We wanted to give you a quick update on FTPF's project in Peru, especially in light of the unprecedented circumstances COVID19 has brought to the Loreto region and its capital of Iquitos, which has been hit very hard by the coronavirus due in large part to the fact that the city is surrounded by vast jungle and the only way to deliver much needed medical supplies and other essentials is by air or by boat.
Food security at these times is as important as ever, and we wanted to let you know we are still working hard to fight for sustainable nutrition for low-income, rural families in Loreto through our fruit tree planting and distribution programs. We are working with our partners at CONAPAC to continue growing a wide variety of fruit-bearing trees and native plants to be planted and distributed in early 2021.
There is so much uncertainly in the world right now, but we take some solace in the fact that over 12,000 trees are already growing as part of this project in communities along the Napo and Amazon Rivers, serving as an important step towards food and economic security. If you are able to make a contribution to support this work, we would be very grateful; if not, you can show your support of FTPF during these times by sharing this fundraiser with your friends and family or on social media.
“These thousands of fruit trees are reforesting areas of the rainforest in a time when the entire world is feeling deeply concerned for deforestation, and it’s being done in the right way."
As Brian Landever, Director of our in-country partner CONAPAC, says above, FTPF's work is in the Peruvian Amazon is critical in combating deforestation while at the same time providing income, nutrition, and training to families in rural river communities.
During our visit, FTPF staff and volunteers worked together with our partners and more than 300 community volunteers and students to plant 450 trees at schools and in public spaces, as well as distribute trees directly to families. Everyone we worked with was incredibly grateful, hardworking, and extremely committed to reforesting their communities with fruit trees. Not a day went by during our trip that FTPF was not thanked for the gift of these trees, and this gratitude was evident in the way the trees were cared for from the moment they were put in the ground.
Thank you for supporting this project and believing in the power of fruit trees to create a more fruitful, verdant, and just world for Amazon families in Peru!
One month from now, the Fruit Tree Planting Foundation will be in Peru working with our partner NGO CONAPC and local families to plant 6,000 fruit trees along the Amazon River. The purpose of this project is to provide a source of improved nutrition, environmental benefits, and income for families and schools in Amazonian Peru and encourage the conservation of the Amazon forest.
Peru is home to a wide array of delicious fruit trees, with tropical varieties that many people have never tried or even heard of! Our partner nursery has been hard at work custom growing thousands of trees to get them to a viable size for the project. The selected fruit trees will consist of a variety of cultivars that provide a range of benefits for the environment and human nutrition and are also marketable. Varieties were selected through direct input from participating communities and families. Only tree species that are known to thrive in the region shall be planted. We will plant and distribute about 20 tree types, including: aguaje, cacao, camu camu, coconut, lemon, mandarin, grapefruit, copoazu, acai, taperiba, uvilla, and uvos.
Follow along with FTPF staff and volunteers on Instagram and Facebook starting December 1st, 2019, as we plant and distribute these 6,000 fruit trees to local families and farmers along the Amazon River in Peru!
The FTPF team is gearing up for our second consecutive year working along the Amazon River in northeastern Peru, and we need your help!
FTPF will be working in the region the first week of December 2019, when we will be planting and distributing thousands of fruit trees to schools, families, and farmers in very remote villages along the Amazon in order to provide sources of fresh food, healthy nutrition, sustainable income, and reforest vulnerable areas.
We are also inviting volunteers to join us in our mission to work alongside Peruvian villagers to reforest and restore this amazing part of the world! Feel free to apply on our website or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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