At Charmio we believe that reforestation projects are a vital part of restoring the planet, with this in mind the Buy a Tee, Plant a Tree project allows you to participate in international reforestation projects while you shop. For every item purchased from the Charmio store, one tree will be planted with trees for the future as a representation of your support and participation.
Who Are Trees For The Future?
Trees for the Future aims to improve the livelihoods of impoverished farmers by revitalising degraded lands. They give them the tools, skills and trees required in order to begin their own Forest Garden which then allows the farmers to become self sufficient to provide for them and their families.
They have an initiative called the Forest Garden Program, it is a simple, replicable and scalable approach with proven success. By planting specific types of fast-growing trees, fruit trees, hardwoods and food crop in a systematic manner over a 4 year period, families can positively change their lives forever. Forest Gardens consist of thousands of trees that provide families with sustainable food sources, livestock feed, products to sell, wood for fuel and a 400% increase in their annual income in four years.
The challenge is how to train millions of farmers to plant Forest Gardens. Most smallholder farmers world-wide have low-literacy skills, are highly dispersed, chronically hungry, and living in extreme poverty. They own, on average, less than five acres, and are dependent upon tree products from local forests for their survival.
How Does It Work?
They identify a group of farmers – typically around 300 at a time – who have great need for assistance and a high likelihood of success. Farmers provide the land, labour, and water; a powerful, entrepreneurial determination; and an inspiring sense of ownership. TREES provides training, mentoring, seeds, and nursery supplies for each family. We guide the large groups of farmers through the process of using trees to protect, diversify, and eventually optimise their crop land. We continue working with farmers for the 4 years it takes to fully establish the Forest Garden, offering ongoing coaching and regular site visits.
Where Do They Operate?
They are currently working with over 4,000 farming families across six countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. Our focus is on the implementation of Forest Garden Programs in Cameroon, Kenya, Senegal, Uganda, Guinea and Tanzania, as these are areas where we are having the biggest impact and seeing amazing results. See their Country Programs.
You can find out about the impact they are having on the local communities and people through their published Impact Report.