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100,000 Fruit Trees for El Salvador

by Fruit Tree Planting Foundation
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
100,000 Fruit Trees for El Salvador
100,000 Fruit Trees for El Salvador
100,000 Fruit Trees for El Salvador

Hola friend,

We here at the Fruit Tree Planting Foundation can hardly believe we are about to enter year five of our 100,000 Fruit Trees for El Salvador project!

It seems just yesterday we were envisioning a future for El Salvador where all families have access to local, fresh fruit to supplement their diets and income. And now here we are! Five years and tens of thousands of fruit trees later, FTPF is gearing up for another round of tree planting and educational events in this small Central American country.

And there is still time for you to join us! We will be welcoming volunteers to join our staff, other volunteers, and in-country partners to work alongside local Salvadorans to plants thousands of trees at schools, farmer's cooperatives, and family homes this summer. This is hard yet meaningful work, and we can use all the hands and good spirits we can get! 

Send an email to our Project Cooridinator at lizzy@ftpf.org for more information, or check out the link below to see the itinerary.

As always, THANK YOU for all you do for FTPF and Salvadoran families!

Muchas gracias,

The FTPF Team

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335 pounds of harvest for the local food bank!
335 pounds of harvest for the local food bank!

Dear Friend,

Happy holidays from the Fruit Tree Planting Foundation! This year, we were overjoyed to witness some of our collective dreams coming to fruition, and we are excited to share a few examples with you. 

In July, our team visited the small El Salvadoran community of Los Decidios after being invited to a site where we planted several orchards four years ago. We were welcomed by vibrant fruit tree fields on both sides of the road, with hundreds of beautiful mangos hanging overhead and all around us, practically everywhere we looked. Greeted by a family caretaking for their orchard, we asked what the trees meant for their livelihood. Their uplifting response serves as an important reminder that your support of our charity makes a profound difference for communities around the world.

The patriarch of the family, Jose Alfonzo, while standing with his arm around his young son, reflected:

“Four days ago I cut down about 700 mangoes and by the end of the week it was about 1,000 fruits. I support my entire family solely on the income from these mangoes; that is what we are surviving on right now. This program has been extremely important for us.”

The dream of donating fruit trees to impoverished families to provide them with clean air, healthy nutrition, and sustainable income had become a reality before our very eyes.

The following week, energized and motivated to continue with new plantings so that more communities would benefit in the future, we provided another 6,400 fruit trees for families in the region. During that time, we received an update from an orchard we created with Metro State University and Inver Hills Community College in Minnesota to serve local food banks. It contained a photo of the apple harvest that was delivered to the food bank—335 pounds of fresh, organic produce being distributed to individuals in dire need. These results serve as further confirmation that our programs are working both internationally and in the homeland. 

Also this year, through our continuing efforts to plant trees in the fertile regions of East Africa, we provided 25,000 fruit trees and extensive training to villagers in Uganda before returning to the U.S. to spread the fruit tree wealth from coast to coast. Due to your ongoing support, we are excited to report that last year, FTPF planted and distributed 15,842 fruit trees and held 58 orchard events around the world. Along the way, our staff provided workshops and environmental curriculum for thousands of students and orchard caretakers—inspiring the next generation of environmentalists.

Planting fruit trees is magic. And the dream simply can’t come true without you. FTPF is proud to report that for the sixth year in a row, more than 90 cents of every dollar donated was used in our life-sustaining programs. Won’t you please support our vision of a fruitful future by making an end of year dontaion today?

Together, we can create healthy fruit trees, healthy communities, and a healthy planet.

2016 Annual Report
2016 Annual Report

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Jose with his mangos
Jose with his mangos

In honor of Thanksgiving, we want to give thanks to YOU. Because of your support, this year we saw a long-term dream of ours come to fruition: a family lifted out of poverty entirely thanks to fruit trees.

Meet Jose, member of the Los Decidios Farmer's Cooperative in El Salvador, who told FTPF during our visit to his home in July that he is currently supporting his entire family on the income generated from his FTPF fruit trees: 

"Four days ago I cut down about 700 mangoes and by the end of the week it was about 1,000 fruits. I support my entire family solely on the income from these mangoes, that is what we are surviving on right now. This program has been extremely important for us." 

This is what it is all about. 

Your support has given Jose and his family economic freedom. And for that, we thank you.

Happy Thanksgiving

 

PS: Don't forget to participate in #GivingTuesday on November 29th, 2016. Each donation made to the Fruit Tree Planting Foundation through GlobalGiving will be generously matched by the Gates Foundation!

Salvadoran ninas are ready to get planting!
Salvadoran ninas are ready to get planting!

Aloha Fruit Tree lovers,

The FTPF team is hard at work launching our new nurseries at our local headquarters here on the Big Island of Hawaii. We will be bringing thousands and thousands of beautiful tropical fruit trees to the islands in the coming months and years, but first we need to build our infastructure (if you want to help with this project, we are currently running a micro-project to help fund our nurseries!)

In other news, we have set a date for El Salvador 2017! We will be returning for the fifth consecutive year to San Salvador from July 1-8, 2017. We are inviting volunteers to join us on this incredible eco-adventure, which includes twice daily tree-planting events, local food and hospitality, beautiful hotel and accomadations, and to top it all off a group excurision to some of El Salvador's culture hertiage sites, including Mayan ruins! For more information, please email lizzy@ftpf.org, or follow us on Instagram and Facebook for regular updates.

Mahalo for your support, and as always, keep on planting!

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We revisited Don Juan Pedro de Avarca again!
We revisited Don Juan Pedro de Avarca again!

Hello fellow lovers of Central American fruit trees,

We just returned from a weeklong planting trip to El Salvador. This year was amazing, full of both new and returning volunteers and community members, thousands of thriving fruit trees, and lots of laughs, knowledge, and great food shared along the way. Below is a brief summary of this year's project:

Fruit trees planted: 6,409

Students participated: 119

Workshops attendees: 122

Volunteer hours: 226.5

Total Salvadorans served by orcahrds per year: 3,017

Apperances on National Television:

To date, this program has planted 23,262 fruit trees all across El Salvador. Although we are proud of this success, we still have a long way to reach our goal of planting 100,000 fruit trees by 2022. Therefore, we are asking that you consider making a donation today to the Fruit Tree Planting Foundation's important work in this country. Just one fruit tree can make all the difference in the lives of rural Salvadorans, bringing health, income, and pride in just one simple act. Thank you as always for your contributions and support of our work in El Salvador.

Saludos y abrazos from the whole FTPF team!

Two of our wonderful FTPF Volunteers, Tony & Luis
Two of our wonderful FTPF Volunteers, Tony & Luis
Carting cacao trees to their new home
Carting cacao trees to their new home

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Location: Pittsburgh, PA - USA
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Cem Akin
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