Green villages for more resilient families.
This initiative aims at engaging communities in increasing biodiversity, enhancing socio-economic and fighting poverty in climate-challenged communities. With their gift kits, farmer families transform their farmlands into micro-ecosystem units that enrich diversity and productivity in communities where livelihoods are threatened by climate change. Our interventions include:
1. Trees for farmer families. Smallholder farmers are empowered and equipped with the necessary skills and tools to tackle the challenging conditions created by the changing environment.
Farmers receive improved farming training, advice and donated tree seedlings to plant in their farmlands and degraded sites. Trees planted on their farms have healing properties, provide fruits, firewood and fodder for livestock, and improve soil fertility among other benefits. This ensures the farmers and their communities more resilient to climate change.
Farmer families are able to produce enough food for their families and sell the surplus to local markets for income.
2. Eco-schools. This intervention aims at engaging young people in acquiring practical skills in conserving the environment to make them stewards of nature. Through outdoor learning methods, pupils and students get first-hand knowledge and to brainstorm methods to protect the environment. This transforms their schools and communities into more productive and livable environments for better learning. To learn more about Eco-schools volunteering opportunities visit here
3. Green energy for villages. This aspect addresses access to clean, safe and sustainable renewable energy for lighting, cooking and other business operations. We promote the Dongo improved cookstoves, made from locally available materials. Bio-gas and solar energy can be used for lighting, charging technologies and running of small businesses in communities we work with.
How it works
Villages are selected based on their intensity of needs and Green Villages Sponsors invest in Greening Villages by donating Green Village kits to household in communities.
Every household gets a Green Villages kit that has 5 fruit trees, 3 long-term trees, a solar lighting device, 1 eco-stove, and assorted vegetable seeds.