The forests of Rwanda are a natural heritage of biodiversity and natural resources. Among all forests, Gishwati – Mukura is one of the most important. Once this forest was spread over 253,000 hectares, hosting 60 species of trees and endangered animal species.
Due to illegal mining and the country’s chaos after the genocides of 1994, illegal logging and reconstruction drastically reduced the forest to only 3558 hectares. The small farmers have tested the tragic consequences of this deforestation on their skin, with incalculable damage to water, energy and food production.
Agnes Uwifashije is head of a peasant women’s cooperative that works with us with a great purpose: repopulating the forest.
Our local partners will train 2000 farmers to restore the territory and thus improve the living conditions of the whole community. Planting the trees will allow the dry soil to return fertile and fight erosion. With proper resource management, these trees can be transformed into firewood, climbing bean poles, and fodder for animals. It is also expected that avocado, lemon, and tomatoes will also be planted. These trees will allow a significant reduction of CO2 in the atmosphere and are a real investment for the sustenance of the local community, for soil and the prevention of erosion.
Supporters of the project will receive a certificate and constant updates on the status of the trees. Even one tree can make the difference against pollution and can make a decisive contribution to the salvation of the planet.