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. There is also a new fruit orchard designed to show people the variety of fruits it is possible to grow and harvest. There are now five working tree nurseries in Uganda and the small farm at the children’s centre is doing a good job of supporting and improving the lives of 120 vulnerable children.
Despite facing some challenges such as the longest dry season for over twenty years, the project has continued to go from strength to strength with nursery trees in good condition and ready for planting when the rain comes back.
The project helps many individuals. One good example is Robert, a primary school leaver with few employment prospects but an eager and inquisitive mind. He has worked hard to clear the site for the farm and the nursery and is proud to tell any visitors all about it. His horticultural skills show great potential and this project could be his stepping stone to a brighter future.
One important aim of this project for the next year is to plant 5 trees in every home within selected ‘pilot’ communities and 100 trees on each selected community site such as churches, community centres, clinics and schools.
The project leader, David Sharland has this to say “We all need to wake up to the importance of trees in our environment.”