Tree planting program update
The scaling up of our tree planting program has been launched!
The Mangwende Trust team started by teaching and planting trees at our local clinic, Church and both the Dombodzvuku and Mabika secondary schools. Each student received seedlings for them to plant at their school. We then distributed trees and organized a planting event for the Marembo villagers to plant in their households.
Members of the community celebrated this event with their traditional dance.
We gave initial priority to avocados as they are suitable for growing with little care and provide a source of income. Emphasis was given on offering discussions on the importance of trees, especially native species in our ecosystem* and their part to our livelihood.
Maintenance is key for the success of this agroforestry project and so is the use of natural methods and the preservation of seeds. Indeed our collective effort must not be wasted especially as we appreciate the support from some of our members who had to travel over 20km to collect their seedlings!
Ongoing monitoring, evaluation will follow and so will similar events in other communities of our district.
*An ecosystem is a geographic area where plants, animals, and other organisms, as well as weather and landscape, work together to form a bubble of life. Ecosystems contain living (for example plants, animals, and other organisms), as well as non-living parts (including rocks, temperature, and humidity). A change in the temperature of an ecosystem will often affect what plants will grow there, for instance. Animals that depend on plants for food and shelter will have to adapt to the changes, move to another ecosystem, or perish. https://www.nationalgeographic.org/encyclopedia/ecosystem