Living Trees of Livingstonia is an initiative in the Rumphi District of Malawi. Funded by the Scottish Government, overseen and supported by Thrive with Edinburgh-based Leith Community Crops in Pots, the project is implemented on the ground by Rumphi organisation Living Trees of Livingstonia and by communities surrounding 21 schools. The project brings together a community in Edinburgh with these communities in Rumphi, which provide the vital inputs of school orchard management and labour.
Through this initiative, we are helping School Orchard Committees to improve the environment, reduce poverty and increase school attendance, by establishing orchards and starting to grow breakfast foods for their schools. As the orchards mature, the committees will sell some produce and use profits to improve their schools. Each School Orchard Committee consists of 10 parents and teachers of their school pupils. In the process, we are also helping to establish new Malawian organisation Living Trees of Livingstonia.
Living Trees of Livingstonia has a wide range of benefits: environmental, employment, nutritional, educational, girls’ education and capacity-building. It shows Malawi meeting its own needs, through the hard work of these school communities.