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Tadesse Gataneh is abn independent man with a reliable income, he says he now 'has the respect of his village'

Growing a way out of poverty in Wof Washa, Ethiopia

Living in the misty mountains of Wof Washa Tadesse Gataneh and his wife outside their home Tadesse Gataneh lives high up on the dramatic slopes at the edge of Wof Washa Forest. At over 3000 metres above sea level, the appearance of the landscape can suddenly change when thick clouds roll in. Tadesse and his family

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Abono Gebriel, Dugda, Ziway, Ethiopia, February 2017.  Tewabechi

How does a mum bring opportunity to the drylands of Ethiopia?

Tewabechi with her younger daughter Iyantu, who has ambitions to be a doctor. They stand outside their modest house in the arid drylands of Ethiopia Tewabechi’s husband abandoned her 10 years ago, shortly after she had given birth to their third child. Left destitute with no means of supporting herself and her young children, Tewabechi’s

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Sintayehu with his wife and three of his children

An apple a day keeps the doctor away

Visiting Sintayehu Belachew in the Ethiopian mountains of Wof WashaSintayehu with his apple trees Wof Washa Forest TREE AID travelled to Wof Washa recently; a 6,000-hectare natural forest. Nestled up in the Amhara highlands, it is home to thousands of families who rely on the trees around them. When we got out of the car

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Butajira, Guarage, Ethiopia. February 2017. Members of Alshoni W

Women’s Cooperative in Ethiopia

Alshoni Women’s Cooperative, Gurage, EthiopiaMembers of Alshoni Women’s Cooperative in Gujarage gather for a picture. TREE AID travelled to Gurage recently – a mountain region 130km south of Addis Ababa. We drove for 3 hours from our base in the capital. The last 45 minutes was up a steep and incredibly uneven mountain road. It

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Radnor Hills Partnership

TREE AID launches new partnership with Radnor Hills and their Fruella fruit juice range You can now drink fruit juice to support TREE AID We’re delighted to announce that Radnor Hills Mineral Water Company have chosen to support TREE AID with their popular fruit juice range, Fruella. The company, based in mid-Wales have pledged to

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Bissiga Village, Yako, Burkina Faso, 29th November 2016; Tene Tiendrebeogo a member of the Women's Forest Livelihood project with a honey comb she has just collected from one of the group's 10 hives.

Women’s Group Make Money from Honey in Bissiga

Tene Tiendrebeogo a member of the Women’s Forest Livelihood project with a honey comb she has just collected from one of the group’s 10 hives. After a ten minute walk through the sweltering heat, we approach a number of hives deep in the scrub. There are ten hives in total, all of which are managed

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Yeshi, a young woman making a livelihood from tree planting

Youth Group Build a Business from Trees in Wof Washa

Yeshi and the Tree Planting Youth Group TREE AID travelled to the edge of the Wof Washa forest, in the Amhara highlands in Ethiopia. There we met Yeshi and her fellow youth group members, to talk about how they have used the help TREE AID has provided to form a sustainable plan for lifting themselves

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Women harvesting baobab in Burkina Faso

TREE AID launches Tree Food project

Did you know that food grows on trees? Superfoods, micronutrients, antioxidants – what are they, and what difference do they actually make to your health? Barsalogho, Burkina Faso Good nutrition during pregnancy and the first few years of a child’s life can be the foundation for brain development, a strong immune system, and healthy growth. It

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Director of Operations visits project in Mali

Tom, TREE AID’s Director of Operations visits our tree nursery and enterprise project in Samine, South Mali We woke early to begin our trip from Segou in south-central Mali to Samine, a small village in Mali’s dryland region which is playing its own part in battling desertification and land degradation. A villager in Samine using

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Dried Moringa leaves

Moringa: Miracle Tree

Moringa – The Miracle Tree Recently, you might have heard a lot about the moringa tree, also known as the drumstick tree, the ben oil tree or the horseradish tree. Maybe the most fitting name is the miracle tree, but what is so special about moringa? Woman preparing Moringa Moringa has many miraculous properties, the

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Summer 2016 issue of Update magazine

In this issue: -Bongo River Trees project – trees and weirs on the Bongo River. TREE AID has been working with its partner RPS to restore riverbanks and improve water retention on the Bongo River. Find out how this successful partnership restored riverbanks and won a Business Charity award for our work! -The 2015 El

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Intrepid foresters (and dog) raise £1,400 for TREE AID

Earlier this month, an intrepid team from Forestry Commission Scotland raised over £1,400 for TREE AID. Their ‘Blue Barrel Challenge’ was done during their annual leave, and consisted of paddling the 95 kilometre Great Glen Canoe Trail from Fort William to Inverness. It took five wet and windy days, camping each night. Led by Malcolm

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The winning picture, showing the developing forest canopy on the 30 May 2009.

Winning forest photo supports trees for Africa

Scientists from Forest Research at Alice Holt Forest, near Farnham, have donated the £400 prize money they received for their winning photograph in a Europe-wide competition to TREE AID, the charity that supports Africans out of poverty by planting trees. Matt Wilkinson, a scientist who works on the role of forests in climate change, entered

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Going from coast to coast for TREE AID

Muriel Gray canoeing on Loch Ness James Ogilvie and a group of his forester friends are canoeing coast to coast across Scotland, raising money for TREE AID.  James recently completed the Seven Summits Challenge, climbing the highest peaks on the world’s continents, raising money for TREE AID on each expedition. Now James and the Social

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Dawadawa flour is excellent for beekeeping

Tree crops essential to rural life in Burkina Faso

  John Moffett is TREE AID’s Chief Executive Officer Tree crops, also known as Non Timber Forest Products, are vitally important for generating income and reducing hunger. The contribution of tree crop products to smallholder households: A case study of baobab, shea, and néré [dawadawa] in Burkina Faso’ is a 2015 report of the research carried out

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February issue of Update Magazine out now

In this issue: Maurice Koné, TREE AID’s Country Officer in Mali, answers questions from our  supporters and tells what life is like in Mali, a country that has seen extensive environmental damage and social unrest. We take a look at our Regreening Mapti project, where we work with villagers to restore degraded land. Local farmer Allaye

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TREE AID staff safe after hotel shooting in Burkina Faso

TREE AID staff are safe after a hotel shooting in Ouagadougou, the Burkina Faso capital, on Friday, 15 January 2016. At least 28 people were killed in the attack on the Splendid Hotel and nearby Cappuccino Café, which is being claimed by militant group Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb. Our programme has not been affected

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Grow Hope appeal raises £100,000 in the first three months

TREE AID is delighted to announce that our supporters have given £100,000 to help thousands of people get the support they need to make a better life for their families. The Grow Hope appeal launched in October 2015, aiming to raise £250,000 to support 32,000 people in Africa to lift themselves out of poverty and

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Run for TREE AID

Bath Half Marathon 2016 – run for your leaf!

Could you run with TREE AID? We’re looking for runners to join us in March at the Bath Half Marathon 2016. This well-established event boasts a great course through the historic city of Bath. The course follows the river Avon and thankfully avoids the hills that surround Bath. As it’s a fast and flat course,

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This National Tree Week, help plant trees and save lives in Africa

This year to celebrate National Tree Week, development charity TREE AID is calling for support to spread the benefits of trees, by helping communities in Africa plant trees and Grow Hope for their families. Every 2 minutes a child dies from hunger and malnutrition in the drylands.  Deforestation and climate change have led to degradation

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TREE AID teams up with One Tree Per Child to plant 10,000 new trees

Press Release via Bristol City Council Kevin McCloud and Pat Cash join local people to plant a unique tree ‘cathedral’ as part of Bristol’s One Tree Per Child and Future Perfect Public Art programmes.   As the tree-planting season gets underway, television broadcaster Kevin McCloud, former Wimbledon Champion Pat Cash,  Bristol Mayor George Ferguson, One

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Keeping quiet for TREE AID

11 November 2015 When I heard about the TREE AID Grow Hope campaign I thought I’d like to try to raise some money for it, and I decided to do a sponsored silence. My family thought this was very funny because I talk quite a lot. Also, I was going to do it on a

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