Help support SFL’s initiatives in West Africa. Every tree planted makes a difference

Since 2018, Shelter for Life has partnered with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to foster connections among infrastructure, finance and farms in the West African Cashew industry of Senegal, The Gambia, and Guinea-Bissau. 

By implementing Good Agricultural Practices and Climate Smart Agriculture West African Cashew Farmers have enhanced productivity. These practices have revitalized aging and overplanted orchards and have included the establishment and development of community based, commercially operated cashew nurseries. 

Through Shelter For Life’s partnership with USDA we have been able to establish numerous community-based, commercially operated cashew nurseries, many of which are owned and operated by women, throughout Senegal, The Gambia, and Guinea-Bissau. The nurseries ensure improved varieties are provided to the cashew farms of all three countries. 

Shelter For Life and USDA have partnered up to replant thousands of acres of land with cashew trees keeping Climate Smart Agricultural in mind. The trees not only support the community, but they also protect against climate change.

Planting orchards 

  • Improve soil quality
  • Reduce the impact of water salinization caused by rising oceans, and
  • Reduce greenhouse gas concentrations through carbon dioxide sequestration.

Help support SFL’s initiatives in West Africa. Every tree planted makes a difference!

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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.