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We are already transforming lives and protecting Mother Earth

It is a year since we launched PaganAid and the support we have received from across the pagan community has been fantastic. With your donations, we have made our first grant of £1,000 to Tree Aid to support their Women’s Forest Livelihoods project in the Passoré province of central Burkina Faso in West Africa.

Suzanne: “In the dry season, I use the nuts to make shea butter which I turn into soap and sell at the local market. This gives me enough money to buy food until the main harvest.”
Suzanne: “In the dry season, I use the nuts to make shea butter which I turn into soap and sell at the local market. This gives me enough money to buy food until the main harvest.”

This project will work with 950 women to improve their incomes and environmental sustainability by:

  • Helping women to run enterprises based on neem, saba and shea tree products
  • Reducing deforestation and demand for firewood by training women how to make fuel saving stoves
  • Empowering women to protect and restore the forest by legally registering Burkina Faso’s first women’s forest management groups and planting 40,000 trees of different varieties that provide fruit and nuts for eating, are good for improving the soil and biodiversity, and provide a habitat for wildlife.

Woman using fuel-saving stove_webWith PaganAid’s grant of £1,000 Tree Aid will train all 950 women how to make fuel-saving stoves. This will make a dramatic effect to the environment and the lives of these women and their families. And it is all thanks to the donations of pagans like you.

We want to make a second grant to this project, but need your help to make it happen. With just another £1,000 the women of the project can plant 4,000 native tree seedlings in the forest. Imagine what a difference that will make.

How many trees can you help them plant?

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all photos courtesy of Tree Aid