You’ve seen the images – photos of starving children, adults lined up to receive food during drought, scorched dusty land encroaching on a once-flourishing landscape and withering the vegetation. We are stepping in to break this cycle.
CMA has a long history of fighting the effects of drought – we’ve been doing it since 1989. Our Drought Recovery program aims to reduce the vulnerability of local communities to negative climate events. We respond during times of drought by distributing food, seeds and farming tools, yet we go further by promoting safe agricultural practices. We teach school-aged children how to plant and care for trees, and educate churches and communities on drip-irrigation, techniques for creating high yields in maize crops and vegetable gardens, and how to reduce the amount of wood they use for fuel.
This program is all about preventing future dependency caused by drought. To date, CMA’s programs have planted over 3 million trees, and as you tour through the areas we’ve worked, you can see a notable change in the landscape – instead of barren land, you see lush hillsides covered in maize and rows of strategically-planted trees. It’s a beautiful sight.