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to educate themselves about AIDS because it can push our development backwards.

These two positions work together because when I am going outside of my own district of Kibosho East I can use my leadership as chairman of the Trust Fund (which covers the whole region of Kilimanjaro) to ask other district counselors to help me arrange meetings with people and schools in their areas." 

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Mpingo flowers, 2001.

5-year Nursery Program for Northern Tanzania

In last year's newsletter we briefly described our plans to develop a program that would extend our nursery, tree-planting and educational programs into a wider area. During the past year we have been working with Sebastian in drawing up a detailed description of how he intends to proceed if we are successful in finding funding for this project.

Our targeted area is northeastern Tanzania, in the regions of Kilimanjaro, Arusha and Tanga. This area of the country contains some of the best known wildlife habitats in all of Africa, including the Serengeti Plain, Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area, Mt. Kilimanjaro, Lake Manyara and Tarangire National Parks, Olduvai Gorge and the Eastern Arc mountains, listed by Conservation International as one of 25 hotspots for the preservation of biodiversity in the world.

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A couple of nursery assistants help Sebastian gather Mpingo seeds for sprouting for next year’s plantings.

The ecological health of this region is of supreme importance, not only to Africa, but to the whole world, because tourists and filmmakers from numerous countries visit the region and are entranced by its wildlife and natural wonders. Because of various economic opportunities that exist in these areas, population growth has soared. Most of Tanzania's population subsists through agriculture and uses wood for heating and cooking. Consequently land clearing for farming and tree cutting for fuelwood and charcoal are taking an immense toll on the local forests. Tanzania itself is so poor (near the top of the list of Highly Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) of the world) it lacks the means to institute programs which would insure a sustainable use of its resources.  

"We cannot solve
the problems
that we have created
with the same thinking
that created them."

– Albert Einstein

Our 5-year program will establish community nurseries in the targeted areas of Hai, Moshi, Same, Mombo, Handeni, Pangani, Babati, Simanjiro and Mbulu, all of which are prime mpingo growing habitat. In Same mpingo is practically extinct and Sebastian is already working with another Malihai patron in supplying her with seedlings for her local clubs.

In addition Sebastian will consult with government and school officials to set up teaching programs in the schools of the area, establishing Malihai Clubs and Mpingo Clubs. These clubs will establish nurseries and distribute trees to the surrounding communities.

This is an ambitious program but one which we feel will have far-reaching effects. This spring we spent several months completing applications for three major environmental awards for Sebastian and we continue to search for foundations which will fund programs in Africa. We appreciate any information our readers may have about such organizations. Our first priority will be to find funding for a 4-wheel drive vehicle. Sebastian has been working for many years now without his own means of transportation. Since it is very expensive to rent vehicles, owning his own vehicle will be necessary to implement a program such as we envision.

On our website we have posted four documents: "5-Year Program" describes the project, "Nursery Locations" gives background information about ecological problems in the areas where we wish to establish nurseries, "Tree List" contains the tree species we will plant, and "Map" is a map showing the 9 locations where we will establish nurseries.

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These shelves of Mpingo carvings were photographed by Sebastian at a government museum tourist shop in Arusha. A great amount of Mpingo is utilized in-country for artwork such as this designed for the tourist trade.


On February 7, 2001, Anne Morrow Lindbergh died at the age of 95. She was an author, an aviator, a mother, an artist and a philosopher. She and her husband, Charles Lindbergh, were pioneers in the field of aviation. They were also pioneers in speaking out for environmental protections and foreseeing many decades ago that humanity would have to take steps to achieve a balance between the developments of modern technology and the preservation of our




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