Happy #GivingTuesday! Today, the world is celebrating the millions of nonprofits and NGOs working tirelessly to create a better future for all. We hope you will take a moment to make a gift to one of our community-based conservation programs that improve people’s livelihoods while conserving the environment.
Trees, Water & People’s unique community-based development model is based on the philosophy that the best way to help those most in need is to involve them directly in the design and implementation of local environmental and economic development initiatives. This creates ownership, involvement, and financial sustainability well into the future. Our proven development model of training and execution, coupled with an enterprise approach, engages and inspires local residents to preserve their precious natural resources.
Celebrate #GivingTuesday by making a contribution today!
From everyone at Trees, Water & People: We wish you a healthy and happy holiday season! We are so thankful that you are part of our community of supporters. Our work centers around families and communities that are facing many environmental and social challenges.
With your continued support, our staff and partners will be able to connect local people in Latin America and on tribal lands to the resources and tools needed for important natural resource conservation and economic development projects.
As we make plans for the new year, we hope you will consider donating to our innovative, community-based programs that help people and the planet!
#GivingTuesday is an international celebration of giving back! Give love. Give time. Give money. Just give!
We hope you will consider donating to Trees, Water & People on this day of giving by making a contribution to our programs that help people and the planet. Thanks for your support on this special day of giving!
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by Bonnie Power, TWP Donor and Evergreeen Circle Member
Several years ago, I read a news article indicating that South Dakota had some of the poorest counties in the entire United States. I decided I wanted to do something that would make a difference there. Previously, I had contributed to the support of children through Save the Children in Nepal and Greece, and my husband had contributed through a similar program to support a child on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. When I found out that there was no longer any such program helping children in South Dakota, I did an internet search and found Trees, Water & People (TWP).
As a member of the Evergreen Circle, I make a monthly donation to Trees, Water & People. Because of their high charity rating, I have encouraged friends and family to give, as well. When I have occasions where we want to do something in lieu of gifts (holidays and the like), I suggest contributions to TWP.
I like the personal reach of supporting Trees, Water & People – that my monthly check is translated directly into solar heaters, cookstoves, and tree nurseries that make an immediate difference on a small scale in real people’s lives. This has been my general pattern of charity much of my life: Trying to make a difference at a close distance.
With your help, 2011 was a year of great progress at Trees, Water & People. We were able to help thousands of families in communities all over the western hemisphere raise their standard of living and improve their local environments.
Some of the highlights of what you helped us accomplish include:
- Producing 352,818 seedlings in our Central American tree nurseries
- Building 4,642 clean cookstoves for families in Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Haiti
- Distributing 60 solar air heating systems to Native American families
- Training 51 Renewable Energy Warriors
None of this work would have been possible without your generosity. Each year we are absolutely humbled by your continual support and with your help we can finish this year strong.
There are so many ways for you to make a difference this holiday season. For only $20 you can purchase a cookstove for a family in Haiti, bringing them a safer and more economical way to cook each meal. For only $50 you can plant 50 seedlings in one of our Central American tree nurseries, helping to reforest communities and protected areas. For only $100 you can help fund Green Job training for a Native American, creating sustainable livelihoods for people in need.
I hope you will make an end-of-year donation and consider how you might be able to improve the lives of families throughout the Western Hemisphere.
Thank you and have a joyous holiday season!