We are regularly asked by people around the world about how they can support our activities. We are incredibly grateful for your support! 💚
Here are nine ways you can help spark and change conversations around forcibly displaced people.
1. Make a donation
This helps us maintain our existing projects and plan new ones. Regular donations are ideal, as are one-off amounts.
2. Donate seeds to our perennial appeal
Update: October 2021 – For the moment we have enough seeds and are pausing on accepting donations. This is thanks to the incredible response we’ve had to our appeal to date. We’ve been overwhelmed by people’s generosity and are still busy redistributing fruit, flower and vegetable seeds to refugee gardening projects. Instead, if you are able to do so, we welcome a monetary donation to further support our gardening activities. Thank you.
We will send your seed donations to the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, Greece and other Lemon Tree Trust projects via partner organisations as and when we can AND we will distribute seed to UK and USA based refugee-led gardening projects.
3. Tell us if you know of or help run a refugee gardening project
We are all human and most of the people we work with have faced unimaginable choices and hardships. The stories and films on our website are a start, but we would also recommend reading or watching the following:
6. Find a local organisation supporting people who have been forced from their homes and offer your time and love
We can all help change the narrative around forced migrants by getting involved and showing we care.
7. Adopt Lemon Tree Trust as your organisation’s charity of the year
If the business you work for has a corporate social responsibility policy and you would like to propose Lemon Tree Trust or if you’re a business owner and you are considering donating a percentage of profits from a product/service, we would have love to chat with you to tell you more about our work and send you any relevant literature. Please send a quick intro message to [email protected] and we’ll take it from there.
8. Send one of our delicious Syrian recipe cards to a loved one
Print at home and post or email the recipes to your friends and family to enjoy while staying home or shielding due to Covid-19.
Khanem’s Tawa: This traditional Syrian main course has layers of beef, aubergine, tomato and potato. Think of it a bit like a dairy free moussaka. The addition of lemon and parsley freshen and lift this filling meal. Recipe serves eight people.
Nosheen’s Kousa Mahshi: You’ll need a little patience for this recipe but we think the result is well worth the effort. These stuffed courgettes and tomatoes with beef and rice serve four people. To make this recipe vegetarian, replace the beef with chickpeas.
Noora’s Molokhia with Chicken & Simple Tabbouleh: Molokhia, or jute mallow, is a popular ingredient of middle eastern dishes and is grown widely by gardeners in refugee and IDP camps in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. This delicious recipe for molokhia with chicken has an accompanying tabbouleh recipe. Each recipe serves eight people.
9. Receive our regular email newsletter
Join our global community of gardeners and receive updates about developments at the Lemon Tree Trust direct to your inbox by signing up to our newsletter.
Domiz 1 camp is the home of our headquarters in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq and one of our community gardens, Azadi. We regularly get asked questions about the set-up and infrastructure of refugee and IDP (internally displaced people) camps, as well as the living conditions there, so we wanted to share what we know. … Continued
Our thanks go to the Young Propagators Society for publishing Aisha Ahmed Omar’s story in their digital zine. Aisha is a gardener who lives in Domiz 1 camp, in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, after she was forcibly displaced from Syria. She shares how gardening brings her connection, comfort and joy:“I have had great success in growing leafy vegetables, which … Continued
Congratulations to graphic designer Kulsum Karolia on winning a Bronze Creative Conscience Award for her Lemon Tree Trust project. As part of a final year project at the Manchester School of Art, UK, Kulsum and fellow students were tasked with creatively responding to and raising awareness about a social issue – to inspire and educate a global audience. We were delighted when Kulsum chose Lemon Tree Trust. She said: “Something that really stood out to me … Continued