fruit trees to help fight climate change, to contribute to Jamaica's National Tree Planting initiative and to improve the lives of children in homes, orphanages and schools. In essence, we plant for a greener Jamaica.
HOW WE DO IT
Climate change is affecting our planet and everyone that resides on it. According to experts, humankind will see global average temperatures rise by 3°C to 4°C by 2070. Trees help clean the air we breathe, filter the water we drink, absorb harmful carbon from the atmosphere and provide habitat to over 80% of the world's terrestrial biodiversity.
Moreover, our mental and physical health is connected to our environment and trees play a vital role in our overall wellbeing. In fact, hospital patients in rooms overlooking trees have been shown to recover faster. Furthermore,
urban areas populated with trees have a positive impact on city dwellers. For instance, asthmatic children suffer fewer attacks. Trees have been found to reduce anxiety and limit stress while promoting relaxation and allowing urbanites to reconnect with nature.
In addition to providing vitamin rich and nutritious food, tree coverage provides respite from overexposure to the sun and protects skin from the ever increasing harshness of it's rays.
The MAIA Foundation has planted one hundred fruit trees and provided organic compost to beneficiaries such as the Women’s Resource and Outreach Centre, the Maxfield Park Children’s Home, the Caribbean Christian Center for the Deaf and Norman Manley High School among others.
We hope to plant one thousand fruit trees in 2020.