Trees planted in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to prevent flooding

This week’s Success Story shares a hopeful message from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

As we may have seen in recent news, the DRC suffered massive floods. It is said that this flood “was the deadliest natural disaster in recent Congo history”. Reports said that more than 400 people lost their lives.

Jeremy Adeba Arusi, our regional coordinator from the DRC, tells us that his community started to plant trees, with the hope that such disasters can be avoided in the future.

Trees are said to remove moisture from the soil, which decreases the amount of water contributing to flash flooding events. Accordingly, the roots of the trees grow into the soil and create passages which the rainwater flows into, instead of running off the land.


People in the DRC, hard at work planting trees.

Jeremy tells us that 1,000 trees were planted in the area ofΒ  Bujumbura. The tree planting was coordinated by himself, as well as Laetitia Ndayishimiye and the Friday for Future group in Burundi.


Great news, Jeremy! We are happy to hear that you and your community are planting so many trees to benefit our global family, as well as your local community. Please keep us up to date on the progress you are making!

Have a look at the Fridays For Future Burundi Facebook page and stay up to date with their projects. And, if you want to get in contact with Jeremy about his local projects, send him an email:

Finally, you are invited to follow the New Hope for the Poor Facebook page, a project founded by Jeremy to improve the lives of his community.



Who:New Hope for the Poor and Fridays for Futures
Why:To end flooding
Where:Bujumbura, Burundi
When:July 2023
What kind of Trees:Various trees including fruit trees.
How many:

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