ChildFund New Zealand is committed to the principle of doing no harm as well as ensuring that their work is sustainable, appropriate, feasible, and empowering (SAFE), which includes protecting the environment as well as enhancing the natural environment of our places of work.
For this reason, CFNZ tracks their carbon emissions, which includes travel to and from work, our work place energy, and travel for work both nationally and internationally. They then aim to plant trees in dedicated partner communities to offset these emissions.
So far, they have initiated this work in Emali, Kenya, where they have a long standing partnership with the communities based upon their Road Map approach. Here, CFNZ have supported the communities to plant moringa trees, which are not only drought resistant but the leaves and seeds also provide micronutrients and nutrition to families and children. This tree is also often called the ‘miracle tree’ because the leaves are known to alleviate sickness and this means that the leaves can be sold for income in the local market.
CSOs working on economic development in smaller communities.