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The Objects of The Word Forest Organisation

To promote sustainable development* for the benefit of the public in countries to be determined by the Trustees by:
(a) the preservation, conservation and the protection of the environment and the prudent use of resources;
(b) the relief of poverty and the improvement of the conditions of life in socially and economically disadvantaged communities

*Sustainable development means “development which meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”

Selection Criteria

We will select schools and their neighbouring communities to support, based upon them meeting at least three of the following four criteria:

  1. They should be located in what is widely considered to be an impoverished area.
  2. They should ideally be located in areas that have suffered from deforestation, but not exclusively.
  3. The school should have either no classrooms at all, structurally unsafe classrooms that are a danger to be in, or insufficient classrooms for the number of pupils on their register.
  4. They should have expressed and displayed a clear desire to further the education of their students on any of the following: conservation, protection and improvement of the physical and natural environment, sustainable living practices, the importance of planting trees, reforestation and promoting biological diversity.

The Successful Community Footprint Checklist

  1. To provide, or repair educational buildings to a safe and acceptable standard.
  2. To provide necessary learning resources and materials to educate the children or community (text books, exercise books, pens, chalk, tables, chairs, sports equipment etc).
  3. To provide where necessary and appropriate, computers, projectors, ancillary IT equipment, renewable energy equipment, generators, and provide or facilitate necessary teacher training to further education in the community.