The One Hundred More Seedlings
One hundred more seedlings ready for planting. That is one hundred more trees closer to self sustainable food security for families in extreme poverty. One hundred more may not bring about change in lives today because tree planting is not an immediate return investment, but in 1 year these trees will be providing life for those in need. More importantly is 50 years from now these trees will still be providing.
The expression of money not growing on trees is full of personal irony for me. It implies that gaining money isn't as simple as picking fruit or leaves from a tree. The very insecurity of not being able to feed the family because the money has run out, has a simple ironic answer... plant trees.
We want to see many Africans planting trees
The short term solutions of food handouts only prolongs the problem of poverty, and in truth grows the problem of food insecurity as the population grows. An environment of trees and forests provides food & health security for many, but individually it provides the self-assurance and self-sustainability for those who would normally depend on such food handouts.
"In a few decades, the relationship between the environment, resources and conflict may seem almost as obvious as the connection we see today between human rights, democracy and peace." -Wangari Maathai
Wangari Maathai is considered a hero to many who have pushed for the environmental cause of tree planting and restoring the forests of Kenya. She understood that our future depends on an environment that can sustain life. The movement she started has planted over 47 million trees in Kenya.
"It’s really amazing. You plant a seed; it germinates and looking so fragile, and within a very short time it becomes a huge tree. It gives you shade and if it’s a fruit tree it gives you fruit… to build and transform lives… We want to see many Africans planting trees." -Wangari Maathai
The attitude and self-determination that Wangari Maathai had is needed in Kenya again. In order to fight indifference sometimes it requires us being different.
"It's the little things citizens do. That's what will make the difference. My little thing is planting trees." -Wangari Maathai
My little thing is
HHMV in Kenya is 4 adults and 4 children planting one tree at a time. Help us plant more. $75 USD plants 100 Moringa trees. Donate today. Be part of the change.
Executive Director and Co-Founder of HHMV