for Life: Planting Peace in Palestine"
program provides individual Palestinian farmers with new olive tree
saplings (3 years old) to plant and nurture in order to renew their
decimated groves. The project helps offset the enormous destruction of
olive trees by the Israeli army, settlers and the illegal Annexation
Wall. It also helps starter and women farmers.
Olive growers in the regions of Jenin, Nablus and Salfit
to 50 olive tree saplings each. The program was designed to
keep costs down to a minimum. After 8 planting seasons of experience,
the cost per tree sapling has unfortunately been increasing over time. The two greatest factors
are cost of saplings from nurseries and most
significantly the cost of getting water to the trees to help ensure survival in the
all-important first year.
Originally launched in late 2005, the Trees for
Life program was
conceived by Zatoun-Canada to share with partners around the world has
been met with enthusiastic support. With the help of PFTA (Palestine Fair
on the ground in Palestine, the program was designed to ensure an
equitable and efficient program providing maximum benefit
to farming families who need it the most.
PFTA representatives deliver and help distribute
the olive saplings
and ensure prompt planting. They also visit all participant farmers
after planting to ensure proper care of the trees and assess watering
needs for the summer months. Farmers requiring assistance to water
trees during summer will be assisted by PFTA.
The program helps connect Palestinian fair trade
producers to the grassroots fair trade movement in Europe and North
America in a meaningful way. The Trees for Life project is solely
funded by grassroots movements abroad and invested in the fair trade
movement in Palestine.
Peace in Palestine” is not
merely a subheading. It is a statement of our sincere belief that
Palestine must be a viable economic entity and its people must have the
means to earning a livelihood if there is to be a just peace.
THE GOAL FOR 2013
For 2013, the world-wide goal
for Trees for Life is to
raise $50,000 to enable the planting of 7,500 olive tree saplings in
approximately 500 farms distributed over 25 agricultural areas across
Zatoun in Canada has contributed over $153,000
across six planting
seasons. This is a combination of contributions from proceeds of Zatoun
olive oil sales and direct donations / sponsorships received from
individuals across North America as well as organizations such as US
Committee to End the Occupation, American Friends Service Committee,
Ten Thousand Villages in Canada and a number of faith groups.