Thank you for your support of the Fruit Tree Planting Foundation's "Fruit Trees For Uganda" program. We have had such a great response in Uganda, and wanted to share with you some of our favorite stories from this past year.
On Kisima Island, off the coast of Lake Victoria in Uganda, we encountered a village with just a single fruit tree (pictured) on the entire island! This lonely avocado tree is so valued that there is a protective wall built around it and the family that cares for it was teeming with pride about how well it is doing. FTPF was honored to donate an additional 300 fruit trees, along with horticultural training, for this small community that has no access to fresh produce without traveling to the mainland. A fruitful future awaits!
In Jinja, Uganda, we met Clinton and Solome, two students with a passion for planting trees. As we were working with schools in their community, they felt compelled to join the effort and set a goal for themselves to plant 100 trees on their own, giving themselves a deadline to finish by the time of our last school project. The community called it the “hundred tree challenge,” and the national media reported on their progress as well.
Our dynamic duo planted their 100th tree at the second-to-last school and decided to ask their peers at the last school (pictured) to join the effort and plant an additional 100 trees to double their goal. As the 200th tree was planted, the students gathered around and sang songs while the tree was placed in the ground--a powerful symbol of how communities can work together to exceed goals and take action for their environment.
"Fruit Trees For Uganda" will continue in 2016 to create outdoor, edible classrooms for schools, provide a source of improved nutrition and environmental education, and bring added income to families in need all while cleaning the air, water, and soil of Uganda. We look forward to future updates with additional details once we reach our goals. And again, our thanks to you and the entire GlobalGiving community for your generous support!
The entire FTPF team
Kismia's 1 fruit tree now has 300 neighbors!