So far there are 23 locals who participate in the Ngepi Tree Project (see TREE PROJECT BENEFICIARIES). If someone is employed at Ngepi camp, then they are not eligible to participate. This ensures that the ‘income’ is spread fairly throughout the local villages. Each Tree Caretaker is required to plant and take care of trees surrounding his/her homestead. They receive a financial payment per tree, per month for their time and efforts in ensuring that the trees continue to grow. If they do not take care of a tree, and it is eaten by livestock, or the tree simply doesn’t survive- then they do not receive their monthly payment for that tree until it is replanted. The payment for the trees ensures that the locals install a sense of pride in their work, and means that Ngepi can ensure the increase of tree population within the local area. This payment also ensures that the participating locals can take care of their families with the purchase of basic food and clothing for both them and their children.
At present there are approximately 2300 trees in the local community. With your help, through sponsorship, the amount of trees can increase. This project is not only about rejuvenating the tree population within the local area, but is also about helping the local community members with employment. You can sponsor as many trees as you like for as long as you like. We have a variety of options available for sponsorship payments or donations.
If you have any questions about sponsorship, or about the village itself, please don’t hesitate in contacting us- we are super friendly!