Trees 4 Children is a non-profit organization growing and processing Melia trees for lumber that generates revenues for the more than 1,000 HIV/AIDS affected children and elders living in the Nyumbani Village in Kenya. It began in 2008, when we joined forces with USAID, The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and other global partners to create a new model to address the AIDS pandemic in Africa.
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. We are now just a year away from harvesting our first crop and the revenues raised will help provide for the orphans and elders who live in the Nyumbani Village.
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. The trees that we’re planting are healthy for the environment as they grow in the warmth of the sun’s rays. Once harvested, the seeds produced are planted to regenerate the forest. And as mentioned, the lumber produced provides financial independence for the little ones and grandparents who now have hope for a bright future. We believe our Trees4Children initiative in Kitui can 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.
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.
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.
Opportunity for children today. Hope for the world tomorrow.