Examples of Completed Projects By Our Team Members
Land Acquisition for Woodlots and Hands-On Training of Forestry
High population pressure has caused widespread and severe deforestation in Kigoma, one of the poorest of 20 regions inTanzania. Deforestation has led to serious detrimental impacts – most notably the lack of wood for construction and fuel, loss of modest incomes through the selling of sticks for firewood, and perhaps most devastating, lack of fuelwood to boil unpotable water in order to remove bacteria and waterborne diseases. In addition, many of the native tree species have medicinal properties that are very important to the Tanzanian culture. Natural regeneration of forests will not occur with existing population pressure to harvest firewood and timber. Adoption of new technologies such as solar stoves and water purification systems is slow and cannot keep pace with the demand, nor do they address the needs for construction timber. Education and hands-on training are the keys to promoting good stewardship of natural resources.
Physical and Intellectual Need: Land Acquisition for woodlots and hands-on training of forestry.
Having access to areas where demonstration woodlots and hands-on training could take place was essential to the mission of Trees for Tanzania. Two properties, forty acres in total, were purchased in 2009. Located in rural areas north of Kigoma city, the Shambas (fields) are centrally located to several rural villages. Trees for Tanzania employs several of our neighboring subsistence farmers to plant and maintain the fields. The workers have come to appreciate the importance of forestry and have learned to grow their crops amongst the trees.
Physical and Intellectual Impact: $2,500 for 25 acres and $1,200 for 15 acres = $3,700 Project Complete
Installation of Demonstration Agroforestry Plot and Forestry Training
In November 2009 Trees for Tanzania (TFT) and several helpers planted 6,000 seedlings of various timber and firewood species on Shamba 1. In addition to the tree plantations, TFT set aside several acres and have been monitoring them to demonstrate how quickly the natural forest will regenerate if left alone. The project employs a full-time farm manager, two full-time night watchmen, and temporary workers – many of them mamas who bring their small children to work with them and have no other source of income.
Physical and Intellectual Need: Agroforestry Plots for Training. The demonstration property is extremely valuable to TFT's mission for several reasons – TFT's neighboring subsistence farmers see that crops and trees can be planted together, the properties are used to hold hands-on teaching seminars, and the project employs several people who would not otherwise have an income.
Physical Needs Impact: Job Creation for 19 people.
Intellectual Needs Impact: Forestry and Business Training for local villagers estimated to be 19 people.
Project Investment: $3,775 Project Complete
Tree Nursery Establishment
Distribution of tree seedlings to churches, schools, mosques, as well as individuals is integral to the mission of Trees for Tanzania. To supply seedlings for future demonstration plots and to meet the demand for our free seedling distribution, a tree nursery was established in the summer of 2010. Tree seeds were generously donated by Trees for The Future and 40,000 tree seedlings of various species were produced. Some of the trees have been distributed free-of-charge to various groups and individuals, the remaining seedlings will be used to plant a demonstration plot at Shamba 2. Approximately 40,000 seedlings were distributed free-of-charge to many schools, churches, mosques, municipal groups, and individuals. Along with the seedlings, recipients received instruction on the importance of trees, as well as proper planting and care of the seedlings.
Physical and Intellectual Need: Capital and Training for labor to plant seedlings and transport tree deliveries. Seedlings materials were donated.
Physical and Intellectual Impact: 40,000 seedlings were distributed free of charge.
Physical and Intellectual Investment: $3,775 Project Complete