Meet our NEW Project Specialist, Francisca (Kika) Gusmão!

On February 1, Kika began working for the Global Tree Initiative (GTI) on a contract basis, for the next six months.

It is your recent contributions to our GivingTuesday and GivingDecember fundraisers that made hiring Kika possible. We are extremely grateful for your generosity. Thank you for contributing towards fulfilling the vision and mission of the Global Tree Initiative and our founder, Tenzin Osel Hita! Having another set of dedicated hands working on the GTI will help us make our GTI platform even stronger.

(Once the remaining funding is secured, Kika’s contract will be extended for the balance of the year).

About Kika

Kika holds a BSc degree in Biology (Faculdade de Ciências de Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal). Following undergraduate school, Kita earned an MSc degree in Forest and Nature Conservation from Wageningen University, The Netherlands.

Kika says, “During my bachelor’ studies, I fell in love with nature conservation, and with the idea of helping animals in the wild. When I started the MSc program, I felt something was missing – the humane dimension of nature conservation.”

While conducting interviews for her thesis project, about the relationship between Buddhist core values and pro-environmental behavior, Kika met the Global Tree Initiative (GTI).

Kika joined our team as the regional coordinator volunteer for Portugal in April 2021. She focused on environmental education. Backed by GTI’s mission and vision, Kika and her team aspire to make environmental education accessible to everyone in her country!

Now, 23 years old (or young!) Kika tells us “As I begin my professional life, I do not want to simply work my days through. I want to bring meaning to my life. I want to do that every day. GTI has seen right through what the world needs – love, unity, awareness, and movement upon these feelings. More than being an ecologist, I want to be an uniter. I want to bring people together. Tree planting is a great opportunity to do so.”

Besides being passionate about trees, nature, and the environment, Kika has other passions too. She loves cooking, especially plant-based meals. She delights in cooking for others. She also enjoys spending time outdoors and passing leisure hours with friends and family. When she was younger, Kika used to do horse riding. She says she would love to get back into it someday.

As if that were not enough, Kika also volunteers for local social development and environmental projects in Portugal.

Thank you for joining our team, Kika!  We are so happy and thankful to have you here!
We are looking forward to growing our project with your knowledge, skills, and kind heart.

Please share this. Thank you!


More News

Congratulations, Beth! And thank you for joining us!

Beth is our South Island Global Tree Initiative (GTI) New Zealand coordinator and has been helping us around the Coromandel area. She has kindly taken the role of fundraising specialist for GTI.

International Day of Forests – Recording now available!

We counted on the insightful participation of 3 different speakers and all those who presented questions and contributed to the discussion. The recording is now available!

A warm welcome to Bengu, our new project coordinator!

Welcome to your new role, Bengu! We are very happy and thankful to have you here, and we are looking forward to a lot of exciting developments with you!

JOIN US this International Day of Forests!

We are coming together next March 21! Register below! In an online event, we will hear from three speakers who have been, in their own ways, dedicating their energy and time to reforesting different parts of our planet.

Global Tree Initiative’s community helps protect the rainforest in Australia

Here is a final update on the fundraiser conducted by Global Tree Initiative (GTI) Australia’s community.
Mark shares, “Our small donation will save about 60 mature and semi-plants as a forest habitat.”

Welcome to our new partner, Devrai

We are excited and honored to announce our new Global Tree Initiative (GTI) partner; Devrai from India!

An interfaith community based on harmony and mutual respect

“All religions offer help to humanity. Especially when facing difficult situations, all religions offer hope. Therefore, we must respect all religions.”

Living more sustainably with Chhaya Taralekar

Chhaya Taralekar advocates for more sustainable and simpler ways of living, with composting as a cornerstone of her activities.

Emma Defresne meets Ösel Hita at Vajra Yogini Institute, France

Later that year, during the Summer of 2023, Emma met Ösel, our founder, in Vajra Yogini. Emma shares it was a “nice surprise”.

Upcoming tree-planting project happening at Tibetan Children’s Village, Ladakh

“It was very fortunate to have some very energetic and committed Tibetan students that had heard about the planting project of the Tibetan Children Village (TCV) in Leh Ladakh, inspired by the Dalai Lama during his last visit to Ladakh. The Dalai Lama wanted to see more green in the area, as the Dalai Lama’s commitment to the environment is well known.”

Subscribe To Our Newsletter

Join our newsletter. Stay tuned to all our news. There is more to come.

You have Successfully Subscribed!