Like the rehabilitation of ex-child soldiers, planting trees has to be long-term
When it comes to reducing carbon dioxide levels, we can see from the diagram above that to nurture just one tree to maturity can remove more carbon from the atmosphere than planting a hundred saplings that do not survive the first few years. It is essential, therefore, that local people understand the importance of trees.
The ex-child soldiers that have trained with us know how to protect tender saplings from drought and over-grazing so that they reach their full stature. They are also proving this knowledge on their own land and many new, healthy fruit trees are testimony to their success.
They are the ones who are best placed to take this valuable knowledge
out into the wider community. This means that not only do trees have the best chance of surviving to adulthood, but our trainees also become known for their farming expertise and not for the stigmatisation resulting from their past experiences as ex-child soldiers. A double transformation!