Planting Mpingo in the Community
In addition to supplying tree seedlings for Makuyuni and the Police Academy, Sebastian continues outreach to Primary and Secondary Schools and private individuals who own land in the Moshi/Arusha area. Part of the planting program at schools is to arrange an environmental education class on the same day as tree planting activities, thus reinforcing the need for and purposes behind the planting project.
During the past year these schools planted mpingo: Chekerini, Msufini, Makuyuni, and Mabungo Primary, and Nsoo, Uchira, and Mji Mpya Secondary. Several private landowners, the villages of Uchira and Mijongweni, and the Uchira Mosque also participated.
Environmental Day ceremonies were held this year at Njoro in collaboration with Roots and Shoots. Mji Mpya Secondary School hosted the event and students planted trees in the nearby forest.
The photo below was taken at the farm of Mrs. Anna Mushe, who planted mpingo around her corn field. Flora Chuwa, Sebastian and Elizabeth’s daughter, is helping to clear the land and Benedict Massawe is digging holes for the planting of the seedlings. Mpingo can act as a soil enricher, windbreak and living fence in synergy with crops.
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The ABCP was founded in 1996 as a US IRS 501(c)3 charity with the objective of promoting replanting and educational efforts for the conservation of Dalbergia melanoxylon/mpingo,widely used in the manufacture of musical instruments. Mpingo is one of the world’s most precious wood resources, known since antiquity for its beauty and exquisite working properties. Another part of our outreach is tree planting for poverty alleviation in the areas where we work. All trees are planted in climatically-appropriate areas where they will be protected and therefore have an excellent chance of long-range survival.
All donations collected in the US are used in direct support of the projects in Africa. The US team works on a purely voluntary level and in addition personally underwrites most costs in this country to support our fundraising and publicity efforts and the ABCP website. Please consider a donation and help us insure a viable future for African blackwood. Just click the following link to access the ABCP Donation page to access a donation form for contributions by check or money orders or click the PayPal button to make a contribution via the PayPal site.
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