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Hiring – Development Associate

Posted in Job Posting

Date: March, 2015 Position title: Development Associate – Partners Location: Headquarters – Silver Spring, Maryland Reports to: Sr. Director of Operations TREES is currently hiring for the position of a Development Associate, who will focus on both cultivating and nurturing relationships with donor corporate partners (CP). This is a critical role, since donations from CPs…
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Get to know… the Cashew!

Posted in Africa

The Cashew Tree By John Leary, Trees for the Future Executive Director The first cashew apple I ever picked came from a tree in the back of the Peace Corps training center in Senegal. It might be surprising for most to know that the cashew apple is much bigger than the nut it is known…
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Introducing… the West African Bush Plum

Posted in Africa, Cameroon

The African Bush Plum By Ben Addlestone, Trees for the Future Forestry Specialist The first time I saw a Bush “Plum” fruit was when I lived in Cameroon in the early 90’s. It was an exotic looking purple fruit grilled at road-side stalls alongside spicy goat meat and plantains. I had to try it, and…
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Measuring Success

Posted in Africa, Project News, Senegal

By Curtis McCoy Program Manager, Training and Extension December 7, 2014 Touching down in Dakar, Senegal at 6am local time meant we’d be just in time to see the sun come up over Leopold Sedhar Senghor airport. Though the day had barely started, coming from 60 degree temperatures in Washington, D.C. and arriving at over…
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Top 10 Questions

Posted in Trees for the Future News

October 2014 This month marks the end of my first year as executive director at Trees for the Future. One of my greatest pleasures has been meeting our amazing supporters and having had the opportunity to discuss the complexities of poverty, environmental degradation, and the impact of our work. I wanted to take this chance,…
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How Planting It Forward Changes Lives

Posted in 2014 Plant It Forward, Our Results, Trees for the Future News

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Thanks to the generous contributions of our supporters in the month of August, TREES was able to raise over $25,000! We sincerely appreciate the support of each donor and want to celebrate the 400,000 trees that will be planted as a result by showing you how those trees will impact our partner communities. Take a…
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Planting a Green Barrier in Ghana

Posted in 2014 Plant It Forward

Samuel plants a bare roots nursery to help others develop forest gardens

What if we could build a green barrier to stop encroaching cities while feeding the people that live in them? On the outskirts of Accra, the capital of Ghana, Samuel Sarpong is doing just that on his successful pineapple farm. But it wasn’t always this way. Several years ago, Samuel’s pineapple farm – which he…
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Planting it Forward With Her Children

Posted in 2014 Plant It Forward

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What would it be like to walk miles each day just to find enough firewood to cook a meal for your family? Rose Micere, who lives with her five children in eastern Kenya, knows. She used to set out each morning to find scraps of wood for fuel and grass to feed her cow. The…
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What’s More Important – People or Trees?

Posted in 2014 Plant It Forward

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In Cameroon, one of the poorest and most ecologically diverse places in world, what’s more important: trees or people? Our technician Limbi Blessing, is working hard for both the disappearing forests, and the people in them! Ensuring that we don’t have to make that choice. Limbi’s work place is home to one of the highest…
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A Tale of Four Fathers

Posted in 2014 Plant It Forward

Omar's Forest Garden

Thirteen years ago, I met my friend Omar in what is known as the peanut basin of Senegal. As we sat in the barren field he had inherited from his father, he showed me his ID. In French it read, “Occupation: Fisherman.” I laughed. We were 100 miles from the ocean.  Omar didn’t even smile….
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Plant It Forward Campaign

Posted in 2014 Plant It Forward

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How many trees are there in your yard or on your block? You’ve probably noticed that even one new tree has the power to completely transform an environment. Now imagine 500 trees, growing and thriving in some of the poorest, most barren corners of the world. You can make that happen during our Plant it…
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How Many Legs Does Your Bank Account Have?

Posted in Honduras

April 11, 2014 Silver Spring, MD – A cycle of poverty and environmental degradation stems from using animals as bank accounts in developing countries. According to the IRS, last year the average tax refund was $2,744. Surveys this year indicate that about 60% of us Americans plan to save our tax returns, but how? In a traditional low interest savings…
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Trees for the Future is on Amazon Smile!

Posted in Press Releases

March 27, 2014 Silver Spring, MD – Trees for the Future is now on Amazon Smile. When Amazon shoppers make a purchase using Amazon Smile, Amazon will donate .5% of the purchase price to a selected charity. Through March 31st, Amazon will make an extra $5 donation!   Trees for the Future

Water and Trees Need a Little Crazy

Posted in Africa, Our Results, Senegal

March 21, 2014 by John Leary, Trees for the Future Executive Director  Kaffrine, Senegal – “Danga dof,” a phrase in the Wolof language that Mariama Ndao heard countless times over two years as she pulled water from an 80 foot well and carried 10 gallon tubs on her head over the length of a football field…
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2014 Plan of Action

Posted in Plan of Action, Press Releases, Trees for the Future News

March 5, 2014 Silver Spring, MD – Trees for the Future celebrates 25 years of tree planting based on the understanding that the health and welfare of the land is directly related to the health and welfare of the people. With nearly a third of the world’s population living in poor farming communities, and farming…
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