Trees That Feed Foundation delivers 2,500 books to schools
The Trees That Feed Foundation (TTFF) has distributed 2,500 educational colouring books to schoolchildren in Jamaica. Each 40-page book, titled Plant a Tree and Good Things Happen, has sections focusing on the benefits of having fruit trees, including nutritious food, shade, carbon sequestration, soil retention, and an improved local economy.
As the children colour each page, they learn that good things can happen for the air, rivers, soil, birds, animals, and, of course, people and their jobs.
The TTFF is working in partnership with Deika Morrison of Do Good Jamaica, Dan Malone with the Peace Corps Jamaica, Paul Issa of The Issa Foundation, and BREDS/Jakes in Treasure Beach.
Each leading partner will distribute the books to several schools in their local communities. A teacher's guide accompanies each set of books.
"Children and teachers alike will enjoy these fun educational books about an important topic to their Treasure Beach community in rural St Elizabeth. We anticipate that these books will be very impactful," Morrison said.
The book is designed by the educational arm of the TTFF. It is most suitable for ages five to 10. Even adults will find it fun working with children and discussing the lessons on each page. "Over time, generations of schoolchildren will appreciate the value of fruit trees to the environment and the economy," said Mary McLaughlin, co-founder of the TTFF.
A Kreyol version is distributed in Haiti and a Spanish version is currently being developed.
The TTFF is a United States-based non-profit foundation whose mission is planting trees to feed people, create jobs, and benefit the environment.
The TTFF provides local communities and farmers with fruit-bearing trees, while being sensitive to the environment. By providing more than 130,000 fruit trees to communities throughout the Caribbean, the TTFF has already helped reduce hunger, improve the environment, and create jobs.