The Prince of Wales's Charitable Fund (PWCF) has supported the International Tree Foundation (ITF) since 2014. A major grant of £200,000 was awarded in 2019 for the Sustainable Community Forestry programme, which supports communities in seven African nations - Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Ghana, Malawi and Zambia.
The Sustainable Community Forestry Programme supports communities in the front line of climate and ecological breakdown to implement their own solutions: planting trees, restoring healthy landscapes, and improving livelihoods. It is currently supporting 17 community-based organisations and initiatives led by women, youth, marginalised groups and schools.
To date, the programme has engaged over 2,000 smallholder farmers and planted a total of 264,490 trees in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Ghana, Malawi and Zambia. Through planting trees, the ITF hope to tackle soil erosion and other biodiversity crises. The projects also empower people through training and diversification of income for farmers.
In the Bongo and Nabdam districts of Ghana, 65 participants have been trained on tree nursery management and 13,000 seedlings have been planted around target locations. Two tree nurseries have been established and training on agroforestry and wildfire management has been conducted in local communities.
Peninah Muthoni, a beneficiary in Kenya said 'My compound has changed, my office has changed, everywhere is green without much input... only appliance of the right skill. I have extended the hand and started helping others just like me. All my children, even the very young one are indeed very passionate in tree planting and watering. I feel satisfied in my heart that I can now pay back the fees I paid to the school and make income via tree planting'.
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