In Uganda, a vast majority of poor & middle income families are currently classified as vulnerable, & one quarter of the population is below the poverty line. Rural communities rely almost entirely on Uganda's substantial natural resources, including fertile soils & regular rainfall, yet lack the education necessary to meet nutritional needs & sustainable agricultural practices for their communities. Families face daily struggles surrounding food security, hunger, & soil/water stability.
FTPF provides fruit trees that clean the air, filter water & storm runoff, protect the soil from erosion, & benefit communities overall. Trees are donated to poverty-stricken areas & directly to families, coupled with horticultural workshops that allow community members to better care for their orchards over time. Trees are put in schools to give children access to fresh fruit & teach the importance of trees for nutrition & for the planet.
FTPF has a 92% survival rate of the saplings planted in Uganda, & as the trees mature we provide on-going aftercare & training. Each year we return, we find more people excited to plant trees with us, & we also now have the support of the Prime Minister's Office. Orchards bring together entire communities to become stewards of their orchards & to take an active role in the nutrition, food, & environmental security of their families. This project is a long-term investment in Uganda's future!
The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation website