Plant a Global Tree
Multi-storied Tree Farm Project, Zhoukou, China
The Multi-storied Tree Farm Project educates seminary students and villagers in multi-storied forestry and raises funds for desperately needed pastoral training in an area of rural China with a high rate of HIV/AIDS infection and a rapidly expanding Christian population. Cost per tree: $20.
Keep Hope Alive! Olive Tree Planting Campaign, East Jerusalem & Palestine
The Keep Hope Alive! Olive Tree Planting Campaign is an effort led by the East Jerusalem YMCA and the YWCA of Palestine to replant 50,000 uprooted olive trees. Replanting olive trees restores lost income to villagers living under occupation and encourages Palestinians to “keep hope alive” and to work constructively toward peace-building. Cost per tree: $20.
Interfaith Tree Planting Project of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church and Alliance for Religion and Conservation, Ghana
The Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Ghana began a cooperative project in 2006 with the Alliance of Religions and Conservation to highlight land degradation and the encroachment of the Sahara in the northern regions. Climate variability has worsened these conditions, which contributes to seasonal migration, food insecurity, and widespread poverty. Representatives of diverse religious groups learn methods of tree planting and growing on dry lands and nursery development and management skills. The Forestry Department in Tamale, Northern Ghana supports religious organizations in planting seedlings during the main rainy season. The project has a goal of 30,000 trees this year. Cost per tree: $20.
Fruit Tree Planting and Environmental Education Project, Christian Mission Church of Nicaragua
The Fruit Tree Planting project of the Christian Mission Church of Nicaragua teaches environmental stewardship, promotes reforestation, and improves food security for church and community members by providing seeds to small farmers and families to grow orange and mango trees as a source of income. Cost per tree: $5.
Village tree-planting in Kenya
The Green Belt Movement (GBM) was founded by Kenyan Professor Wangari Maathai in 1977 to respond to the needs of rural women. The women in the village of Kaiguchu, who depend for their living on the income from tree planting, look to tree planting as an essential means of support for children orphaned by AIDS for whom they are guardians. Guilford Community UCC and the Kaiguchu GBM Youth Group have worked together since 2006 to support these women and children. All trees are planted by orphans and their guardians and go to prevent erosion and provide income, firewood and shelter. Cost per tree: $1.
APECA in Peru
APECA's mission to address conservation of global resources of the Amazon Rainforest is the thrust of their development and implementation of Reforestation Nurseries and Plantings. Community elected, Conservation Leaders are trained and qualified mentors within their own communities. These leaders train Youth Foresters of the village, who are rewarded with saplings to create their own personal nurseries. Mature trees will be available from these plantings when Youth Foresters reach adulthood. The trees they plant and nurture will provide their family with building materials, cooking fuel and lumber to sustain their own stable position as responsible caretakers of the Amazon Rainforest. Cost per tree: $1.
LAMBI Fund of Haiti
To lessen the devastating effects of deforestation, the LAMBI Fund of Haiti is planting one million trees, raising awareness about the root causes of deforestation, and educating communities throughout rural Haiti about ways to address these problems. Cost per tree: $22.
CASA Disaster Risk Reduction Tree Planting Project, Chennai, India
Since the 2004 tsunami, the Church’s Auxiliary for Social Action has rebuilt homes and planted trees as a way to bring communities and fishing villages throughout Southern India back to life. The trees help renew the land and the people, and help prevent reduce erosion in the event of future storms. Cost per tree: $20.