One Days Wage
Some exciting news was released yesterday.. One Day’s Wages is partnering with Eden Reforestation Projects who is partnering with us, Jamie and Alissa Shattenberg, to plant 100,000 more trees in Madagascar! If you don’t know about One Day’s Wages… you should.
Taken from their website, “One Day’s Wages (ODW) is a new grassroots movement of people, stories, and actions to alleviate extreme global poverty. ODW promotes awareness, invites simple giving, and supports sustainable relief through partnerships, especially with smaller organizations in developing regions”. The basic premise… consider the impact of your one day’s wage, which is equivalent to about 0.4% of your annual salary, in order to combat extreme global poverty. Sure it’s not a lot, but when added up with lots of other folks, your one day’s wages can make a drastic difference!
Here’s the ODW announcement of this partnership with Eden Reforestation Projects in Madagascar. If you’re interested in giving your one day’s wages to plant trees in Madagascar, follow the link below. Just $10 plants 100 trees, $100 plants 1,000 trees!
*Also note, two of the girls in this picture below, are sisters, Sissy and Vanna, who we started a started a child sponsorship program and as a result, are attending an English-speaking Christian school in the capital!– we never thought these girls would make the headlines! 🙂 So cool!
100,000 Trees in Madagascar
After successfully raising funds to plant over 140,000 trees in Ethiopia, One Day’s Wages is proud to launch a second partnership with Eden Reforestation Projects. We aspire to raise $10,000 to help plant 100,000 trees in Madagascar that will not only make a dramatic impact in poverty reduction through environmental stewardship, but also create jobs and living wages for those planting trees.
What is Eden doing in Madagascar?
Since October 2007 Eden Reforestation Projects has been busy restoring healthy forest systems along Madagascar’s west coast by hiring hundreds full season workers (along with hundreds of additional short term seasonal workers). To date over twenty-one million mangrove trees have been planted inside the massive Mahabana Estuary. None of Eden’s workers had a cash paying job before reforestation work entered their lives. Today, the workers lives, their families, the villages within the Mahabana estuary, and a truly unique environment are all being transformed.
Why is reforestation important?
The process of reforestation has a profound impact on all of us, and it addresses many of the issues that ODW seeks address through its partnerships.
Global Warming: On the global scale, deforestation is one of the leading causes of global warming which impacts every single one of us, but it has a disproportionate impact on those that live in extreme global poverty.
Human Trafficking: There is a direct link between the increase in modern slavery and the collapse of small subsistence farms following the destruction of regional forest. The tragic reality is if the soil is destroyed, farming is destroyed and then the ex-farmers moves to the city and become vulnerable to human trafficking.
Economic Empowerment: By directly employing people in the community, Eden helps to stimulate the local economy which provides more opportunities for work and growth. This gives parents the opportunity to send their kids to school, afford basic health care and invest in their community.
Ecological Restoration: The ecological impact of reforestation cannot be overstated. From rejuvenating the soil quality and restoring the water table to bringing the ecosystem back into balance and being a safeguard against destructive flooding, reforestation has a huge impact.
What is the ODW-Eden partnership?
ODW and Eden are partnering to fund a project of $10,000 USD in Madagascar. This will provide 1,000 days of employment (over half of Eden’s workers are single moms) and plant 100,000 trees in Madagascar! Please keep the Power of $10 in your mind as you consider joining us in transforming entire families, villages and ecosystems in Madagascar.