- Trees planting/growing /teaching project.
GLP plants trees at schools, hospitals, resting places, along the public roads and in open areas. We start by building rise beds and planting seeds to grow tiny seedlings. Then when the seedlings are ready our volunteers together with students are transplanting them into individual bags. When The Green Living Planet partners with a new school, the first thing we do is to bring awareness about environmental problems and solutions. Then we bring 100-200 of little trees to plant on and around the school grounds. This project is often a student’s first introduction, not only to The Green Living Planet, but also to any sort of an environmental project. After the planting is completed we teach the children about the positive environmental impact planting trees can have by preventing soil erosion, moderating the climate, breaking wind, improving the soil, keeping moisture and more.
- Clean water projects.
The Green Living Planet is committed to make a lasting impact in the areas in which we work. For that reason, we believe it is important to work with local chairmen and other leaders to identify a viable solution to the lack of access to clean water in the community surrounding the schools we partner with. Each of these projects will look different, as each community has a different need and different solutions.
- Permaculture project.
The permaculture aspect of our five-point immersion program includes permaculture projects and trainings. It is an integral part of our program as it moves beyond the women and children, to include farmers and homeowners within the community we are working in. Volunteers will receive teaching materials should they choose to participate in permaculture training for the community.
- Women’s Development Projects.
At each of the schools that The Green Living Planet partners with we also encourage the creation of a women’s development group. Most often these groups exist as a vehicle for income generation for women who otherwise would not have the opportunity to make extra money for who their families. These groups have full autonomy to choose what project they want to start; however, each group will also be responsible for helping to maintain the gardens and trees plating projects The Green Living Planet has started with the local school.
- Sustainable gardening projects.
The Green Living Planet is teaching how to build a sustainable garden which is African style. Each school that GLP selects will participate in a school lunch program initiative in which the goal is to start a sustainable source of food and nutrition for the students. In most cases this project will involve building African-style keyhole gardens to grow the produce necessary for a school lunch program. Volunteers can participate in the preparation of the project, fundraising and actual build with the students.
- Working at an orphanage
We work with different orphanages in and around the region of Arusha. As a volunteer your main role would be to work alongside the existing staff to care for the children in orphanages. The work in a children’s home involves feeding, dressing and keeping the children active within the homes, washing dishes, washing clothes and teaching the children. Volunteers will also help the children in their homework and play games with them to engage them in playful activities.
- Medical Programs
Our volunteers work in medical clinics, dispensaries and hospitals in and around the city of Arusha. Volunteer tasks vary and depend on the level of experience, qualifications etc. Medical students can assist the local doctors and staff in doing basic tasks such as checking weight and temperature of the students, cleaning wounds and also doing administrative tasks in the placement. Whereas medical students are given tasks according to their knowledge, they generally help in checking blood pressure, suturing wounds, doing rounds with patients and work in areas of maternal health, surgery, laboratories, counseling and testing etc.
GLP is always looking for new ways on how to minimize waste. We have experimented with planting trees using bio-degradable toilet roll holders rather than plastic bags, we also use a filtered sewage system for our center’s vegetable gardens. Currently we are experimenting with old wine bottles to make new drinking glasses, candle holders and mirrors.