Plant a Tree in Karachi - Help Climate Change

by Dawood Global Foundation - Educate a Girl
Plant a Tree in Karachi - Help Climate Change
Plant a Tree in Karachi - Help Climate Change
Plant a Tree in Karachi - Help Climate Change
Plant a Tree in Karachi - Help Climate Change

Not only is it important to plant Trees because of the environment, but also because some trees may be extinct in the next few years.

We were horrified to learn that coconut trees in Pakistan may be extinct in the next 10 years due to infections. Not only are we working on a campaign to try and find ways to combat and cure those infections, which are even more challenging to the height of the trees, but we are planting more and more coconut trees in areas where it's easy to closely monitor them.

This is a very important path that we are on. But we cannot do it alone. We need your help and your continued help. Please continue to contribute as well as spread the word.

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Moringa tree
Moringa tree
There are very few things you can do or give that keep giving. Planting a tree is one of them.  It can keep giving oxygen, beauty and combating climate change for over a century later. Isn't that a miraculous blessing.

When we had Karachiities plant 250 trees this past Earth Day, as we fundraise for more trees to plant, we thought we would follow up on the ones that had been planted.  This is a picture of a tree planted by Alisha (name changed), who posted this on social media with pride showing off the growth of her plant.  As you can see, the moringa tree is growing healthily and becoming quite big.
We planted moringa trees  - also known as drumstick trees - as they are a multi-use tree that, according to research reports,  "thrives in otherwise difficult growing conditions where arid conditions and nutrient depleted soils are prevalent. Almost every part of the tree (except the bark and wood) is edible and offers excellent nutrition to both humans and domestic animals...The moringa tree is loaded with incredible nutritional benefits and is an extremely rich source of antioxidants such as quercetin and chlorogenic acid. For people who deal with diabetes and high blood sugar, regular consumption of moringa leaves, roots and seeds can also help to significantly lower your blood sugar levels.  Certain studies have also shown that moringa leaves and seedpods can help to regulate hormonal imbalances and help to slow the aging process. A cup of moringa tea each morning, then, can help you stay eternally young, or at least keep you looking younger for longer. While the health benefits of moringa go on and on, the majority of these health benefits come from the fact that it packs an enormous amount of nutrition into one small, little leaf. The high protein content along with the high concentration of essential vitamins and minerals has made the moringa tree effective in helping to combat malnutrition of children and mothers in developing countries. At the same time, moringa can be consumed as a natural medicine supplement for everything from reducing swelling to boosting the immune system and to increase breast milk production in lactating mothers." (Perma Culture News)

And, of course, this thriving, resilient tree, is also good for the environment. Trees absorb carbon dioxide as they grow through the process of photosynthesis, converting it into the oxygen we all need to live. In fact, there is no greater carbon-capture technology than photosynthesis—which happens to be both highly efficient—and free.  (Rainforest Alliance)

Thank you for donating a tree to be planted.  Please do give more so more trees can combat the climate change Pakistan is currently facing.

Starting today, September 14, GlobalGiving is matching all donations at 50% up to $50, until funds run out. So if you give USD 100 or more, your donation will be increased by $50.  That's 5 more trees, just for donating today!  Thank you!
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Ambreen with her moringa tree
Ambreen with her moringa tree

Thanks to your generosity, this Earth Day, April 22, 2020, we planted 250 moringa trees. Due to COVID-19, lockdown and social distancing, instead of organizing 250 deserving Educate a Girl scholars to plant the trees together, we gifted 250 moringa trees to different caring Karachiites, who each planted the trees separately in their own backyards, where not only did they plant the trees, but are personally caring for and nurturing their growth. They are sharing updates and pictures with us.

Here is a picture of Ambreen with the moringa tree in her backyard. She was so excited to be part of this campaign and help with climate change in Karachi. She had never planted a tree before, and now daily visits her moringa tree and is reminded of nature, climate and the environment every time she does so..

We selected moringa trees for their health benefits and sturdiness.

Although this lockdown has helped with air pollution and climate in Karachi, there are so many climate change needs and more and more trees to be planted. Thank you for your role in this. Please continue to spread the word, donate more and help us plant more trees!

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Hundreds of moringa trees are with us in preparation for Earth Day 2020 planting.  However, something scary and deadly has now delayed these plans: the COVID-19 threat.  This virus is spreading like wildfire and as of course our planting is suspended, but we will see closer to the date.  We are nurturing and caring for the baby moringa trees in the hope for better times.

Coronavirus is a killer particularly because it causes a collapse of the respiratory system and lungs, meaning its victims need oxygen more than ever.  These plants are big providers of oxygen.

To date, studies show that Moringa oleifera may lead to modest reductions in blood sugar and cholesterol. It may also have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects and protect against arsenic toxicity. Moringa leaves are also highly nutritious and should be beneficial for people who are lacking in essential nutrients.

Please help us collect funds so once we are safe to plant these trees, they can help oxygenate Pakistan, as well as the other nutrients and benefits it carries.

Thank you for your support.

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The Global Climate Risk Index Report 2018 has placed Pakistan on the 5th spot as the most affected country by climate change during the past two decades in its annual report for 2020. The report further states that approximately, 10,000 people have perished in Pakistan and incurred economic losses of almost worth $3.8bn as well as witnessing 152 adverse weather events from 1999 to 2018.

 

According to news reports, "the sweltering weather has been causing loss of lives at a large scale and worsening water and food insecurity" which is affecting quality of life and creating panic in areas.

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has launched an initiative to plant 10 billion trees within a span of five years with a vision of a green and clean nation. Not only should this initiative help in combating climate change but it is also expected to promote tourism, help create jobs, and reduce pollution which kills hundreds of thousands of people each year.

Our project - thanks to your help - is posed to connect deserving scholars to hands on planting trees. Teaching them the importance of caring for our environment and planet.

Please do spread the word and thank you. 

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Dawood Global Foundation - Educate a Girl

Location: Karachi, Sindh - Pakistan
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Tara Dawood
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