Green Match Fund doubles your donation to give farmers back their land

(Last Updated On: April 20, 2022)

Local charity Joliba Trust – based in Chagford – is taking part in the Green Match Fund to raise £5000 in just 1 week! These funds will be used for much-needed sand dune stabilisation in the Mopti region of Mali, West Africa.

The charity aims to work on dune stabilisation in 11 villages this year, in order to sustain their farming livelihoods. Their fertile valley agricultural land is being covered in sand, so that they can no longer grow crops. This is forcing people to leave their homes and over half the population has already had to migrate. This area is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Donations to their project will be generously matched by The Big Give’s Champions during the campaign, meaning your money can support twice as many rural communities and bring farmland back into production.

Farmer Adama Togo explains, “In Balaguina, the dune was very high and was moving onto our farmland until we partnered with Joliba. In only three years the land has recovered and the abandoned area around the dune is growing crops again. There are squirrels, hedgehogs and birds now.”

Caroline Hart, Co-ordinator at Joliba Trust, says, “We are hoping that more people will get to know about our vital work in supporting communities on the front-line of climate change. Through funding the programme of planting on the dunes, whole communities have their livelihoods sustained. Our work is extremely cost-effective, as we have very low overheads. We hope to raise at least £5000. In order to access the £2500 of matched funds, we need to raise online donations of £2500.”

How can you get involved?
You can help the charity to carry out this work by donating to then in The Big Give – Green Match Fund. All you need to do is visit from when it goes live on midday on 22nd April until midday on 29th April.

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