Project information

Trees for Books

Primary school students will establish and nurture a self-sustaining nursery for 5000 trees in exchange for pens and exercise books. If successful after 12 months the school will receive 200 text books. Profits from sale of trees are reinvested and used for more books

January 2013 - December 2016

Charity information: Livingstone Tanzania Trust

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  • Need


    Lack of books in the schools and the lack of trees being planted in the community.


    Our community workshops will enhance the understanding of the role that trees play in the environment and create a demand for more trees
    The school will set up a nursery to satisft local demand and get 200 books as an incentive.Profits from the school's small business can be used to buy more books.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To raise the funds to buy text books


    » Talking at UK primary schools we establish similarities between kids in UK and Tanzania as humans but identify the hardships they face in Tanzania
    » Writing to Grant Making bodies

    We will be publishing newslettters, announcing on facebook and our website

    Aim 2

    To plant trees and reduce the negative environmental impact that deforestation has on a community.


    » In discussion groups with community members, informal leaders, teachers and students to establish the links between soil erosion and tree felling.
    » encourage more households to cook using fuel efficient stoves and other wood reducing activities.

    Initially succcess will be the establishment of the nursery, after that success wll be measured by sales and replacement of stock

    Aim 3

    The thrid aim of this project is to create self reliance


    » Successful participation and sustainability are designed to be with the school so that success if theirs alone. The donor only kick starts the project

    There must be open bookkeeping which can be inspected with clear illustration of where the profits have gone which must be approved by a government committee.

  • Impact


    With better knowledge of the role that the tree plays in their environment we hope that people will take steps to reduce their consumption to the same level of their planting of new trees. We can measure this through our surveys
    We also monitor the exam results for improved standards of education


    The trees may not receive water. By putting 10 students inn charge and rewarding them they will water daily even in the holidays.
    The trees could get attacked by bugs. Our agricultural specialist will be helping to monitor progress and can teach the students and teachers what to look for.
    Poor Sales. By running workshops and explaining the role trees have in the community, they are more likely to buy, and what they know the profits are going to the school there is greater motivation.


    We will be able to report directly to donors with a donor report with photos.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £3,080

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      Amount Heading Description
      £1,240 Tree Nusery To buy bags, soil, compost, irrigationand seeds
      £600 Workshops Developing and running school workshops to enhance the understanding of the role of trees
      £890 Books Text books + exercise books and pens for the helpers
      £350 Management Project setting up, monitoring of progress and reporting back to donors

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    The Priory School £400 Conditional
    The Trafalgar School £200 Conditional
  • Background


    The Managhat School is 10km outside Babati Town, in Northern Tanzania. It is a rural setting where nearly 100% of the population are subsistance farmers with low disposable income


    The students’ education will benefit from the books
    The community will benefit through increased knowledge.
    The environment will benefit from having fewer trees felled and new ones planted
    The school will benefit because of the income that it generates can either be ‘improve the fabric of the school’

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The Livingstone Tanznaia Trust is the only charity working in this area and if we do not address these issues the sitaution will not be resolved and will onlt deteriorate further

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Reverend Jasson Kahembe

    As project manager, Jasson will assist the school establish and will monitor progress

    Mr Marceli

    As our Agricultrual specialist, Mr Marceli will provide intital training and then provide monitoring for plant health and provide advice and guidance


This will but one book