In a beautiful village in South Sudan sits a forest of 1,210 mango trees. Beyond providing sweet, nourishing food for the villagers, the cool shade of the mango trees gather all the the children of this small town, called Tonj, to study under them. This is the 2NE1 forest: a result of the combined efforts of Blackjacks from all around the world to donate to a cause in honor of 2NE1′s ‘New Evolution‘ Seoul concert.
This is the result of our love for CL, Bom, Dara, and Minzy.
Tree Planet Korea has created this 2NE1 forest with Blackjacks for their ‘Star Forest’ program. 2NE1′s forest is the first of it’s kind! Tree Planet recently posted photos of villagers from Tonj, South Sudan enjoying mangoes from trees sent to them by Blackjack fansites on their Star Forest page. Tonj, though a small but growing town in South Sudan’s vast interior, is situated between the two larger urban centers of Rumbek and Wau. The town is a significant transit point for road travelers, with a population of less than 18,000.
For those that do not remember, originally YGLadies and the other 2NE1 fansites had planned to donate rice wreaths for 2NE1′s ‘New Evolution’ Seoul concert. But under YGE’s suggestion to donate mango trees instead, we decided to go ahead and participate in this project with Star Forest, as it was a fresh and exciting idea to us at the time as well.
We’re extremely glad to see this project come to fruition and have no words for just how proud we are of the Blackjack fandom for our success in this project ♥.
A short while ago, Tree Planet Charity (Star Forest) posted this update along with amazing photos from the location:
— Star Forest (@TP_StarForest) February 15, 2013
2NE1 Forest in South SudanMeet with the 2NE1 forest that fans donated to Tonj in South Sudan in July, 2012!
250 Mango Trees — LeeChaerin.com
200 Mango Trees — The Bom/JustBom/Park Bom China
130 Mango Trees – KongMinzy.com (in conjuction with theEROMAKNAE and WeLoveMinzy)
100 Mango Trees — CLtheBaddestFemale.com (CLTBF)/QueenCL
100 Mango Trees — Sandara Baidu Bar
100 Mango Trees — OhDara/WeLoveDara
100 Mango Trees — YGLadies
50 Mango Trees — 2NE1 China
20 Mango Trees — OhMyGoddess (Dara fansite)
20 Mango Trees — Bestiz fancafe
20 Mango Trees — Daum Fancafe ‘To Anyone’
20 Mango Trees — The Dearest Dara
20 Mango Trees — We Love Bom
20 Mango Trees — Daragon Hideout
20 Mango Trees — Daum Official 2NE1 fancafe
10 Mango Trees — DC 2NE1 Gallery
10 Mango Trees — The 2NE1 Hour
10 Mango Trees — 2NE1 PH
10 Mango Trees — Parkers (Dara)
We are speechless to see how enriching these mango trees are, and have nothing to say but great job Blackjacks! It’s heartwarming to see all our efforts combined and making a real difference in others’ lives. The girls must be as proud as we all are! Please continue to participate in all the projects YGLadies has planned, as they all have charity components to them as well. We really can do anything when we’re united ♥.