Tree-in-a-Cup

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Green-A-School Initiative

Our Green-A-School initiative adopts underprivileged schools across South Africa and uses funds raised through the sale of Tree-In-A-Cup products to sponsor the school with a 'Green Makeover.'

By assessing the needs of each school, we not only implement strategies to make the school a sustainable environment, but also contribute to the infrastructure and technological requirements that will foster a nurturing educational institution which will contribute to the development and uplifment of our nation's poor communities.

We also have a strong focus on enterprise development, and our Green-A-School projects endeavour to provide training and employment to local community members!

How It Works

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of our Tree-In-A-Cup products and campaigns is dedicated to our Green-A-School initiative. This initiative has three main areas of focus: Greening, Education and Nutrition

Greening
Why greening at schools? A win win for learners and trees!

From a reforestation perspective, the advantage of planting indigenous trees at schools is that the trees are secure and planted within a fence, offering them protection from hungry goats and cattle, as well as from being harvested as fire wood. Also, the schools generally take ownership and have a sense of pride in their new additions, and thus the trees can be watered and looked after, giving them a better chance of survival.

The school benefits as the trees create a better environment for learning, play and growth, by creating shady areas and fresh air for the students. In the case of fruit trees, this adds to the nutrition of the teachers and pupils and contributes to the self-sustainability of the school!

Education
Education innovation through modern technology entwined with environmental education will not only assist in improving the countries students pass rates but will ensure a environmentally conscious society that will take care of our trees for future generations to come.

Nutrition
Providing nutrition to students will ensure healthy bodies and healthy minds, enabling them to learn efficiently.

Green-A-School Deliverables*

1. Greening: Tree planting,Landscaping, Vegetable gardens and Rehabilitation
2. Perimeter Fencing: School security and securing trees
3. Water Articulation: Establishing sustainable water systems
4. Infrastructure Etsablishment/Upgrade: ie. sports facilities and play grounds etc
5. Eucational Technology: Establishment of computer labs and e-learning facilities
6. Establish Renewable Energy Systems
7. Estabishment of Biogas Digester systems: Up grading toilet facilities and assenting in all other deliverables

*Each school is assessed according to its individual requirements, and a sustainability action plan is drafted accordingly (using these deliverables as a guideline).

Our First Beneficiary - Belugha Christian School

We have identified our first school to benefit from our Green-A-School program: Belugha Christian School outside of Chintsa in the Eastern Cape.

This small mission school started in 1974 with just a single rondavel as a classroom and two teachers. Over time the school grew, but in 1998 it burned to the ground. Since then through the kindess of local community members and bsiness the small school as managed to bounce back somewhat, but is still in dire need of assistance.

Apart from massive infrastructure repair and development, many of the impoversished students are forced to share desks or use old paint cans as chairs!

Belugha Christian School has overcome the harshest adversity to continue to provide basic education to the impoversished rural folk of the area. Tree-In-A-Cup has chosen them to be our first beneficiary, and an asssitance strategy has been drawn up and is already underway!

Tree-Gifting 2boys

Our Green-A-School program assists underpriviledged and neglected schools with Greening, Education and Nutrition.

Fencing

Creating jobs: Committed to enterprise development, we promote training and employment of local community members

Plant A Forest Training

It is important to us that all our projects take an integrated approach, ensuring that our beneficiaries become part of our efforts - which fosters a sense of ownership and pride in the end result!

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