TEN TREES PER FAMILY MEMBER/INDIVIDUAL
Explain your project in details:
Malawi has welcomed united nations agenda for 2030 on sustainable development with all the 17 sustainable development goals and 169 target areas. Nevertheless, there is need to understand that although there are 17 development goals, the planting of trees is one of the most significant as it is going to solve a number of problems at once. But there has not been so much commitment on the part of the government to encourage people to plant trees. There is so much deforestation, poor waste management, the water resources are under siege The project focuses on conserving environment for sustainable development through tree planting exercises. The aim is to plant one million trees by December 2018. This will be done by working with the community leaders and members to set by laws that each family member should plant and manage at least 10 tree every rain season. The project also requires the parents to plant 10 trees for each new born baby. This means that a family with 5 members will plant and care for 50 trees, a village with 1000 members will have 10000 trees and TA with 10000 people will have 1,000,000. The project will distribute solar lamps to the families with needy students to enable them study even at night and increase their chances of completing their secondary education. Also, the idea of planting 10 trees for new born babies will reduce population growth. Thus people will start practicing family planning as they will be afraid of planting 10 trees for their children. Other objectives include; mitigate the impacts of climate change, increase community participation in the management of the environment, educate and increase public awareness on climate change and environmental protection. We also intend to work with Agriculture and forestry department.
Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development
ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITS Trees promote life. Trees absorb CO2 and release the oxygen back into the air. They also provide homes for animals and replace soil nitrates. By planting one million trees we will conserve the land scape of degraded land, rivers and erosion prone areas in Malawi. ECONOMIC and SOCIAL BENEFITS People will also improve and sustain their livelihoods in terms of sources of energy, fruits for nutrition and building resilience through this project. Trees provides foods such as fruit that can be sold by people. Also indigenous trees increase property values and provide natural air conditioning for homes and classrooms. Additionally, trees promote tourism and improve pride of place in communities. The project will be evaluated through; the actual survival of the forests. The number of trees planted is going to be noted and compared against the surviving number every year; the number of youth actively participating and using the skills taught to them by our technical team will be a yard stick of measure of our progress; the number of functional school clubs created in schools; the positive change in peoples attitude towards environmental protection and tree planting.
Sustainability and future plans
We intend to become self-sustaining through the sale of tree seedlings and flowers to private projects, taking on other tree planting contracts from government and other organizations. We also intend to empower communities including students to maintain and grow their own trees once the project phase out. Finally, careful site selection is undertaken before planting the trees to ensure that communities take ownership of their projects. After planting the trees, we intend to maintain our relationship with the communities through weekly check-ins, frequent face-to-face monitoring of their projects and bi-annual skills development workshops.
Your profile as an entrepreneur
Thomas Sendeza holds a Bachelors degree in Education Social Studies (Humanities) obtained from Chancellor College, a constituent of the University of Malawi. He is a Human Ecology specialist. Thomas is one of the movers and shakers within the education and Environment in Malawi, so passionate about youth development. He is a co-founder of Vituso organization which aims at improving the quality of education in Community Day Secondary Schools in rural areas of Malawi by providing better academic resources and learning environment. He also works as a Part Time Lecturer for Foods and Nutrition and Human Ecology Teaching Methods at Domasi College of Education. Since 2011, Thomas has also been volunteering as a National Instructor for Malawi Red Cross Society and facilitates First Aid training sessions to different institutions and communities as well as leading volunteers in the provision of First Aid services during public events in Malawi. He is a 2017 MRCS youth representative at Red Cross summer Camp in Copenhagen, Denmark. Previously, he has volunteered as Eastern Region Coordinator for Youth to Youth Empowerment where he was leading a team of young people in advocacy for youth inclusion in socio-economic agenda of Malawi through entrepreneurship mentorship, career talks and skill based capacity building.