“Environmental Solutions to Humanitarian Problems”
Deforestation is a huge problem in the farmlands of some of the poorest countries on the planet. Deforestation is the removal of trees or forest which creates an unusable and a nutrient depleted soil. In places like the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Tanzania deforestation is making an impact. Although many of the farmers using this land have been doing the same practice for years, they still have yet to create successful ways to harvest their own land. In desperation to feed their families, they cut down the remaining trees which are protecting their soil to sell for firewood. Thus their crops are unsuccessful the following year and the disastrous cycle continues, while they continue to “depend on the environment for survival.”
In this unsuccessful cycle, Plant With Purpose comes to the rescue in 250 communities in six countries through its simple form of planting trees to end poverty. However, Plant With Purpose stands out amongst others, because they do not do the work entirely themselves. That may sound weird, however it actually makes more sense. Instead of sweeping into a foreign land and taking over, they harvest and work with locals “giving them solutions to many of their own problems when given more opportunity, access to resources, and appropriate coaching” and then those local volunteers go and lead their own villages. Those locals work alongside Plant With Purpose, each country providing “a full-time, in-country staff, all native to their respective countries” and knowledgable about their land.
Plant With Purpose has three steps to fight poverty:
1. “They break the cycle of poverty and deforestation by planting trees to restore productivity to barren, depleted land. This is sustainable development at its most basic. Then, [they] teach the poor innovative [organic] agro-forestry techniques they can use to make sustainable, living wage. Finally, they use microcredit loans and business training to help the poor find other income sources and reduce their dependence on agriculture altogether.”
2. “Through environmental restoration, [they] create economic opportunity.”
3. “Throughout the process, [they] make spiritual counseling and guidance available to all those who want it to ensure lasting, meaningful transformation.”
“Plant With Purpose helps the poor restore productivity to their land to create economic opportunity out of environmental restoration.” While Plant With Purpose is “planting trees for poverty”, their three main goals are to improve quality of life, restore relationships, and create self-sufficiency.” They have shown continuous work through improved health and education in children and adults, greater equality and economic security in women, strengthened family, neighbor, environmental, and spiritual relationships, as well as long-term prosperity through the environmental and economic developments taught to protect the land.
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