Reducing Landslides with Tree Planting

Shelter For Life is implementing UN World Food Programme (WFP) projects in Afghanistan, which include tree planting. Barren hillsides can be susceptible to erosion during heavy rains, and when landslides occur roads and homes can be damaged, and human life put in danger. These photos show a hillside being prepared for planting, and afterward young trees growing on the hillside. Trees help stabilize the soil and can prevent erosion, and also help the ground to hold more moisture so it can be more useful for agriculture. In some places many thousands of pistachio and fruit trees have been planted, which will produce food for local consumption and trade. Shelter For Life is pleased to be able to help rural communities in Afghanistan.


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Mustafa Omar
Chief Executive Officer

Mustafa Omar has worked in Shelter For Life’s field projects and headquarters organizational management positions, leading operations and business development around the world. Mr. Omar has managed and overseen a variety of projects in some of the world’s most difficult places to work, including Afghanistan, Iraq, Liberia, and South Sudan. He holds a degree in Economics from University of Wisconsin and an MBA from the University of St. Thomas, and a graduate degree in Urban Planning from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota.

Gordon Wright
Vice Chairman

Gordon A. Wright is Founder and President of over 40 years with JIMI International and is an Elder at Tulsa Christian Fellowship. Mr. Wright owned and operated a lawn and tree service business for nearly 15 years. Mr. Wright also served with the US Army for three years in the 1960s.Two of Mr. Wright’s years were spent in South Korea as a Brigade Intelligence Sergeant. Mr. Wright has provided mentoring and counseling to spiritual leaders around the world; with specific attention to individuals in Russia, Ukraine and former Soviet Bloc countries. Mr. Wright helped to found and direct East/West Resources International and Global Assistance Partners International. Mr. Wright has served as one of the original founding board of directors for Shelter For Life International. Born in Erie, Pennsylvania, Gordon grew up in Cleveland, Ohio and currently resides in Tulsa, Oklahoma.