Donation Helps African Village Build Tree Nursery to Promote Sustainable Agriculture in the Future

doTERRA’s donation will help make it possible for members of the Chambe Village to grow trees that will be used for fuel, medicine, food, and timber.


Known as one of the poorest nations in Africa, and consistently one of the poorest countries in the world, Malawi faces a number of problems that contribute to its economic struggles. One of those problems is the impact of the increasing population on the land and natural resources. As the population of Malawi rises, farmland, trees, and other agricultural areas are depleted and overused. The country is facing a serious deforestation problem as scores of trees are cut down, yet none are planted in their place to be used in the future. 

In hopes of helping to alleviate the burden of deforestation and a lack of agricultural resources, the Othakarhaka AgroForestry and Tree Nursery program works with farmers in communities to educate them about planting and caring for trees in the Mulanje region of Malawi. The Othakarhaka program works to educate farmers about irrigation and planting techniques, and has helped 11 communities to create their own tree nurseries, each nursery containing thousands of trees. 

The Othakarhaka program has partnered with several organizations in order to accomplish their goals, including Peacework, a global nonprofit organization that helps struggling countries with various problems—including agricultural issues. With the help and involvement of doTERRA leader, Shauna Wetenkamp, doTERRA contributed to Peacework fundraising efforts by way of a matching campaign. The funds donated by the doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation® allowed the Othakarhaka program to build a tree nursery in the Chambe Village, a village in Mulanje, Malawi. 

In addition to serving as a tree nursery, this structure will also serve as an educational and demonstration center, to help farmers learn about planting and caring for the trees. Eventually, these trees will be used for things like food, medicine, building material and fuel. Equipped with a knowledge of how to care for these trees, and a nursery to grow them in, farmers in the Chambe Village can continue to use this land for agriculture, hopefully helping to alleviate the effects of the deforestation problem in Malawi. 

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