Project #24329

Help Plant 285 Families out of Poverty in Uganda

by Trees for the Future


285 farming families in Lira, Uganda need your help to grow trees to protect and revitalize their fields so they can begin to transform their lands into lush, sustainably productive Forest Gardens. Your support will give families the tools and planting materials to grow trees, vegetables, and crops to create a sustainable source of income and feed themselves nutritiously.
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Between 2002 and 2007, families in Lira were terrorized by Joseph Kony and his Lord's Resistance Army who killed thousands of people & forced many children to fight for them. Families fled to refugee camps and when they returned they faced the long process of rebuilding their lives. But destructive farming practices have trapped them in the cycle of poverty and it's so difficult to escape. Families were looking for solutions that will allow them to sustainably increase their production & income.


This Forest Garden Project offers a new life for these 285 families in Lira, Uganda. With your help, our approach will empower them to transform their lands into multi-layered agricultural systems that combine diverse varieties of crops and trees. Your support will help them plant protective trees, fodder trees, fruit trees, and vegetable crops in their Forest Gardens to provide sustainable sources of income, nutritious fruits and vegetables, livestock fodder, fuelwood and other forest products.

Long-Term Impact

Once their Forest Gardens are established, over 2,029 people will benefit directly from the permanent increase in land productivity. This project will help them to break the cycles of poverty, hunger, & natural resource degradation that limit their economic opportunities. The sustainable Forest Garden provides: 1) income from locally-marketable products 2) nutritious, diverse foods for consumption and 3) better soil, land & water quality for families now & for generations to come.


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Organization Information

Trees for the Future

Location: Silver Spring, Maryland - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.trees.org
Project Leader:
Ashleigh Burgess
Silver Spring, Maryland United States

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