Help our forests and community weather the far-reaching impacts of coronavirus. Between March and August alone, we expected to host 22 volunteer groups. In anticipation, we prepared 40,000 saplings – more than ever before – to plant in 2020. Understandably, all 22 groups cancelled in response to travel bans related to COVID-19. Without the groups, we lack essential funds to plant the saplings currently sitting in our vivero and support the 54 host families, language school teachers and field workers who rely on our support, especially during this time of great need.
We’ve set a goal of raising US$20,000, which will allow us to plant every single sapling, provide reforestation employment opportunities to local community members in need, and offer our local youth the opportunity to plant trees in exchange for educational scholarships. Of course, our work will continue adhering to social distancing guidelines. While $20,000 is only a portion of the revenue we anticipated in 2020, the money will allow us to fulfill our goals and support our community in the coming months.
We work with the Alliance for Global Justice (AFGJ) to receive donations from international supporters. Click the button above to donate, then simply select the Chico Mendes Reforestation Project and choose a donation amount.
All donations made through the AFGJ are tax deductible in the United States.
What Can Your Dollar Do?
$3 takes care of one new tree for one year
Planting a healthy tree with a high chance of survival takes a lot more than just a seed, soil, water, and sunlight. Donations aid us in pruning, weeding, and watering saplings in el vivero (the tree nursery), planting on the steep mountains of Cantel, clearing brush that ignites forest fires, and fertilizing new trees with natural compost.
$8 buys 1000 bags to plant aguacatillo and pinabete seedlings in the vivero
$20 pays one field worker a fair wage for one day of work
$40 buys a new wheelbarrow to transport trees, compost, and soil
$70 provides snacks for 30 local Pachaj student volunteers
When we break for snacks after a morning of hard work, some students have nothing to eat. Your donation ensures that no local student goes hungry while volunteering with Chico Mendes.
$80-500 supports one day of work at a reforestation site
Planting and continual maintenance of reforestation sites requires transporting people, trees, and tools to the site, as well as hiring local workers to aid Pachaj students and international volunteers with manual labor. Daily expenses vary, depending on the site's seasonal reforestation phase.
$850 buys one motoguadaña, a machine that helps us clear brush
Motoguadañas allow us to more efficiently clear brush at reforestation sites, which prevents brush fires and provides saplings with the space they need to grow.
$4350 builds a new greenhouse to protect saplings from damaging frost
Without proper protection, young aguacatillo and aliso trees die during the cool season (Dec-Mar). Each November, we construct roofs from scrap wood and corn stalks to protect the saplings. Unfortunately, our impermanent roof structures require constant repairs and prevent trees from receiving enough sunlight. Two new greenhouses will allow us to grow more trees in el vivero. Download greenhouse design and cost estimate.