WHY IT MATTERS
Like many other places in Africa, the Kinesi village is threatened by the rate of tree loss. People are cutting trees mainly to make charcoal or for cooking. Goats and cows graze freely, threatening unprotected trees and exacerbating the already acute problem of deforestation. In cooperation with our local partner (Global Resource Alliance - a local community based organization) we pursue a natural, holistic and sustainable approach to poverty reduction by environmental stewardship. We believe that empowering local communities to address pressing social, economic and environmental challenges according to their own vision and their own creative potential is the key to lasting solutions.
In the last one hundred years roughly half of the world’s forests have been cut down. The most extreme levels of deforestation have occurred within the boundaries of the poorest nations on earth. This destruction is having devastating consequences, and it is widely recognized that it is the poorest of the poor who will suffer the greatest impact. With this in mind, we seek to address two of the most significant problems on the planet by specifically targeting two interrelated issues, extreme poverty and deforestation.