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Se7en+1 Would Love Your Help Buying Trees for Zambia with Trees for Fees and GreenPop…

January 5th, 2016 · 13 Comments

Last year, I was lucky enough to win a trip to Zambia with GreenPop… I blogged and blogged about it. It was a life changing experience for me. Living in a green camp, transformed my thinking from living green is something that some folk apply to their lives, to living green is a lifestyle that we just can’t afford not to choose.

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The world needs trees for a number of reasons… they provide the air that we breathe, they provide havens for biodiversity, they provide nutrition and shelter… I could go on and on. Zambia is one of the most deforested countries in the world. The GreenPop team arrive there for a month each year, to help build relationships, help local communities put trees back into environment and to encourage a culture of green living.

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Last year we planted fruit trees with school children, we planted on a communal farm and learnt about building a food forest on the African Plains. Not to mention we planted literally hundreds of trees and painted murals with local children to raise environmental awareness in local communities. Along with teaching sustainable practices and greener living, trees were also planted at cultural sites, like the great Victoria Falls. Planting trees is a way of life and GreenPop has the ability to enable local communities and international volunteers to learn and work together. I cannot tell how many times I have used my tree planting skills, not to mention mural painting skills since I have been back in Cape Town, sharing these lessons with my kids so that they too can be part of the volunteer movement in a useful way.

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Before I went to Zambia, my biggest concern was how to plant a tree and would I be able to do the work required. To be honest, it never occurred to me to think about where the trees come from. GreenPop buys their trees from local nurseries and so encourages and supports local business initiatives. In turn would like to support GreenPop and buy trees for their upcoming project, the Zambia Festival of Action.

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My gang have been planting trees with GreenPop in and around Cape Town for the last two years, they love it… volunteering has become their favourite family activity.

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While not everybody is able to get to Zambia and plant trees we would like to plant trees for our friends and followers. GreenPop has a trees for fees campaign with GivenGain and we have joined it… In order to be part of the creative and passionate team of volunteers planting trees on the ground each individual needs to raise/sell 80 trees. Each tree costs $12 or R120.00 (USD 12 or ZAR120)… We would like to sell a lot of trees to help provide the 2016 Festival of Action Team raise trees for their project… And while we can only dream that we would sell 800 trees, for all ten of us, we would love to be part of the team. I know this is crazy, but we were wondering if we could find 800 followers willing to buy a tree for the team… or 400 followers willing to buy two trees for us… we would love to plant trees for our blogging community. We have until the 31 March 2016 to raise our trees, if you have any brilliant ideas to help us raise trees… then let us know and if you would like to donate funds for our project then please click on the image below to find out our details.

I am figuring out how to get a better widget… meanwhile if you click on the picture it will take you through to our project

I cannot tell before I post how our readers will respond… but I can say that whatever trees we do raise will go towards planting trees under an African sky… making a better future for our children wherever we are. Trees do make a difference, I have seen it with my own eyes… and planting trees one by one by one alongside young people can can change a school, a community, a country, a continent and the world. I think we all want to be part of that change.

Se7en+1 Previous Post About Volunteering in Zambia

  1. Se7en Zambia Stories to Begin With…
  2. There is so Much More to Planting a Tree than Planting a Tree…
  3. Life in the GreenPop Campsite…
  4. Se7en+1 Incredible People That Are Part of the GreenPop Team in Zambia…
  5. Se7en + 1 Timeous Lessons Learnt on a Trip to Zambia with GreenPop…
  6. Feasting in an Eco-Friendly Kitchen with GreenPop…
  7. A Trip to Zambia and a Market Tour…
  8. Se7en+1 Ways to Get Involved in the GreenPop Treevolution…
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13 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Cassey // Jan 5, 2016 at 10:03 am

    Please remind me about this at the end of the month.
    Cassey´s last blog post ..2016 the year I say yes to what scares me

  • 2 se7en // Jan 5, 2016 at 10:24 am

    Hay Cassey, I will be blogging about this all the way up until the closing date in March… I know January is a very very very long month (!!!) but I wanted to start sewing the seeds in our readers’ minds that we will be doing this project and we would love them to join us in our crazy big Trees for Zambia campaign… just to wish us luck is a really good start!!! Hope you have a lovely day…

  • 3 Christi {Jealous Hands} // Jan 5, 2016 at 1:28 pm

    Oh, se7en – yay! We will donate, but it will be in February, as the budgeting is done for this month. I will be praying, praying, praying for you to reach your 800 trees goal – what an amazing adventure for your family! ❤️

  • 4 Pamela // Jan 6, 2016 at 12:56 am

    We would love to help! Do you know how the exchange works for US dollars? I haven’t actually sent funds internationally before and I’d hate to get hit with big fees.

  • 5 se7en // Jan 6, 2016 at 9:13 am

    Hay Christi, You are such a star, thanks for your amazing support always… I think this is going to be one of those “go big or go home projects!!!” I am just going to let it sit here awhile and think about how to take it further… 800 trees is actually a formidable task… but one by one I know we can probably get this done!!!

  • 6 se7en // Jan 6, 2016 at 9:17 am

    Awe Pamela, you are always such a great support… I have no idea how bank charges work, but if you click on the widget (that I have to figure out how to look much better!!!) then it will take you to the Given Gain website and you should be able to pay directly in dollars. I know for previous projects we have done with Given Gain, folk have paid from the UK and the US and they have never mentioned any sort of a problem. Let me know what you think… and thank you a million times over!!!

  • 7 dvs // Jan 7, 2016 at 10:24 am

    I will donate the funds for a tree, too!

  • 8 se7en // Jan 7, 2016 at 3:11 pm

    Thank you so much dvs, We so appreciate that… can’t wait to get this party started!!!

  • 9 Christi {Jealous Hands} // Jan 26, 2016 at 1:46 pm

    Ok, se7en I’m ready to donate – but the site is in rands (I’m assuming). I’m going to DM you on IG so that you can tell me how many rands will equal my dollar amount.

  • 10 se7en // Jan 27, 2016 at 5:03 pm

    Thanks for the message Christi, you are going to be our first trees!!! So good to have your support!!! Have a wonderful day!!!

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