“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

105 people, 12 nations, Together!

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Planting team and Baobab tree.

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. I will be writing a few updates on this blog. for more pictures and stories go to our facebook page. August 13: Teams have arrived! Over 100 people from 18 nations! Our daughter Kindra is keeping us well fed African style. But because the kitchen consists of a 1 m2  of bare earth and one big iron pot, it takes about three hours for a team of 7 to prepare lunch!


Kitchen for feeding 100 people!!

We witnessed the first time two of our friends from Mali (Enoc and Adama from the village of Ennde) had ever touched an ocean. We cried with Hong Kong and Senegalese as they prayed for each other to achieve their destinies and we laughed our collective heads off listening to Patti describe how she once got a boatload of Chinese tourists to dance Sevillanas.


Adama & Enoc, first time ever in an ocean!!

We had an “African Culture afternoon”, where Patti got her hair braided, and we all took a turn at African dances. I think you’ll notice in the video who really has rhythm and who doesn’t! It has been a wonderful time of mixing cultures, and beginning to understand just a small piece of the African reality. Tomorrow we leave for the north, looking forward to lots of dust and tribes whose language we will never learn. I remember one of our global KKI leaders saying “ I wish everyone could spend two weeks in Africa, it would change their lives.” We’re living it!

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One Response to "105 people, 12 nations, Together!"

  1. patto
    patto Posted on August 24, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    Oh no, I´ve already forgotten so much! Thanks for posting and reminding us of so many “firsts”.