Joseph Parfait's story
Joseph is a guard in Papamena, Madagascar. Before working with us, Joseph worked solely in the rice fields. His work in the fields was insufficient for supporting his family and their daily necessities. To increase his productivity within the rice fields, he needed oxen. However, the oxen were far out of reach when he could not even afford food or cooking utensils.
With the consistent income Joseph earns as a guard, he can afford basic necessities to take care of his family. He was also able to purchased oxen. Joseph’s goal is to work hard to continue to provide for his family so they can be proud of him and the work he does within the world.
As a guard with us, Joseph is responsible for protecting the forest. He prevents the reforested area from being destroyed by patrolling the area for fires, smoke, and poachers. He also prevents fires within Papamena by cleaning the surrounding areas from brush and trash.
One of Joseph’s favorite responsibilities is helping the workers at the nursery with planting seeds and watering seedlings. Joseph said that without the work within the nursery, there would be no forests. Without a forest, there would be nothing for him to guard. He values the work of his team and the opportunity to guard the trees his team has planted.