We’ve set out to help homeless kids and combat the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Africa by planting crops of trees that build a path to self sustainability for the entire village.
And, the best part is, it’s working.
The Trees 4 Children project is a new model to help fight the AIDS pandemic in Africa. Melia Volkensii trees have been planted on over 500 acres of land in Nyumbani Village in Kitui, Kenya. The trees will be processed and sold for lumber, generating revenues to help the village attain financial self-sustainability for generations. The project has already produced many benefits for villagers, including new jobs, ability to grow food crops between trees, new fuel from pruning the trees and fodder for feeding livestock.
Our Vision & Approach
It’s been said that if you give people fish, you feed them for a day. If you teach them to fish, you feed them for a lifetime. With Trees4Children, we are close to accomplishing the essence of this well-known proverb, and it’s truly amazing in so many ways. Thanks to our generous and compassionate donors, we cover the costs from germination to harvesting of 30,000 Melia trees planted each year. Trees are harvested after 10 - 15 years, and new trees are replanted in their place. These trees are sold as lumber and made into furniture to support the needs of the village.
Nyumbani Village + Beyond
Nyumbani village near Kitui, Kenya provides a stable home for the most vulnerable. More than 1,000 children and grandparents displaced by the AIDS epidemic live there as families in small cottage units. We believe that Nyumbani could be a model for all of Africa, where the AIDS pandemic continues to produce devastating consequences. Today, there are an estimated 52 million orphans in Africa, and 32% of them have had a parent or parents die from AIDS. Please join us in giving hope for a brighter future to so many who need our help.
"Trees 4 Children does not simply throw money at a problem and walk away. We're investing in self sustainable futures for these kids, and that's really what sets us apart”
- SOMEONE ONCE SAID
December 2019 Update:
Record breaking rainfall this season has increased tree growth and filled the 7 earth dams with rainwater. Trees 4 Children (T4C) staff will begin irrigation in January of all Melia trees on 580 acres. There is enough water the dams to keep the trees growing until the next rainy season in March-May 2020, giving the trees 8 months of continuous growing season, which should continue to accelerate tree growth. The first harvest of 100 Melia trees is targeted for 2021 to be sold to local and Nairobi furniture makers for product and market development. Larger harvests will continue in 2022-2023 and beyond at which time the market demand for Melia will be growing. ~ John Sheffy, T4C Field Based consultant.
Nyumbani Village; Kenya’s sustainable HIV/AIDS community.
The Trees4Children initiative supports the residents of Nyumbani Village, near Kitui Kenya It provides a stable home for the most vulnerable, as more than 1,000 children and grandparents displaced by the Kenya AIDS epidemic live there as families in small cottage units. It's the first sustainable village for AIDS orphans in Kenya., and is a model for holistic care, as villagers receive comprehensive medical care, K-12 education, vocational education, psychosocial support, shelter, and food. Read more here.