Reforest native trees, empower women healers

by Wild Forests and Fauna Vetted since 2016 Top Ranked Effective Nonprofit

Summary

This project will provide resources for 150 traditional healers to plant and care for native tree species that are rapidly disappearing in northern Uganda. By planting native trees that hold medicinal value, these women are able to restore their forests, provide traditional healthcare to their communities and improve their economic well-being.

$10,000
total goal
$8,758
remaining
33
donors
1
monthly donor
2
years

Challenge

Uganda has lost two-thirds of its forest, leaving many native plant species at risk of being lost forever. In a country where 60% of the population continues to depend on traditional healers for their primary source of healthcare, the disappearance of these plants is detrimental both to the environment and its local ecology, as well as the well-being of the local population. By empowering 150 traditional healers, we are reforesting native trees and contributing to community health.

Solution

This project will finish construction and get our 2 native tree nurseries operating at full capacity, allowing for the planting of 300,000 native trees each year. It provides 150 women with ongoing training in planting and caring for native trees, the production of their herbal medicines, and beekeeping.

Long-Term Impact

Using traditional medicine as a catalyst for forest conservation, the project restores local ecology and secures the longevity of indigenous plant species. It will provide sustainable livelihood to 150 women traditional healers as they develop herbal medicine products from the trees they plant. Working side by side with physicians and traditional healers, local communities in northern Uganda will have greater access to integrative and affordable healthcare.

Resources

http:/​/​www.wildff.org/​
Wild Forests & Fauna: who we are
Mongabay on Uganda's Forests
Sowing Native Seeds as a Path to Resilience

Organization Information

Wild Forests and Fauna

Location: Seattle, WA - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.wildff.org/​
Project Leader:
Georgia Beasley
Seattle, WA United States
$1,242 raised of $10,000 goal
 
53 donations
$8,758 to go
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