recognition of his eco-endeavors and achievements,the government
recently awarded 11,000 acres of land to be planted with fruit trees to
Ethiopian-born Gashaw Tahir and his Greenland Development Foundation.
The foundation was established by Mr. Tahir in 2006 after he returned
to his homeland from the USA and found that
the once-green and
life giving land had become dry and barren, along with rises in
temperature, loss of wildlife and widespread malaria.
Tahir thus began to acquire land, employ young workers from Muslim and
Christian communities and has now planted over 1 million trees as well
as established a research center to bring information to families on
modern farming techniques. He stated, “My motto is making Africa green
again, not only by just planting trees, but by planting fruit trees
that will sustain (and) make a difference in people's lives.
big bravo, Mr. Gashaw Tahir, for your exemplary efforts to revive your
homeland as well as create life-sustaining jobs for the young people of
your country. May the Divine bless your work and that of many more such
eco-caring citizens as we look forward to a sustained and bountiful