UPDATE: The water flows! Thank you to everyone who helped make this happen. Please be sure to follow us on social media where we will be posting up-to-date images and information about the progress of the nursery. We have some exciting developments on the horizon we look forward to sharing information about those on our social channels and website. Thank you again!
Much gratitude, the ICPSD team.
Less than five percent of the land remains forested in the country of Togo in West Africa. Togo's extreme deforestation is a result of wood extraction for fuel and logs, agricultural clearance, and infrastructure developments. Like other Sub-Saharan African countries, the majority of Togo households rely on wood fuel as a source of energy for cooking. Wood and charcoal account for more than 80% of the national household energy consumption.
To help solve the deforestation problem, The Institute for Community Partnerships and Sustainable Development (ICPSD) and its partners have set up a Native Plant Nursery in the town of Notsé, Togo where they grow native tree species. The nursery is managed by a local women's co-op called Lolonu (Love at work). This group of 70 women is committed to restoring native tree species in Togo, so they recruit and train NGO workers, government employees, and talented young entrepreneurs interested in developing start-up tree nurseries.
The women of Lolonu continue to manage the Native Plant Nursery in Notsé. Because the nursery site is currently without a well, part of their work includes fetching water from a private well hundreds of yards away. Your donation will fund a well for the nursery. Not only will this provide a stable water source for the nursery, it will empower the women of Lolonu to increase their impact on reforestation efforts in Togo. We look forward to growing together with you!