GOSHEN, IND.—Mennonite Men approved $121,000 for 11 grants to support tree-planting projects around the world. Besides two grants that went to American congregations, the other nine were awarded to Mennonite community projects outside the United States: four each in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Angola, and one in Benin.
Most of these international projects will provide seedlings both for long-term reforestation efforts and for short-term economic support of local communities that will learn sustainable forestry practices while earning income from the trees through fruit and charcoal-production (to reduce cutting trees in intact forests).
Once planted, trees from these 11 projects will nearly triple the number of trees already planted through Mennonite Men’s JoinTrees project, from just over 100,000 to 297,658. The goal of the project is to plant a million trees by 2030 to help restore God’s Earth.
To contribute to this project, visit mennonitemen.org/jointrees.