An extraordinary gift that gives back.

Gifting a tree in Kenya is more than a beautiful gesture: It is a present that provides meaning and joy for everyone involved. By supporting The Green Belt Movement in its mission to empower communities and to conserve the environment, the tree helps improve rural livelihoods and paves the way for a sustainable future. Giving such a tree is a powerful way to thank your loved ones, while making a real contribution to local Kenyan communities and a greener world.

A tree is a unique way to thank and pay tribute to your loved ones and have an impact on the environment and local communities.

Why plant trees?

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1. Dedicate a Tree

Gift A Tree is a unique way to pay tribute to a special person in your life, honor a friend for his or her birthday, or to commemorate a special occasion. You can dedicate a tree online.

2. GBM plants your tree

A community within the Green Belt Movement Network plants a tree and will take care of its survival for several years. This includes recording the trees location and tracking its growth.

3. Receive a confirmation

Your loved one will receive a beautiful postcard with the details on where the tree has been planted and your personal note.

Kandara Valley in 2013. 20 years ago, this place was a wasteland with extensive soil erosion.

The Green Belt Movement

We strive for better environmental management, community empowerment, and livelihood improvement using tree-planting as an entry point.

The Green Belt Movement (GBM) is an environmental organization that empowers communities, particularly women, to conserve the environment and improve livelihoods. GBM was founded by Professor Wangari Maathai in 1977 under the auspices of the National Council of Women of Kenya (NCWK) to respond to the needs of rural Kenyan women who reported that their streams were drying up, their food supply was less secure, and they had to walk further and further to get firewood for fuel and fencing. GBM encouraged the women to work together to grow seedlings and plant trees to bind the soil, store rainwater, provide food and firewood, and receive a small monetary token for their work. In 2004, Professor Maathai received the Nobel Peace Prize for her work.

Our Vision: A values-driven society of people who consciously works for continued improvement of their livelihoods and a greener, cleaner world.

What has been achieved so far?

Over the years, the total number of trees planted by The Green Belt Movement reached well over 51 million! In 2004, Professor Maathai, the founder of The Green Belt Movement, received the Nobel Peace Prize for her work.

On top of initiating countless environmental protection projects, the Green Belt Movement also participates in the United Nation’s annual climate change conferences, and launched the ‘Enough is Enough’ campaign against land-grabbing in Kenya. You can find more details on these and other achievements in GBM's annual reports.

Where can we see this impact?

The Green Belt Movement works with over 4,000 community groups in rural Kenya that engage in running tree nurseries and planting trees to protect the environment and improve livelihoods.

3,987 GBM-supported community tree nurseries have been mapped so far across Kenya. These tree nurseries raise and take care of more than 8 million indigenous seedlings annually for planting in degraded forest lands, private and public lands, sites of cultural significance and protected reserves. See here for an interactive map.

How "Gift A Tree" Works Frequently Asked Questions

Your money will be used to plant a tree in one of the Green Belt Movement communities across rural Kenya. Any surplus from "Gift A Tree" is exclusively used to support further tree planting and community development activities by the Green Belt Movement.

The Green Belt Movement works with many communities throughout Kenya. Your postcard will provide the name of the community and the location of your tree.

1) An email confirmation containing a personalized PDF certificate indicating the location of your tree.
2) A postcard with your personal note will be sent to an address of your choice - globally.
3) The rewarding feeling of having contributed to preserving the environment, engaging communities and empowering women in rural Africa.

Of course! Most credit cards support payments in USD (please check with your credit card provider for potential extra fees if USD is not the currency of your account).

Of course! The postcard can be send to any mail address around the world.

Yes. During your order, you may select to receive only the email confirmation and your PDF certificate. You can print it and hand it over to your loved one as a personal gift.