Lerato Park, a new low income housing development in Kimberley, is the designated community to receive the trees. 750 houses will each receive 1 indigenous shade tree and 1 fruit tree.
The 1500 trees will offset 553.5 tonnes of Carbon Dioxide over their 15 year lifespan.
Through this project, 29 unemployed community members have been trained as Community Educators to monitor the trees for a period of 1 year and report back to Food & Trees for Africa. They receive payment per tree that they monitor – creating temporary employment.
Community Educators have been taught how to plant and care for a tree, mulching techniques, grey-water reuse techniques, and how to plant with a 2ℓ bottle to ensure these trees thrive despite drought conditions.