International Association for Human Values (IAHV) has a very good relationship with Department of Fisheries, Forestry and Agriculture. IAHV in partnership with Department of Correctional Services has engaged with several communities in the Vaal Triangle for the last 3 years to not only have an impact on our oxygen levels with planting of trees in huge quantities, but also to engage with the communities in doing this.
Over the last 4 years, we have impacted hugely. In 2016 we have planted 40 trees in Parys in Tumahole – IAHV in partnership with Community Corrections where parolees and probationers assisted in digging the holes and we planted several trees at various schools and clinics in Tumahole. In 2017 we have planted 100 trees in Sasolburg – one day was spent planting trees in town (the D.P de Villiers Stadium, swimming pool, ERt theatre, Afrikaans Secondary School, etc) and the next day in Zamdela at several schools, clinics and nurseries – and simultaneously also teaching our children and future leaders the value of oxygen and the necessity to care for our trees and communities.
During 2018 we had an even greater impact on the community in that 750 trees were donated to the Vaal Triangle which were planted by parolees and probationers of both Vereeniging and Sasolburg Community Corrections amongst others at Tabita Centre for disabled people in Vereeniging, the Stadion (in collaboration with Proudly Three Rivers) , various schools in Evaton (in collaboration with the Youth Desk and Evaton SAP), as well as the library in Zamdela and Refengkotso.
This is now the fourth year that we are engaging in this project and 300 trees will be planted at the Vaalpets Dog Park an animal shelter in Vanderbijlpark.