Grow a tree
Every 2 minutes a child dies from hunger in the drylands of Africa. But there is hope. You can help villagers grow trees, and grow hope of a better future.
Hunger and malnutrition kill more people every year than AIDS, TB and malaria combined – and in the drylands of Africa, they take hundreds of lives every day.
Children are especially vulnerable. If they can survive until they are five, their life chances rise rapidly. But without the proper food and nutrition in those early years, children are at risk of illness and stunting, and may never develop as they should. Many die.
Grow trees. Grow hope.
You can help. A gift to TREE AID’s Grow Hope Appeal will help people overcome their hunger and poverty with trees.
Trees can provide a direct answer to hunger, as a source of fruits, nuts, leaves and roots rich in vitamins and minerals.
And by selling tree products, like shea butter, villagers can get crucial income, which they can use to buy the food their children need to stay healthy.
Living proof: Life for Jamila
Jamila and her husband worked hard to coax a living from the dry, dusty soil, but could never grow enough to keep their children fed and healthy. The worst times were the ‘hungry months’, when their food stocks had gone, and they had just one meal a day.
But something remarkable is happening. On a TREE AID project, villagers are growing trees that produce life-giving fruit for all the family, and a host of tree products that can be sold at market. As the trees grow, the children grow stronger and the whole family can look to the future at last.
“Now I always have something to give my family, and my children’s bellies are often full.” Fatimata Lankoande, Nagre village
£30 could grow three trees so a family can grow nutritious fruit, improve their health and earn a living
£50 could give ‘tree food’ tools so a family can pick fruit and nuts and store them for the ’hungry months’
Fundraise for the Grow Hope Appeal in your community, group, school or church – and help grow hope for communities in the drylands. Why not hold a plant sale, tree foods tea party or tree quiz? Check out these free fundraising resources to help with any fundraising you do: