ROOTS OF PEACE

Rating: 4.92 stars   13 reviews

Issues: Food, Environment, International

Location: 1299 Fourth St Ste 200 San Rafael CA 94901 USA

Mission: Roots of Peace (RoP) is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization based in San Rafael, California. RoP was founded in 1997 with the mission to rid the world of landmines by transforming toxic minefields into thriving farmland. Our vision of turning "Mines into Vines" seeks to restore the promise of hope and prosperity to afflicted communities throughout the world.
Programs: Roots of Peace (RoP) currently has programs in Afghanistan, Croatia, and Angola and in the past also in Iraq and Cambodia. In Afghanistan we are demining and working with rural grape, nut, and pomegranate farmers, international produce traders, and students to re-establish a thriving agricultural sector in the decimated, war-torn countryside. RoP has programs with rural vintners in Croatia to demine and then rejuvenate or rebuild their vineyards so that they can again provide for their families with the produce from their farms. In Angola we are clearing landmines from critical access corridors used by elephants to migrate between ranges in northern Botswana and prime wildlife regions in Angola and Zambia. After the land has been cleared of landmines, an eco-tourism program is being developed through a partnership with Conservation International.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Roots of Peace is a peace-building nonprofit: working all over the world to de-mine war & conflict-ravaged lands; striving to assist farmers and others to reclaim and rejuvenate the land. The agricultural focus means that RoP doesn't just go in and take out landmines, but actually helps people be able to say, proudly and safely, this land is mine and my family and I will thrive upon it. DeMine, RePlant, ReBuild... a worthy and lifesaving effort touching people in Angola, Croatia, Afghanistan, Viet Nam, Israel/Palestine, Kyrgyz Republic, Cambodia, and Iraq.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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18 people found this review helpful

I became aware of roots of peace through a friend. I greatly admire their successful efforts of removing land mines and aiding farmers to regain these fields for sustainable and profitable agriculture. Its exciting that both the envirement and empovorished communities benefit from the outreach.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

by viewing on their website the number of land mines removed and trees planted.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

find a popular celebrity to bring greater recognition to the cause.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

feeling that I helped make a difference for people in war torn countries.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Kristina Hoffman who is dedicated and passionate about roots of peace.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

make a significant advance in the redevelopement of afganistan which would improve the envirement and bring our troops home sooner.

Ways to make it better...

more people were aware of this excellent organization.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

fund raising in this economy.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I am pleased that this organization is supported by the united Nations, the U.S. State Department, USDA, USAID and the World Bank.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-4-01

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20 people found this review helpful

I am very impressed with this fine organization. Not only is the cause fundamentally important, the management staff is unusually capable and dedicated. I think Roots of Peace should be on everyone's list of priority non-profits to support.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Exceptionally intelligent and dedicated. Capable of managing the resources in a cost-efficient manner as the organization grows.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-3-01

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12 people found this review helpful

As a person investing in and developing green alternatives, I am eager to support organizations that are not only aiding our world environment ecologically, but socially and humanely. Roots of Peace removes land mines, and aids farmers to grow sustainable profitable crops. The organization also builds schools and soccer fields for the children in these war torn countries.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Impressive support from our US government and other foreign countries.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would continue the effective work being done in Afghanistan, while assessing how to maximize the internet and successfully raise more funds and awareness to allow for growth of projects in Cambodia, Vietnam and Angola.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Feeling that my contributions are going to make a difference.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Knowledgeable, experienced and committed to eradicating land mines and helping communities in war torn countries achieve livelihoods, pride and hope.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Greatly reduce the number of land mines, opium poppies in Afghanistan while assisting in the planting of over a million crop trees, establishing storage for the crops and continue developing trade with other nations. Aiding significantly in the redevelopment of Afghanistan in a green manner.

Ways to make it better...

If I felt the organization could afford to expand it's offices and staff to further grow and execute the goal of Roots of Peace.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Funds to expand their effective program of "De-mine, Replant, Rebuild"

One thing I'd also say is that...

Roots of Peace started in 1997. Since then the organization has grown in recognition and achievement. I am confident it will continue to grow.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-4-01

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19 people found this review helpful

I learned of this organization last year and was very touched by its story. The bravery, generosity, and passion serve as the foundation to advance the world in a better direction. I have had the honor of speaking with passionate members of this organization and deeply believe in their cause to spread equality of humanity to every corner where breaths do not carry the same life that we as Americans are blessed with.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

landmine removal, crop trees planted, education of farmers, schools built.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-3-01

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20 people found this review helpful

This is an excellent organization that has been doing important work for many years. They are devoted and work diligently to further the ends of their project.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

landmine removal, planting of trees

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I could not approach their ability

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help change the world by making it a safer cleaner place.

Ways to make it better...

n/a

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

suffient funding

One thing I'd also say is that...

n/a

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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16 people found this review helpful

great organization and worthy cause helping remove land mines and planting vineyards. They are doing so much for the countries they work with.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the photos i have seen

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

keep the people who are running it now

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the people and their passion

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

friendly and informed

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

remove more land mines and play crops that would replace opium in some of the countries they work in

Ways to make it better...

I had more money to give

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the need for more exposer

One thing I'd also say is that...

they are a great organization doing great things for the world

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-4-01

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20 people found this review helpful

The great work done by this organization can only result in a greener, more peaceful world. I highly recommend that if you are going to donate to a great cause, you donate to this organization, and contribute to the cause of planting trees and orchards, and the removal of landmines.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the news.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the dedication of the employees and volunteers.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very dedicated and professional.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help families, plant trees and orchards, and save lives.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-4-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

16 people found this review helpful

This is a internationally significant organization. RoP addresses a very sensitive subject that effects the economies of where it participates in the world in a very personal way. The removal of land mines and replacing them with profitable crops has 2 profound effects: 1) it clarifies the commitment we offer to a safe and valued country and people 2) RoP goes a step further and transforms that land in to something profitable and renewable. RoP is a great step towards diplomacy in Afganistan.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

the folks involved show a real passion for community as a global relationship. Very impressed their the motivation and commitment they exhibit.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-6-01

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19 people found this review helpful

Roots of Peace (RoP) began in 1997 to remove landmines from war-torn countries, and help farmers plant sustainable, profitable crops. Since then, nearly 1,000,000 trees and grape vines have been planted.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

knowing that planting crop trees is feeding the hungry, bringing income, pride and hope to farmers and oxygen to our planet.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Passionate, intelligent, appreciative and driven.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Do a lot more for the war torn areas of our planet that are inundated with landmines.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-4-01

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