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.
Spring is right around the corner and so is our next trip to Uganda! In just a few short weeks, FTPF will be on our way to Jinja in order to plant and distribute tens of thousands of fruit trees to families, farmers, and students.
Thank you for your continued support of Fruit Trees for Uganda. We can't wait to get back to this beautiful part of the world in order to create sustainable, long-term sources of nutrition that contribute to a cleaner, greener environment for all!
PS: There is still time to join us as a volunteer, working side-by-side with our staff and local families to plant fruit trees. The trip ends at one of Africa's most celebrated national parks and wildlife areas. See our website for details and to apply!
With your help, the Fruit Tree Planting Foundation has planted more than 80,000 trees in five countries in 2019, bringing the environmental, nutritional, economic, and social benefits of fruit trees to thousands of people in diverse communities around the world. We have planted orchards at schools, public parks, gardens, native and indigenous lands, forest reserves, community, health, and rehabilitation centers, farmers cooperatives, prisons, and nonprofits working towards food and environmental justice.
We are so grateful to all of our friends and supporters who have contributed towards our programs this year and hope you will consider making a year-end donation to help us bring fruit trees to Ugandan families in 2020!
The FTPF Team
PS: We really need help reaching our fundraising goal of $3,500 to create an official Fruit Tree 101 curriculum for our Uganda and other school projects around the world! We've created a separate mini-fundraiser here on GlobalGiving--check it out and please consider donating and sharing the fundraiser with your friends and family!
While we are in the planning phase for our next Uganda tree planting and distribution project in 2020, we thought it'd be nice to introduce you to the amazing team we have in the country.
Meet Edward, our Uganda Programs Director who first reached out to FTPF almost 10 years ago to launch a fruit tree planting initiative in his adopted country. Edward, originally from Tanzania, is the Executive Director of the local NGO Africa Partnership on Climate Change Coalition and has dedicated his life to mitigating climate change in East Africa. As the director of our programs and partner nursery in Jinja, Edward is in charge of ensuring that tens of thousands of saplings are grown to the highest standard in the nursery and planted with communities, schools, and municipalities throughout the region. Edward is passionate about creating positive change in Uganda through the planting and distribution of fruit trees and we are grateful to have him leading this initiative!
Keep an eye out for our next project report which will introduce more members of our Uganda team!
Meet Sylivia, a resident of the Butiki Mataala village in Uganda and a participant in our fruit tree giveaway last year.
We visited with her and other past recipients during our trip to Uganda in April to see how their trees were doing, as well as offer aftercare suggestions. In the above photo, Sylivia proudly shows her one-year-old citrus tree and beams with pride at the fact that she has had 100% survival rate for all her trees! That means that every tree she received from FTPF is well on it's way to producing fruit, oxygen, and life for her and her family.
Thank you Sylivia, and to all those in the village who are creating thriving food forests for their families. We are incredibly grateful to be working with this village and so many others in Uganda!
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