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Planting for Pemba: Brinkman Community Raises $30,000 for Community Forests in Tanzania
By Zack Melanson
Tree-planters ‘get’ Pembans better than any other group I have met. Maybe it’s living in an isolated community, or maybe it’s just an understanding of what a hard day's work is all about, but planters ‘get’ Pembans. Our organization, Community Forests International (CFI), was born from this tree-planting culture, and has thrived by staying connected to it. Last season was my fifth year visiting Brinkman camps to ‘Pound for Pemba.’ By all accounts, it was the best year yet. From staff, administrators and planters we raised $22,000, plus an $8000 donation from the Brinkman head office we raised $30,000 during the 2015 Brinkman camp tour– growing a movement that has helped plant over 1 million trees for fruit, timber and conservation on the Island of Pemba, Tanzania.
With the help of the Brinkman tree-planting community, we have worked alongside our Pemban counterparts to share ideas and approaches, resulting in thousands of villagers getting access and training in many low-tech solutions that are building a new green economy on the island. Every year Brinkman & Associates Reforestation Ltd. supports the overhead costs of the 'Pound for Pemba' program and generously contributes alongside it's planters, ensuring that 100% of the funds raised by individual planters, staff and management go straight to the work of CFI in rural villages in Pemba. To date, the Brinkman community has helped us raise over $160,000, which has empowered many and enabled positive change in Pemba.
Thank you to all the planters who pounded, all the staff who gave up their day-rates and to the project managers and administrators who made it all happen. Your hard work and generosity continues to inspire and motivate us, and is the foundation for grassroots change in Pemba.
I look forward to seeing you all in 2016!
Asante Sana! (Thank you very much!)
Above Photo: Bimajo, a highly involved member of the Gando community water the nurseries 1500 clove seedlings. They plant some and sell the surplus to the government.
Feature Photo: Darryll Oulton (right) and his Crew raised over $1000 during the 'Pound for Pemba' Fundraiser Ontario planters from Ben Bradford's Camp, outside Hearst, Ontario