According to the objective of Let's Plant e.V., an eroded/degraded area is to be restored in cooperation with the environmental group of the German school in Addis Ababa and a second local school in Addis Ababa. The contact to the German school in Addis Ababa exists.
With the support of the Ethiopian Forestry Research Institute, we are currently looking for an area that is earmarked for restoration/reforestation by the city administration of Addis Ababa. This area should be a maximum of one hour's drive from the German school and be of a size that can be managed by the students with phased support from local workers.
The aim is to plant 10,000 local tree species and to look after them over a longer period of time so that the trees can establish themselves sustainably. The tree species are Juniperus procera, Olea europaea subsp. cuspidata and Hagenia abyssinica. In addition to sustainable reforestation, the personal experience of the individual students and the multiplier effect through the students are the goals of this project.
The following concrete steps are planned:
- Localization of an area for reforestation (currently in work).
- Contacting another local school in the vicinity of the area.
- Acquisition of seeds.
- Sowing (November 2020).
- Preparation of the area with the support of local workers (April/May 2021).
- Planting the seedlings (June 2021).
- Care of the seedlings/watering.
The time of planting is chosen to coincide with the beginning of the rainy season in order to minimize the effort of irrigation.
Milestones, that have been achieved so far:
- Preparation of a small tree nursery on the premises of the German school.
- Sourcing seeds for the first 1,000 trees.
- The first 1,000 seeds are sown on the premises of the German school.
And here are some more impressions:
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We are looking for donations for our project
- getting the seeds,
- nursery material,
- paying local labor to assist with planting, hole digging and irrigation.
In addition to support from committed private individuals, we have received an initial financing from Deutsche Telekom and the non-profit organization Menschenfreude.org financed 1,500 trees. Many thanks to all previous donors! Overall, we have achieved around a third of our donation target for this project. Therefore, the following still applies: every donation helps to advance the project and to plant Addis!
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