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We provide the tools for farm communities to protect and manage their local watershed in a sustainable way--this is not 'conservation' in the traditional sense of the word, but by working with and through communities who act in their own interest and that of future generations, we see tangible outcomes such as increased tree cover, reduced erosion, increased biodiversity, protection of critical watersources

Plant With Purpose is an interdenominational Christian organization with members and participants from a wide variety of denominational backgrounds.

We offer our participants the opportunity, but not the obligation, to learn about the hope that we have in Jesus. Much of that is done by supporting and building up the local churches in the communities where we work. When Purpose Groups desire more, that is available as well. Finally. we realize that our witness is only as strong as our own character, and as staff and community agents, all of us need to reflect the unconditional love of God for everyone with whom we come in contact.

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In short, not really. We emphasize the importance of locally led reforestation and the benefits of a community taking ownership of its own ecological health. The most helpful volunteer opportunities typically come in support of fundraising or advocacy activities.

No. We work with people from all kinds of religious (or nonreligious) backgrounds.

Yes. In our country programs, tree cover is increasing or stable in all of the watersheds where we work, increasing at a global average of 0.39% per year. This is a reversal from the global trend, where 0.51% of tree cover is lost every year. Participants reduce their Poverty by more than half, and crop yields increase by 37%

Savings group equity and income is all generated by the participating community. The money administered in loans within Purpose Groups come from the investments of members. Participants often realize their agency to improve their own situations. Globally, participants are 10% more likely to agree with the statement: "I have the ability to improve my life."

Plant With Purpose partners contribute to climate change mitigation by planting trees and practicing agriculture that strengthens two of nature's most powerful carbon sinks: forests and soil. On average, our partner farming families sequester 6.2 metric tons of carbon each year. Plant With Purpose also helps climate vulnerable communities adapt to the challenges of climate change through supporting crop growth and economic resilience.

Yes. We have teams working on both sides of the border that collaborate and coordinate efforts, particularly in the Elias Piña province of the DR and the West department in Haiti. Teams close to the border are actively communicating and collaborating to meet the needs of these populations

About two-thirds of our participants are women. This is reflective of the disproportionate amount of agricultural work women do around the world. In sub-Saharan Africa and the Caribbean, they produce up to 80 percent of basic foodstuffs. In Asia, they provide from 50 to 90 percent of the labour for rice cultivation. (FAO) As more and more men migrate from rural areas in search of work, women bear a heavier burden. In some regions of Africa, 60 percent of households are now headed by women. // Many of our partners are from indigenous communities that are often excluded from society or marginalized due to their race. In Thailand we only partner with “hilltribes” - highly marginalized ethnic minorities that often have tenuous rights to the land. In Mexico, we work with many indigenous communities of varying ethnolinguistic backgrounds.

The groups savings and equity is comprised soley of the group members capital. We do not inject capital into the groups, which is a decision based on experience and research showing the ineffectiveness of that approach. It is also counter productive to our global mission.

Plant With Purpose's programs have the benefit of capturing and storing atmospheric carbon, we do not currently have a formalized carbon credit and verification program. Certification and verification require special resources and procedures to ensure they are done properly. We understand that there is a strong demand for carbon projects, and we are exploring these opportunities with caution as it relates to the autonomy and social concerns of our partnering communities. If you are a business interested in a partnership, we encourage you to reach out to us directly as each case tends to be unique. Please email us at [email protected]

Plant With Purpose members participate in savings groups, where they can take out and administer loans from each other using the community's own resources from the start. In addition to promoting empowerment at a local level, this approach also helps strengthen communities, serves as a platform for other environmental initiatives, and keeps decision making and cash among participants the whole time.

Our model is unique in that it incorporates economic empowerment, environmental restoration and spiritual renewal. This model has proven to be a powerful transformational approach in the rural farmer communities where we work.

What we provide is not aid, but sustainable development. We have seen incredible impact in the lives of individuals, families and communities, with entire communities significantly reducing their poverty, and ecosystems beginning to recover. The testimonies of transformation motivates us to continue to bring hope one person and one household at a time. While we cannot directly impact the political unrest, we believe our watershed model will continue to bring environmental, economic and spiritual hope to the people of Haiti.

Many of the techniques that we promote help to address climate change adaptation and mitigation. For example, through Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration (FMNR), farmers encourage the natural growth of trees from existing root systems. These trees are more adapted to difficult and variable conditions that are often presented by the changing climate (adaptation) as well as sequestering more carbon (mitigation).

We are one of many organizations working together with the government of Tanzania and local authorities in Kilimanjaro to protect and restore the forests near the base of the mountain and it's surrounding areas. Planting local species of trees in strategic locations has resulted in not only the increase of biodiversity, but also renewing natural water sources that had previously dried up.

We have had many churches form partnerships with Plant With Purpose, by partnering to support a specific location, or collaborating on efforts to promote creation care. If your church is interested in a partnership, please email [email protected]

About two-thirds of our participants are women, consistent across all of our country programs. This is reflective of the disproportionate amount of agricultural work women do around the world. In sub-Saharan Africa and the Caribbean, they produce up to 80 percent of basic foodstuffs. In Asia, they provide from 50 to 90 percent of the labour for rice cultivation. (FAO) As more and more men migrate from rural areas in search of work, women bear a heavier burden. In some regions of Africa, 60 percent of households are now headed by women.

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Generally speaking, members can invest small amounts of their income at every meeting by purchasing shares. After a short while, they can also take out loans from the savings group in order to reinvest in their farms or small businesses. Repayment terms and interest are designed by the group, but are a much safer alternative to predatory lenders that are common in some of the places we work. As the group itself gains more resources, some are allocated into a social fund that can help community members during a time of crisis. Local groups are in charge of electing their own officers, setting their own specific bylaws, and keeping their own records.

We are consulting with crisis management organizations. As a policy, we do not take unnecessary risk and our teams maintain a low profile. We are in constant communication with other organizations and partners in the field to assess risks day by day.

Members of a Purpose Group typically designate a social fund that can help community members during a time of crisis. These can include health emergencies that require hospitalitzation, a trip to the city to recieve care, or a natural disaster that destroys a person's farm. In especially severe cases, such as Haiti's 2010 earthquake or 2016 hurricane, Plant With Purpose occasionally raises extra recovery funds.

While spiritual renewal is not something that lends itself to numerical measurements, we see increases in the amount of times people extend help to their neighbors, or people who agree with statements like "my community works together to solve problems" or "my work is a meaningful use of my gifts. We see spiritual transformation even more vividly in the stories and testimonies of our partners. Communities formerly in conflict, families in turmoil, or individuals feeling hopeless commonly share a shift in attitude. Read some of their stories here.

Plant With Purpose works with village agents and community leaders to engage citizen science, surveying participating tree planters in the community to help report on the quantity of trees planted. These numbers are then verified in audits and are further ascertained through remote sensing methods like NDVI.

Plant With Purpose works with village agents and community leaders to engage citizen science, surveying participating tree planters in the community to help report on the quantity of trees planted. These numbers are then verified in audits and are further ascertained through remote sensing methods like NDVI.

Plant With Purpose partners contribute to climate change mitigation by planting trees and practicing agriculture that strengthens two of nature's most powerful carbon sinks: forests and soil. Plant With Purpose also helps climate vulnerable communities adapt to the challenges of climate change through supporting crop growth and economic resilience.

We recognize that poverty is more than just a dollar amount but a condition of lacking choices and security. Plant With Purpose uses a multidimensional poverty index (MDPI) similar to the tool used by the United Nations and other development instiutions. Our MDPI looks at 12 indicators of poverty including money in savings, meals eaten per day, access to water, and education for girls. Learn more about our indicators and why we use them here.

Plant With Purpose's savings groups provide loans that can be used to start businesses or enhance existing income-generating activities. These can include family food kiosks, salons, poultry or livestock projects, and similar ventures. Purpose Groups also provide training in entrepreneurship and business skills.

10¢ helps community members prepare their soil, 60¢ helps grow the trees in a nursery run by locals,15¢ mobilizes our partners to plant the trees, and 15¢ helps with monitoring, maintaining, and reporting.

Plant With Purpose helps rural pastors and church leaders access training and curriculum that are often difficult to attain in remote settings. We frequently work in partnership with individual rural churches to help organize Purpose Groups, and church spaces are often used for group activities.

One function of a Purpose Group is to serve as a Farmer Field School. This is a peer-to-peer learning environment where participating farmers can develop sustainable agriculture skills and learn new regenerative farming techniques by exchanging knowledge with each other and practicing hands-on experimentation. We use our "Seeds of Change" curriculum that was developed collaboratively across all programs.

We build partnerships with local organizations in each country and work together to form Purpose Groups. These are platforms where members can save money, plant trees, learn how to care for their ecosystems, and grow spiritually.

Plant With Purpose helps communities restore soil and ecosystem health, which supports greater crop yields for farming families. We also provide the opportunity to save and invest income, and to take out loans that can be reinvested into farms or enterpreneurial activities. Most often, it is the combination of a healing ecosystem, the opportunity to build savings, and the social-spiritual support of a community that create a pathway out of poverty.

Regenerative farming improves soil health, decreases erosion, reduces water contamination, reduces or reverses deforestation, increases climate and economic resilience, sequesters carbon, and reduces use of harmful chemicals.

Groups are formed by community members who then create a constitution/bylaws to govern the group. Each member is part of the group's accountability and each member plays a specific role. Specifically, there are three different key holders and a fourth person responsible for keeping the safe.

We are currently engaged in growing trees on 880,000 hectares within 46 watersheds. By 2025, we will expand to cover 1.74 million hectares in 89 watersheds.

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Our faith motivates our work in every way, but one key belief is that the economic, environmental, and spiritual problems we seek to solve all result from broken relationships: between humans and God, creation, and one another. We believe that each person we work with has value, being made in the image of God, and we seek to uphold every person we work with as a partner, not a project.

There are a number of valid critiques of mass reforestation efforts, including their impact on the local population, the survival of trees planted, and the overall impact of the trees on the surrounding ecosystem. We work in partnership with local communities to make sure social impact is also integrated, and highlight the value of the right tree in the right place. For more on these and other concerns, read here.

Yes, it is relatively safe for our team in Burundi to work. The local leadership plays a key role in keeping a pulse on the security situation and protocols (if needed) to navigate uncertain and/or unstable periods of time.

Yes, it is relatively safe for our team in DRC to work. The local leadership plays a key role in keeping a pulse on the security situation and protocols (if needed) to navigate uncertain and/or unstable periods of time.

There has been ongoing conflict along the Amhara/Tigray border which is a distance from our partipant communities. We have had periods of imminent danger in our participant communities but the conflict has not come into our communities directly. We work closely with our Ethiopian partners to ensure safety and security for our employees and participants.

Haiti is currently experiencing a high level of political unrest that do provide risks to our teams in Port-Au-Prince and as they mobilize to our targets areas. However, the remote areas where we implement our program are safe to operate. We are taking all necessary precautions to reduce exposure and risks.

We continually monitor security situations and are in constant communication with our teams in the field. All of our teams in mexico are comprised of local people, minimizing the risk that accompanies foreign status.

The Tanzanian governement may be more stable compared to their neighboring countries, but the country as a whole is still quite under resourced versus the needs around this critical environmental region.

While Thailand is often considered a 'middle-income' country, the communities with whom we partner are marginalized economically and socially.

Though Mexico is the largest economy in Latin America it is still a developing nation. With socio economical poverty metrics in the states of Oaxaca, Chiapas and Puebla many times below the national average.

Plant With Purpose supports whole ecosystem restoration. At farmer field schools, participants learn how to steward all of their environment, including restoring the soil through regenerative agriculture, protecting hyrdrological systems, and monitoring and protecting biodiversity.

Plant With Purpose does not limit its tree planting focus on planting a large quantity of trees, but on how trees serve an important role integrated into a broader ecosystem. Rather than focusing exclusively on planting a large amount of trees, incorporating local education on how trees benefit crops, ecosystems, and water sources helps ensure community members will continue to care for the tree throughout its life.

These activities go hand-in-hand, especially in the context of the communities where we work. Environmental restoration leads to better crop yields, which helps increase income that can be invested. With farming as a primary source of income for all participants, their economic security is dependent on environmental health. Integrating environmental restoration and economic empowerment helps ensure that one does not succeed at the expense of the other.

We are privileged to be the only organization collaborating with the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church (EOTC). The EOTC is the largest church in Ethiopia and the greater proportion of our participants in the Amhara region are members of the EOTC.

Spiritual renewal is integrated into the curriculum used by Purpose Groups. Various modules are available depending on which is most appropriate for the local context. A few of the most frequently used courses are a Theology of Work, Farming God's Way, and Umoja (unity in Swahili). Plant With Purpose also helps facilitate workshops on leadership, identity, vocation, and relationships, while also providing special training for the local needs of pastors and community leaders.

As an organization? Nothing. Nearly all the work is done voluntarily by farmers who recognized the environmental challenges and take action. Our role is to provide training in environmental restoration techniques. Farmers apply a variety of techniques to restore the environment including protecting soil on their farms using rock barriers, planting green manure cover crops, participating in community tree planting campaigns, and protection of important water sources.

We provide training on a broad range of regenerative/sustainable agriculture techniques and principles that give farmers the knowledge/tools they need to improve their farms productively and sustainably. Individual techniques or species may or may not have value in any given context, but farmers are equipped to make informed decisions as new ideas come and go.

Based on our MDPI, cutting poverty in half means that families on average see the amount of poverty-indicators that they are below cut in half. Analysis of our multidimensional poverty index (MPI) indicates that Plant With Purpose families cut their level of poverty by 54.6%, from meeting eight poverty indicators to four.

We directly intervene in local ecosystem restoration, the reversal of deforestation, and the restoration of soil health. These efforts ultimately also strengthen our global environment by mitigating climate change, protecting biodiversity, and promoting clean water and food security.

After 7-12 years of partnership, Plant With Purpose communities graduate. Activities will typically continue and the community will often serve as an example or ambassador to other neighboring communities.

Very simply, agroforestry is the integration of trees in agriculture. It is a traditional approach that has been practiced around the world for thousands of years and is becoming increasingly important as greater pressure is placed on farmland around the world. Agroforestry allows farmers to diversify income, improve and protect soils, increase the number of plant and animal species on their farm, remain resilient in different seasons, to withstand unpredictable weather patterns, and increase carbon sequestration.

Biodiversity is a measure of the abundance of different types of organisms in an ecosystem. A monoculture of maize for example is not very biodiverse, whereas an agroforestry system may contain dozens or even hundreds of species. More diverse systems are more resilient both ecologically and (for farmers) economically. When thinking about biodiversity in the context of farming, it is critical to think about biodiversity both above and below ground. Soil in fact is the most critical ecosystem that farmers are managing and an important part of our training is thinking about soil as an ecosystem rather than just a physical structure that supports crops.

UHDF is an independent local NGO recognized by the Thai government--PWP works closely with UHDF and while we are the primary partner, they do receive a small amount of funding from other organizations.

For those in rural poverty, a sense of vocation, purpose, or calling are often at odds with external and internal perception. For the majority of communities around the world- and in particular the communities most vulnerable to climate change- faith is an essential part of daily life. A spiritual motivation is extremely effective in helping transform habits in support of a more resilient world.

Plant With Purpose's tree planting programs have a 60% survival rate over three years. This higher-than-usual rate can largely be attributed to our community-led approach, which fosters local-level caretaking of the trees after they have been planted.

Plant With Purpose invests heavily in monitoring and evaluation as this ultimately shows us what's working and ways to continue to improve. We apply both remote sensing techniques, like NDVI to measure vegetation, as well as participant surveys and citizen science (equipping everyday individuals to help with measuring biodiversity, soil fertility, and other changes)

Plant With Purpose promotes a variety of reforestation practices, including agroforestry, community-led reforestation, and Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration (FMNR). These methods, particularly agroforestry, encourage the planting of trees by highlighting their beneficial relationship with other members of the ecosystem- namely, agricultural crops.

Our partners plant a wide variety of trees under the knowledge that biodiversity is resilience. We encourage our local members to ultimately make the final decision about which trees to plant on their farms, while emphasizing the importance of the right tree for the right place. However, typically the trees planted are both native trees, crop trees that can help provide food and income, and other helpful trees that can be used to support environmental restoration. No harmful or invasive species are ever planted.

Our partners plant a wide variety of trees under the knowledge that biodiversity is resilience. We encourage our local members to ultimately make the final decision about which trees to plant on their farms, while emphasizing the importance of the right tree for the right place.

At Plant With Purpose, community ownership begins from day one. Groups are all autonomous, farmers make their own decisions. We provide organization, training and support which typically continues for 10-15 years before "graduation."

We begin our work in the most rural areas where families depend on the land for survival because they have the skills and abilities to improve their conditions and work with their community to develop a better way of life.

In 2008, we started working in various parts of Burundi. Currently we work in some of the most rural areas of Burundi in four different provinces with plans to expand our program to new areas. Burundi is one of the poorest and most food insecure countries in the world, not to mention the amount of deforestation that has taken place over the past few decades resulting in more families living in conditions of poverty.

Our participant communities are in Andabet which is in South Gondar of the Amhara region. Program placement is based on multiple factors including organizational connection with key stakeholders, assessment of community readiness and need for our program.

We work in the states of Oaxaca, Puebla and Chiapas. Three of the states with the highest level of marginalization and indigenous representation. These states also contain the highest levels of biodiversity in Mexico, representing some of the most threatened habitats in the world.

In 2004, we started working in Tanzania specifically in the Kilimajaro region. Mount Kilimanjaro is a key biodiversity and environmental spot in Africa, home to different groups of people that all depend on the health of the environment for their survival and most especially the rural farming families on the lower slopes of the mountain.

We work primarily with ethnic minorties in Northern Thailand, often displaced from Myanmar, Laos or Southern China--these groups often have ambiguous legal status and have difficulty finding work, owning land, access to services--as part of our economic empowerment efforts we help participants solidify legal status.

We work in the sub-watersheds of Elias Piña, San Juan, Sanchez Ramirez, Mosenor Nouel and Monte Plata, provinces with high and medium-high levels of marginalization. We work in the DR because our mission of environmental restoration, economic empowerment and spiritual renewal intersects with the highest needs of these populations. The subwatersheds where we work provide indispensable ecosystem water services to Santo Domingo and the Artibonite Valley in Haiti.

In 2015, we started working in South Kivu and specifically in the Kakumba watershed. Over the past seven years we have expanded our program into seven watersheds in the South Kivu region.

Plant With Purpose works in rural communities across eight countries: Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Dominican Republic, Ethiopia, Haiti, Mexico, Tanzania, and Thailand. In 2023 we will begin work in our 9th country, Malawi. Program locations are based on level of poverty, land conditions, deforestation, vulnerability, and community interest.

The families we work with in DRC are farming some of the most difficult landscape. The land is severely eroded and it is one of the poorest parts of the world. About 90% of the population depend on cultivating land for their families survival. The needs are great and at the same time the opportunities to help are significant.

While many regions within the Dominican Republic have experienced a degree of prosperity, there are many communities and provinces that continue to experience socio-economic and environmental need. For example, in all the areas where we work more than 50% of households are in extreme poverty.

We use savings groups because they put decision making and cash in the hands of community members from the start. Savings groups promote empowerment, build community, and can become a platform for other community development activities, including environmental initiatives.

10¢ helps community members prepare their soil, 60¢ helps grow the trees in a nursery run by locals,15¢ mobilizes our partners to plant the trees, and 15¢ helps with monitoring, maintaining, and reporting.

A watershed is an area interconnected by ecology. We've found that saturating (working with around 50% of families within) a watershed results in sustainable change. Nature's ability to assist in its own healing results in improvements across the entire watershed, and we've found that all families living there-not just the direct participants-benefit.

Absolutely. We maintain a high commitment to ethical stewardship and financial transparency when it comes to our donations. For a fully detailed breakdown, you can visit our Financials Page.

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