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
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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Uganda project manager & prime minister of Butembe
Uganda project manager & prime minister of Butembe

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), 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

Mature cherry trees in Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Mature cherry trees in Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Apple harvest in Bentonville, Arkansas, USA
Apple harvest in Bentonville, Arkansas, USA
Pears for youth cooking classes
Pears for youth cooking classes
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Dear friends,

First, we would like to thank you for your ongoing support of FTPF's work in Uganda. It is really encouraging to see donations coming in during these challenging times, motivating our team to continue this important work to bring the life-sustaining benefits of fruit trees to the people and landscape of Uganda.

On that note, we are in the planning stages for our 2021 project. Trees are being grown at our local nursery in Jinja, together with our longtime partners at the African Partnership on Climate Change Coalition, to be distributed to farmers and families next year. In addition to the income and nutrition that these trees provide for their communities, the nursery also employs and trains local people in sustainable, environmentally-friendly tree propagation and care, increasing horticultural knowledge and supporting families with skills and jobs.

If you are able, please consider making a donation today to support this program. Our goal is to plant tens of thousands of fruit trees in Uganda next year in order to create a greener, cleaner, and more bountiful future for all its citizens, and your support is critical in reaching that goal!

The FTPF Team

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Despite very challenging circumstances due to the global COVID19 pandemic, we are proud to announce that the Fruit Tree Planting Foundation, in collaboration with our generous partners and our amazing local team, has planted and distributed 66,800 new fruit trees throughout the Busoga Kingdom of Uganda this year. 

Once mature, each year these trees will result in more than 11 million pounds of oxygen created, 14 million pounds of air pollutants filtered and carbon dioxide sequestered from the atmosphere, and 3 million pounds of fruit produced.

This project illustrates the magic that can happen when local and international nonprofits, corporations, governments, and individuals all come together to work towards a more equitable and sustainable future. As a result, thousands of students and families in the kingdom will benefit for generations. We couldn’t be more grateful to our partners and supporters for believing in the power of fruit trees to improve both individual and global well-being, and to our team in Uganda who worked so very hard to make sure every tree received the love and care that it needed, from planting the seed to finding its final home.

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Fruit Tree Planting Foundation

Location: Pittsburgh, PA - USA
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Project Leader:
Cem Akin
Executive Director
Pittsburgh, PA United States
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