Planting trees in Tanzania is important for several reasons:
1. Biodiversity Conservation: Trees provide habitat for wildlife, preserving Tanzania's unique ecosystems.
2. Climate Change Mitigation: Trees absorb carbon dioxide, helping combat global warming.
3. Soil Erosion Control: Tree roots prevent soil erosion, protecting fertile land.
4. Water Resource Management: Trees regulate water cycles, improving water quality and reducing flood risks.
5. Livelihoods: Tree planting programs create income opportunities and sustainable resources.
6. Land Restoration: Trees can revive degraded land, enhancing fertility and productivity.
7. Food Security: Fruit and nut trees provide nutritious food sources.
8. Sustainable Agriculture: Agroforestry practices improve soil and crop yields.
9. Tourism and Culture: Trees enhance Tanzania's natural beauty, supporting tourism and cultural values.
Tanzania faces severe climate change impacts, notably the melting of Mt. Kilimanjaro's ice cap. Streams from this area flow into the Pangani River Basin, where millions depend on agriculture and fisheries for their livelihoods, threatened by climate change.
Our partner, Plant With Purpose, has been working with Tanzanian farmers since 2004, focusing on empowering women. The Pangani River Basin, home to unique biodiversity and communities, is a key area of their efforts.
Through sustainable agriculture training, farmers here double crop yields and plant over a million trees annually. Simultaneously, communities are fostering environmental stewardship and neighborly bonds through "Redemptive Agriculture."
In 2004, our partner’s journey began in Tanzania, with a focus on the Kilimanjaro region. Mt. Kilimanjaro, a vital environmental and biodiversity hotspot in Africa, supports diverse communities, particularly rural farming families on its lower slopes, who rely on a healthy environment for their survival.
Our partner’s efforts later extended to the watersheds atop the South Pare mountains, where the forests play a crucial role in the lives of thousands of families and the broader ecosystem. Looking ahead, they have plans for further expansion into the Pangani River Basin, which stretches from Mt. Kilimanjaro to the Indian Ocean.
Plant With Purpose has made a significant impact with its initiatives, spanning six program watersheds and involving 546 savings groups. These efforts have positively impacted the lives of 13,339 participating families, benefiting 64,028 individuals in total. Additionally, the organization has forged 312 church partnerships and played a remarkable role in environmental conservation, planting an impressive total of 17,602,664 trees.