Newsletter ABSWP Spring 2014
Some say happiness is only true when shared.
We want to share our happiness with you in this wonderful time of the year.
Times are changing, at a rapid pace. Everything is changing around us, we want to change too.
It is not only about just an idea or a will, but is about actually doing it.
It’s about our actions, it’s about our day to day decisions.
Since our last newsletter we’ve taken a lot of decisions and actions, we’ve experienced many challenges and also launched deep changes in our organisation.
We are testing new directions while at the same time looking back into the past and re-affirming our values.
Our aim is to look forward, thinking about THE future, our future as a whole as humans beings.
We are responsible for our actions, thus we decide to give back, to contribute as much as we can, to grow continuously.
Below we attach some of our last news, all of them great news.
We have been accepted as part of the United Nations Global Compact, we are expanding into the United States and we have signed partnership with new foundations that support our cause in Europe (as the King Baudouin Foundation and the Rossetta Foundation).
On top of that strategic news, the Department of Wildlife and Forestry has donated seedlings and has agreed to involved University Students visiting our tree plantations.
Soon you’ll hear, feel and see more of what we are doing.
This is an opportunity for us to be together, to celebrate our victory, to connect with you.
Without your contribution, this will not be such a wonderful spring.
Once again, from the bottom of our heart.
Thanks for your support.
YOU make all this real.
The ABSWP team
United Nations Global Compact
Supporting our values
We are happy to announce that ABSWP has been approved to be a part of the United Nations Global Compact initiative. A word wide program to support ten principles around the areas of human rights, labour,environment and anti-corruption.
By becoming a part of the program, we commit to promote and matain these principles and also gain accesses to a network of companies who share the same values and contribute to a greater good.
We pledged to participate in and engage with the UN Global Compact in the following way(s):
- Promotion of the woman: paying particular attention to specific gender issues present in the society and work to address these by protecting, empowering and educating women.
- Self-Reliance: we supports projects based on self-reliance, which are compatible with the principles and goals of the organisation, with start-up financing until independence is ensured.
- Sustainability: we establish an appropriate basis of knowledge and consciousness to provide a scheme which is sustainable, ecological and cost-efficient.
- Trust and Transparency: we seek and encourage trust and reliability in all persons involved. Therefore we maintain open and honest relationships to donors, members, sponsors and institutions on the basis of trust and transparency combined with ethical and moral criteria.
- Tolerance: we commit ourself to fellow human beings. Religions, ethnic groups or political views are not barriers. As a mediator, we encourage tolerance, better communication and more equality.
Educating University Students of Agriculture on our Plantation
Recognition by the Department of Wildlife and Forestry
Our on field partners, Africa Innitiative from World Peace bring also great news.
The Head of Department of Department of Wildlife and Forestry, have made a donations of indigenous trees call opepe (150 seedlings). On top of that, they will take University students of Agriculture to our plantation for practical experience. They want to learn the practical aspect of Forest Regeneration and Management, the way they are practised/ handled by us.
This is a great honor for us, as we’ve been recognized as the only viable organisation into reforestation and regeneration in Nigeria in the south-south and Mid west Nigeria and the practical field experience will help the student in their future career.
King Baudouin Foundation Partnership
Expanding to the United States
We are extremely happy to announce our new partnership with the King Baudouin Foundation. This means a lot to us, a great achievement for our organisation.
We have become part of their network and we also have now the possibility to receive donations in the United States of America. This also means that all our donors in the US can take full tax deduction benefits.
The “American Friends of the ABSWP” has already been created. Soon we’ll have a board of directors in the US who will help us to expand in that area.
9/11 Memorial Museum
Trees bringing peace internationally
The 9/11 memorial museum in NYC has supported our project since our last event back in 2013, along with the UK government and the honorable visit of Andrew Pockock, the UK Ambassador in Nigeria.
Thanks to the good relationship developed, they have included our project in their worldwide registries. It is the first and only initiative of that sort from an African country. You can see our dedicated page here.
The Rosetta Foundation
Spreading our world into different languages
We are happy to share that we have recently joined forces with the Rosetta Foundation, a great team of people who are willing to help, as we do.
The Rosetta Foundation enables the global conversation between communities. Based in Dublin, at the University of Limerick, their primary purpose is to promote Social localisation making vital information available to individuals all over the world irrespective of their social status, linguistic or cultural background, and geographical location. The Rosetta Foundation is a nonprofit organization registered as a charitable organization in Ireland.
They are currently providing us with amazing support from professional translators all over the world at no cost whatsoever.
Thank you Alice and your great team!