Planting in Vitongoji

by Community Forests International on April 13, 2009

The planting site in Vitongoji holds some of the best soil on Pemba Island, which may account for the rapid growth last year’s trees have undergone since planting last April.

Mike Tritchler, a Peace Corps Volunteer who’s been teaching computer science and mathematics in Pemba since 2006, joined with Community Forests International and MICA in Vitongoji to assist with the community’s tree planting efforts. Mike will begin working with Community Forests International this fall as a Global Schools Link Coordinator. Mike will assist Community Forests International in pairing Tanzanian environmental education curriculums to curriculums in Canada, in order to increase the Global Schools Link’s effectiveness as a learning tool, and if possible set up a rural computer lab in order to increase project participation.

Community Forest International’s Global Schools Link uses web 2.0 tools to create student and school profiles, connecting climate change and environmental activates to a global network of similar initiatives.  Students will also participate in a series of e-penpal exchanges in order to share their climate change experiences and expand their environmental awareness through direct correspondence with fellow students in both Canada and Tanzania.

Vitongoji broke ground and planting about 1500 trees, but promised to plant even more next time Community Forests International came to visit, by planning a tree planting event with the local school.

The main species planted in the project is mvinje, which is used in local house construction. Pictured below is the grid-work frame builders first construct when building a house. Once the mvinje grid is complete, a mixture of mud and lime is applied to the frame, and once dry and fitted with a roof, the Pemban style house is complete.

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