Plant Your Future

Help Amazonian Communities Restore the Rainforest

The greatest challenge our global community has ever faced is climate change, with deforestation of the Amazon Rainforest a significant contributor. Improving the lives of rainforest communities can protect and restore the rainforest and in turn halt the rising temperatures that threaten us all.

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 30 November 2021 to 12:00 PM, 7 December 2021

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1134720)

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Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£30,000

Amount raised

£40,345

Donations

172

Championed by The Coles-Medlock Foundation

    Categories

  • Community Support & DevelopmentCommunity Support & Development
  • Environment/ConservationEnvironment/Conservation
  • Poverty Alleviation/ReliefPoverty Alleviation/Relief

    Helping

  • OtherOther

Location

Peru

Situation

Trapped in a cycle of poverty and destructive farming, many rural families in the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest have no alternative but to cut down the rainforest, as a means to feed their families and subsist. But this type of "slash and burn" crop farming isn’t sustainable - once the protective tree canopy of the rainforest is cleared, heavy rains wash away the soil’s rich nutrients on the exposed land and the ability to grow crops is limited to two years at most, driving further deforestation.

Solution

Working with communities at the grassroots, we provide the training and resoures needed for families to transform degraded/deforested farmland into thriving “agroforestry” — an environmental friendly approach that combines native fruit and timber trees with shade crops (providing short, medium and long-term income).Our local team of experts provide hands-on training to families as well as capacity-building workshops, supporting communities with establishing sustainable farming businesses.

  • My family have always been farmers and we like growing things, but it was always just to survive. Thanks to Plant Your Future we have been able to diversify what we plant with the capacity building we’ve received. Very soon I’ll be harvesting citrus fruits and cocoa, which will give me an income.

    — Julian, a farmer from Loreto

  • My thanks go to all those who have supported Plant Your Future — so often low-income rural communities do not receive the support they need, but thanks to you, the families I am able to work with are gaining the skills to farm sustainable and improve their lives.

    — Sergio Lopez, Loreto Programme Coordinator at Plant Your Future