Bangladesh Roadside Tree Plantation

by Poverty Eradication Program (PEP)
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Bangladesh Roadside Tree Plantation
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Bangladesh Roadside Tree Plantation

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The update report on Bangladesh Roadside Tree Plantation project in four districts of PEP is as below:

 

Bogra:

In 2018, two roads of Bograhave been planted from the first week of July; the roads are Amboil road (from Amboil village to Bamihal village) and Mominpur road (from Mominpur village to Hatgari village). 485 saplings have been planted over 0.5 kilometer of Mominpur road; the tree caretaker is Majeda (49). On Amboil road, 1,550 saplings have been planted; the tree caretaker for this 1.5 kilometer road is Shanti. The five kilometers planted last year are being maintained.

Netrokona:

Total of 6.5 kilometers were planted in Barhatta upazila of Netrokona district. A list of roads planted in Barhatta with distances are:

Road 1: Rambhadrapur pacca road to Boroitola Bazar (1 kilometer, 1 watcher, 1,377 trees planted). A memorial stone is being prepared to honor the memory of Alyce M. Priesmeyer, mother of Tom Priesmeyer who died in 1960.

Raod 2: Rambhadrapur mor to Harulia Bridge (2.5 kilometer, 2 watchers, 1,894 trees planted)

Road 3: Harulia Bridge to Baghmara Bridge (3 kilometer, 3 watchers, 4,337 trees planted)

Total: 6.5 kilometers in Barhatta upazila, 7,608 trees planted

Note: Gap filling of trees lost in the first year will be implemented in June 2019

Chandpur:

As no roads were available in Kachua and Matlab Dakhin upazilas for plantations, PEP has decided to help extend plantation of fruit and timber saplings at the homes of the poor in these areas.

A total of 4,875 fruit and timber saplings have been distributed during July and August 2018 among 975 poorest families for their homestead plantations. Of them 2,925 were guava saplings and 1,950 were akashmoni saplings. Each family has received 3 guava and 2 akashmoni saplings.

Kishoregonj:

In August 2018, a total of 325 tree saplings were planted in Kashipur village, Singpur union (Nikli upazila of Kishoregonj district). This is the village that had annually been under water for about 6 months, forcing the 250 families settled there to search their livelihoods in slum areas of cities or renting land in higher surrounding villages till the flood water receded. Since the local government took the beautiful initiative of raising the land above flood-level, PEP has been helping with drinking water tubewells, sanitary toilets and more recently plantation of 325 homestead trees for the poorest.

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The update report on Bangladesh Roadside Tree Plantation project in four districts of PEP is as below:

Bogra:

In 2018, two roads of Bogra have been planted from the first week of July; the roads are Amboil road (from Amboil village to Bamihal village) and Mominpur road (from Mominpur village to Hatgari village). 485 saplings have been planted over 0.5 kilometer of Mominpur road; the tree caretaker is Majeda (49). On Amboil road, 1,550 saplings have been planted; the tree caretaker for this 1.5 kilometer road is Shanti. The five kilometers planted last year are being maintained.

Netrokona:

Total of 6.5 kilometers were planted in Barhatta upazila of Netrokona district. A list of roads planted in Barhatta with distances are:

Road 1: Rambhadrapur pacca road to Boroitola Bazar (1 kilometer, 1 watcher, 1,377 trees planted). A memorial stone is being prepared to honor the memory of Alyce M. Priesmeyer, mother of Tom Priesmeyer who died in 1960.

Raod 2: Rambhadrapur mor to Harulia Bridge (2.5 kilometer, 2 watchers, 1,894 trees planted)

Road 3: Harulia Bridge to Baghmara Bridge (3 kilometer, 3 watchers, 4,337 trees planted)

Total: 6.5 kilometers in Barhatta upazila, 7,608 trees planted

Note: Gap filling of trees lost in the first year will be implemented in June 2019

Chandpur:

As no roads were available in Kachua and Matlab Dakhin upazilas for plantations, PEP has decided to help extend plantation of fruit and timber saplings at the homes of the poor in these areas.

A total of 4,875 fruit and timber saplings have been distributed during July and August 2018 among 975 poorest families for their homestead plantations. Of them 2,925 were guava saplings and 1,950 were akashmoni saplings. Each family has received 3 guava and 2 akashmoni saplings.

Kishoregonj:

In August 2018, a total of 325 tree saplings were planted in Kashipur village, Singpur union (Nikli upazila of Kishoregonj district). This is the village that had annually been under water for about 6 months, forcing the 250 families settled there to search their livelihoods in slum areas of cities or renting land in higher surrounding villages till the flood water receded. Since the local government took the beautiful initiative of raising the land above flood-level, PEP has been helping with drinking water tubewells, sanitary toilets and more recently plantation of 325 homestead trees for the poorest.

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Majeda, tree caretaker of Mominpur road
Majeda, tree caretaker of Mominpur road

Reforestation progress in four districts where PEP works.

A total of 8.5 kilometers of roadsides were planted in 2018. 6.5 kilometers were planted in Barhatta union of Netrokona and 2 kilometers in Sherpur of Bogra. A list of roads planted in Barhatta with distances are:

Road 1: Rambhadrapur pacca road to Boroitola Bazar (1 kilometer, 1 watcher, 1,377 trees planted)

Raod 2: Rambhadrapur mor to Harulia Bridge (2.5 kilometer, 2 watchers, 1,894 trees planted)

Road 3: Harulia Bridge to Baghmara Bridge (3 kilometer, 3 watchers, 4,337 trees planted)

Total: 6.5 kilometers, 6 kilometers, 7,608 trees planted

Note: Gap filling of trees lost in the first year will be implemented in June 2019

The road from Kadomtola chowrasta mor to Asma union porishod (1 kilometer) in Barhatta has been financed by Tom Priesmeyer of the USA in memory of his mother Alyce who died when he was a child of about 7 years old. The stone memorial will be maintained, repainted when needed, for the expected 18-20 years of the tree growth until harvest. The stone memorial is under preparation; only the design is shown in the photo.

Two social workers in Bogra died in late 2017 and early 2018. Both workers were named Abdul Kuddus. The one was serving as the in-charge of Dhunot upazila, was at home for a visit when he had a heart attack and died on October 16th at 2:00 am, surviving are both parents, his wife and two sons—the elder one is Redowan (7) who reads in 1st grade and younger one is Radik who is only two years old. His wife Shapla Khatun (35) is now taking care of these children. The 1.5 kilometer road from Amboil Poschimpara to Bamihal Purbopara village will serve as memorial for him.

The 2nd Bogra worker who died on January 13, 2018, also named Abdul Kuddus, had worked many years in Bogra mainly to care for roadside trees. He then went abroad for a few years to Oman. When he returned he joined the project in Kishoregonj and helped to promote tree plantation at our centers. He was suffering from gallbladder cancer and died in a hospital, surviving are mother, wife and a son of only 1.5 year old. The 0.5 kilometer road Mominpur from Mominpur Poschimpara to Hatgari Bottola Tinmatha is a memorial to him. A case study of Majeda who lives with her elderly and ill husband is given below. Their two sons and one daughter are all married, having their own families now.

Case Study of Majeda, Sherpur upazila, Bogra 

Majeda (49) wife of Habu (58) lives in Mominpur village, Sherpur upazila under Bogra district; she is from an extreme hard core poor family. Her family consists of two members. She has two sons and one daughter; all of them got married and are living separately. Majeda doesn’t get any financial assistance from her children.

Majeda has a small plot of land only one decimal; a small house is made of tin on the top and bamboo fencing around it. Ten years before, they were living in Sariakandi upazila near the bank of Jamuna River. In 2008 their house was washed away by the river erosion; they became homeless. Then they moved to Mominpur village, the current location. Her husband is sick for the past four years and cannot help his wife.

Majeda used to work in a rice mill to support her family. From July 6, 2018 she is working as a caretaker of the roadside timber tree plantation project. She is taking care of 0.5 km roadside trees where 485 saplings were planted. She is earning BDT 1,300 (US$15.83, as per current conversion rate) per month for her service. She will utilize this money for the daily expenditure of her husband and herself; if possible, she will buy some livestock or land as well for the development of her family.

In Kachua of Chandpur 2,500 tree saplings were provided for poor families to plant at their homesteads, each family received 3 guava and 2 Akashmoni (fine timber trees). These were mentioned in the last report.

Likewise, 325 tree saplings were planted in Kashipur village of Singpur union in Nikli Kishoregonj. This is the village that had annually been under water for about 6 months, forcing the 250 families settled their to search their livelihoods in slum areas of cities or renting land in higher surrounding villages till the flood water receded. Since the local government took the beautiful initiative of raising the land above flood-level, PEP has been helping with drinking water tubewells, sanitary toilets and more recently plantation of 325 homestead trees for the poorest. A few photos are attached.

2017-2018 roadside plantation summary report of Bogra districts

1. From Panch Deoli to Beltola, 0.5 kilometer, Planted on 12/7/2017, 839 saplings, gap filling by 200 saplings, total planted 1,039 saplings, 1 watcher, salary Tk. 1,500.

2. From Mandail to Panisara, 1 kilometer, planted on 5/7/2017, 1,320 saplings, gap filling by 300 saplings, total planted 1,620 saplings, 1 watcher, salary Tk. 2,000.

3. From Gopalpur Hindupara  to Gulia pacca road, 0.5 kilometer, planted on 19/07/17, 663 saplings, gap filling by 180, total planted 843 saplings, 1 watcher, salary Tk. 1,700.

4. From Gopalpur Uttorpara   to Gulia pacca road, 0.5 kilometer, planted on 19/07/17, 693 saplings, gap filling by 90, total planted 783   saplings. 

5. From Bongram to Jamalpur, 1.5 kilometer, planted on 5/8/2017, 1,320 saplings, gap filling by 180 saplings, total planted 1,500 saplings, 1 watcher, salary Tk. 2,000.

6. From Mominpur to Hatgari, 0.5 kilometer, planted on 6/7/2018,   485 saplings, 1 watcher, salary Tk. 1,300.

7. From Amboil to Bamihal, 1.5 kilometer, planted on 6/7/2018, 1,140 saplings, 1 watcher, salary Tk. 1,800.

Total: 6 kilometers, total planted 7,410 saplings, 6 watchers

Note: Also, another 240 trees will be planted within next 10 days.

After initial preparation taken for the reforestation program in Netrokona, the tree plantation and employment of tree watchers was done in early and mid-September. We have mentioned in our last report that there were 5 roads initially selected for plantation of 8 kilometers; but, finally we have selected 3 roads of 6.5 kilometers and hired 6 tree weathers to look after the planted trees. They are:

1. Jahera, wife of Late Suroj, village: Harulia, union: Bausi, joining date: September 19, 2018.

2. Fatema, wife of Khaj, village: Hatiatola, union: Asma, joining date: September 20, 2018.

3. Halima, wife of Isob, village: Harulia, union: Bausi, joining date: September 19, 2018.

4. Jasmin, wife of Ilias, village: Baghmara, union: Asma, joining date: September 12, 2018.

5. Tohura, wife of Allad, village: Monas, union: Asma, joining date: September 10, 2018.

6. Rahela, wife of Asorjoma, village: Hatiatola, union: Asma, joining date September 21, 2018.

Case study of Jahera, Barhatta upazila, Netrokona

Jahera (42), wife of Late Suroj, village: Harulia of Barhatta upazila, Netrokona district, is from a hard core poor family. Her husband died of suffering from asthma about a year ago. She has three sons; the elder son has married and living separately with his family; the 2nd son Nobi (12) reads in 4th grade and the youngest son Moktar (8) has been studying in a madrasa (religious study). Nobi works for a sweet shop, earning Tk. 1,500 per month.

Jahera was employed as tree watcher since September 19, 2018. She looks after 690 trees from Ram Bhadrapur to Harulia Bazar.

The PEP workers and poor villagers who have been receiving fund from the donors give their warmest thanks for the kind assistance. If donors can also contact other family and friends who might assist with this vital environmental project, which is equally a poverty eradication effort, PEP would be further grateful. Including the homestead plantations, about 30% of the targeted fund needed for the project has so far been received.

Gratefully,

William Christensen, Founder & Voluntary Consultant, PEP

Mizanur Khan, Deputy Director, PEP

Signboard for Abdul Kuddus.
Signboard for Abdul Kuddus.
Caretaker Jahera of Netrokona with her son
Caretaker Jahera of Netrokona with her son
Caretaker Jahera of Netrokona
Caretaker Jahera of Netrokona
Memorial stone design for Alyce Priesmeyer
Memorial stone design for Alyce Priesmeyer
Tree plantation in Kashipur village, Kishoregonj
Tree plantation in Kashipur village, Kishoregonj
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Majeda, tree caretaker of Mominpur road
Majeda, tree caretaker of Mominpur road

In 2018, two roads of Bogra have been planted from the first week of July; the roads are Amboil road (from Amboil village to Bamihal village) and Mominpur road (from Mominpur village to Hatgari village). 485 saplings have been planted over 0.5 kilometer of Mominpur road; the tree caretaker is Majeda (49). On Amboil road, 1,300 saplings out of 1,550 have already been planted; the rest 250 saplings would be planted within next 2/3 days; the tree caretaker for this 1.5 kilometer road is Shanti.

Case Study of Majeda, Sherpur upazila, Bogra 

Majeda (49) wife of Habu (58) lives in Mominpur village, Sherpur upazila under Bogra district. Her family is an extreme hard core poor family. Her son got married and lives separately and her daughter also got married and lives in a different village. Ten years before, they were living in Sariakandi upazila near the bank of Jamuna River. In 2008 their house was washed away by the river erosion; they became homeless. Then they moved to their present address. Here she has one decimal of homestead land. Her small house is made of tin on the top and bamboo fencing around it. But she and her husband don’t have any land for cultivation. Her husband is sick for the past four years and cannot help his wife. Majeda worked in a rice mill to support her family. From July 6, 2018 she is working as a caretaker of the roadside timber tree plantation. She is responsible for 0.5 km road where 485 saplings are planted. Per month she will receive US$ 16.50 as salary. She is happy to receive the job of a caretaker for three years. She hopes to buy some land at the end of her job.

In Netrokona district, plantation has not yet been started. Our workers of Netrokona have selected 5 roads for plantation of 8 kilometers. They are namely:

1. Rambhodropur paved road to Boroitola Bazar, Baushi union, Barhatta upazila: 1 kilometer

2. Rambhodropur bend to Harlia Bridge,Baushi union, Barhatta upazila: 2.5 kilometers

3. Harlia bridge to Baghmara bridge, Asma union, Barhatta upazila: 3 kilometers

4. Seopur bend to Agunati, Kaliara Gabragati union, Netrokona Shodor upazila: 0.5 kilometer

5. Basati bridge to Nairapara bridge, Kaliara Gabragati union, Netrokona Shodor upazila: 1 kilometer

These five roads have been arranged with the help of the local government of these areas. The government provides use of the roads for tree plantation by PEP for 20 years. It will also provide any other help needed, for example, if miscreants damage trees, the police will assist. The government are owners of 20% of the tree wealth. A special memorial for Alyce M. Priesmeyer will be established on road number 5 above.

In Chandpur district, all roads in both Kachua and Matlab Dakhin upazilas are presently planted with roadside trees by the local government and local initiative of the residents of the area. As no roads were available for plantations, PEP has decided to help extend plantation of fruit and timber saplings at the homes of the poor in these areas.

In Chandpur, a total of 4,875 fruit and timber saplings have been planned to be distributed among the poorest families for their homestead plantation; of them 2,925 are guava saplings and 1,950 are akashmoni saplings. Of the planned total, 2,500 saplings have been distributed among the 500 families. Each family has received 3 guava and 2 akashmoni saplings. The rest of the saplings would be distributed by August 10th.

Tree partners of Amboil road
Tree partners of Amboil road
Distribution of tree saplings-in Chandpur district
Distribution of tree saplings-in Chandpur district
Distribution of tree saplings-in Chandpur district
Distribution of tree saplings-in Chandpur district
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