Deforestation has reduced Kenya's forest cover from over 40% to less than 2% in recent decades, which has diminished watershed levels and reduced access to clean water for the 1 in 3 Kenyans dependent on this critical water tower. Women and girls face persistent gender inequalities and often lack opportunities to employment in rural areas. Widespread degradation of natural habitats has threatened the rich biodiversity of the Aberdares, which is home to thousands of plant and animal species.
Reforestation enhances water availability, women's empowerment, and wildlife protection. Planting trees helps to trap rainwater and reduce soil erosion, thereby increasing access to water in nearby communities. We source seedlings from women-owned nurseries and employ local laborers in our tree-planting efforts, providing jobs in the local community and income opportunities for underprivileged women. Restoring natural habitats not only protects biodiversity, but also improves the tourism sector.
Planting trees does more than combat climate change. Our reforestation program in Kenya increases watershed levels, creates local jobs, and restores habitats of several threatened species. Reaching our goal of $10,000 will allow us to engage 10 women-run nurseries and employ over 100 local workers to plant 2,000 trees in the Aberdare National Park, which EACH YEAR, will replenish 3 million liters of water, improving clean water access to the 2 million people dependent on the Aberdare watershed.