Fondes Amandes Community Reforestation Project (FACRP)
Vision a healthy agro-forestry environment, providing sustainable livelihoods with expressions of multicultural traditions based on the FACRP participatory model of community forestry.
Mission to position FACRP as a beacon of sustainable community forestry through knowledge transfers and strategic partnerships.
The Fondes Amandes Community Reforestation Project (FACRP) is a community based organization which began in 1982 when the late Tacuma Jaramogi and wife Akilah Jaramogi, the current managing director, devised a plan to fight the dry-season fires that had been ravaging the Fondes Amandes watershed every year. Along with bush-fire fighting, the project began with agro-forestry activities, including the planting of forest and fruit trees and gathering of seeds and other natural materials for making craft. It has grown over the years to become one of the most innovative and successful eco-projects in the Caribbean and is widely recognised as a model of sustainable development in the region.
From the period 1982 to 2000 FACRP operated on a voluntary basis and received much in-kind support from its supporters and members. From 1999 to 2000 FACRP worked tirelessly to formalize the NGO, which would enable it to receive funding to assist with the management of the organization. First FACRP registered with the Ministry of Community Development. A few years later the organization then registered with the Ministry of Legal Affairs under the Companies Act as a Non Profit Company – registration number F2353(95). The first funding FACRP received was from the Community Development Fund in 2000 which was followed by grants and funding from embassies, private companies, competition earnings, financial partnerships with government agencies and revenue generated from our income generating activities.
In recognition of FACRP’s national service in the spheres of community service and environmental conservation, the FACRP was awarded the President’s Humming Bird Medal at the 2007 Independence Day Celebrations. The FACRP has been the recipient of numerous awards, including several Green Leaf Awards, Trinidad and Tobago’s highest environmental honour. The most recent Green Leaf Award received by the organization is the EMA Green Leaf Award, for Sustainability received in 2012. In 2013 another award was presented to the organization by the JB Fernandes Trust. This was a Special Recognition Award for work done in the environment as well as sharing our model of community forestry.
FACRP welcomes donations. Our account number with First Citizen Bank of Trinidad and Tobago is 1513737 in the Name of the Fondes Amandes Community Reforestation Project (FACRP)