Our reforestation charity, The Word Forest Organisation, is #SmallButMighty and we've always punched above our weight. We plant trees, build schools, facilitate education and support women's empowerment in rural Kenya. Aside from the building, we do much the same in the UK but on a smaller scale.
If you decide you want to step through the door to help us, you'll soon learn we're powered by a tight-knit family of environmentally motivated folks, fully motivated to get fast growing trees in the ground in Kenya. Above that however, you'll see our overarching desire is to provide a raft of supportive humanitarian measures to help the amazing people who are planting the trees.
They're mostly disadvantaged women, many who never even had an opportunity to learn to read or write but we addressed that with education and now their worlds are changing. They have come together, they are rising, they are gaining strength as women and as tree planters too. Their knowledge base has expanded on a variety of things from learning best practices for looking after the forest, through to how to make their own washable sanitary pads and more.
The amazing tree planters we're supporting are some of the most important people on the planet right now. They have the power to mitigate the climate chaos which is causing all manner of damage to our planet and alleviate the existential threat that hovers over our world, via their tree planting. Our job is to help them build resilience into their communities which we're doing through education of everything from ABC, 123 through to permaculture.
We'd love to welcome you into the fold to help us make a difference and (being very upfront now, our goals as of February 2021) we are desperately trying to get back to normal so we can resume major tree planting and school building initiatives once more.
When Covid and lockdown kicked in a year ago, we had to pivot from planting to providing critical food aid to the tree planters, so they could keep starvation at bay. We're not able to feed them all fully, but we're making an enormous difference.
Since March 2020, we've been sending over £4,500 per month to feed well over 1,600 people and their families. It has been a total haemorrhage on our finances. We've been unable to scale up our operation: a year ago, we were in dire need of taking on a second and third member of staff, but were unable to - we're so grateful they've been able to continue to help us raise money as volunteers, but we've got lots of gaps in our knowledge and there are nowhere near enough hours in the day to do what we need to do.
Over the past year, we had to be reactionary to the Covid crisis. We were completely disabled from raising funds in the usual manner with face to-face activities and the horizon isn't looking any better for that changing. Now, we're proactively looking to shore up our own defences as a charity and to expand our skill set and that's where incredibly people like YOU come in!
50% of charities are expected to fold in the year ahead and with your help, we will not be one of them!
Our work planting fast growing trees in the tropics, is vital. We'd LOVE you to get in touch if you recognise the urgency for action the world is facing right now and you want to join our team.
To see how we (usually) roll and to take a look at our positive impact in action, may we invite you to watch our documentary, #TreesAreTheKey narrated by Kate Winslet. Visit TreesAreTheKey.com, it's free to watch and you'll meet a handful of the folks we're working with. If that chimes with you, please look at the roles we need filled and get in touch.
Thank you for reading this and thinking about getting involved, or should I say, asante sana.
To meet our objectives, we have a variety of ways we usually raise funds. Many of these have been shut down in their entirety by Covid-19:
Right now, our focus is survival. We're looking for as many ways as we can to catch a wave and ride out of the pandemic.
We'd love your positive energy, your creativity and your volunteer hours - do get in touch if you'd like to help.