Save 10 acres of biodiverse forest in Sri Lanka

by Forest Healing Foundation (Guarantee) Limited
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Save 10 acres of biodiverse forest in Sri Lanka
Save 10 acres of biodiverse forest in Sri Lanka
Save 10 acres of biodiverse forest in Sri Lanka
Save 10 acres of biodiverse forest in Sri Lanka
Save 10 acres of biodiverse forest in Sri Lanka
Save 10 acres of biodiverse forest in Sri Lanka
Save 10 acres of biodiverse forest in Sri Lanka
Save 10 acres of biodiverse forest in Sri Lanka
Save 10 acres of biodiverse forest in Sri Lanka
Save 10 acres of biodiverse forest in Sri Lanka
Save 10 acres of biodiverse forest in Sri Lanka
Save 10 acres of biodiverse forest in Sri Lanka
Save 10 acres of biodiverse forest in Sri Lanka

As mentioned in our previous report, Sri Lanka has been going through turmoil over the past 6 months. Bankruptacy, political instability and unprecedented rates of inflation are just some of the issues facing the island. 

The newly appointed president is trying his upmost to get Sri Lanka out of this mess but even he has admitted that this will be an uphill task and could take several years before Sri lanka is on the road towards recovery. 

So what has been happening at the Forest Healing Foundation? Well, despite the turmoil around us we have continued to plant and nurture our newly planted trees and offer some temporary jobs for some of the local villagers. 

Some of the highlights are:

- Offering more jobs to support our tree planting efforts

- Planting and donating spice & endemic trees to the local community

 

The sad news is that we are seeing an increase in deforestation in our surrounding area. The economic pressures are forcing locals to sell their trees for timber at rate we have not seen before and it is becoming a real battle to save some of the neighbouring forests.In a time when the environment should be the primary focus not only in Sri Lanka but globally, it is downplayed yet again citing a global economic recession. 

Despite the slow global efforts to tackle the environment and climate change we will continue to do our part ableit in a small way. With your support we will offer more employment opportunities, keep planting trees and spread the importance of protecting our beautiful forests.

 

Thank you,

Emma, Remon and the entire FHF team..  

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Our update this quarter cooincides with an important event in Sri Lanka's history in the last few days. Saturday saw protests on possibly the largest scale ever seen in the country in response to the social and economic crisis that grips Sri Lanka. As a result, both the President and Prime Minister have said they will resign.

It is our greatest hope that this change will result in a fairer, more equitable and more sustainable Sri Lanka. However, we must wait to see how things play out and in the immediate term local people and communities desperately need our help, so it is here that we are focusing.

 

Impact highlights from this quarter include:

-          Through the FHF and our donors we have provided 20 varieties of vegetable seeds and plants to over 300 families and are extending to another 100 families soon to help combat the food crisis and reduce pressure on forests;

-          Educating farmers and local families to help them grow the spices and vegetables sustainably through regular house visits (once per month) by trained experts;

-          Providing organic fertiliser and pesticide to protect their vegetables and boost rice production organically;

-          Exporting community-grown spices directly from Sri Lanka to consumers worldwide through our Eko Land Produce initiative;

-          Providing emergency food parcels to desperate families identified by the village council.

 

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If you would like to read more about what is happening in Sri Lanka right now and the projects we are running in our communities, please check out the latest blogs on www.foresthealingsrilanka.org/blog.

 

Support Sri Lanka during this crisis:

With food prices between 30-80% higher and fuel sales currently suspended except for essential vehicles, our communities need as much help as we can give them. (We have already had people walking 5km uphill to our location in the forest to collect vegetable seeds.)

You can donate today via the links on this page and we will also be launching a crisis fundraising campaign through GlobalGiving shortly. Building on the work already begun by the FHF team, donations will be used for two main projects:

(i) Food parcels - urgent relief for families in need;

(ii) Supporting communities to become self-sufficient during the food crisis - providing seeds, farming equipment, organic fertiliser production facilities, a village trading market, and events and training for sustainable, deforestation-free farming and agroforestry.

 

A huge thank you as always for your ongoing support. It means the world to us and is also making a huge difference for families here at a time when it is most needed.

Isthuthi and best wishes,

Nihal, Remon, Emma, Nel and the FHF community 

The team preparing to pass out vegetable plants
The team preparing to pass out vegetable plants
300 families have now received vegetable seeds
300 families have now received vegetable seeds
Remon learning from local farmers
Remon learning from local farmers
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Beautiful clock vines in the forest
Beautiful clock vines in the forest

We are really pleased to connect with our kind donors near and afar once again this month. Please know that your support continues to make a huge difference for the people and biodiversity here in the heart of Sri Lanka and we cannot thank you enough for this.

This quarter, we had to take the ups with the downs. We lost someone incredibly special to the FHF family and she will always be here in the forest in our hearts. As the Sri Lankan economy continues to fall and imports of fuel and other vital resources slow, we are also faced with new challenges. Yet, once again, this is even more reason to do all we can for our forests and communities.

Here are some of the highlights and things we are working on:


1. Building our capacity and strategy
Our Foundation Coordinator, Emma, is almost at the end of a year-long course with the Yale School of Environment’s Environmental Leadership Training Initiative. This program is designed to support conservation capacity building for tropical forest conservation and restoration. Through the course, Emma has been developing the next phase of the Forest Healing Foundation’s strategy and the instructors have been providing fantastic input to help us grow our impact.

We are also very excited to welcome Dileepa Rajaguru to the FHF team. Dileepa is a local wildlife specialist, an amazing photographer (check out @wild_diaries_dileepa on Instagram) and trained environmental educator. He is going to bring some fantastic skills and knowledge to help us bring our next projects to life and it is great to have him on board.


2. Many more trees planted
Nel continues to lead our forest restoration efforts like a force of nature, literally. With lots more trees planted and many more in the nursery ready to go, a simple thing like economic collapse won’t stop Nel. We salute her!


3. Vanilla takes off!
Our Eko Land Spice initiative continues to grow and this quarter saw a lot of excitement about vanilla. Our first plants flowered and there was a flurry of activity as an expert from the village came to help us hand-pollinate them. You only have one day to pollinate each flower once it opens so time is of the essence! We also received our first vanilla crop from a local farmer for drying and made the first sale of the spice. Vanilla is exciting because it is more lucrative for farmers than many other local spices and also offers more climate resilience in our area. Congratulations to Nihal, Ganeshan, Madushika and all the Eko Land team.


4. Visitors back in the jungle
It was great to finally welcome visitors back to the jungle over the last few months. There have been lots of tours of our reforestation projects and a donation is made to the Foundation as part of all yoga retreats taking place. We love getting new ideas and inspiration from visitors so please get in touch if you’re heading our way!


So it has been an up and down quarter for sure, however we are buoyed by Nihal’s drive and energy (did we tell you he turned 70?!) and by Nel’s passionate commitment to healing the forest. This unstoppable pair are an incredible inspiration and we are sure that the great things are just beginning for the Forest Healing Foundation.. We look forward to updating you in another few months!

 

Stay safe and well.
All our best wishes,
Emma, Remon, Nihal, Nel and all the FHF Community

Spotted dove, Bululand Reforestation Project
Spotted dove, Bululand Reforestation Project
Dileepa, Remon and Nel
Dileepa, Remon and Nel

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Welcome to our quarterly update report where we share our latest news with you: our family of nature lovers and kind donors.

The last 3 months have continued to be challenging, especially the spread of COVID in Sri Lanka, but we are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. Our team is still spread in parts of Sri Lanka, the UK and elsewhere. However, some of our key members are returning to Digana this month and next, and we simply cannot wait!
 
The lockdown has forced us to put a dampener on our operations once again but we have been doing our best despite the circumstances. The unstoppable Nel has continued to plant and nurture trees where possible, including on our newly purchased Mee Hill. Our project highlights this quarter include:



1. Eko Land

Our Eko Land Produce initiative has continued to grow which has allowed us to work with other lands including former plantations where we are increasing their biodiversity by planting a variety of crop trees, flowers and native trees. One land in particular, a 15 acre land in Matale is now managed by us. It is a former cinnamon plantation which about 3 months ago had poor soil and insufficient forest cover. Since then, we have taken steps to improve the forest cover, soil and water retention to create a more balanced ecosystem that will also improve the crop yield.


2. UK Fundraising

Up in the North of England Richard and Sarah, who have been incredible supporters, have raised an incredible £2,250 (or $3000) through their Charity Walk Marathon in Stonehenge. After seeing some photos, it looked more like a swim than a walk but we cannot thank them enough for their efforts and bravery!

We would like to thank everyone who supported their walk and all those who continue to support our efforts. We always love to hear from you so feel free to get in touch at info@foresthealingsrilanka.org.

Kind wishes and stay safe,

Nihal, Remon, Emma and all the FHF Community

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Ayubowan from Digana!

Welcome to our quarterly update report where we share our latest news with you: our family of kind donors.

 

As you may have seen in the news, this quarter saw the rapid spread of COVID-19 in the region and Sri Lanka locked down once again. We are incredibly thankful that all our team are safe and well and our thoughts are with all those who have lost loved ones during these awful times.

 

The lockdown has forced us to put a dampener on our operations once again, but we have been doing our best despite the circumstances. Our project highlights this quarter include:

1. Volunteer Research Squad

A huge shout out to our fantastic volunteer research squad: Dui, Kaveetha, Rebecca, Rosie, Sashini and Sophie. The team gave up their free time to help us research different solutions for conserving forests whilst also supporting the livelihoods of local communities. They ran a great workshop with our Foundation Board to discuss their findings and identify which options could have the most impact in our local area. We are looking forward to the next phase as soon as the situation allows. Thank you to all our volunteers.

 

2. Eko Land

Our Eko Land Produce initiative was launched after the first COVID lockdown to help provide much-needed local jobs and an access to market for sustainable forest produce. We are thrilled that spices and dried fruits from the little village of Wepathana are making their way across oceans! Nihal, Remon and the team have now sent shipments to the USA, EU, UK and India. They are busy developing a new superfoods pack, which will include spices such as moringa, turmeric and cinnamon, all hand-picked and prepared by our local community. Visit www.ekoland.lk/home to find out more.

 

3. Mee Hill

Last quarter we were very excited to announce that another acre of threatened forest had been saved thanks to your generous donations. This area, named Mee Hill, is now under the care of our tree planting manager (and all around hero) Nel, who has been very busy. New trees are going in with lots of rich leaves and organic matter from the surrounding forest floor and mesh wire protection to keep them safe from the deer. Go Nel!

 

4. Fundraiser fun

A bit further afield, Foundation supporters Richard and Sarah in the UK have very kindly (and bravely!) set a goal of walking a marathon around the historic Stonehenge area to raise money for our forests. They will undertake their challenge in October and are already training hard. We are totally blown away and we send our thanks and best wishes once again. If you would like to support them, please visit: www.globalgiving.org/fundraisers/stepsforforests.

 

As always, a huge thank you for your ongoing support. We always love to hear from you so feel free to get in touch at info@foresthealingsrilanka.org.

Kind wishes and stay safe,

Nihal, Remon, Emma and all the FHF Community

Chestnut-backed owlet in the forest
Chestnut-backed owlet in the forest

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