Gersale Tree Planting Experience



Visitors to Ethiopia now have the opportunity to engage in a new experience that allows them give back to the communities that they visit. While exploring Konso, tourists can enjoy a guided tour of the Gersale village nursery and can select a seedling to plant in a nearby degraded area. After instructions from the guide and a blessing from a village elder, tourists then plant the seedling.

Not only will this help restore the land’s fertility, but it will also generate income for locals who water and maintain the newly planted trees. The donations will be commemorated with a locally crafted name tag and the seedlings will be logged in a Tree Registry so that tourists can find their trees in the future.

The project is run through the highly regarded Konso Development Association (KDA), an NGO founded in 2000 with the primary aim of planning and implementing integrated development activities in order to improve the livelihood conditions of the Konso People.

For more information visit the Travelers Philanthropy page or to book a tour contact a participating tour operator...

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