Fruit Tree 101

by Fruit Tree Planting Foundation
Global Giving In-Country Rep. Daillen helping out!
Global Giving In-Country Rep. Daillen helping out!

Hello Friends of FTPF,

We just returned from a weeklong planting trip to El Salvador. This year was amazing, full of both new and returning volunteers and community members, thousands of thriving fruit trees, and lots of laughs, knowledge, and great food shared along the way. Below is a brief summary of this year's project:

Fruit trees planted: 6,409

Students participated: 119

Workshops attendees: 122

Volunteer hours: 226.5

Total Salvadorans served by orcahrds per year: 3,017

Apperances on National Television: 1 

To date, this program has planted 23,262 fruit trees all across El Salvador. Although we are proud of this success, we still have a long way to reach our goal of planting 100,000 fruit trees by 2022. Therefore, we are asking that you consider making a donation today to the Fruit Tree Planting Foundation's important work in this country. Just one fruit tree can make all the difference in the lives of rural Salvadorans, bringing health, income, and pride in just one simple act. Thank you as always for your contributions and support of our work in El Salvador.

Saludos y abrazos from the whole FTPF team!

Carting Cacao trees to their new home
Carting Cacao trees to their new home
Father & Son in front of their growing mango trees
Father & Son in front of their growing mango trees


Cassidy enjoying  an apple with her new apple tree
Cassidy enjoying an apple with her new apple tree

Dear Friends,

Summer is here, and so is our busiest time of the year! With the warmer weather comes a flurry of activity for the FTPF team, meaning we are out in the field working to bring fruit trees and environemental education to schools all around the world!

We have just completed a series of projects in our home-city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. We were also able to check up on several of our previously planted orchards, and literally see the fruits of our labor as many of these trees were bearing fruit for the first or second year! 

FTPF donated orchards at schools all around the city, including two mico-orchards at both locations of the Environmnetal Charter School, one at Aiken Elementary, another at Morrow Elemenrary, and a large 42 tree orchard at California University of Pennslyvania just outside the city. It was a busy, busy week, but one that yielded over 200 new fruit trees for the students of Pittsburgh! The projects successes even reached the ears of several media outlets, resulting in a few nice newspaper and online articles about FTPF and our work in the area.

Next up we are heading back to Central America to plant thousands more trees as part of our ten-year plan to bring 100,000 fruit trees to this small, heavily deforested country. We are still accpeting volunteers for the trip, and if you would like to join us for an amazing eco-adventure this July, you can find more information and apply online at Hurry, as time is running out and space is limited! 

To keep up with FTPF throughout the busy and exciting planting season, follow us on Facebook and Instagram where you can see photos of staff, volunteers, and students getting their hands dirty all the way from Pittsburgh to Uganda to Minnesota to El Salvador!

Thank you so much for your support of Fruit Tree 101...every tree planted has the ability to significantly impact a student's mental, physical, and emotional wellbeing. THANK YOU!!


Changemaker High School in Tucson, AZ
Changemaker High School in Tucson, AZ

Dear Friend of FTPF,

Thank you for your ongoing support of the Fruit Tree Planting Foundation, and the Fruit Tree 101 program.  This program is one of our most popular projects, and one that we really, really enjoy.  

Last month, FTPF brought fruit trees to eight schools across Arizona, from public and montessori schools in Phoenix and Casa Grande, to the middle school on a military base in Sierra Vista, to an innovative alternative school working on rain water catchment and native gardening in Tucson.  Each and every school was enthuasitic, helpful, attentive, and overall extremely thankful for their new trees.  Likewise, our team felt such warmth and consideration for the school and student interest in helping their local environment, learning about science and botany, and bringing a source of local, fresh nutrition directly into their schoolyards.

You can read media coverage of this event at the below links, and follow us on Facebook and Instagram for udpates from the field! 

Arizona Daily Star: Students Plant Trees, Learn About Nutrition

Changemaker High School Video

Desert Times: Sunnyside School Recieves Grove of Fruit Trees

U.S. ARMY News: CSMS plans to teach nutritious eating, give back through fruit orchard project

Up next, we are off to Uganda for the third year in a row, where we will again be visiting several schools, as well as women's centers, orphanages, city parks, and family homes. If you would like to join us on this "fruit tree safari," check out the brochure here, or email for the details.  We have several opportunities to volunteer as a tree planter with us throughout the year, so feel free to reach out for more information.....we are always excited to meet new people interested in helping bring the life-giving sustenance of fruit trees to those who need them most!

As always, thank you for your support and interest in our schoolyard fruit tree programming; we truly couldn't do it without you!



The Entire FTPF Team

Dear Friend,

Happy New Year! Due to your ongoing support, we are excited to report that last year the Fruit Tree Planting Foundation planted and distributed 22,255 fruit trees and held 117 orchard events for poverty-stricken communities and schools in East Africa, Central America, and the U.S. Along the way, our staff provided horticultural training for more than two thousand tree planters and environmental curriculum for more than two thousand students--inspiring the next generation of environmentalists.

In El Salvador, FTPF is in the midst of a ten-year project to plant 100,000 native breadnut, mango, and cacao trees for low-income families to provide a source of income and nutrition. While visiting one family to evaluate trees we planted previously, our team was greeted with a basket full of juicy, purple mangoes. The president of the community association (pictured) told us: “We have been able to feed ourselves, make money, and have noticed a change in the environment ... a return in the native bee population and the health of the soil around the river. Thank you for all the effort you have put in towards the success of our land.”

 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.

We are grateful to the families in El Salvador for caring for their trees, ensuring they provide income and nutrition for their children. And to the village of Kisima Island for transforming their food desert with just one fruit tree into a future oasis with hundreds. And to Clinton and Solome, and like-minded students everywhere, for their impassioned efforts to join FTPF’s mission to make communities greener and healthier. 

Planting fruit trees is a powerful thing. And we couldn’t do it without you. FTPF is proud to report that last year, 92 cents of every dollar donated to FTPF was used in our life-sustaining programs. Moving forward, we need your help to expand our programs in East Africa, Central America, and across the U.S. Together, we can plant a fruitful future.


The Entire FTPF Team 


A family receives their fruit trees in New Mexico
A family receives their fruit trees in New Mexico

Dear Friend,

Thank you for your support of the Fruit Tree Planting Foundation's "Fruit Tree 101" program. This past year we traveled across the country, bringing orchards to schools from New York to Houston to New Mexico.  Our team is currently hard at work with project planning, and we are excited to continue to receive additional support from the Global Giving Community in order to reach our goals and begin implementation. We are equally as excited to outreach to schools across the country and receive such strong interest from teachers, parents, and students who want to create greener and healthier campuses. There are over 800 schools on our waiting list now, and we aim to plant as many fruit trees with them as possible. Fruit Tree 101 will create outdoor, edible classrooms for schools, providing a source of improved nutrition and environmental education. 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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Fruit Tree Planting Foundation

Location: Pittsburgh, PA - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Cem Akin
Pittsburgh, PA United States
$2,765 raised of $95,000 goal
110 donations
$92,235 to go
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