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Life-Changing Trees Appeal

Raised: $76966 Target: $100000

Thanks to a Big Give champion and a small group of generous Send a Cow supporters, donations made to our Life-Changing Trees Appeal were doubled as part of The Big Give Christmas Challenge. We are delighted to have reached our target of nearly $50,000 (£37,500), which will be doubled to almost $100,000 (£75,000).

Although donations can no longer be matched, you can still plant hope this Christmas by donating to our Life-Changing Trees Appeal via this page. Your gift of any size will help even more families fight hunger and the climate crisis with life-changing trees. Thank you for your support.

Your gift this Christmas could help communities like Mary's fight hunger and the climate crisis.

Mary is a 58-year-old grandmother living in rural Migori, Kenya who works tirelessly to provide for her family. She has planted maize, tomatoes and groundnuts along with black nightshade, a local nutritious green vegetable.

But the extreme drought means that Mary’s land is degraded and no longer fertile. She can’t grow enough for her family to eat. Mary’s wider community is experiencing the same extreme hunger and poverty.

With little food to feed themselves, Mary and her children labour on other people’s farms. She explained that due to her older age, she is exhausted from the hard work that is expected of her when she works for others. She worries about how she will find the next meal and what the future will bring for her children and grandchildren.

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“There are times when the dry period is so long and I end up with no harvest at the end of the season.”

Mary Kenya

Globally, 79% of the world’s poorest families like Mary’s live in rural settings and rely on agriculture to survive.

But as temperatures rise, due to the climate crisis, trees are disappearing and the land is becoming infertile. Families can’t grow enough food for themselves and are being forced deeper into poverty.

There are many causes of deforestation, including logging, grazing and the clearing of land for commercial farming. One of the saddest causes, however, is that some smallholder farmers contribute to the removal of trees out of desperation. Many farmers understand that trees are important for the long-term health of their land, but when they are faced with the immediate needs of their families, trees are cut down for a quick profit, so they can feed themselves that day.

Trees restore the land by anchoring topsoil, increasing organic matter and holding the nutrients for crops to thrive. Roots allow water to infiltrate the soil and allow it to hold more water which can be vital for healthy springs and water sources. Once the whole community is on board and inspired by the benefits of trees, a movement has started, and future generations have hope for a brighter future.

We know that when the land thrives, so do the families like Mary’s and her community who rely on it.

With you by their side, communities like Mary’s will receive tree saplings, which in time, will provide nutritious fruit for families to fight hunger, help to protect the soil and combat erosion. Fruit tree saplings such as orange and mango will help turn barren land into thriving orchards.

There are many causes of deforestation, including logging, grazing and the clearing of land for commercial farming. One of the saddest causes, however, is that some smallholder farmers contribute to the removal of trees out of desperation. Many farmers understand that trees are important for the long-term health of their land, but when they are faced with the immediate needs of their families, trees are cut down for a quick profit, so they can feed themselves that day.

Trees restore the land by anchoring topsoil, increasing organic matter and holding the nutrients for crops to thrive. Roots allow water to infiltrate the soil and allow it to hold more water which can be vital for healthy springs and water sources. Once the whole community is on board and inspired by the benefits of trees, a movement has started, and future generations have hope for a brighter future.

We know that when the land thrives, so do the families like Mary’s and her community who rely on it. And with you by their side today, families can transform their lives with life-changing trees.

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“I’d like to grow mangos, avocado and oranges which provide income and food. I hope to provide a balanced diet and adequate food for my children. I’d like them to go to the best school so that they can change their lives for the better.”

Mary Kenya

Here's how support from people like you could make a difference:

Innovative techniques such as rainwater harvesting will provide vital water for growing trees, and composting will help nourish the soil, to ensure trees stay healthy and grow more abundant fruit. Once their trees are producing more than the family needs, an orchard can provide a sustainable income so they can afford household essentials and their children no longer have to miss school.

We will also work with local communities to set up a shared tree nursery, improving access to inexpensive plants so other families in the local area can also develop thriving farms. And because the families we work with pass on seeds and training to other families in the local community too, it doesn’t just stop here. Vital resources and knowledge will be passed from family to family, community to community and generation to generation.

Learning innovative techniques to keep trees healthy

By learning innovative techniques such as rainwater harvesting and composting, families like Mary's can ensure their life-changing trees survive, even in the face of the climate crisis. Rainwater harvesting will provide vital water for growing trees, and composting will help nourish the soil, to ensure trees stay healthy and grow more abundant fruit.

Fighting hunger through fruit trees

A gift from you today could help provide fruit tree saplings for a family so that they can access nutritious fruit such as mangos and oranges.

Growing brighter futures through community tree nurseries

Your gift will make an amazing impact for families like Mary's this Christmas and beyond, helping her and her community thrive.

Thank you for everything you help make possible as part of the Send a Cow family.