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Eden is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that reduces extreme poverty and restores healthy forests in Haiti, Madagascar, and Nepal by employing local villagers to plant millions of trees every year. We’ve planted over 150 million trees to date.Join Us
Why True Village?
We’re partnering with True Village to restore an entire region of Madagascar. Madagascar is more than just an island from an animated movie. It’s a nation with over 200,000 species of plants and animals that don’t exist anywhere else in the world.
But more than 90% of Madagascar’s original forests have been destroyed, displacing entire animal species and taking away the ability of the Malagasy people to farm and live on the land. Now, more than ever, restoration is critical to the survival of the land and the lives that fill it.
With True Village we are planting dry deciduous tree species that are native to the west coast of Madagascar. The seeds come from remnant native forests. Our employees harvest the seeds from trees, transport them, and then grow them in nurseries until the seedlings are ready to be planted in the fields.
Your donations are funding the seedlings (baby trees) that will ultimately grow into a healthy and thriving forest.
The Planting Site
The project will lift thousands of villagers out of extreme poverty and into a quality and sustainable life.
Frequently Asked Questions
What kind of trees are you planting?
The villagers will be planting a wide variety of dry deciduous species that are endemic to the west coast of Madagascar. Native dry deciduous species are uniquely adapted to thrive, even during the long and harsh dry season. It is important that the remnant pockets of truly endemic forests also be protected as a means to provide diversity for both flora and fauna, and the remnant forest becomes an invaluable seed source for future reforestation sites. The seeds collected from the remnant forest are then propagated in seedling nurseries by the hundreds of thousands and cared for by Eden’s employees recruited from the local villages. When ready, the seedlings are planted in devastated landscapes with a commitment of restoring the dry deciduous forests that provide abundantly to all who live within them.
How many trees are needed to restore the region?
It will likely require in excess of 100 million. This year we are targeting 700,000. A great first year achievement.
Will any Agroforestry trees be planted?
Ten percent of the trees planted will be Agroforestry species that will be planted at the restoration sites and in gardens for the villagers.
What happens when the project is complete?
Well, first, we need your support to get there. So join us and donate as you are able. When the project is complete the villagers will be able to live off the land once again. In addition, they will have the ability to provide for their families due to increased farm yields that will result when the eco-system is restored. They will also be able to use the agroforestry trees that have been planted as an additional food and income source.