Plant With Purpose
Plant With Purpose seeks to restore hope by reversing two of the world’s greatest challenges: global poverty and environmental damage. These problems are interconnected.
Our goal is to see creation’s life-giving regenerative cycles restored and people renewed through their relationship to God, living in healthy sufficiency and empowered to dream.
We operate in eight countries around the world. Our international work is 100% locally-led, with global offices operating both as independent agencies within their country, and alliance partners with Plant With Purpose U.S., which supports their ongoing work.
Plant With Purpose Celebrates the Graduation of HoiLu Watershed in Thailand
Plant With Purpose, a global nonprofit organization committed to environmental restoration and rural community development, proudly celebrated the graduation of the HoiLu watershed in Thailand on April 24, 2023. The momentous occasion was marked by a vibrant ceremony held at a church partner's campus, attended by local community members, leaders, and representatives from Plant With […]Read More
Candida: "The pine needles benefit us artisans, and we can collect them without harm."
Before Plant With Purpose, I used to make tortillas kneeling down; which made my knees hurt. For water we used to go with the donkey to bring it out of a hole. My situation was difficult before I found Plant With Purpose. Once, I had a problem in my hand, one finger felt bad, I […]Read More
Burundi, Environmental Restoration, Living Sustainably
Salvator: "I used to worry about ever being able to reach a point of long-term sustainability."
Before I joined a Purpose Group, it was very hard for me to meet my needs because of lack of money. I couldn’t even find enough for basic necessities like medicines when a family member fell ill, school fees for my children, or food for the difficult time between harvests. The loans I was able […]Read More
Living Sustainably, Thailand
Meepu: "I have already seen the difference after planting fruit trees and bamboo."
Meepu, mother and spouse to six children, is a farmer and cook in the MaeTaChang Watershed of Thailand. She felt hopeless because of how expensive and unsuccessful her plant's growth was due to old monoculture farming techniques. She tried countless experiments cultivating different seeds that all died due to lack of knowledge of how to […]Read More
What to watch this Earth Month!
Check out Plant With Purpose's staff picks! Eden's Pick My Octopus Teacher My Octopus Teacher is about a guy who befriends an octopus and watches/documents its life cycle. It gave me a new perspective on the way people can have a significant and impactful relationship with other members of creation (it also made me cry!) […]Read More
About Our Work, Meditations
Would Jesus Be An Environmentalist?: An Examination of The Nature Metaphors in Jesus’ Parables
Mustard seeds, lilies, grains of sand, fig trees, and sparrows. The parables through which Jesus taught were often driven by nature-based metaphors. Jesus was raised in a tradition that had a strong understanding of Earth’s connection to God. Joseph predicted crop failures and droughts through dreams given to him by God. David searched for messages […]Read More
About Our Work
Causes, Effects and Solutions to Environmental Degradation
Environmental degradation is an increasingly pressing issue that affects us all. It is caused by a variety of factors, ranging from human activities to natural disasters, and its effects can be devastating. Many of these effects can cause further degradation, which means that this impact works as a downward cycle. Fortunately, there are solutions, and […]Read More
Juana: "We plant so that the field does not lose its life."
Juana is a single mother of three children living in a rural community in Oaxaca. She is a member of a Purpose Group that works to improve the lives of rural communities through sustainable development projects. The Mexican farmer has been working with Plant With Purpose on several projects, including the poultry module, fruit orchard, […]Read More
Severin: "My production of beans and corn have almost tripled"
Severin is the president of his Purpose Group located in the Nyakijanda watershed of Burundi. He is a 60 year old Burundi farmer who has accomplished a lot, applying innovation to his work on the farm. “I am so delighted to be a member of my Purpose Group in Burundi,” he introduces himself. “I am […]Read More
About Our Work, Environmental Restoration
Trees Are Only Part of the Story
Plant With Purpose celebrates planting 50 million trees and so much more Plant With Purpose celebrates planting of our 50 millionth tree. This represents decades of growth, lessons learned, and lives changed since our first seedling was placed in the ground in 1984, 38 years ago. Planting 50 million trees in 38 years may seem […]Read More
About Our Work, Academic, blog
Ethical Photography: Upholding the Dignity of Our Partners
Photographs are one of the most powerful forms of communication. They can motivate, inspire, and introduce you to people and places you may have never been exposed to otherwise. But what happens if we publish the wrong photo? You know, the one that catches a subject making an unflattering expression or captures them at their […]Read More
As the world heats up, the world’s poorest suffer most
As global heatwaves increase it is the poor who suffer the most. Two months ago, South Asia faced a lethal, record-breaking heatwave that many took as a warning for what, in light of climate change, could become increasingly normal. India and Pakistan and their 1.5 billion residents bore the brunt of the excessive temperatures. Jacobad, […]Read More
Plant With Purpose statement on West Virginia vs. EPA
Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in West Virginia vs. EPA to limit the Environmental Protection Agency's ability to prevent uncontrolled greenhouse gases from the power sector. We recognize that the effects of those emissions go beyond any one state or nation and have a harmful impact on our planet, including its most vulnerable […]Read More
About Our Work, Academic
The Spiritual Stakes of Endangered Species
The following is a guest contribution by Christian environmental writer, Betsy Painter. Betsy Painter is a creative writer and conservation biologist who is passionate about environmental care and its human dimensions. She has studied Religion and Ecology in graduate school with a focus on the beautification of nature in the redemptive Biblical narrative and its […]Read More