Planting Together has developed a partnership with the government of Senegal to assist in The Great Green Wall (La Grande Muraille Verte). After sending two pilot teams in 2011 and 2012 (see photos here), teams now go each August into the far north of Senegal and soon in other nations to work side by side with local villagers in replanting their forests and saving their heritage. Trees are planted only during the rainy season (approx August 10 -September 10) Your team is invited to will start at a large “Gather & Go” preparation camp near Dakar, followed by planting trees for a week and then another week of serving other local Christian and charitable projects.
Chief engineer “Papa” Sarr, and head strategist, Serigne Mbodji, have invited us to not only send planting teams but to bring medical teams, children’s activities, sports, etc., with us as we go into areas that have practically no development and little contact with Western nations. An amazing opportunity to come at the government’s invitation to plant not only trees, but also hope, among these remote tribal peoples.
More Background: The Great Green Wall is a project spearheaded by the nation of Senegal and adopted by 11 other nations bordering the Sahara desert to the south. The project aims to create a green belt,
15 km across and 7,775 km long, from Dakar to Djibouti. These nations of the African “Sahel” region lose as much as 50km of land annually due to the desert’s relentless blowing to the south. African leaders have done the math and decided to plant trees to rescue their nations from desertification. The Great Green Wall’s origins can be traced to Burkina Faso’s president, Thomas Sankara, who led efforts fighting desertification in his country from 1983-1987. In July 2005, the African Union decided to adopt and support the project. In Senegal, local villagers are consulted regarding which species work best in their area, and are employed to grow and tend the seedlings, of which more than 2 million are planted each year.
Watch this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bdRDfXFjgZg&feature=player_embedded