Young baobabs are being planted in “plantation-style” in seven homesteads in Mabvete village in northern Venda. This method is being used to boost the young baobabs growth so that they reach a “safe” height before wild planting. See post here. Newly planted baobabs in plantation-style This week we visited the trees to see how they were doing. We tagged each [...] Continue Reading
Nearly every child in Africa knows what a baobab tree is. Nearly child in Africa eats baobab powder. But beyond knowing what the tree looks like and that it has a nutritious fruit, very little is generally known about their ecology. The Little Big Baobab Book (free pdf download available here) addresses FAQ’s of baobabs. Translated into TshiVenda and easy [...] Continue Reading
Once a year we reach out to some Preschools in areas where baobabs grow and ask them what they need. This year we supported the Mutale B Preschool with sourcing the exact colour paint required for their classroom renovations.
Nthakeni is a lovely spot on the Mutale River in communal land situated near the northern Pafuri gate of the Kruger National Park. The area is leased from the Nkotswi community and has been fenced allowing the natural vegetation to grow and seedlings to recruit without disturbance of domestic animals. Nthakeni is thus one of the few places where baobabs [...] Continue Reading
Baobab Foundation supported Mukovhawabale Preschool and the Mbodi tsha Fhasi Preschool with much needed cement for the building of their new classrooms. Cement for Mukovawabale Preschool
The children in Mukomawabane village have not been going to preschool for the past few years and thus the kids have losing out on the opportunity of formal early childhood education. This is because the parents in the village, many of them unemployed and without more than primary school education themselves, did not see the value for children to go [...] Continue Reading
Young baobabs are delicious especially to goats, impala and baboons. So a multipronged approach is needed. One is to identify areas that don’t have these animals and use their absence to successfully establish baobabs (watch this space) or where these animals are plentiful to find creative solutions. The first approach was to simply protect the young trees with wire cages, [...] Continue Reading