We plant a variety of tree that are beneficial for the local community and the ecosystem.
Called “The Tree of Life” Its leaves and seeds are used as food supplements, and contain edible oil. Is used for medicine, purifying water and much more.
It is perfect for producing paper, grows quickly, can reach a height of 18 m, and as far as climate and soil are concerned it is undemanding.
Teak is one of the most important tropical types of wood imported by Western countries. These trees will be used only for local consumption.
As the wood from this tree is stronger than beech and oak it is used as a building material. Its properties and condition are on a par with medium- heavy or heavy wood.
The cost of a seedling is around 50 euros, including the clearing of the plantation of scrub shrubs and weeds which have grown over many years, the preparation of the ground ready for planting, the planting of the trees, the replacement of those which fail to grow and the maintenance of the planted area for at least five years after the seedlings have been planted.
Local workers are paid to undertake all aspects of tree planting, which generates much-need employment in the local community. Our local project manager in the field also receives a salary.
Additionally, overhead expenses are inevitable. These are kept to a minimum since all work in Europe is on a voluntary basis, as are all the charitable works in Nigeria. The main costs relate to the costs of converting money to other currencies and transfers to Nigeria, telephone and other communications, and miscellaneous office costs. These amount to less than € 7,000 Euros annually, irrespective of the number of trees that are planted or are being maintained. A small proportion of all donations is used for to cover these costs.