Fruit Trees For Uganda

by Fruit Tree Planting Foundation
Fruit Trees For Uganda
Fruit Trees For Uganda
Fruit Trees For Uganda
Fruit Trees For Uganda
Fruit Trees For Uganda
Fruit Trees For Uganda
Fruit Trees For Uganda
Fruit Trees For Uganda
Fruit Trees For Uganda
Fruit Trees For Uganda
Fruit Trees For Uganda
Fruit Trees For Uganda
Fruit Trees For Uganda
Fruit Trees For Uganda
Fruit Trees For Uganda
Fruit Trees For Uganda
Fruit Trees For Uganda
Fruit Trees For Uganda
Fruit Trees For Uganda
Fruit Trees For Uganda
Fruit Trees For Uganda
Fruit Trees For Uganda
A healthy jackfruit tree planted in 2018
A healthy jackfruit tree planted in 2018

Dear friends,

During our team's most recent visit to Uganda to plant thousands of fruit trees with low-income families and small-holder farmers, we were happy to see so many of our previously planted trees producing bountiful harvests.

In particular, the jackfruit trees we saw were healthy, strong, and producing wonderfully abundant harvests. This is critical, as jackfruit trees in Uganda have been cut down in unprecedented numbers over recent years. This has led to a shortage of the once abundant fruit, which has a long history of providing affordable and healthy nutrition to families and especially children, who were often seen snacking on the fruit on their way home from school.

Our work to reforest the farmlands, schools, and town centers of Uganda with jackfruit trees is helping bring back this important crop. However, there is still a long way to go to bring the prices down and make the harvests accessible to more Ugandan families. Please consider donating to our work today to help us plant jackfruit and other important varieties whose fruit is so important to local families.

Webale nyo (thank you very much),

The FTPF Team

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A school orchard planting in Uganda in April 2022
A school orchard planting in Uganda in April 2022

Dear friends,

We are so excited to share the completion of another wonderful project in Uganda! Thanks to your support, we have planted and distributed over 25,000 fruit trees to schools, health centers, and families throughout the Busoga Kingdom of southern Uganda. As one project participant said of the importance of the program:

“When you have an orchard in a community, it becomes very simple to provide things like fruits to the families and the children at school because before the orchard was set up here, we were buying bags and bags of mangos. We used to go to the market, sometimes you could reach the market and find there were no mangoes. But right now, when the orchard is right in our vicinity, it is just a matter of caring for it and then, when the fruits are in season, we harvest and we enjoy!”

Uganda is facing severe effects of climate change, the pandemic, and increasing fuel and food prices. Fruit trees provide a buffer against such catastrophes in the future, by providing income, shade, sun protection, soil stabilization, flood and erosion mitigation, carbon sequestation and, of course, fresh nutrition and food. If you are able, please consider donating today so we can ensure a more stable and healthy future for Ugandan families through the planting of thousands of more fruit trees in communities that need them most.

Webale (thank you),

The FTPF team

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Distributing trees in Jinja in 2021
Distributing trees in Jinja in 2021
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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School orchard planting in Uganda in 2021
School orchard planting in Uganda in 2021

We are proud to share with our GlobalGiving supporters that the Fruit Tree Planting Foundation has planted more than 26,000 fruit trees in Uganda in 2021! Together with our wonderful local team and partners, we grew all of the trees for this year's project in our local nurseries. From there, the trees were planted and distributed to 56 participating groups, including schools, farmers cooperatives, low-income families, women's groups, and youth groups, along with educational workshops and tree care seminars.

Once these trees mature, they will provide over 1.4 million pounds of fresh fruit every year, as well as create over 5 million pounds of oxygen and sequester over 6.6 million pounds of air pollutants and carbon dioxide from the atmosphere annually. This is not only wonderful for Uganda but also for all of us as we fight for a clean and safe environment globally.

Thank you to everyone who has supported this effort. If you are able, please consider donating today in order to support our work in Uganda as we strive to provide fresh food, clean environments, and additional income for Ugandan families.

To a fruitful future,

The FTPF team

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Dear friends,

We are excited to report that this month FTPF is planting tens of thousands of fruit trees in Uganda! It has been a very challenging year, especially for our local team in Jinja that has been working diligently and safely to grow and distribute this large number of trees throughout the region.

Once all the trees have been distributed, we will be sure to share some more photos and stories from this year's project. In the meantime, follow along on Facebook and Instagram where we post regular updates from the field from projects all around the world.

Thank you so much for your generosity and for believing in the power of fruit trees to create a more just, verdant, and fruitful future for Ugandan families!

Gratefully,

The FTPF Team

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Fruit Tree Planting Foundation

Location: Pittsburgh, PA - USA
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Cem Akin
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