TREES FOR HOPE IN ZAMBIA
Zambia has a large population of rural poor and very high rates of deforestation. We worked with the local people to establish an orchard of trees that can serve as an important source of high value food and is also a source of income. The "Trees for hope in Zambia" project is our contribution to the larger effort being led by Garry Brooks (a CIF member from the Vancouver Island Section) entitled "African Community Project".
African Community Project (ACP) educates rural communities across Zambia about the importance of the environment that surrounds them: mainly the forests.
Communities are educated through the establishment of tree nurseries at the village schools and teaching the teachers, as well as the students, the need to look after their environment. Skills in growing trees, their uses and the environmental benefits of maintaining a healthy forest take the forefront in these projects. All types of trees are grown, from fast-growing trees like Moringa (food), Leucaena (firewood) and Jatropha (bio fuels) to fruit trees, commercial (pine and eucalyptus) and, most importantly, indigenous trees.
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SCHOOLS AND TREES: NUTURING MINDS AND THE LAND
Many village schools in developing countries have few educational resources such as reference books and teachers supplies. In Zambia, village schools are given land on which grain crops such as maize is grown that is used to pay the village school teachers. Some of the land is unsuitable for growing grain crops but can grow trees. A village school is made up of 2 or 3 classrooms and has about 100 students.
Forests without Borders will provide a kit of durable educational resources (such as a blackboard, dictionary, solar powered or wind up radio, atlas, etc.), tree growing equipment and tree growing advice to a village school in any community if the school grows trees on its land. The school selects the educational resources it needs.