to create the world’s first peaceful, fruitful border by planting mango trees around the perimeter of the Butembe Chiefdom. This mango border project, launching in April 2021, will create a place that offers abundance, sharing, and goodwill to neighboring chiefdoms.

Along the way to this season’s planting totals, we were excited to receive updates from previous plantings where trees are now providing thousands of pounds of fruit for communities and schools. Every year, we share a couple of these stories so you can see exactly how you are making a difference each and every time you support our work (many more examples can be found on our social media sites throughout the year).

Orchard update – In Cleveland, Ohio, harvests from Vel’s Purple Oasis are used in classes to teach kids how to cook with and enjoy fresh fruit. Vel Scott, namesake and vice president of the nonprofit garden, wants neighborhood children to think of the orchard as their own, especially in their urban area with limited access to green spaces. This approach has led to a thriving garden that produces 60 pounds of fruit per tree each year! Vel wrote to us: “A fruit orchard … in the middle of a struggling neighborhood that provides fresh, organic, delicious food for us; and it’s all free. Now we know, ‘You don't have to be wealthy to eat healthy.’ We love it!!”

Orchard update – From the ICP Orlando Food Pantry, Etnairis Polanco reports: “In a time of great stress due to Covid 19, our community loves the fact that they are able to enjoy the outdoors safely while taking care of the trees, and hand picking their own fresh fruits. It has been a great mental exercise for the families in our community.”

We often remind volunteers who join us for planting events that once we plant trees together, we are friends for life. We know this is true for those who support our programs in other ways as well, including our donors, who make all this work possible in the first place. We are so very grateful to have you as a friend for life and hope you’ll consider contributing by year’s end to our upcoming projects so we can make the Ugandan fruitful border and so many other groundbreaking projects a reality. Please donate today knowing that for the tenth year in a row, more than 90 cents of every dollar contributed was used in our life-sustaining tree planting programs.

For a greener, cleaner, healthier planet,

Cem Akin, TreeEO & Co-creator

Uganda project manager & prime minister of Butembe
Uganda project manager & prime minister of Butembe
Mature cherry trees in Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Mature cherry trees in Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Pears for youth cooking classes
Pears for youth cooking classes
Planting an orchard in northern Virginia this fall
Planting an orchard in northern Virginia this fall
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