Helping Zimbabwe is a Zimbabwean non-governmental organisation working in Zimbabwe, with partners and allies around the world to find lasting solutions to poverty and environmental protection. Helping Zimbabwe is passionate about the environment particularly planting trees that are indigenous to Zimbabwe. The main focus of Helping Zimbabwe is planting indigenous fruit and shade trees that come with a lot of benefits to the communities. The long term vision is to see a fruit-for-all Zimbabwe that does not only benefit nutritionally only but also bringing economic value to people.
There are several advantages that come with indigenous trees everywhere across the world. These are some of the salient benefits of planting indigenous trees in any country;
- Restore and preserve culture
The native people get to identify themselves with their history. There are several songs and stories told in the history of various countries that relates to trees and the native trees connect the people to this.
- Require relatively lower input to be established
- Require relatively lower input to be established and maintained
- Are tolerant of local environmental conditions
- Maintain the ecology and biodiversity of an area
- Provide a balanced and suitable habitat for native fauna (including songbirds)
- Maintain the unique character of the landscape
- They help stop global warming by reducing greenhouse gases
- They reduce soil erosion and water pollution
- They improve human health by producing oxygen and improving air quality
- They reduce home energy needs by providing shade in summer and a windbreak in winter
Helping Zimbabwe has been operating in Zimbabwe since 2009 as Frampol Investments’ corporate social responsibility which then blossomed into an NGO, helping poor households to access their rights to quality education, food, health services, safe water and protecting the environment. One of the key activities in Zimbabwe over the past decade has been to help address the environmental decadency through planting trees and cleaning up Msasa. We work directly with communities, ministries, authorities and we seek to influence the powerful to ensure that poor people can improve their lives and livelihoods and have a say in decisions that affect them.
For more information, please visit www.helpingzimbabwe.org