What a busy summer! We are happily at work during our planting season, bringing fruit trees to all corners of the country and world. We just finished up a project in our Trees for Tribes program where we brought hundreds of trees to the Red Lake Chippewa Indians in Michigan (our second year in row there!). Next week FTPF staff and volunteers depart for the fourth consecutive year to El Salvador as part of a 10-year project to plant 100,000 fruit trees in that country.
While we are out in the fields many days, we are also hard at work to secure funds for next year's projects, including Fruit Trees for Uganda. As you can imagine, this is always a challenging part of being a not-for-profit organization, and also a very important piece. Therefore, we are asking our generous donors to help us along the way by making a donation today. Every little bit helps, and allows us to spend less time at our desks and more time working to bring environmental, societal, and nutritional justice to those around the world who need it the most.
Remember to follow us on Facebook and Instagram in order to see live updates from our projects, and as always, thank you for your continued support and enthusiasm!
FTPF Special Projects Coordinator
Thank you for all your generous support towards the Fruit Tree Planting Foundation's "Fruit Trees for Uganda" over the past year! With your help, we are gearing up for our departure to Uganda for year three of this wonderful project. This year we will be continuing our work in the Jinja region of the country with Ugandan schools, government buildings, orphanages, farmer's cooperatives, and women's groups. We have a wonderful group comprised of staff from FTPF and our in-country partners, the Africa Partnership on Climate Change Coalition, as well as a several volunteers from across the globe (including the USA, England, and Kenya!)
Over the next two weeks, we will be sharing in the field updates and photos through our social media pages, including Facebook and Instagram, so be sure to follow us and keep up with all the excitment as we plant thousands of fruit trees and care for our growing nursery in Uganda.
All this is made possible through the support of caring people like you, and we truly appreciate it. We look forward to reporting on all the exciting results of this year's "Fruit Trees for Uganda" in a our next project update!
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
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