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Some workers have put more durable roofs on their homes, bought necessary furnishings, or purchased bicycles and other items to improve living conditions.
Most often the money was used to pay for secondary education. In Tanzania primary education is free, but only 5% of those who complete primary school are able to afford further education. This is because of the cost of boarding, which is often necessary because the schools (less numerous than primary schools) are often distant from students homes. Secondary schooling is often a key element in achieving success in adult life and can be equivalent in that society to a college education in ours.
In Tree Planting, Follow-Up Is a Primary Requisite for Success
Sebastian has been searching down planting sites which offer ideal climatic conditions, low competition from other species, and adequate soil fertility. His primary concern always is to choose sites where chances for long-term survival of the trees will be optimal.
There are many tree planting initiatives in which thousands of trees are
planted and everyone feels good about it, but the trees often have minimal prospects for
the future because they are planted in the wrong season or location, or do not have
follow-up care. For mpingo, the leaves and young shoots of the tree are very attractive to
wildlife and livestock, so it is often browsed too severely when young if not protected.
Drought and fires also take their toll on young trees. Sebastians main objective is
to leave trees for future generations. He is always emphasizing follow-up and replants if
there have been problems in generating successful stands of trees.
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