Written by Plant With Purpose on April 5, 2011 in General
April 1st wasn’t just April Fool’s Day. Last Friday also marked the beginning of our “Trees Please! Campaign” – – and that’s no joke!
Our goal is to raise $10,000 to plant 10,000 trees by Earth Day (April 22nd). We have been blessed with a generous matching pledge which will double any amount donated. You can help us double our goal by planting trees and turning $10,000 into $20,000.
Trees are powerful tools that can transform the lives of the poor by improving soil and water quality and providing income sources for poor rural families. For only $1 you can plant a tree and literally save a life.
One example of the powerful impact of trees is Madam Venise, a woman we work with in Haiti. Through the trainings and skills provided by Plant With Purpose, Madam Venise has learned how to graft trees, build soil erosion barriers, and plant trees to take care of her land and the environment. She has also received microfinance loans and financial management trainings from Plant With Purpose to manage her small business.
Madam Venise explains the transformation this way: “It is a marriage between the environment and economic activities – if one doesn’t work well, the other doesn’t exist. It is with this relationship between the two that I can say, ‘thanks to my plantation, my economic situation has improved.’ With the training I received from Plant With Purpose, I understand many things now and this helps me begin a change from who I was before. I understand now that it is us who are responsible for God’s creation.”
Here are some ways you can help:
1. Plant trees. Click here to plant a tree, a grove, an orchard, a hillside, or a forest!
2. Watch our “Trees Please!” video and share it with your friends.
3. Eat Tacos for Trees. We will be having a “Tacos for Trees” fundraiser at Rubio’s on Villa La Jolla Drive on Wednesday, April 20th from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Twenty percent of the proceeds will go toward planting trees. Click here to visit our “Trees Please!” web page and print out the flyer! (You must bring the flyer with you in order for Plant With Purpose to receive any proceeds.)
4. Learn more about the connection between poverty and the environment. On Thursday, April 21st, the day before Earth Day, our Executive Director Scott Sabin and guest speaker Matthew Sleeth will explain the Biblical basis for caring for the environment and how environmental degradation can greatly harm some of the poorest people on earth. More details to follow.
Please visit our “Trees Please!” web page to donate trees and learn more: www.plantwithpurpose.org/trees-please.
Thank you for supporting Plant With Purpose!
Click here to read more testimonies of transformation.