Greenpop: Update

If you recall, back in December we introduced you to a wonderful organization called Greenpop whose main mission is to plant trees in Africa. Here is an update from them on what they have been up to since then:

Trees for Zambia Update
We’re in full Zambia-mode and making good progress on different levels! On our recent planning trip to Livingstone, we met with the Prime Minister of Mukuni Village and he endorsed the project, which we’re very happy about. We also met with the Town Clerk, the African Wildlife Foundation, the Zambian Wildlife Authority, National Heritage, and so many more. We’re swamped with enquiries from people around the world who’d like to join us as volunteers, which is very exciting! Join us – email  zambia@greenpop.org.  From a fundraising point of view there have been some exciting developments too; we are talking to several companies about corporate sponsorship (video proposal here), we are selling tree rings, and we’ve just launched a campaign onIndieGoGo, a crowdfunding website. Have a look, help us spread the message, and gift a tree – or two or three! 

How to raise trees?
How do you raise funds for 5000 trees in less than 6 months? You get creative! We’ve started all sorts of tree raising campaigns, and one of the most exciting is our Ambassador Program. Because not everyone can come with us to volunteer, the opportunities to support the project needed to be varied, hence the Trees For Zambia Ambassador Program. It’s a competition which will see the person who sells the most trees come with us to Zambia for free, alongside 8 other fantastic prizes sponsored by awesome companies. Huge thanks to everyone who has sponsored prizes… and if anyone feels like adding to the list, please email charlotte@greenpop.org! Our first 25 ambassadors from all over the world have already surprised us with their creativity and motivation, not to mention their success: in just 4 weeks they have already sold 224 trees which is ZAR26,880 altogether!

Healthy Trees from 2010
The Greenpop monitoring team visited Ithemba preschool in Capricorn Park on last weeks monitoring trip. We planted at Ithemba on 1 September 2010 – one of our first planting days ever! Jeremy from Greenpop who was out monitoring last week said: “It was absolutely the highlight of my day! Every tree that we have planted at this beneficiary is alive and well. I spent time chatting with Colin (their groundsman who at the end of last year received environmental training through our partnership with Kirstenbosch Education) about watering, pruning and just how on earth their trees are growing so well!”. Our monitoring team doesn’t always have days like this – planting trees in the Cape Flats is not an easy business. We have good relationships with all of our beneficiaries and are continuously working on improving conditions and on best practice methods. This however, is not fool proof and our team has to work hard with the ground staff to continuously educate and come up with solutions. At the moment our tree survival rate is above 80% and we’re working hard to keep it high.

SOA 2012
This coming May in Cape Town a group of dynamic and inspirational African business leaders, entrepreneurs, politicians and artists, who are driving change across the continent, will be joined at Sustain Our Africa by an outstanding group of their international peers. Read more here

 

We at CKi would like to congratulate Greenpop on all their success and look forward to hearing more about what they are doing to benefit Africa. Keep up the great work!

 

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Sowing the Seeds of Food Security

Another great initiative in South Africa, similar to what Cki is trying to achieve through its new project in the Chorkor community, Accra, Ghana:

Schools Environmental Education and Development (SEED) is a non-profit organization based in Cape Town that creates learning gardens as part of their Organic Classroom Program, in partnerships with schools in South Africa’s poorest communities.

Founded in 2002, SEED trains teachers to design, plant, and nurture a garden according to permaculture principles (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Permaculture), which encourage a sustainable approach to agriculture modelled after an ecosystem. Teachers are using organic vegetable gardens to help children learn about science, geography, health, and economics—and to unlearn hunger. Produce from the gardens is used in the school’s cafeteria or sent home in parcels with the students for their families.

SEED website: http://www.seed.org.za/   
Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/SEED/152379438141624

 is not alone…

Greenpop is working in an environment similar to the Chorkor community, where homes are crammed next to one another, the earth is more sand than soil, and strong winds often blow. This organization is a tree-planting social enterprise that is beautifying these areas, starting with the schools. They start with hardier indigenous trees and if they survive, they come back with fruit trees that can produce 20-100 kg of fruits each in a season, helping to increase food diversity. Children are assigned a tree to look after and must each bring in 2L (1 gal) of gray water—recycled from the bath or sink—to water their tree every 2 days. It is gaining attention from media and corporate sponsors for its gung-ho attitude toward mobilizing volunteers for tree-planting days—largely from among Cape Town’s privileged youth. They also partner with larger companies that can tick their corporate social responsibility box when their employees get involved in tree-planting initiatives.

Greenpop website: http://www.greenpop.org/
Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/GreenpopTreevolution

To learn more about these great initiatives, read this article published in the New York Times:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/28/business/global/28iht-RBOG-CAPE28.html?_r=3&pagewanted=1

~~Stay tuned for updates about the wonderful things happening around the world~~