CART (Christian African Relief Trust) issues excellent Quarterly Newsletters, put together by its volunteer helpers and always well worth reading.. Follow the link marked 'News'.
From Uganda, Simon Opio writes, 'The tree project is ideal ‑ especially for resettling the people in villages after 10 years of being displaced from their homes It will be a very good source of income for families, once the project is established; in the long term, over 2000 families will benefit. Each nursery tree costs approx. 5p to 16p (100-500 Ugandan shillings) ... Church members will be able to help set up the tree projects; we could initially plan for 200 families each planting 100 trees ‑ i.e. 20,000 trees @ 16p = £3,200.'
In Malawi, the main problem being addressed seems to be the erosion of existing forests by uncontrolled charcoal burning; the churches are doing their bit in improving this situation and encouraging new tree-planting. There's a footnote saying that 'CART can purchase saplings suitable for firewood for approximately £8 each', and on another page we read that CART has decided to make these tree-planting projects a part of its Harvest Appeal for 2008
All the Trust's administrative costs are met by the CART Trustees, but the actual cost of shipment is very high, so monetary gifts are greatly appreciated, they may be sent to Br.Guildford Tompkins, whose address is 'Whitegates', Tinker Lane, Lepton, Huddersfield, West Yorks HD8 0LR.
Thank you for your continuing support for this important work ‑ B&KK-S