When the 2017-18 Rotary International president, Ian Riseley asked each Rotarian to plant a tree, the Rotary Club of Mitchell Field thought beyond its service area to where they could do the most good. They reached out to Tanzania where people are struggling to survive. Through a contribution to Simple Hope, a Milwaukee-based non-profit, the club purchased 25 fruit trees in Tanzania. Along with the Mukwonago Rotary Club, they were able to fill a truck and take delivery the day before the road was washed out by rain.

Here is what Simple Hope's founders told us:

"We are so grateful for the generosity and partnership of the Rotary.

We had total confidence in all of you that 50 trees would be provided so we already sent them out before the rains made the roads impassable. They have already been delivered to the center and are ready to be planted.

They next day, the road collapsed and no one can get through. God is amazing in his timing!

Again, we are humbly grateful and very excited to be sharing this opportunity to bring life saving trees to those who struggle to live each day.

Many Blessings to all,
Karen and Pam"

To learn more about Simple Hope, visit them at www.simple-hope.com or their facebook page. See their video at