During the last quarter, your support has achieved great momentum in the Uluguru Mountain foothills. The short rains failed at the end of 2021 and meant that farmers could not plant trees in the last quarter of the year. However, and on a positive note, we have trained and helped farmers to prepare and plant 650 trees in the past three months - a great beginning to the year.
What's even more exciting is we have added another 60 farmers to the HeroTREEs project, further expanding our reach and efforts. These tree-planting heroes will make such an important difference to the communities living in this region. They have formed three new HeroTREEs groups, and named their groups as follows:
- Mshikamano Group (meaning Solidarity in Swahili) from Choma Village - 20 members
- Hifadhi Mazingira (meaning Conserve the Environment in Swahili) from Ruvuma Village - 20 members
- Changamoto Forest (meaning Challenge in Swahili) from Tulo Village - 20 members
With the formation of these three additional groups, we held field visits and training sessions and also provided each farmer with a unique ID, which is used to identify all of their activities. This aims to improve the project's management structures and record-keeping. All the farmers, a total of 166 now, were given their unique identity cards this quarter and this will make it easier to monitor progress and keep track of planting and activities going forward.
We have also been busy supplying all required materials for project implementation such as water canes, water pipes, sprinklers, scissors, hand hoes, P tubes, manure, seeds, and other general equipment.
In fact, in the last quarter, seeds for eight species were supplied for three groups, including mango, avocado, pine, acrocarpus, cedrela, eucalyptus, syzygium, and jack fruit. We are looking forward to them being nurtured and going into the ground in due course!
During the last three months, as we always do, we continue to carry out training on nursery preparation and management, and we are delighted to let you know that another three nurseries have been established, one in Tulo village, one in Ruvuma village, and one in Choma village. This expansion will mean more trees and will have a significant impact.
With your help, we have also started planning for the next quarter:
- Continued new training on nursery management.
- Training on GPS usage, so we can measure farms and start mapping all tree locations.
- Monitoring visits to ensure all is going well with the farmer's activities and to offer help where needed.
- Preparing and helping farmer groups with their record-keeping.
- Training on internal inspections and community-based monitoring.
- Providing supplies to plant seeds and establish nurseries.
- Meeting with the steering committees to see how we can plant even more trees!
What has been achieved and what will continue to be achieved is all thanks to your support. Planting trees not only help people but also the environment. This project is such a success because of your commitment and generosity, so we want to say thank you!
We look forward to updating you next quarter and as always, if you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask: firstname.lastname@example.org I would be happy to chat anytime.
With huge thanks and best wishes,
APOPO and the HeroTREEs team
Surveyors & Internal Inspectors receive materials
Saidi, Haji and Dismas undergoing GPS training
Nursery where seedlings are nurtured