Last summer at Brethren Woods Camp, in Virginia, the young campers learned about Trees for Life and heard stories of its work around the world. They planted trees that will be at the camp for many years to come. Here is the article from the camp newsletter.
Trees for Life Service Project
Each summer Brethren Woods selects a worthy organization to be our service project and this summer that group was Trees for Life. Trees for Life is a non-profit organization that offers a helping hand and education to families in poor villages around the world. By learning how to plant and care for fruit trees, villagers become more self-sufficient and they are better able to help themselves with good nutrition and produce to sell. There are no handouts and people pledge to share what they have learned with other villagers. Since its beginnings in 1984, tens of millions of fruit trees have been planted in developing countries!
During each week of camp, campers heard stories of the work of Trees for Life around the world. Then, on Tuesday night, campers got to plant seeds for their own tree to take home with them and also worked as a group to plant trees here on the camp property that they can watch grow for years to come. During Week 5, a Forest Ranger came to share more about the importance of trees and how to plant them with the group. Offerings were collected throughout the week by campers combining their money to purchase a flag for the bulletin board. Each flag represented a different country in the world where Trees for Life works.
The weekly totals were:
Week 1 – $258.45 Week 4 – $114.45
Week 2 – $197.61 Week 5 – $175.57
Week 3 – 161.72 Week 6 – $452.39
TOTAL = $1360.35
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