“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

2014 Campaign: Challenging but fruitful

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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.

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2014 Planting Together: 26 people from 15 nations aged 5-59!

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 our Mali team, and instead of 40 people, only four were able to come.  A Chilean girl, full of faith and dreams for Africa, after 40 hours of flight, had visa problems at the Dakar airport only to be returned without even setting foot on Senegalese soil. Then the weather took over and decided not to rain, which delayed our team’s departure to the planting zone by 4 days, generating extra housing and food expenses of 1200€, breaking the back of our already stretched budget. With no rain to plant, we decided to send only the medical team for the first three days, with myself as driver and Kindra as food coordinator (thank God!) and translator for our Spanish nurse  We rented what seemed to be a reasonable 4×4 vehicle from a friend in Thiés. Lessee… the back door doesn´t open, instead of a/c there seems to be a hole in the firewall which pours engine heat into the front seats adding an extra 10 degrees to the 36-38ºC  afternoon swelter. The right passenger window is held up by a rope, the driver doorlock has disappeared into the door frame, and halfway up from Thiés, we discovered a leak in the gas tank which left about 30 liters of gas along the highway. We got it fixed but it pushed our arrival back late into the wee hours of the morning. Adrenaline was high as I peered through the cracked windshield, eating the dust of Dr. Soh’s air-conditioned rig as he followed GPS through the wilderness, dodging thorny Acacias and trying not to pulverize 2 meter high anthills along the way. (read entire article…)

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