Since 2009 ITF have been working with SUNARMA (Sustainable Natural Resource Management Association) to deliver the Wof Washa Natural Resources and Land Use Management Project and we are pleased to announce that the project is progressing very well with some major breakthroughs occurring during the past year of the project.
This project has seen some real successes for empowering repatriated women in Kazimia, the area of the Congo where this project is focused.
An area of 350 metres has been cultivated at Mwakilinda for the repatriated women to use and one tree nursery has transplanted 19,256 seedlings to date.
This project has had an extremely positive impact on, literally, thousands of beneficiaries in urban Malawi.
There were the students and teachers from four local schools who were able to establish school woodlots. There were the three thousand individuals from five local churches who plan to look after the woodlots
The mid-term report from our partners, Church Mission Society (CMS) in Sudan is full of good news. Where to start? There is the newly established arboretum with samples of indigenous and agro-forestry tree species.
Not even halfway through this project and so much has been achieved already! The Save Mount Kenya Forest from Extinction Group (SMKFEG) has been working tirelessly since they received funding from ITF for a project which started in May 2011.
The first thing they did was bought all the equipment they needed which included 3 watering cans, 5 pangas (machetes), 50,000 polythene bags and three lorry loads of manure! It then took them two months to put all the soil into the polythene bags.
ITF have received a very positive annual report from the Cluny Wildlife Trust who are managing the Improvement of Livelihoods of Rural People project on Likoma Island in Malawi.
The Rural Community Forestry Project has submitted a very encouraging interim report. The initiative is managed by Our Lady of Mercy Community Services based in Accra, Ghana and aims to plant 1000 mango trees in community orchards and provide training to local people on planting and cultivation of the trees.
Rural Development Interdiocesan Service (RDIS) have provided a very encouraging project end report despite difficult circumstances.
Our partner in Tamale Ghana, the Development Concern Centre has reported back on the progress of their Tree Protection through Bee keeping Project.
ITF have received a very positive 6 month report from the Forestry Development & Education Project based in Lamwo District, Northern Uganda.