World Orphan Fund is taking initiative that a growing third world country desperately needs. As part of this, we are seeking to offset the effects of the pollution that each of us, as individuals, is contributing. As the first known organisation to do so, we are providing you with the opportunity to reduce your own ecological footprint, and plant a tree.

Trees add a wealth of benefits to their surrounding environments; as biological entities that have abilities to combat global warming. In one year, an acre of mature trees can absorb enough carbon dioxide which equates to you driving your car for 42,000 kilometres.

The qualities of trees and forestry go far beyond aesthetics, besides cleaning the atmosphere from pollutant gases, in a single year an acre can also store 2.6 tons of CO2 and provide enough oxygen for 18 people. Proving a beautiful canopy and habitat for wildlife, which are increasingly threatened due to human threat, trees also help prevent soil erosion and water pollution.

wof2Cambodia has one of the worst deforestation rates in the world. Home to more than 700 species of animals, the nation ranks fourth highest in its deforestation rate among major forest countries. Between 1990 and 2010, Cambodia lost 22% of its forest cover, around 2,850,000 ha. This has only accelerated over the past decade due to the need to expand crop production. World Orphan Fund Cambodia seeks to work against the rapid destruction of natural ecosystems, which is why we are organising the plantation of trees close to the communities of our orphans.

Pairing with the department of Forestry from Cambodia’s own University of agriculture, a number of flowering native trees have been handpicked for our future carbon-offsetting orchard. They are chosen not only for their value in the absorption of harmful greenhouse gases but also their flowering abilities and contribution to natural wildlife.

The planting of trees can bring diverse groups of people together, empowering communities through its collective betterment and improving the quality of life for locals. In developed nations, our own efforts may be limited in offsetting global warming, World Orphan Fund is providing you with a way to do so, at only $5 per tree, you have the ability to plant a tree as a charitable act that keeps on giving.

It is important not to disregard these small changes we can adopt into our lives, as a collective we have the ability to make immense changes to society.

We’d like to give a special thankyou to Mon Vonin, associate professor for the Faculty of Forestry, Royal University of Agriculture, Cambodia.