Dear Friends at SBPC,
I like to think of your role with Plant With Purpose as an integral part of a Myth Busters team. You are helping communities break the myth that they will always be poor, that they are hopeless, and that they have nothing to offer to the development process. Your partnership is bringing a message of hope and empowerment to the rural poor. Thank you.
As communities discover the rich God-given skills, talents, and resources they already possess, incredible transformation-beyond the trees and microloans and gardens-is taking place. We've seen real change-lasting change, generational change-across families, villages, and entire regions.
One such story comes from the Dominican Republic. Payiyo is an older gentleman who purchased large amounts of land a long time ago. For many years, Payiyo did not put his land to much use or protect it from deforestation, triggering erosion and spilling pollution into the local river. He didn't think he could do anything to reverse this trend.
It wasn't until Payiyo's grandchildren began planting trees on his land that he started to believe things could be different. His grandsons, Miguel and Luigi, joined a Plant With Purpose farmers association called "Nuestro Esfuerzo," or "Our Effort," where they began to dream of a brighter future for their grandfather's land. Since then, they have planted thousands of trees across the property to restore and replenish the land that will one day be their own.
Now Payiyo tells everyone about the benefits of planting trees, and he hopes his grandchildren will continue to restore the land for their children to enjoy. This environmental restoration will improve crop yields for Payiyo and his family and bring clean water to countless more children and grandchildren for generations to come.
Because of you, families' lives are being transformed as they are empowered to take ownership of their problems and implement creative solutions. Thank you again for joining in this wonderful work of breaking myths and transforming lives.
Plant With Purpose