Life is hard for mums – lots of demands on your attention and never enough time. But for mums in the remote African countryside where TREE AID works, life is unbelievably tough. Two working mums Alice, from the UK and Amina, from Ghana, share what daily life is like in their villages… Alice This is Alice,
A child dies every two minutes from hunger and malnutrition in the isolated African drylands, TREE AID warns today, as it launches an appeal to help 32,000 families. Climate change & deforestation, has left vast swathes of the region lacking the right conditions to grow food for local communities – leaving many to go hungry.
Update 17.00 07.10.15 All TREE AID staff have now returned to their home countries. Our offices are open and our projects are operating as normal. The transitional civilian government have been returned to power and the leader of the junta, Gen Gilbert Diendere, has been charged with crimes associated with the coup. Update 14.40 24.09.15
One month on from the news that severe flooding has devastated crops and swept away homes in Burkina Faso and Niger, international relief agencies are mobilising to provide food, drinking water, emergency shelter, medicines and mosquito nets. But, as El Nino episodes typically last at least nine months, there may well be more extreme weather
There have been reports in the news recently about charities selling supporter data to third parties. TREE AID would like to reassure you that we do not sell supporters personal details to anyone, and do not give them to anyone (unless required to by a law enforcement agency). John Moffett, CEO TREE AID, said: “Without
There is currently severe flooding in Burkina Faso and Niger attributed to the El Niño weather system. El Niño has caused a delayed onset of the rainy season and now unseasonably heavy rains. This flooding has already affected over 40,000 people and demolished over 5,000 homes. It is likely that this extreme weather will affect
TREE AID has supported projects in Ethiopia since the 1980s famine that killed nearly 1 million people. We’ve made good progress, as shown in a recent visit to by our CEO, John Moffett. Today, the people of Ethiopia still experience extreme poverty: according to the UN Human Development Index, 31% of the population live on less
Ethiopia has been in the news recently as President Obama is due to visit next week and a recent UN conference in Addis Ababa was successful in reaching an agreement for future development funding. Ethiopia is also looking at green energy as a long term development, and much progress has been made with regreening.TREE AID
Ethiopia’s false banana tree is good for many things… But it can never feed a family. Many Ethiopian families rely on the false banana tree for food, grinding the roots into flour to make kocho, a fermented bread. But it contains little nutrition, it simply fills children’s bellies without providing any goodness. Many families are struggling
TREE AID is delighted to welcome the recent statement by the Pope calling for strong and immediate action on climate change. In his first “encyclical”, a statement to non-Catholics on current moral issues, he has said that it is imperative that humans recognise their responsibility for climate change and take action to prevent it. He
We’re the Meek family, Tim, Kerry, Amy (11) and Ella (9). Earlier this year we set ourselves a new challenge: to complete 500 miles using non-motorised means of transport fundraising £500 for TREE AID, £1 for each mile that we cover. We believe that TREE AID is a truly worthy cause and want to support
John Moffett will be joining TREE AID as CEO in June. He was born in County Down in Northern Ireland and is currently living in Dublin in the Republic of Ireland. John has an excellent track record in international development and has spent most of his career working on behalf of communities in Africa. After graduating with
TREE AID welcomes a new study which shows that the world is getting greener, driven in a large part by new tree growth in the arid savannahs and scrublands of in Africa and Australia. The study, published yesterday in the Nature Climate Change journal, shows that the world’s vegetation is increasing. This is good news
Today we are delighted to announce that we have recruited John Moffett as our new CEO, succeeding Philip Goodwin who has become Chief Executive of VSO. John will lead TREE AID in our ambitious strategy to plant 3 million trees each year and directly support a million people (and indirectly support many more through our
Today TREE AID is celebrating the International Day of Forests and the Tree. Forests cover one third of the Earth’s land mass and around 1.6 billion people across the world depend on forests for their livelihood. In the harsh, isolated, drylands of West Africa, where TREE AID works, people depend on trees for their survival.
Under the shade of a Neem tree, a woman sits on a small wooden stall, continuously stirring a roasting pot. Behind her a blind woman pounds shea nuts into a fine powder. Two other women are bent over, straight-backed, in a position that would impress even the most talented yoga practitioner, as they energetically
Gifts that Grow help communities across the African drylands transform their lives and protect their environment. TREE AID’s charity gifts are suitable for all occasions: Christmas, birthdays, weddings – or simply to say “thank you”. Gifts start from as little as £5 and include: Trees & Seedlings: Mango, Baobab, Shea and more – give a villager a miracle
Our resources are not equal to the ambition of our women. We are capable and motivated and it is frustrating to have so little from which to build. All we’re asking for is the opportunity to work to improve our lives and those of our children My name is Salah Sakearu, I’m 35 and I’m
James Ogilvie has recently returned from the successful ascent of Mt Vinson in January. This was the final expedition of a 20 year long quest to climb the Seven Summits – the highest mountains on all seven continents, raising funds for TREE AID along the way. He has become one of very few Brits to accomplish
Abandon your quinoa, discard your spirolina, throw away your goji berries. There’s a new superfood in town for 2015 and it’s the baobab fruit. And it’s being promoted here, there and everywhere for its health-giving properties. The baobab fruit is a strange beast, encased in large furry pods that hang from the huge tree’s sparse branches.
header Philip Goodwin, TREE AID’s CEO body This blog was also published on the Huffington Post blog Genet Atabe is 39 and lives in Bongo, Ghana, three years ago she watched the banks of the river in her village crumble into the water and wash away. When she was young her parents used to
The TREE AID Insight series launches today, bringing together our experience, our knowledge and the lessons about how trees can be used to protect the environment and reduce poverty in Africa. Each guide will look into a different area of our work and is available free. The first guide is Building Resilience to Climate Shocks. Climate
Carrie Brassley is TREE AID’s fundrasing Officer. As a fundraiser, I am always asking people for money and explaining why it
James Ogilvie is climbing the seven highest summits in the world and raising money for TREE AID. Having already climbed six of the summits, he is currently training for the ultimate challenge, Antarctica’s Vinson, in January 2015. This will complete his Seven Summits Challenge on the world’s continents, raising money for TREE AID on each expedition.
Today TREE AID can announce that we have been accredited with provisional “observer status” for the UN Convention to Combat Desertification, leading to full accreditation in 2015. “Observer status” is given to civil society organisations which are officially recognised as qualified in the areas covered by that convention; in this case tackling land degradation in