It’s the question that makes us think about the work that we do in our environmental projects. Taking climate action and care of our environment is at the core of our work – the effects of climate change are already severely impacting the lives of our communities. We are the most vulnerable that climate change is already impacting.
We’re joining forces with our partner, Tanzania Development Trust, to take part in the Big Give’s Green Match Fund to plant hope for a better tomorrow in Tanzania! This fundraising campaign will open on Earth Day, Friday 22nd April, and will last for one week, closing on Friday 29th April.
Our goal is to raise £2,500 which will be match funded! That means when you give one donation, it will have twice the impact for our communities in Tanzania!
What will we do with the £5000 we hope to raise?
£5,000 will allow us to plant 5,000 trees in and around village schools, educate 2,000 children about the need to plant trees to protect their environment, and install 25 community-owned beehives to provide them with additional forest-based food. These will be hung in trees to protect them from deforestation; furthermore, they not only help take care of the environment, but the bees honey also increases income generation and food security! Finally, we want to fund 16 educational events at schools – we know that to take climate action also involves climate education, so others in the community and the next generation knows how to take care of our earth.
Across the world we are being told that we need to take climate action now before it is too late – that if we don’t, our world, our home will change.
Here in Tanzania it is already changing – temperatures are increasing, and weather is becoming more extreme, with people either having to face droughts for extended periods of time, or huge downpours of rain that leads to flooding. These weather conditions and temperature increases leads to more challenging agricultural conditions, where crops can struggle to grow, or be destroyed by the sudden floods, pests and diseases. Desertification can be found in many places as the land degrades and water becomes scarcer.
The consequences of these effects lead to communities like ours becoming poorer and hungrier, as they yield less crops. People – often women and girls – can also have to walk even further simply to collect their drinking water, as after a two hour walk to the nearest stream, they can find it dried up. We will also be looking at an increased risk of health implications as the climate conditions increase suitability for habitats of biting insects and transmission of vector-borne diseases, along with a continuing land degradation and desertification, food insecurity and poverty, and water scarcity.
But hope truly is the last thing that is ever lost, and there is still a chance for us to turn it around – but we have to act now, and we need every bit of your support.
Please, help us by clicking on one of the buttons (like the one above!) to donate to our campaign – one donation, twice the impact! And please, don’t forget to share our campaign with others!
Asante sana, as always for your support. It changes lives.