The village of Iyegeya, located along a ridge in the mountains of Mufundi.
Amiry Kaiza at the equipment store room before the group descends on foot to the project site in the valley.
large rolls of vinyl tubing are cut into separate pieces and then filled with soil. Then the seedlings are added.
A target of 150,000 tubes need to be filled by the end of each three month cycle.
The seedlings inside the tubes will germinate for weeks before they are transplanted to local farms. They will eventually take up to 10 years to grow.
Adam preparing the soil for planting more seedling tubes. He has worked with TFCG since 1999 and is currently working in 9 villages.
“The villagers are happy to receive volunteers because they know the work will help them for the future, to make money through selling timber and gain knowledge on environmental conservation”.
The village of Ikaning’ombe, 20 minutes drive from Iyegeya, previously hosted a natural resource management (NRM) project, where Raleigh volunteers planted over 150,000 tree seedlings.
After Raleigh depart community members continue to closely monitor the site for 6 weeks, which is how long the germination process takes. Once the seedlings grow to 8 inches farmers will begin the transplanting process.
Co-operation between Raleigh with district officials is essential to recruiting villagers to the site, as everything associated with the project is sanctioned by village leaders.
The seedlings were evenly distributed amongst local farmers, as part of a long term incentive for them to maintain the site. Approximately 30 community members attend each project site, from three sub-villages in the district.
“The pines will be beneficial not to me but to the future generation; my children, my grandchildren will benefit from this project. I am just preparing it for the next generation.”
Community members are trained in sustainable fishing, bee-hive keeping and tree nurseries. This will encourage them to pursue alternative livelihoods and will help decrease the rate at which trees are being cut down.
Zakaio, the VEO (village executive officer) at home in Ikaning’ombe. In his garden he has a large pine tree nursery of his own. He says that since the Raleigh project, many villagers have pursued alternative sustainable livelihoods and planted their own trees.