THE VETIVER NETWORK INTERNATIONAL

Rating: 4.52 stars   61 reviews

Issues: Environment

Location: 709 Briar Rd Bellingham WA 98225 USA

Mission: The Vetiver Network International (TVNI) promotes the worldwide use of the Vetiver System (VS) for a sustainable environment particularly in relation to land and water.
Target demographics: natural resources conservation and mitigation of climate change
Direct beneficiaries per year: Ours is mainly indirect support to other organizations and institutions, who then work directly with beneficiaries.
Geographic areas served: world wide
Programs: Technical knowledge and feedback about the Vetiver System; supporting country networking, facilitation conferences and workshops, and providing sound technical advice on projects and applications that relate to the Vetiver System.

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1 person found this review helpful

Conozco el Sistema Vetiver desde 2.005,, y he aprendido de esta tecnología muchísimo, y lo he puesto en practica en obras de Bioingenieria en Colombia en Espinal - Tolima, Florencia - Caqueta, Girardot - Cundinamarca, Chinchina - Caldas, Pereira - Risaralda, Chia - Cundinamarca, Fusagasuga - Cundinamarca, Anapoima - Cundinamarca y otras poblaciones, donde se ha dejado un precedente notorio y para mostrar la eficiencia de un material vegetal excelente par Control de Erosión, Estabilización de taludes, Tratamiento de Aguas Residuales, control de sedimentación, y manejo de lixiviados.

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TVNI was established by a group of volunteered people who want the world to be better by using this unique vetiver grass. Because of TVNI, we have learned that vetiver not only prevent soil loss for farmers but could absorb toxic chemicals in soil and water that are harmful to lives. The grass also help reduce the effect of climate change by absorbing tons of carbon dioxide. Those are just a few benefit we get from vetiver. His Majesty the King of Thailand has realized the benefits through TVNI therefore gave initiatives on using vetiver all over Thailand. With TVNI easily reached on the web, we can access lots of information about how to use vetiver to serve our purpose. From my point of view, the world should admire this volunteer group who work together to save the world.

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

give them some funding so that they can spread information more widely especially to the places so remote that information can't reach them easily.

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?

2014

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Rating: 4 stars  

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I am a supplier of Vetiver in Texas, USA. TVNI helps my customers learn about the myriad uses and benefits of Vetiver. The organization helps me help my customers better utilize Vetiver in their plans.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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We are going thru' the formality of registering a humanitarian site in East Sumba, Indonesia. This island's climate is influenced by the Australian landmass. It is in aid of the poor indigenous people who live in remote villages. Tuberculosis, typhoid and malaria are prevalent in the remote areas. Dr Rani Manu Mesa gives of her time to visit as many areas as possible with a volunteer team from her hospital in Waingapu. This part of Indonesia is dry and desolate so part of her program is to research and improve sustainability and thu' the vetiver site she has begun a program to prove up vetiver beds among rows to catch run off when it rains. Vegetables are grown between hedges. We are hoping the terraced effect will become a feature in all villages as there are countless 'prairie-like hills in this part of the world. Most are barren as a result of the sandalwood forests being depleted over the 19th and 20th century.

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I believe the information is of the highest standard and is being adapted in many parts of the world.

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2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

TVNI is an amazingly informative and selfless organisation. It has reached nearly all the "corners" of the world with its diverse knowledge for using Vetiver in all sorts of climates, cultures and activities.

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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TVNI is very informative website. Previously I was Interested in vetiver due to its amazing features and wide range of application in many fields of environmental problems around the world. Its a miracle plant. As i started doing my research using vetiver i was more and more fascinated and wanted to developing my career further in more research and studies about vetiver. The plant is multifunctional and suits over a wide range of environmental condition and also beneficial in every aspects of its features and service it provides to human kind and nature. TVNI and Vetiver Network groups have really contributed alot to spread its application and conducting new and more interesting researches and sharing the ideas through out the world.

By heart i wish TVNI and Vetiver Network to be the best non profit groups

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

I would focus more and more on research and application of Vetiver to the places of the world where its importance is still unknown.

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?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have never such hard work go into a project that is really beginning to impact the world. More countries need to take stick of vetiver and what it is all about.

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It is with TVNI support that in Kenya we were able to set up an NGO (following good example of SLUF in Ethiopia) that promotes sustainable land use and yes: Vetiver System is very much part of that. Our Kenya network is now vibrant - even if I leave this country one day (I am not a national); we have an active network, and increasing capacity to train farmers, promote the technology in the development world keen on catchment protection (no small thing in Kenya where irrigation projects main problems include catchment degradation), and in the world of engineering.

TVNI has character and charm, it is a real informal network, but it really works worldwide !!! !!! !!!
So when I have to fix this steep slope in Kilifi (on the coast) I just call this TVNI friend in South Africa and since he's following every step on the way, and adding advice. Where to use a drill, where to use a hammer, what fertliizer, what to mix in the hydromulch. It demonstrates that the technology promoted by TVNI is truly open-source and accessible.

We also have some measure of solidarity between members.
Does Alain from DRC not get paid by the road project in Uganda? Half a dozen of TVNI people get mobilized to put pressure (some of it from Kenya).
Does Rose from Siaya again not reliable supply as agreed? She'll be blacklisted. Because only good, reliable suppliers should remain (so buyers - many are farmers - should not be duped).
Is one of our members forcefully evicted (tribal)? Several of us contribute to get him relocated.


TRUST is at the core of TVNI values, and that is where it should remain. To guard our quality.
And this TRUST and SOLIDARITY belongs, make no mistake, in an NGO that promotes something really technical. To slow down water speed, keep soil in place, to guard the basis of many farmers' existence.
In that sense, it is life-changing.

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

Allow it to operate 48 hours/day, 14 days/week, 24 months/year, to do even more !

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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We (our NGO) was greatly helped by TVNI's website, Facebook page and group emails as well as direct emailing, in which we got backstopping on how best to address catchment protection, and deal with rehabilitation of gullies. The technology promoted by TVNI (Vetiver System) is durable, low-cost and very effective; the local communities (farmers) that we work with are happy with the result (even if it takes a bit of training and follow-up to get it right).

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

Give it more funding to promote itself!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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It is amazing how over so many years TVNI maintains its network status, with increasing numbers of people active in it, and TVNI sustains a combination of youth enthusiasm and (many) years of experience.
It has been my passion for over 15 years now, to do things for Vetiver and that means:
- networking through email, phone, facebook, websites
- occasional field visits to see a problem and advise
- technical backstopping: and that's the fun, making your hands (and boots, clothes, not to mention the car...) really dirty, but the outcome is always that another community of enthusiasts is forever linked to you.
Most recently a community of Maasai where the quarrel was: 'Vetiver is for handicraft' (women) against: 'Vetiver is for fixing roads and drains' (male leadership) and that was a result of two different presentations. Of course we start where we always start: nurseries, learning to establish a decent, CLOSED hedge, checking survival rates.

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

Incrase its funding to send people to international conferences so that this technology also appears in more formal networks of science, engineering, etc.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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TVNI has for more than 15 years taken a lot of my time and enthusiasm, it is really great the way we are end-user oriented and share and give feedback across the world, at such low-cost. The network has a very pleasant amount of professionals, all ready to help out and do their own things on the ground.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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In 1993 I was trying to find some way to protect the banks of the dam and reservoir in a large hydro project in South America. I came across the Vetiver System and was immediately impressed and have actively promoted it since then.
After retiring ten years ago I became a volunteer advisor for TVNI, operating primarily in Latin America and the Caribbean. I am constantly amazed about the seemingly endless applications and benefits and how Vetiver is truly the Hedge Against Climate Change that the world urgently needs.

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It is one of the only international network platforms where a simple natural system has changed people's lives. The information and support is amazing and the members WANT to support and develop the information base to use Vetiver. As an engineer it makes me happy to be part of something that changes lives. Rudi Scheepers, Cape Town, South Africa.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Quite well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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