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Trees, Water & People

Rating: 4.94 stars   98 reviews 8,772

Nonprofit Issues:

Environment

Address:

633 Remington Street Fort Collins CO 80524 USA

Mission:

Trees, Water & People is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that works to improve people's lives by helping communities to protect, conserve and manage the natural resources upon which their long-term well-being depends.

Results:

Nationally, TWP is actively involved with helping to improve the lives of Native American families living on the reservations of the Great Plains. There, where the winters are extremely long and harsh, Native Americans commonly spend more than half of their income on their exorbitant utility bills. Together with our reservation-based partner, we have built 850 economic solar heating systems, saving tribal families 20-30% on their annual heating bills, and trained more than 175 tribal members in residential and facility-scale renewable energy applications. We have also planted trees and shrubs around the home sites for more than 160 additional families, further lowering heating costs and associated emissions by acting as an important wind blocks during the frigid winter and providing much-needed shade during the sweltering summer. Internationally, TWP works extensively in Central America and Haiti. Together, with our country-based partners, we support 8 community tree nurseries that produce over 650,000 trees annually to aid in reforestation efforts, planting over 4.3 million trees to date. We have built 47,800 clean cookstoves. Each cookstove decreases a family’s need for firewood by 50-70%, as compared to standard open fire cooking, and reduces carbon emissions by at least 1.5 tons per year. When vented to the outside of the home, these improved cookstoves also decrease indoor air pollution, which is responsible for the death of 1.9 million women and children globally every year.

Target demographics:

low-income, rural and peri-urban communities in Central America, Haiti and on Native American Reservations in the U.S.

Geographic areas served:

Latin America and U.S. Native American Reservations

Programs:

Clean Cookstoves Program, Reforestation Program, Solar Energy Program, Tribal Renewable Energy Program

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1 person found this review helpful

I have volunteered with TWP for four years on various projects and am now a board member. The real strength of TWP lies in their persistent effort to empower local indigenous residents in American Indian and central American communities. TWP continues to re-evaluate its strategies and projects to fit with the times and with the aspirations of those in poverty.

 
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Trees, Water, and People is the rare organization that acts not just to care for our environment, but equally for the ways that communities -- particularly indigenous communities -- interact with the natural environment. It combines a systems impact approach with a deep respect for individuals and families. It's for these reasons that I continue to be involved!

 
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I found TWP through Colorado State Universities Center for Fair and Alternative Trade. I became interested in interning for TWP because of their social and environmental impact they have in various Central American countries. TWP does a fantastic job in making sure each country is receiving the appropriate help in accordance to their cultural needs. TWP has made huge impacts with their projects.

 
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Trees, Water & People's mission is to improve people's lives by helping folks protect, conserve, and manage the natural resources upon which their long-term well-being depends. I think that this approach is the right one as they then can live with nature in a better way and get some real autonomy. The team of Trees, Water & people is just remarkable in efficiency and positivity! People should invest in them...

 
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TWP does great, innovative development projects in some of the most underserved communities in the world. This is a great organization to give to that will maximize the impact of your donation, or to provide you with an incomparable volunteer experience.

 
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Trees, Water & People works with a network of partners in the U.S. and abroad to deliver enterprise based resource solutions to under served communities. Critical issues such as energy for heating and cooking, reforestation, and solar lighting and charging are addressed via creation of local businesses and jobs that provide much needed market development as well as life changing services. I have been thrilled and honored to serve as a Board member for almost a decade, and have had the uplifting opportunity to witness our programs at work in places like Haiti, Nicaragua, and Honduras as well as the Pine Ridge and Rosebud Reservations in the Northern Plains. Meeting and working with our partners such as AHDESA and Prolena in Central America and Lakota Solar Enterprises at Pine Ridge has helped me realize the phenomenal impact appropriate and green technologies can have in developing world settings. And visiting the people we serve in their villages and homes, and seeing first hand the way lives are changed and improved gives me real hope for the future of all of us.

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

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Trees, Water & People does remarkable, impactful, on the ground work to help some of the poorest of the poor in our world improve their lives through shifting resource use. In ways we can barely imagine living in the developed world, TWP helps deliver health, economic, and environmental benefits via strategic partnerships that promote local ownership and sustainability. For 14 years the organization has helped to lead the cutting edge of development strategies to enable people and communities to lift themselves up from the survival level of poverty to become productive, contributing members of societies with hopeful futures. A contribution to Trees, Water & People is a social investment that pays dividends many times over.

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

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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I have been involved with Trees, Water & People for 7 years as a Board member. I was attracted to them by the wonderful practicality of their appropriate technology work. We live in a complicated world, where it's easy to fill separated and inconsequential. TWP employs straightforward and meaningful approaches to make real differences in the lives of individuals, families, and communities, in cost effective, sustainable, and environmentally intelligent ways. They're at the vanguard of the new movement that's redefining international development and poverty alleviation via enterprise collaborations.

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

solar heating projects on tribal homelands in the American West. This program creates jobs in system manufacturing and field installation, while delivering clean, low cost heat to at need Tribal members.

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

seek to obtain additional support and funding so programs could expand.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

People involved with TWP have explained to me what they do, and I'm especially impressed with the cookstove initiative. What a win-win!

 
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This is my 3rd year working with TWP and I continue to be excited about the significant contributions the organization is able to make on tribal lands and in communities throughout Central America.
Some of the highlights in the past year include planting of 10,000 trees on the Pine Ridge Reservation, the work to build a home for a Lakota Family based on sustainable Compress-Earth-Block technology, and supporting Hopi recycling entrepreneur Tyler Tawahangva in the launch of his business, Cloud Nine Recycling. In addition, I’m particularly excited about the work to build the Nicaraguan Center for Forests, Energy & Climate, which will really get going in the next year.
I am privileged to have the opportunity to continue supporting these projects.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2015

 
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TWP is a quality organization making meaningful contributions to both people in need and to the environment.

I am excited by the contribution TWP makes with its partners on tribal lands and in communities throughout Central America and Haiti. Over the years, it has expanded efforts to include clean cookstoves to reduce deforestation, and solar energy to provide alternatives to carbon-based fuels. Providing such sustainable solutions also has a positive impact on the lives of the people in the communities TWP serves.

TWP provides the opportunity to get directly involved with projects and people. Over the past two summers, I’ve participated in several volunteer trips to the Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center (RCREC) on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. I’ve contributed to, and learned from, efforts in green building, green business development, and renewable energy. I’ve gotten to know several members of the local community, learning a lot about the Lakota people and the challenges they face today.

 
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I am thrilled to say I am the new international development intern for TW&P! I am proud to be part of a team that cares for the people they are trying to help and are passionate about the environment as well. TW&P is invested in offering a hand up and not a hand out which I think makes this organization sustainable and incredibly productive in the projects it implements both nationally and internationally.

I love that TW&P collaborates with local partners to determine their goals and projects; by doing this they ensure the projects are not only sustainable but culturally appropriate and helpful to these communities, both for them and the environment. We need more organizations who have these priorities and goals to make sure the money being spent on development projects is being used the best way possible and making a real difference in the world.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

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?

2015

 
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I have just started my internship here at TWP and am so excited about what the organization stands for! The TWP approach focuses on engaging with communities in order to create solutions that fit for different cultures and societies. Their national and international development programs help to bring necessities to those who do not have access to them, such as solar air heaters in the Pine Ridge Reservation of South Dakota and clean cook stoves in Latin American countries. I am so jazzed to be working for such a giving non-profit!

 
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Before I moved to Fort Collins, I saw TWP's website and new that I needed to be involved with them. Being an intern, it feels great to know that I can help Native Americans honor Mother Earth by living with more sustainable means, such as using and understanding solar power, wind power, organic gardening, reforesting, and using our natural resources as intended. TWP helps us all out!

 
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It is an honor that I have been an intern for Trees, Water & People for three years. They are a very hard working, hands-on, dedicated, and noble nonprofit organization. I am so glad that I have been able to help them with their mission of improving disadvantaged people’s lives by teaching them how to protect, conserve, and manage their natural resources upon which their, and everybody else’s, long-term well-being depends on. What a great organization that eventually helps everybody, one family or community at a time, while improving the environment.

 
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