So, what is #GivingTuesday?
#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of word of mouth and coming together to give back. It falls every year on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving to offer a day of reflection and giving back after the much-consuming Black Friday and Cyber Monday holidays. This year, #GivingTuesday falls on November 28. This international holiday has gained a lot of recognition over the years and this year, it’s bound to be the biggest one yet. Last year, we saw a huge spike in donations on #GivingTuesday, quadrupling donations from the year prior. This was a huge deal for our farmers. It meant that we were able to accept more farming families into our program and get them more of what they needed, faster. This year we are aiming to help even more people.
Trees for the Future’s 2017 #GivingTuesday StoryThis #GivingTuesday we are raising funds for our farming families throughout Lira and Kole, Uganda where over 533 families (over 3,941 people) will benefit from Forest Garden training provided by Trees for the Future. Your support will make the dream of food security a reality for our farmers. The funds go towards seeds, tools, water, various training sessions and any additional farming support needed for each unique Forest Garden project site.
The ChallengeBetween 2002 & 2007, families in Lira and Kole were terrorized by Joseph Kony & his Lord’s Resistance Army who killed thousands of people & forced many children to fight for them. Families fled to refugee camps & when they returned they faced the long process of rebuilding their lives. But destructive farming practices have trapped them in the cycle of poverty that is very difficult to escape. Families have been looking for a solution that will allow them to sustainably increase their production & income.
The SolutionThis Forest Garden Project offers a new life for these 533 families in Lira & Kole. With your help, our approach will empower them to transform their lands into multi-layered agricultural systems that combine diverse varieties of crops & trees. Your support will help them plant protective trees, fodder trees, fruit trees, & vegetable crops in their Forest Gardens to provide sustainable sources of income (up to a 500% increase income!), nutritious fruits & vegetables, livestock fodder, fuelwood & other garden products.
The Long-Term ImpactOnce their Forest Gardens are established, over 3,941 people will benefit directly from the permanent increase in land productivity. This project will help them to break the cycles of poverty, hunger, & natural resource degradation that limit their economic opportunities. The sustainable Forest Garden provides: 1) income from locally-marketable products 2) nutritious, diverse foods for consumption and 3) better soil, land & water quality for families now & for generations to come.
How can you give back this #GivingTuesday?
All donations will be DOUBLE or TRIPLED!You read right! Global Giving is matching all donations today, which means if you are already a supporter of Trees for the Future, your donation will be DOUBLED! If you are a new donor, your donation will have 3X the impact as it will be matched by Global Giving AND a generous donor is matching all new donor’s gifts! If you have already given to Trees for the Future today, we can’t thank you enough. Your support makes a huge difference for our farming families. If you know a friend or family member that would be interested in planting trees and changing lives for the first time, ask them to consider giving to Trees for the Future this #GivingTuesday to double their impact. You can share our latest short documentary with them so they can learn about how we are ending hunger, poverty, and deforestation. Thank you for your support this year in making this the biggest #GivingTuesday yet. We can’t wait to plant 533 families in Lira and Kole, Uganda out of poverty with you!
A special thank you to our #GivingTuesday sponsors this year: Amazingly.com, Amber Lotus Publishing, Artificer Wood Works, Canon, Go Sun, Paper Culture, Malabella Jewels, Tree Ring, Tree Tribe, Zavida Coffee style=”text-align: center;”>Watch our new short documentary on how Forest Gardens are ending hunger, poverty, and deforestation: