Malawi Seeds of Hope
On December 18, 2007, Napoleon Dzombe and Steve Lund plant the first "Seeds of Hope" tree in Malawi.
Twenty-five cents from the sale of every Epoch Baobab Body Butter is donated to the Nu Skin Force for Good Foundation for the Malawi Seeds of Hope project. These funds will be used to purchase and plant a variety of important and useful trees for the people of Malawi, including baobab trees and fruit trees. Malawi has one of the highest rates of deforestation in the world and there is an urgent need to restore and protect this precious natural resource.
In 2009, Nu Skin Enterprises, Inc. announced that more than 100,000 trees are being donated to villages in Malawi thanks to the company's distributors and customers who have purchased Epoch Baobab Body Butter. The planting of trees as a renewable resource will benefit the people of Malawi in many ways. In the short-term, new trees provide food and raw materials. Long-term benefits include storage, shade, and enriched soil. For example, baobab leaves are consumed as a vegetable and can be harvested just one year after planting a seedling. Within five years, the trees begin to bear fruit, which can also be eaten or sold. The bark of the tree can be harvested for use as a strong, durable fiber to make twine, rope, or other building materials. The bark grows back and can be re-harvested every two to five years.
The plaque recognizes Matsushita, Junichi and Yasuyo, who purchased the naming rights to the first "Seeds of Hope" tree as an auction item at the Nu Skin Force for Good Foundation Gala in September 2007.
In the subtropical climate of Malawi, the oxygen and water condensation released to the atmosphere by trees is critical for rain to protect the people and the land from drought and famine. Additionally, the tree's roots systems help prevent soil degradation and erosion, while the trees themselves provide shade and protection to people and animals alike.
The Seeds of Hope project is consistent with the help the Nu Skin Force for Good Foundation has already shown to the people of Malawi to create sustainable food production and prevent devastating famines. Through this reforestation program we can help renew a valuable resource, as well as beautify, preserve, and improve the environment.