One of the best ways to get more trees is to ask everyone to plant some. This project helps villages in Tanzania to transition to agroforestry by distributing seedlings to the people who need it most and by providing sustainable agricultural practices including permaculture so that the trees can boost agriculture yield and food production. Participating families now enjoy better food with larger and diversified incomes and can even pay for medicine.
In Tanzania, the destruction of natural forests is threatening rural communities and native wildlife.
Inviting the community to plant trees is a great way to increase tree cover and raise awareness. WeForest funds tree nurseries that grow seedlings, which are then distributed to households in difficulty, churches, schools and clinics, providing trees for fruit, fencing, nitrogen fixing in farms firewood and animal fodder and medicine. Agroforestry trainers and people from the community are hired to develop the nursery and train other families on how to plant and take care of the trees.
Tree distribution goes hand in hand with training on how to plant and how to protect them for the long term. The project directly creates jobs: it currently employs six full time employees and 15 "guardians" (orphan caretakers), and directly benefits around 90 orphans. Finally, there are many thousands of local residents in Rorya and Tarime districts that benefit from the environmental enrichment that these trees provide.