What is the “Fruit Tree Program.”?
We have commenced our fruit tree program in conjunction with the Indreni foundation who are supporting an orphanage and vegetable growing project in the region. We have now leased land and all the future profits from our fruit tree program will allow the Indreni foundation an extra level of sustainability in the future. This, in turn, will create local employment for women who currently lack employment and also ingratiate other aspects of the local community. Our partners are dedicated to ensuring that all projects are managed with the minimum of costs and that direct aid means direct aid. We have seen at first-hand how having a direct fruit tree program is direct action and how this benefits the landscape and community with long-term sustainability and economic freedom the goal. We are also carrying out the following;
- Establishing a small nursery to provide fruit trees to donate to poor farmers
- Training women enablers to grow and manage fruit and nut trees in the orchard areas
- Encourage microloans for trees to farmer groups and women’s working groups who want to supplement their farm incomes
- Help train other communities in remote areas to establish Group enablers and organise distribution of plants, seeds trees, and equipment.
- Leasing of land for community forest initiative through farm groups
- Agri-advice to community enablers and farmers groups for irrigation, planting, harvesting and management advice for fruit and nut growing,
- Distributing of fruit and trees to impoverished farmers in conjunction with community enablers and communities groups
“We want to let our children know we care about the world we are leaving them”
How We Use The Funds We Raise
- Administration Costs 7% 7%
- Trees 42% 42%
- Equipment 14% 14%
- Training 37% 37%
Gift a fruit tree “ Trees mean Life.”
The dream of trees for food is about taking a responsible approach to third world countries where with environmental changes in the future will challenge us to change our attitude of how we grow our food and how we need to be more responsible with the environments that are now under threat now from climate change.
Fruit trees means food, shelter, nutrition, medicine, environmental balance and community sustainability for the regions that require this.
Fruit trees also have the ability to bring about a new life force within the community’s in the future, and change the environmental devastation that poorest countries have to continually endure.
Our Simple Approach.
PLANT, GROW, LEARN, SUSTAIN
Our intention is that trees are planted with the aim of providing sustainable nutrition coupled with an environmental awareness of how freshly grown local produce can benefit and enhance the lives of every family.
There is now a worldwide need to understand how food is grown and distributed.
PLANT We can reap the benefits of a healthier diet and environment
GROW We are setting the seeds that will help numerous communities
LEARN We teach how to view food in a different light and bring balance back to a fractured land
SUSTAIN To help people help themselves in the ever-changing environment political, cultural and envrionmental
How Do Fruit Trees Help?
Trees produce fruits, seeds, leaves and nuts that all have important nutritional value and really diversify people’s diets. They are also far stronger when it comes to surviving floods and droughts so can be a real staple in famine situations. The things that grow on trees also often have value and can be traded at market. Supporting villagers to manage their trees so they stay healthy and productive, as well as enterprise support means the money they earn can buy other foods that they wouldn’t be able to grow themselves.
All of this rests on supporting communities’ access and rights to trees, and on making sure that the natural environment is flourishing, healthy and productive. Families are able to meet their needs – they have access to enough food, and also a range of other foods that fight malnutrition and are more resistant in the many times of hardship they often endure.
Our Aims And Continuing Goals
- Continue to give fruit trees to communities in remote areas where income supplement is very important.
- To do this in conjunction with other NGO’s on the ground
- Train local people in other areas to manage nurseries/orchards from our model orchard base in Kathmandu.
- Continue to improve our varieties of fruit tree management and knowledge from our main growing orchard and vegetable model.
- Give fruit trees to primary schools
- Train women in to the program so they have direct access to ongoing employment
- Orchard establishment and nursery development
- Target women’s groups to take care of the trees
- Teach children in schools about the positive benefits of fruit and nut trees
- To bring back ecological awareness of the land and how best to protect it
Who Are The Indreni Foundation?
Indreni children’s charity is a non-profit organization registered in Ireland, Switzerland and Nepal with partner charities Sahayata in Germany and Friends of Indreni in California. Ram hari Khadka and some the Neplaese staff who run our operations on the ground in Kathmandu have come from similar backgrounds to many of the children now in our care and in turn wish to dedicate their lives to helping others. They themselves are a shining example of how children can come through an organization like Indreni and positively effect change in their society. Their example is far reaching and has inspired a group of Individuals across the globe to help them help the children and grow Indreni to help as many children as possible in their quest to improve their society for the good of all.
Ownership of the fertile land is based on the feudal system. Most families have land holdings of less than 1 hectare, too small to meet their family’s needs. Most villages are made up of large families, and migrants come from the mountains to the lowlands. Refugees from Bhutan fled to Nepal during the violence in the 1990s. The growing population is putting pressure on the little cultivable land.
As a country straddling two tectonic plates, earthquakes, floods, landslides, and glacial melting inhibit economic growth. Socially, Nepal unofficially recognizes the caste system, especially in rural areas. This means poverty of lower castes is justified and expected. Women also face discrimination in terms of healthcare, nutrition, education, and the domestic realm. Women are unable to make major decisions or take responsibility for their own economic advancement. Many women go hungry, and female babies are sometimes victims of infanticide.
The Maoists that rose up against the monarchs of Nepal from 1990s to the early 2000s dominate the government. There is a president and a prime minister; however, there has not been a parliament since May 2012 after they failed to draft a new constitution. Political instability is a major obstacle to socioeconomic reform and international cooperation.
Tourism, especially for climbing, is a key industry for the rural regions with urban areas surviving off of trade with India. Major exports include carpet, clothing, leather goods, and grain. Nepal is highly dependent on foreign aid and the assistance that we are offering. Please remember to help us help them.