Our Health, Environment and WASH program aims at contributing towards a healthy population that lives in a sustainable, safe and healthy living environment. Since we began our work, we are at the forefront of the fight to avert negative impacts of climate change through building community resilience and mitigating climate change in extremely hot and semi-arid lands such as Fantalle.
Over two decades, thousands of trees have been planted. The impact has been phenomenal and multidimensional—tree species such as Moringa Olifera, which are nowadays in high demand for their medicinal and nutritional purposes and Leucaena, commonly known as Tropical Alfalfa, which is fast growing and protein rich, serves as nutritive animal feed. GTF continues to work on scaling up and replicating its innovative efforts to other parts of the country in its relentless struggles of mitigating the worst effects of climate change.
One way GTF achieved that was through participatory tree planting and afforestation programs in women played a key role. Against all odds, GTF’s tree planting initiatives not only persisted but thrived through the critical and innovative approaches GTF applied. This included planting of indigenous multi-purpose trees that could withstand the harsh ecological conditions of the area, as well as the establishment of forage reserves by enclosing sections of the rangelands. The main aim has been to mitigate the low water levels, to attract rain and to transform the landscape through tree planting. The positive effects on both human and animal lives have been tremendous.
In Sululta town we have regular monthly cleaning campaigns and tree planting together with the community and government offices. So far, we have delivered two solid waste collecting rucks to the government offices which would help in our efforts of making Suluta town a better and healthy living place for all its residents.