“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

Beersheba Project

Ten years ago, Eric Toumieux, former director of World Vision in Senegal, discovered that villages in the arid north needed more than clean water, basic health service and schools in order to survive. Without trees, villages die. (see it on video hereHe and a few associates then did something that seemed foolish to local farmers. They built a fence around 100 hectares and… waited.  The fence kept grazing animals from devouring young tree shoots. Then, thanks to simple FMNR pruning techniques, a veritable forest began sprouting from otherwise useless and barren African savannah.

They call the project “Beersheba” and no one is laughing now as native flowers, animals and birds (like the one pictured here, photographed on-site at Beersheba), are returning to the fenced-in project. Tall grasses provide animal feed and prunings are burned down to valuable charcoal. Beersheba is a self-supporting community, modeling easily-transferable techniques that are turning once-useless depleted lands into valuable, sustainable forests.

Beersheba has now recruited Senegalese young men to live together in this “magic” 100 hectare property where they are learning the simple secrets of FMNR before being sent out to villages throughout the region.

Jean at Beersheba – note difference inside fence.

Planting Together is partnering with Beersheba to bring volunteers from around the world to help build sustainable model communities. Teams are invited to come during the pruning season, (from January through May) to help  “regreen” once useless land and bring a legacy of hope into these remote villages of the African Sahel!

Read more about Beersheba

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