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Ein Europäischer Blick auf ein Baumpflanz-Projekt in Sambia: “Trees For Zambia”

Written by Treevolutionary, Leoni Hertig (Switzerland)

Ein Text von Treevolutionary Leoni Hertig aus der Schweiz


Leoni is studying Social Science and Economics at Bern Univeristy in Switzerland. She joined us for our Trees for Zambia project in Livingstone for 3 weeks and is now working in the Greenpop office until the end of August 2012.

Leoni studiert Sozial- und Wirtschaftswissenschaften an der Universität Bern in der deutschen Schweiz. Sie  war für 3 Wochen mit uns in Livingstone als Teil unseres “Trees For Zambia” Projekts und macht nun ein Praktikum mit uns in unserem Büro in Kapstadt bis Ende August diesen Jahres.


My trip to Zambia was the first one that I have made out of Europe. The culture shock wasn’t small at all. I can hardly believe the massive difference between Swiss and Zambian culture. People in Zambia are much more talkative and friendly than people in Switzerland. Zambians always look happy and are incredibly helpful but in return, everything goes very slowly, people are lazier, and punctuality is not valued as much as it is in Switzerland. I think that people in Zambia see the whole world from a completely different view as I do, especially since I have been part of such a success- and time-oriented society where everything works well. After a few days, I got used to this kind of living, and I really started to enjoy life the way that they do and got to be a part of that culture.


Meine erste Reise ausserhalb Europa führte mich nach Afrika. Drei Wochen verbrachte ich in Livingstone in Sambia mit Greenpop, einer Umwelt- und Sozialentwicklungsorganisation von Südafrika. Mit 118 Freiwilligenhelfern aus Südafrika, Belgien, Deutschland, Sambia, Uganda, USA, England und so weiter pflanzten wir 4135 Bäume in 20 verschiedenen Schulen und auf Farmen. Der Kulturschock fiel nicht gering aus! Ich kann mir kaum eine unterschiedlichere Kultur zu unserer  vorstellen.


A big difference for me was that of our living conditions in Zambia as we slept in tents in a wild camp. Some mornings wild elephants would wake us up and we would often get frightened by hippos when we had to walk to the bathroom during the night. In the night, when everything was quiet, you could hear the noise of the Victoria Falls. This amazing city in the south of Zambia was incredibly idyllic! There were so many things I loved there, but what I enjoyed the most was to see how motivated and passionate the Greenpop team were, as well as all of the volunteers who came to help plant trees and to save the planet one tree at a time. I really enjoyed the positive and optimistic attitude of everyone who was on the Trees for Zambia project and I think that this is the best way to change the world and make it a better place. I also enjoyed engaging with people from different countries and cultures! Thank you to Greenpop for this awesome adventure! Check Greenpop out and join the treevolution: www.greenpop.org


Im Gegensatz zum typischen Schweizer sind die Menschen in Sambia sehr gesprächig und freundlich, für meinen Geschmack zum Teil zu laut, sie sind fröhlich und sehr hilfsbereit, doch meistens ziemlich langsam, etwas faul und unpünktlich. Die Sambier sehen das Leben einfach aus einer ganz anderen Sicht als ich, repräsentativ  für ein typisches Glied einer funktionierenden, zeitfixierten und erfolgsorientierten Gesellschaft. Bei meiner Ankunft glaubte ich noch nicht, mich so schnell an diese Lebensart gewöhnen zu können und sogar grossen Gefallen daran zu finden. Durch die beeindruckende Motivation und Engagement  aller Freiwilligenhelfer und dem Greenpop Team, entstand eine äusserst angenehme Arbeitsatmosphäre. Wir hatten ein klares Ziel vor Augen, Livingstone zu einem grüneren Ort zu machen, welches wir ohne Zeitdruck und doch mit vollem Elan und vor allem mit viel Spass erreichen konnten.  Nicht nur die Menschen und die Arbeitsmoral waren sehr unterschiedlich, natürlich auch die Natur und die Tierwelt. Wir schliefen im Zelt in einem wilden Camp und wurden dementsprechend am Morgen von wilden Elefanten geweckt oder beim Spaziergang zum WC vor dem ins Bett gehen von Nilpferden erschreckt. In der Nacht, wenn alles still war, konnten wir das Rauschen der Viktoria Wasserfälle hören. Ziemlich idyllisch, diese wunderschöne Stadt im Süden von Sambia! Natürlich war die bezaubernde Umgebung in Livingstone nicht der einzige Grund, weshalb sich Greenpop für Livingstone als Pflanzdestination entschied. Sambia schafft es jährlich in die Top 10 der höchstens Abholzungsraten der Welt und Livingstone ist in Sambia besonders betroffen. Das Projekt „Trees for Zambia!“ war wirklich notwendig, äusserst erfolgreich und für mich ein richtiges Abenteuer! Nächstes Jahr wieder! Check it out and join the treevolution: www.greenpop.org


Cheers, Leoni

Carrying trees is rather a task - Greenpop is appealing for a vehicle for our ongoing tree planting project in Livingstone, Zambia


Truck for Trees

 

Greenpop is setting up an ongoing tree planting and eco-education project in Livingstone, Zambia - the country with one of the highest deforestation rates in the world.

As a kickstart, we’re hosting a 3-week volunteer event from 1st to 21st July this year.

 

Volunteers, school children, local businesses and farmers will come together to plant over 5000 indigenous and fruit trees, spread environmental awareness and attend workshops on related issues.

‘Trees for Zambia’ is a conference of action, sharing and learning.

 

For the initial 3-week event, we are renting trucks to transport trees, compost, volunteers and green hope to all the sites and all the logistics are coming together nicely - we’re quite chuffed.

 

But for the ongoing project, we need a bakkie or small truck of our own - carrying trees is rather a task! We are looking for a vehicle to transport about 30 trees at a time with some compost and tools as well as a few green-fingered volunteers in the front.

 

We’re all sorted with the trees, compost, planting sites, planting partners, planting coordinators, seriously keen volunteers, educational material, huge passion and a lot of POP!

So all we need is a Truck for Trees - nothing fancy, nothing flash!

This is an appeal from Greenpop to anyone out there who is interested in sponsoring a Truck for Trees.

We can offer:

   branding on the vehicle that will be traversing Livingstone daily filled with beautiful trees and smiling planters

   your logo on our website

   value through our social media channels

   a profile in our newsletter

   regular feedback on the planting project so you always know what’s happening on the ground

   monthly beautiful pictures of your Truck for Trees in action for your use and for use in social media and marketing

   media value through our press releases

   and lots more

 

Please contact Lauren if you’re interested in partnering with us on this important reforestation and eco education project.

lauren@greenpop.org

+27(0)21 461 9265 OR +27(0)83 412 8006

www.greenpop.org

http://www.greenpop.org/projects/trees-for-zambia/

http://www.facebook.com/GreenpopTreevolution


A little update from the Greenpop team after our recent visit to Livingstone, Zambia to finalize things for the ‘Trees for Zambia’ project. Remember that if you’d like to join, please get your bookings in soon as spaces are limited: 
Or email zambia@greenpop.org for the full volunteer document and booking details
To gift a tree through our crowdfunding campaign, please do so here - campaign ends in a few days so please spread this around: http://www.indiegogo.com/reforestation-africa
Trees for Zambia update:
Misha explains: “It’s so exciting to see the project coming together. My team met with a host of local authorities who endorsed the project, including the Prime Minister of Mukuni Village. We had to set up a lot of meetings but it was all really important and we’re happy to be working together with so many partners. I’m particularly excited to be planting trees right at the Victoria Falls - the planting site is right above the falls!”

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Our meeting with the Prime Minister of Mukuni village went well.
Lauren adds,”The volunteer camp site at Marimba River Lodge is looking great - we’re planning an awesome outdoor stage area for speakers and entertainment in the evenings. It’s going to be magical. We also met with the Lion Conservation project, ALERT and Lion Encounter, who are giving all our volunteers an educational talk and free lion experience in the National Park.”

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The Maramba River and one of the lions in the ALERT rehabilitation program.
Marleen, who has been liaising with volunteers on the Trees for Zambia project comments: “The volunteers that join the project in July are going to experience something amazing. Not only will they be contributing to a very important environmental project, they’ll also be attending valuable lectures and workshops… and the entertainment lined up is looking great with performances by Jeremy Loops (http://www.facebook.com/jeremyloops) and more.

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This is Mukamusaba Basic School - one of the planting sites for Trees for Zambia.

Things are coming together incredibly so make sure to get involved in away way you can! Spread the word, buy some trees, or come volunteer in Zambia this July! Join the Treevolution!