Support People & the Planet on #GivingTuesday!


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!

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Happy #GivingTuesday!


#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!


Double your impact on #GivingTuesday!


Supporting women and girls can be twice as impactful this giving season! Tomorrow, December 3rd, is #GivingTuesday. Join the global movement to giveback! You can double your impact to our project on thanks to a matching contribution from Johnson & Johnson #CareGrows.

Every donation made to our Solar Heaters for Native American Mothers project will be doubled! Our life-changing solar air heaters greatly reduce monthly utility bills and generate heat straight from the sun, helping to keep families warm during the cold winter months. What better way to give back this giving season then with the gift of heat?



What is a Solar Heater?

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Trees, Water & People’s supplemental solar air heating units are an inexpensive, simple to use, and environmentally sound way to bring comfort to reservation families suffering in the winter cold. The units are built on South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Reservation by Native-owned and operated Lakota Solar Enterprises (LSE), providing a source of employment, economic activity, and pride.

The heaters themselves are technologically straightforward. The main component of each unit is a 4×8 foot solar collector panel. The panel contains baffles to direct air flow and is backed by a specialized, heat-absorbing metal film. The baffles and absorber plate are covered by a sheet of special solar glass and surrounded by a metal frame. This solar panel is mounted and installed next to the south side of the house, where it absorbs heat from the sun. The system is connected to the house by two air ducts: supply and return. Whenever the air inside the collector panel is warmer than the temperature set on the heating system’s thermostat, a blower inside the system turns on and warm air is pushed into the house.

Learn more about solar heaters at our website!

Help Us Celebrate the Inaugural #GivingTuesday on Nov. 27th

Trees, Water & People (TWP) is part of the inaugural #GivingTuesday, a nationwide movement that harnesses the power of a unique blend of partners—charities, families, businesses and individuals—to transform how people think about, talk about and participate in the giving season. #GivingTuesday has already inspired over 1,400 organizations and people in all 50 U.S. states and around the world to take collaborative action. Each aims to improve their local communities and give back in better, smarter ways to the charities and causes they support and help create a better world. Scheduled for November 27, 2012 – the Tuesday after Thanksgiving – and the Day after the famed “Black Friday and “Cyber Monday” shopping days, #GivingTuesday will harness the power of social media to create an opening day for giving.

TWP joined the #GivingTuesday movement to bring awareness to their community-based development projects and to encourage people to give back during this holiday season. For this inaugural #GivingTuesday, TWP will be raising funds for reforestation efforts in northern Haiti, an area that has been ravaged by deforestation. Every donation to the campaign will be matched dollar for dollar until TWP reaches their fundraising goal. To make a donation to this campaign on #GivingTuesday, November 27th, you can visit