Our Birthday Wish
This Earth Day, April 22nd, Trees, Water & People celebrates 15 years of helping people and the planet! Over these years we have worked with hundreds of communities across Central America, Haiti, and the United States, empowering tens of thousands of individuals to protect, conserve, and manage their most precious natural resources. This work has been challenging – we work with some of the most marginalized people in the world – but the rewards have been unimaginable. We have seen that, with the proper tools and resources, every community has the power to come together to care for their soils, forests, and watersheds.
From our very first reforestation projects on the San Carlos Malaga Farm in the Department of Suchitepesquez, Guatemala, we have grown into an organization that now manages 20 tree nurseries throughout Central America and Haiti. To date, with the help of many amazing partners, we have produced nearly 5 million trees – helping to improve soils, increase biodiversity, and maintain healthy watersheds.
To celebrate this Earth Day and our 15th birthday, we are raising funds for our Reforestation Program. Although we have made huge strides over the years, there is still much work to be done to bring forests back into balance.
Your generosity can help to strengthen our reforestation efforts in Guatemala, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras, and Haiti even more. Every donation made plants trees in communities that have been devastated by deforestation.
Show your love for our Mother Earth and your support for communities in need – make a donation today!
Visit The Hamper to get your limited-edition t-shirt today – designs inspired by our mission! A portion of your purchase will support our community-based development projects in Latin America and on Native American reservations in the United States.
by Megan Maiolo-Heath, Marketing and Communications Manager
Thank you to everyone who joined us for Rhythms for the Planet this past Friday, March 1st, at the Sunset Event Center! We had so much fun seeing you all and dancing to the great music of The 3 Twins Broadband. Your generosity helped us to raise funds for all of our community-based development projects. It is humbling to have your continued support over the past 15 years. We hope to see you next year!
We are excited to announce the launch of our 10,000 Trees for Haiti matching campaign! In partnership with Sustainable Organic Integrated Livelihoods (SOIL), we are raising funds to plant 10,000 more trees in northern Haiti, an area ravaged by years of deforestation. The most exciting part: every dollar you donate will be matched!
Every one of these 10,000 trees will be planted using a mix of local soil and “humanure” from SOIL’s composting facility. By collecting and responsibly treating human waste, and then reincorporating it back into the earth with a tree seedling, we can increase soil health and productivity for Haitian farmers, and keep local waterways clean. So in supporting reforestation with your donation, you are also contributing to healthy, sustainable sanitation infrastructure in Haiti and improved livelihoods for farmers and their families!
Your donation will help to “close the loop and transform the poop!”
Remember, every donation will be matched dollar for dollar! Together, we can plant thousands of trees that will decrease soil erosion, provide families with nutritious fruit, and create a source of valuable income.
As you may know, Chase launched an innovative giving program for small and local charities. Through Chase Community Giving, participants are able to vote to determine which small and local nonprofits will receive donations of more than $5 million from Chase’s philanthropy funds this spring.
The spring 2011 round of the Chase Community Giving program is designed to benefit smaller and local charities by being limited to 501(c)3 charities with operating budgets between $1 million and $10 million. The top 100 eligible charities with the most votes receive $25,000 during Round 1. During Round 2 the Top eligible charity receives $500,000 and the remaining 99 top charities earn $20,000 through $400,000 awards. More than $5 million dollars will be distributed to top vote getters. Chase is putting resources where communities throughout the United States need them most, and it is up to us to garner enough votes so that Trees, Water & People can be one of the winning organizations.
You have the opportunity to make a meaningful difference for the future of TWP! This spring’s round begins April 21– now is the time to cast your vote and spread the word about this opportunity to your freinds and family and encourage them to support our cause. With this prize, we will have the chance to further our mission of helping communities to protect, conserve and manage the natural resources upon which their long-term well-being depends.
It is more important than ever that we take advantage of the amazing opportunity this program presents to our organization. Log on to Chase Community Giving (http://apps.facebook.com/chasecommunitygiving/) to cast your vote and share the program with your friends and family…lets make it go viral!
You decide what matters, and every vote counts!
This year, we have reinvented our annual fundraiser. Rhythms for the Planet will integrate the educational and cultural components of TWP’s National and International Programs into fun and feasting! By attending, guests will directly support all of TWP’s projects including bringing renewable energy to Native Americans living on reservations, providing fuel-efficient cookstoves to families in Central America and Haiti, and planting trees in areas devastated by deforestation.
Tickets available at the door!
Thank you to our sponsors who have helped make this event possible.
Click here to purchase your tickets online!
Come celebrate with us on March 4th, at the Rio Grande Agave Room!
We are excited to have The Three Twins Broadband as the featured performance. This Colorado-based, eight-piece band features John Magnie, Tim Cook and Steve Amedee of The Subdudes, along with Nicole Zendvelt, Jay Cleer and a three-piece horn section: Greta Cornett, John Giordanengo and Phuong Nguyen. Their sound is described as “infectious, very danceable, very rhythm and blues, very New Orleans.”