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SHOES FOR TREES BEAR FRUIT!

Shoes for Trees

To evaluate the Malawi Project’s “Shoes for Trees” conservation program, Wilson Tembo recently returned to Kumanyenga Village near Zomba where thousands of tree seedlings had been planted five years ago. At that time the Minister of Natural Resources, as well as a high-powered delegation from the Malawi Government encouraged hundreds of people from surrounding villages…

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Shoes for Trees Focus on Environment

Songani, Malawi … The world is overwhelmed by reports of increased evidence of climate change. Leading causes are too numerous to list, but among them are increased pollution in developed countries, and deforestation in developing countries. Malawi has experienced devastating weather swings in recent years. On one hand the there has been disruptive flooding. At…

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One by One the Trees are Falling

Fact – The World Bank reports that between 1990 and 2000 alone, more than a fifth of Malawi’s forests vanished. Fact – Lake Malawi is home to some of the greatest fish diversity of any lake on earth, but deforestation is resulting in soil erosion and siltation of parts of the lake. Fact – By…

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Shoes for Grades – Katamba Primary School

Katamba Primary School, Zomba, Malawi … It is estimated world-wide there are 215 million children trapped in child labor, and 115 million in hazardous work including, slavery, armed conflict, drug-trafficking and other illegal activities. The world community recently observed World International Labor Day, and used this time to highlight the plight of child workers, and…

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Elephants and Trees Disappearing

Malawi, Central Africa …The sound of chain saws and cross cuts can be heard in far too many parts of Malawi. Like the African elephant that is heading toward extinction if something is not done to stop the killing for ivory that threatens his or her existence, the forests of Malawi are being cut at…

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Chiefs in Tennis Shoes

Mkutu Village, Malawi … The crowd was growing, and it was evident it was an important event for the area because of the number of government, local, and tribal dignitaries who were arriving for the program. It was the ground breaking for the new hospital to be constructed north of Dedza near Mkutu Village. The…

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Deforestation Confronted with Shoes

Malawians planting trees in Shoes for Trees programs

With one of the highest populations densities in Africa, and with only 2% of the population having access to electricity, the people of Malawi are cutting trees faster than the forests can grow. Why is such an intense deforestation taking place? Cooking ~ 98% of the population has no electricity with which to cook. There…

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A Con-Tree-Bution

Fact – The World Bank reports that between 1990 and 2000 alone, more than a fifth of Malawi’s forests vanished. Fact – Lake Malawi is home to some of the greatest fish diversity of any lake on earth, but deforestation is resulting in soil erosion and silt problems. Fact – By 2004, about 16% of…

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Valley of the Giants

Drifting south along M-5 in Eastern Malawi the view from the galimoto (car) begins a subtle change as the elevation lowers. Leaving Lilongwe the elevation, at 3,440 feet (1,050 meters) above sea level, started dropping after reaching the crest of the Dowa Mountains. West of here, in the mountains near Dedza, the elevation towers skyward…

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It Takes a Village … to Plant a Forest

Kwenje Village, Zomba … When the day arrives for planting seedlings in the “Shoes for Trees” program it is a time for the entire village to come together and participate. This was the case when the Kwenje Village, men, women and children came out to have a part in planting thousands of trees. Through the…

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