World Environment Day
Jul 18 2013

Guatemalan families plant seeds for the future

If one large tree can produce enough oxygen for four people, then sponsored friends and their families in Guatemala just made it possible for 80,000 people to breathe easier.

CFCA families in Guatemala recently celebrated World Environment Day by planting 20,000 trees across four states in Guatemala!

The CFCA staff in Guatemala came up with the idea for the observance, but sponsored friends and their families, as well as others in the community, volunteered to plan and carry out the activities.

As part of the celebration, each sponsored friend received one tree and four seedlings to plant.

Families also participated in activities such as collecting and recycling litter and promoting environmental awareness on a local radio station.

CFCA staff members went to schools in the community to spread the word about the importance of caring for the environment.

Lillian, a CFCA sponsored child, participated by creating a flower decoration made from recycled plastic bottles.

“It is important to let others know about the importance of taking care of our Earth,” Lillian said. “We all need to care for our environment. So please share this message with your friends, your neighbors, your family and everyone. We can do many useful things with trash, [instead of leaving] trash on the streets.”

What ways do you help care for the environment? Leave us a comment below, and let us know!

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