ABCP Newsletter and Annual Report--July, 2005 (abcp-nl05 header.gif (8364 bytes))

New ABCP Initiatives

This Newsletter reports on the tree planting initiatives of the ABCP during the years 2011 and 2012.

In 2011 almost 50,000 trees were planted by school groups, private users and in the village of Makuyuni. In 2012 ABCP project coordinator in Tanzania, Sebastian Chuwa, collected over one million seeds. Enlisting the help of several women’s groups, an ambitious seedling initiative was begun to germinate and transplant these seeds. The groups were successful in starting about 500,000 seedlings, not only mpingo but others that have a variety of domestic and environmental uses.

It is the intent that these seedlings be distributed to be planted by the personnel and students of several institutions and 15 schools in Tanzania where planting conditions are favorable and they will be given adequate care.

Member of Faraha Women’s Group instructs volunteer Daniel Watt at Moshi Mpingo Plot.

New Women's Tree Planting Groups

Three Women’s Groups are working with Sebastian in producing tree seedlings for replanting.

The Faraja Women's Group is located in Mijongweni Village, close to the Moshi Mpingo Plot, the primary nursery for the ABCP. Members of this group regularly volunteer to help with planting seedlings at the nursery and instruct volunteers in nursery practices.

The Green Garden Women’s Group has been assisted in years past by the ABCP to secure funding. This year group members are producing 30,000 seedlings for replanting.

The Mpingo Women’s Group is located in Kikavu chini, south of Moshi. The ABCP has also supported the environmental work of this group. Each of these groups aids in the cause of environmental education and awareness within its local community.

New Acreage at Makuyuni

During the past 5 years the villagers of Makuyuni have implemented an ambitious tree planting project funded jointly by the Good Gifts Catalogue and the ABCP. To date over 50,000 trees have been planted on village land managed by the community. Recently the Village Council assigned another 7 acres of village land to be designated for mpingo. In 2011 28,000 mpingo were planted at Makuyuni.

Our introduction to Sebastian Chuwa was in 1996 when we viewed the 1992 PBS‐TV Nature series documentary titled “The Tree of Music” and found out about his commitment to the conservation of African Blackwood. In that film he was shown at his nursery with mpingo seedlings he had planted. He stated, "My 200 Mpingo seedlings are obviously not enough to make much difference compared with what is being lost. But next year I hope to have 20,000 seedlings to plant. It is vital for me to act now rather than wait until the future when things have reached a crisis."
It took a number of years for the ABCP to reach that number of mpingo seedlings produced, but we are now far surpassing this original dream of Sebastian. Since his recent retirement from safari work, he is devoting more time to conservation activities and producing ever larger numbers of seedlings. Consequently the ABCP is faced with the necessity of extending its outreach to find new sources of funding for the needed planting materials and wages for workers. We ask that our supporters continue their generosity in order to support this greatly increased level of activity.
— James and Bette Stockbauer-Harris




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