Francis lives in Yendi with his wife and three girls. They rely on the Daka river for survival. "We use the river for cooking, washing our clothes, and catching the fish." But the effects of the climate crisis and a reduction in trees — known as deforestation — are causing the river to dry up for longer periods each year.
Francis joined a Tree Aid project and is now growing and restoring trees along the riverbank to help secure the vital water source for generations to come.
"I will be able to use what I have learned from the project to help my family. Through these trees, I hope my family will benefit from education. It will help us in not suffering in the lean season because we will be getting a lot of fruits, and income from the trees.
Because of the project, in the future, it will reduce the poverty rate because the community can use fruits to sell and also use it as food."