Green Belt Movement International

Started by Nobel Laureate Wangari Maathai, we provide income to hundreds of thousands of Kenyan women and families through tree planting. We mobilize for women’s rights, good governance, civic empowerment, and the environment.

Green Belt Movement International is one of the most prominent grassroots women’s organizations in the world. Based in Kenya, we advocate for human rights, good governance, and peaceful democratic change through the protection of the environment. Our mission is to empower communities worldwide to protect the environment and to promote good governance and cultures of peace.

green-belt-photo2The Green Belt Movement was founded in 1977 by the late Wangari Maathai, the first African woman and the first environmentalist to receive the Nobel Peace Prize (in 2004). What began as a grassroots tree-planting program to address the challenges of deforestation, soil erosion, and a lack of water is now a vehicle for empowering women and their families. The act of planting a tree is helping women throughout Africa become stewards of the natural environment. In so doing, they are  also becoming powerful champions for sustainable management of resources such as water, equitable economic development, good political governance, and ultimately…peace.

To date, more than 51 million trees have been planted across Kenya to protect critical watersheds, restore thousands of acres of indigenous forests, and empower thousands of women and their families. These women and their families are now living healthier and more productive lives and are standing up for their rights and those of their communities.

A healthy natural world is at the heart of an equitable and peaceful society. And protecting the environment is something every individual can take part in.

Contact Information

Green Belt Movement International
U.S. Office
165 Court Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
T: (212) 414-2339 x18
F: (212) 414-2412

Financial Information

Green Belt Movement International is classified as a 501(c)(3) organization. Click below to view our most recent independent audit and IRS Form 990.

Banner photo: Green Belt Movement has a network of tree nurseries throughout Kenya.
Photo right: Educating children about the importance of planting trees to restore and protect water catchment areas.
Photo left: Nobel laureate and Green Belt founder Wangari Maathai with women at a tree-planting session.

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Donate now to support our work in Africa. So much remains to be done. Forests are still being lost, democracy is fragile, and poverty is still widespread.

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To donate to this member charity by check, please print our designation form and mail it with your check to

Aid for Africa
P.O. Box 8734
Topeka, KS 66608

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