“When the last tree dies, the last man dies”

West African Proverb

“Forests precede civilizations and deserts follow them.”

François-René de Chateaubriand

You shall go out with joy and be led forth with peace… and all the trees of the field will clap their hands.

Isaiah 55:12

Worldviews change when people observe sacrificial service.

Curtis Clewett Planting Together Executive Team

Planting Together will bring transformation to the mindset of people in my nation.

Jean Gapelbe PT African network coordinator

If your vision is for one year – plant wheat. If your vision is for 10 years – plant trees. If your vision is for a lifetime – plant people.

Chinese Proverb

African Villages can survive without a health hut, school or well, but permanently they cannot live without trees.

Eric Tumieux Director, Beersheba Project

The true meaning of life  is to plant trees under whose shade you do not expect to sit.

Nelson Henderson 19th Century pioneer settler

Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.

Martin Luther

“I wish everyone could visit Africa for two weeks. It would change their lives!”

Guy Zeller KKI global leader


Just Published… 2019 Report!!

August 2019 – another historic Planting Together outreach, this time in two locations! 135 intrepid participants from 28 nations braved the African sun, bugs and quite a few “surprises” along the way. Transformed lives and amazing “chance” meetings were all part of this year’s excursion. You can download the official report here.

Brand new Medical Team Video!!

What’s it like to share your medical skills literally at the “ends of the earth” among people who have access to little or no healthcare? Click on the link or the picture to go to this blog post and see the brand new video produced by our Hong Kong production team, led by Diego Servant and Dina…

2014 Campaign Part II: “Nden Nden Gawen”!

We’re finally here in that place called Mbar Toubab, and beginning to discover the fruit of our labor over the last several years. For three days, Kindra and I donned our red-cross adorned T-shirts to assist the other real medical personnel in this adventure in the bush. The last day, over 200 people lined up…

2014 Campaign: Challenging but fruitful

17/8/14 I will try to make use of a very hot late afternoon to set down some impressions from this year’s Planting Together Campaign.  In a word: challenging. First, it was a fall-off of attendance with several teams that were for sure in April becoming no-shows in August. A tragedy knocked the wind out of…

Africa: Pleased to Meet You!

As I write this, two of our executive team, Jean Gapelbe and Keith Whittaker, are now in Dakar,  meeting with government and church leaders,  facility directors, medical supervisors and many more during 8 days of advance preparations. Last night, by Skype call, Jean reported that the directors of the “Great Green Wall” project were very…

Calling All Medical People!

Planting together is more than just trees! Our 2013 Medical team, combining 10 Africans and non-Africans together attended more than 400 patients in 3 and a half days while also taking care of our team bug-bites, cuts and bruises. People came a 30km radius to sleep at the door of our makeshift compound and get…

Planting in Tanzania during Easter week 2014

From April 7-24, 2014 the 2nd edition of Planting Together in Tanzanía will take place near Arusha, not too far from Mt. Kilamanjaro! Teams will partner with and learn from the amazing tree planting projects already established by Jason Choi (watch his onsite interview!) , who helped inspire the vision of  Planting Together. Their reforestation…

Planting Hope

African math: What does a 7-hour trip + rainy season + broken truck equal? A 19-hour trip holding onto each other for dear life in the back of pick-up trucks having the adventure of a lifetime! If you’re going to plant trees in the remote north of Senegal, you gotta get there first. And we…

Fusing nations, forming family

Something special happened during our week of orientation camp. We became one huge team! We’re not quite sure exactly when… maybe when a combined group of African and Asians with a few Europeans mixed in worked for four hours every day peeling onions and preparing lunch over an open fire. Perhaps it was the “African Culture…

105 people, 12 nations, Together!

We are finally back in internet range after two weeks of, well, a better world! All of our expectations exceeded, real tangible togetherness between Germans, French, English, Dutch, Spanish, Senegalese, Malian, even Chinese young people with almost 9000 trees planted in 4 days and almost as many friendships made across age, cultural and religious barriers….