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Greening Uganda - one million trees

£1,425 of £5,000 goal

Raised by 22 people in 5 months
About Greening Uganda
Project Greening Uganda is set up to reforest parts of Uganda starting with 1 million trees. Later we want to expand it as this has multiple social and ecological benefits: it helps in food production, fights the effects of global warming because trees help fight droughts, avoid flooding during heavy rainfall and cool areas where there are a lot of trees, while securing atmospheric carbon in new biomass. It can also provide charcoal for cooking without touching old growth trees which are vital to protect local wildlife like gorilla’s and chimpanzees, to name just two famous species. The forests where these beautiful creatures live are a five hour drive away over very wobbly dirt roads at speed of maximum twenty kilometer per hour. 
 

The set-up is simple, with little investment a million tree saplings are grown from seeds and irrigated till they can be planted in assigned areas. Local communities are involved in the planning and assignment of locations for planting. Local labor, mainly women make a small living out of helping during the nursery stage of the saplings. This phase can be carries out for about 15 Ugandan shilling (UGX) or 3 SAPLINGS FOR A PENNY! Schools and volunteers are involved in the planting phase (the rainy season, normally from half September to half December, which can be done for about ONE PENNY PER TREE including all costs for tools, transport, supervision etc.
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update - the volunteers, who are mostly Christians, were off over Easter and Holy Week. Planting in April (the last chance for this season) will depend on further contributions.
The photos include a selfie from Atwongyeire, the leader of Greening Uganda, while out with the team planting - he says:


"While in school I was a member of wildlife. We did a lot of tree planting in schools.... I liked reading books about forestry etc.
"But here I realised people don't plant trees to protect environment but rather for timber This was destroying the environment. I did research about fruit trees that can't he harvest by cutting them but rather getting fruits on them.
"But these trees will last for years.
"For start its difficult, but I know in future with a lot testimonies, my project will be the best - not only focusing on tree planting but rather creating awareness to danger of deforestation, especially in young ones"
Atwongyeire Joseph, organisation leader
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planting continues - you can see some of the volunteers here, and the basins that are used to protect the trees. Thanks for all contributions on
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Thanks to recent contributions, in the last three days Joseph and his volunteers (the gent in the photo is 75 years old) have planted close to 8,000 tress - bringing the total so far to 168,000 trees.
Planting has now stopped as the funds have been used - the rains last a few more days so any contributions will be converted directly to trees in the ground :-)
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The rains are here and Joseph has been able to do some planting but not enough! We have left than 50 days left.
All contributions welcome and Joseph will turn them into trees :-)
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