We’ve set out to help homeless kids and combat the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Africa by planting crops of trees that build a path to self sustainability for the entire village.
And, the best part is, it’s working.
The Trees 4 Children project is a new model to help fight the AIDS pandemic in Africa. Melia Volkensii trees have been planted on 500 acres of land near the Nyumbani Village in Kitui, Kenya. The trees will be processed and sold for lumber, generating revenues to help the village attain financial self-sustainability for generations. The project has already produced many benefits for villagers, including new jobs, ability to grow food crops between trees and new fuel from pruning the trees.
Our Vision & Approach
It’s been said that if you give people fish, you feed them for a day. If you teach them to fish, you feed them for a lifetime. With Trees4Children, we are close to accomplishing the essence of this well-known proverb, and it’s truly amazing in so many ways. Thanks to our generous and compassionate donors, we cover the costs from germination to harvesting of 30,000 Melia trees planted each year. Trees are harvested after 10 years, and new trees are replanted in their place. These trees are sold as lumber and made into furniture to support the needs of the village.
Nyumbani Village + Beyond
Nyumbani village near Kitui, Kenya provides a stable home for the most vulnerable. More than 1,000 children and grandparents displaced by the AIDS epidemic live there as families in small cottage units. We believe that Nyumbani could be a model for all of Africa, where the AIDS pandemic continues to produce devastating consequences. Today, there are an estimated 52 million orphans in Africa, and 32% of them have had a parent or parents die from AIDS. Please join us in giving hope for a brighter future to so many who need our help.
"Trees 4 Children does not simply throw money at a problem and walk away. We're investing in self sustainable futures for these kids, and that's really what sets us apart”
- SOMEONE ONCE SAID
Spring 2018 Update.
The trees in all phases benefited from the above average rainfall. Trees4Children did an excellent job of planting without allowing the overgrowth of weeds. A total of 12,000 trees were planted on 41 acres. Another large crop of Green Grams will soon be harvested from this area as well. During this time, Dams 1 and 4 were completed and they filled with rainwater. We developed an irrigation strategy to utilize water from these two dams while the remaining 3 dams are being built. We also created a plan for scaling up irrigation to utilize the water from all five dams. Trees4Children is now managing weed growth by tractor mowing and hay baling. During the next six months, they will prepare and complete the planting of all 10 phases and nearly 600 acres of timber trees. ~ John Sheffy, Forest Project Manager.
Nyumbani Village; Kenya’s sustainable HIV/AIDS community.
The Trees4Children initiative supports the residents of Nyumbani Village, near Kitui Kenya It provides a stable home for the most vulnerable, as more than 1,000 children and grandparents displaced by the Kenya AIDS epidemic live there as families in small cottage units. It's the first sustainable village for AIDS orphans in Kenya., and is a model for holistic care, as villagers receive comprehensive medical care, K-12 education, vocational education, psychosocial support, shelter, and food. Read more here.