(The Sunderland Partnership, continued from pg. 2)
Group members organized such activities as charity events and raffles and raised over £30,000 (US $47,000). Local companies offered fitness training, and sports gear.
When the 19 selected climbers arrived in Tanzania, Sebastian met with them before their ascent. After the climb some members of the group met with him again to plant trees for reforestation of the mountain. The also presented him with a check for £10,000 (US $15,000), funding targeted for the reforestation of Kilimanjaro. Sebastian will be able to plant 13,000 trees with this funding.
Canon Stephen Taylor, who led this charitable endeavor, commented: “The challenge represents an active expression of the Sunderland Partnership at work, strengthening the links and networks between organisations that make up Sunderland. It is a huge honour for those individuals taking part and will represent a major effort in terms of fundraising and support for the teams they work in and the organisations they represent."
“By committing to this challenge we aim to raise as much money as possible for our chosen charities both here and in Tanzania.”
The ABCP extends its gratitude to members of the Sunderland Partnership, who are working not only for their own community, but for the betterment of the world.
See the Sunderland website at: www.sunderlandpartnership.org.uk/.
Trees of Kilimanjaro
“Trees of Kilimanjaro” is a photo documentary aired on French TV that tells the story of Sebastian Chuwa’s environmental work in Tanzania. It was produced by French freelance journalist, Luc Ihaddadene and filmmaker David Castello-Lopes. The film chronicles Sebastian’s life, fueled by his desire to restore his native land to the natural beauty of his childhood years. It documents his work to reforest the mountain, to save mpingo, and to educate children about their responsibility as stewards of the earth. The film is sub-titled in French with English and Kiswahili narration.
Inspiration for the project came when Luc participated in a UC Berkeley program called The Africa Reporting Project, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to educate students and international journalists about global food crisis issues, with an emphasis on agriculture in Africa.
Luc writes this: “Many stories about Africa published in the West are about wars, corruption, starvation, diseases and so on. I wanted to find a story about hope, rooted in everyday life. When I read about Sebastian Chuwa ... on the ABCP website, it reminded me about a famous short novel for kids written by French author Jean Giono in the 50's about a patient man dedicated to reforesting alone a devastated area in Haute-Provence in order to bring life back to his native land. It sounded almost like a tale.
“I told my friend and colleague, David Castello-Lopes, who suggested we could use the multimedia techniques he knows to combine the personal story of Sebastian Chuwa with additional articles providing background information.
Both of us were attracted by Sebastian Chuwa's credo to not only protect and restore the natural resources of his native region but also improve people's livelihoods. We believe that nature should not be regarded as a ‘jewel’ that must be protected at any price. Attention should be given to humans first, and I feel this is what Sebastian Chuwa always did.”
Watch video (French titles) at: http://tiny.cc/880n2.
That each day I may walk unceasingly on the banks of my water,
Good Gifts Catalogue
Mr. Gladstone Mariki, who supervises the project locally, organized the planting of over 5,000 trees on the new acreage.
Planning for long-range support of the trees, workers at Makuyuni took the extraordinary step of digging, by hand, a one and a half-mile long trench to lay down water pipe to the mpingo orchard. This will enable workers to plant trees year round and ensure their survival during times of drought.
Also with Good Gifts funding, workers from Makuyuni travelled to the ABCP Moshi Mpingo Plot (where most of our trees are grown to transplant stage) and planted 2,400 mpingo in the new 2-acre extension, land that was awarded to the ABCP several years ago by the local village of Mijongweni because of its conservation efforts in northern Tanzania. 20,000 mpingo trees will ultimately be planted on this acreage.
Seeds for all trees for ABCP replanting efforts have been gathered from many locations in northern Tanzania to insure genetic diversity.
Good Gifts money also funded several planting projects on private land at the request of people who have heard of the project. Trees were planted at Rundugai, Uchira, and locations near Karatu.
URL for GG.: http://www.goodgifts.org/.
For a map of Good Gifts planting locations, see our 2009 Newsletter at: http://www.blackwoodconservation.org/09nl-p2.html.
Trees are sanctuaries. Whoever knows how to listen to them, can learn the truth.
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