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Harambe! Harambe!

What does it look like to come together as one? Picture a stone church on the top of a small mountain.  In front of the church are garden beds, and just outside its entryway is a large patio. On the patio are a couple dozen chairs arranged in a circle. One by one, Tanzanian farmers […]
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How a healthy environment can keep fathers with their families

Fatherhood is extremely important. This Father’s Day, we’re taking the time to remember the importance of dads. Studies make it pretty clear that the presence of a father or father figure plays a big role in a child’s eventual success. Children with involved fathers, stepfathers, or father figures are far less likely to engage in […]
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For Julius, sustainability protects a family legacy

Julius’ farm is one of the most vibrant sites in his village. The village of Rombo sits high atop of its Tanzanian watershed. In one of the highest parts of Rombo, you’ll find a large farm growing bananas, sugar, cabbage, amongst a variety of other crops. The area surrounding the farm is a deep, lush […]
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For these hilltribes, change begins in the backyard

In Northern Thailand, ethnic minorities are creating much needed sustainable change by starting right at home. Life isn’t easy for the hilltribes in Northern Thailand. As ethnic minorities, many of them are subject to various forms of persecution and discrimination. Many of them are refugees and can remember a time of having to flee to […]
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Results, processes, people: All of it matters

When working with teams that cross different cultures and other boundaries, it’s important to value results, processes, and people. Plant With Purpose values constant learning and continual improvement. With the goal of learning and improving our internal processes, we recently conducted a staff retreat in Southern California. One of the biggest takeaways from our time […]
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Keys to a sustainable summer

Summer gives us an opportunity to develop and strengthen sustainable habits. For many of us, this has been a long awaited moment. I’m talking, of course, about the beginning of summer. Whether that means freedom from the demands of a school year, more opportunities to leave your jacket behind at home, or simply the good […]
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Carolina and the courage to dream

As a young girl, Carolina pleaded with her father to allow her to go to school. He had not planned on sending any of his daughters to school. School fees were far too expensive and he believed home was the place for women. Immediate needs dictated life. Barren and unproductive land made it difficult to […]
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Rising up to face the three big threats

Plant With Purpose exists to respond to three of the biggest threats that face our planet right now. Environmental degradation. Poverty. Spiritual despair. These three crises aren’t just concepts, but active threats to the lives and well-being of people all around the world. These three issues are so deeply connected. Environmental issues contribute to poverty […]
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This community in Haiti is a hub of entrepreneurs

When you think of hubs where entrepreneurs and start-ups are birthed, places like Silicon Valley, Austin, or Manhattan may come to mind. In rural Haiti, however, is a village where new economic opportunities, innovation, and empowerment have enabled a community of entrepreneurs to create better lives for themselves and their families. In Fonds-Verrettes, village savings […]
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Celebrating the moms who have it the hardest

We remember the moms in places where raising children is extremely difficult. There are some places around the world where motherhood is extremely difficult. In many of the communities where Plant With Purpose works, moms have to overcome poverty, food insecurity, disease, and conflict in order to make life better for their children. As we […]
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DRC: The urgency of unity

Right now is a volatile time for the Democratic Republic of the Congo. In February, The Economist issued a magazine cover picturing a Congolese soldier with the headline Heading back to hell: Congo in Peril. This is a headline nobody wants to see. The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has endured a history of […]
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Time to do something

The environmental threats to our Earth demand that we do something and take action! Every year, the Earth loses enough forest to cover land the same size as the country of Panama. At this rate, it will be less than a century before its forests are gone completely. The needs of our planet are urgent, […]
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The people behind the purpose: Sophie

One of the most exciting things that comes with growth for Plant With Purpose is adding new people to the team. Recently, Sophie Casmano joined our team to help strengthen our fundraising efforts. Sophie brings a passion for sustainability and some impressive baking skills to our San Diego office. We took the time to ask […]
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Environmental stewardship is a spiritual calling

Sustainability isn't a chore, it's a calling Future generations will be living the world we shape through our actions. Today, there are many reasons to be concerned. People all around the world are consume resources that are disproportionate to their population size. A recent study done by Washington State University, revealed that the United States […]
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The Earth Can't Wait

The time to take action is right now Deforestation is a crisis that isn’t talked about nearly enough Every second, one and a half acres of forest is cut down. Half of the world’s tropical forests have already been cleared. At the rate we’re going, there will be no more rainforests in less than a […]
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