🌲 Madagascar May 🌲
Throughout this month, your lovely orders will be planting trees in Madagascar - the fourth largest island in the whole world! Heartbreakingly, it has suffered a severe loss of mangroves and forests over the last few years, meaning the endemic species have lost their habitats.
The island also needs trees to purify water sources, control flooding and erosion, and to help replenish the soil with nutrients for farming. Deforestation here has greatly impacted the farmers’ abilities to grow crops, so they have no option but to move to the overcrowded cities looking for work. They often have to resort to selling themselves or their families into slavery just to survive.
This reforestation project is hiring the local villagers to plant the trees, giving them a decent income so they can provide for their families again. The project has also transformed how the people relate to their forests - they now look for protection and stewardship, rather than just wood for cooking and construction materials.
As more and more trees are planted, the healthy forests begin to emerge once again, and all the negative effects of deforestation start to disappear. Replenishing the dry deciduous forests will also create habitats for many endangered species, such as the iconic ring-tailed lemurs (yes…King Julien!) 👑
Once again, we would just like to express our endless gratitude for you lovely lot. You are the ones who have made all of this possible, so THANK YOU! 💚