2011 Impact: International Program

The International Program made a BIG impact last year though their clean cookstove and reforestation projects, empowering communities to sustainably manage their precious natural resources. These community-led projects improve human, environmental, and economic health! Thanks to all of our partners who make these projects a success.

2011 International Program Imapct

Learn more about these projects at www.treeswaterpeople.org

Project 7 Products Plant Trees, Save The Earth

This gum plants a fruit tree!

Project 7 is a cause-related company that makes everyday goods like coffee, bottled water, gum and mints take on a deeper meaning.  Project 7’s  Save the Earth products help Trees, Water & People plant fruit trees with rural families in Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras.   So far this year, customer purchases have contributed to planting 27,286 fruit trees, benefiting over 2,500 families by giving them access to fresh fruit that can be consumed and/or sold for extra income.  In addition, fruit trees add beauty to each family’s home.

Funds from this joint venture directly benefit TWP partners like  Arboles y Agua para el Pueblo (AAP) in  El Salvador.  AAP is a dedicated team that makes our detailed nursery work possible.

The AAP team take a break from working the nursery.

Their efforts to meticulously collect seeds, make compost,  fill each bag with soil, plant each seed, water 40,000 seedlings daily,  and watch them grow into trees make our nurseries a community-led success. When the time is right and the rains have fallen, our reforestation team facilitates workshops to educate families about the importance of tree planting and how fruit trees can enhance their family’s well-being.

By partnering with forward thinking companies like Project 7 we are collectively helping  thousands of families and making the earth a greener, bountiful, healthier place to live.

Click here to see where you can purchase Project 7 products.

Are you a company interested in partnering with Trees, Water & People? Please call Megan Maiolo at (970) 484-3678 or email megan@treeswaterpeople.org to learn more.

A tree nursery in El Salvador houses over 40,000 seedlings that will soon be planted throughout surrounding communities.

TWP’s Co-founder Stuart Conway on Colorado Public Radio to Mark Peace Corps’ 50th

Stuart Conway stands in a Guatemalan tree nursery that he helped to start during his Peace Corps service.

Stuart Conway, TWP’s Co-founder, shares his Peace Corps experience in Guatemala and how it inspired him to start Trees, Water & People in 1998.

From Colorado Public Radio:

“This month the Peace Corps marks its 50th anniversary. We hear from three Coloradans who say it changed their lives. University of Colorado journalism graduate Josh Boissevain currently volunteers in Moldova. Former state Democratic party chair Pat Waak served in Brazil from 1966 to 1968. Stuart Conway volunteered in Guatemala from 1984 to 1987. He runs the Fort Collins-based non-profit Trees, Water and People. They talk with Colorado Public Radio’s Sadie Babits.”

Listen to the show here: Coloradans Mark Peace Corps’ 50th.

Spots Still Available on the 2011 EcoTour!

Join us for the 2011 EcoTour to Guatemala; the adventure of a lifetime!  Experience our international community development programs through an exciting hands-on adventure in beautiful Central America.

“It was not until my hands-on experience that I truly came to appreciate the far-reaching effect my contributions had in assisting this wonderful organization to pursue their mission … I was able to observe the needs of the Nicaraguan and Honduran people first hand and to experience the sense of hope a new stove brought to the women and children.”
-Tim Holzheimer, EcoTour Participant

The 2011 EcoTour will visit both cultural sites as well as Trees, Water & People’s project sites, where you will have the opportunity to plant trees and build fuel-efficient cookstoves with members of the communities we serve.

Don’t miss this opportunity to experience Guatemala and all the rich culture it has to offer!  For more information on how you can sign-up please call Claudia at (970) 484-3678 or email claudia@treeswaterpeople.org.

EcoTour 2009 participants help build a fuel-efficient Justa stove for a family in Guatemala. (Photo by Don Usner)

Updates from Guatemala

The hurricane season this year has had no mercy on Guatemala, and with November being several weeks away there is still fear of what may come. In June, hurricane Agatha pummeled the country leaving its mark. A mysterious gaping sinkhole 18 meters wide and 100 meters deep opened up in the middle of a neighborhood in Guatemala City, roads were washed out, bridges collapsed, and thousands of homes and farmlands in our TWP community of Tiquisate were inundated, leaving many homeless.  In collaboration with Leonel Jarquin, Mayor of Tiquisate and our long-time partner, TWP was able to assist 2,915 families with emergency food baskets that included corn flour for tortillas, oil, beans, rice, sugar, salt, juice, and water. Mayor Jarquin visited 9 communities to deliver the food himself and examine the gravity of the situation.  The difficulty will be dealing with the food shortage to come in the dry season from the many crops lost due to massive flooding.  In late September, Guatemala is still on high alert due to heavy rain damage, flooding and landslides around the country, including on main road routes. After this destructive rainy season Mayor Leonel and team will have extra work to do replanting many fruit trees that were damaged by the floods that swept through Tiquisate.

Please visit www.treeswaterepople.org to learn more about our work in Guatemala.

Mayor Jarquin delivering emergency food baskets.

Partnership for Clean Indoor Air Interviews TWP

The Partnership for Clean Indoor Air (PCIA) just published their monthly newsletter, with a full-length interview on page 7 from TWP’s Deputy International Director, Sebastian Africano, about our fuel-efficient stove program.  Enjoy!