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Christmas Appeal

Your support means women like Bibata can grow trees to generate an income and tackle the climate crisis.
£5 a month over the course of a year could provide a community with six life-changing trees that can give a family nutritious food and produce to sell all year round.
£8 a month over 12 months could provide a family with the tools they need in order to look after their trees, including watering cans, pruning tools, buckets and wheelbarrows.
£14 a month for a year could provide ‘grafting’ training for nine people. This technique enables trees to reach maturity sooner and give more fruit to eat.
£15 a quarter over the course of a year could provide a community with six life-changing trees that can give a family nutritious food and produce to sell all year round.
£24 a quarter over one year could provide a family with the tools they need to look after their trees, including watering cans, pruning tools, buckets and wheelbarrows.
£42 a quarter for a year could provide ‘grafting’ training for nine people. This technique enables trees to reach maturity sooner and give more fruit to eat.
£60 a year could provide a community with six life-changing trees that can give a family nutritious food and produce to sell all year round.
£96 a year could provide a family with the tools they need in order to look after their trees, including watering cans, pruning tools, buckets and wheelbarrows.
£170 a year could provide ‘grafting’ training for nine people. This technique enables trees to reach maturity sooner and give more fruit to eat.
£38 could provide a family with three dawadawa trees. The seeds are rich in protein and carbohydrates and can be roasted and made into soumbala to be used in cooking and sold at market.
£73 could give a family everything they need to start beekeeping. Bees increase the productivity of dawadawa and other fruit trees. And in West Africa honey is another important way of feeding your family and earning an income.
£108 could provide training to 25 people so that they can set up a new enterprise group in their community. You’d be helping them to protect their trees and grow an income.

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Donate today to stand with communities living at the sharp end of the climate crisis. Your support is urgently needed this Christmas so that more women like Bibata can join enterprise groups and grow income-generating trees. Your donation could provide communities with the tools and training they need to restore their land and earn an income.

How do trees transform lives?

If you live in the Sahel region of Africa, you are experiencing the climate crisis every day. It is getting hotter and hotter. The weather is becoming increasingly erratic. The rainy season can’t be relied upon anymore. It either comes late bringing too little rain, or causes flooding, destroying crops.

Trees offer a solution. Trees can survive even when crops fail, and your support could enable enterprise groups to grow and protect more trees.

Rihanata a member of the soumbala group in Passimtenga village, pounding dawadawa seeds to make soumbala

How can you help?

Your donation could mean that...

  • People can learn to protect trees and forests and grow drought-resistant tree seedlings.
  • Communities can take part in soil and water conservation training.
  • Enterprise groups receive processing equipment to turn fruit, nuts and seeds into products like soumbala to sell at market.
  • Women can increase their decision-making power in their communities.

What is soumbala?

Soumbala is a hard cake similar to a stock cube. It’s produced from the seeds of the dawadawa tree and is highly nutritious. Soumbala is packed full of vitamins, protein and fat, all of which are essential, particularly for young children.

Being able to cook and sell soumbala at market is a lifeline. It is a staple in cooking and demand is high all year-round. Being part of a soumbala enterprise group means that even if people's crops fail, families can still buy food to eat. 

"Through the project, our eyes are now open. We know exactly what to do to improve. I know that by caring for my environment, I can increase the number of trees and use them well to get more income."
Bibata, Passimtenga village, Burkina Faso
Rihanata, Arigueta and Bibata, members of a soumbala enterprise group in Passimtenga Village, pounding Dawadawa

Donate today to make an impact

With your support, we can work with more people to improve incomes today, and protect the environment for tomorrow.

Your donation today will mean more trees can be grown and protected. It will also mean that more women like Bibata can join enterprise groups, helping them to increase their income and build resilience to the effects of the climate crisis.

Bibata, a member of a soumbala enterprise group, standing in front of her home.

You make the difference

single donation

£38 could provide a family with three dawadawa trees. The seeds, rich in protein and carbohydrates, can be roasted and made into soumbala to be used in cooking and sold at market.

£73 could give a family everything they need to start beekeeping. Bees increase the productivity of fruit trees like dawadawa, the honey produced can be used to by people to feed their family and earn an income.

£108 could provide training to 25 people so that they can set up a new enterprise group in their community. You’d be helping them to get the most from their trees and get the best price at market.