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We’ve discovered that solutions to poverty are found among the poor themselves.


Widows

In 2007, we began a tree planting initiative with a group of widows in Kenya. As part of a holistic development strategy addressing deforestation and poverty, the widows began planting hybrid eucalyptus trees. This variety of tree is an ideal crop as it grows very straight and fast.

By 2008, the widows had planted around 40,000 trees.

The widows, most of whom have lost their husbands to the HIV/AIDS crisis, were growing increasingly concerned for the orphans and fatherless children in their area.


Orphans

There are nearly 40 million orphans in sub-Saharan Africa. Many will never have the privilege of a formal schooling and so will likely be trapped by generational poverty.

Aware of the power and promise of an education, the widows began to devise a plan. They approached us and asked if they could plant additional trees and use the profits to cover school fees for children.

The Forest of Hope was born. Although we do have land where trees are growing, The Forest of Hope is more of an idea than a place. And like all good ideas, it is catching on. Trees are now being planted in other parts of Africa, fighting deforestation, providing a livelihood for widows, and investing in future generations.

 

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Forest of Hope children joyfully volunteered to help plant some of the trees that will provide for their future education.



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The Forest of Hope is a green sustainable solution.

 

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Forest of Hope combats the deforestation of Africa— a rapidly increasing problem for a population dependent on wood for cooking.

 

Visit the new Forest Of Hope website at www.forestofhope.org.