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Alliance For International Reforestation, Inc.

Rating: 4.9 stars   60 reviews 2,471

Nonprofit Issues:

Environment

Address:

4514 Chamblee Dunwoody Road Unit # 496 Atlanta GA 30338 USA

Mission:

AIR was established in 1992 with the mission of implementing environmental education programs and Sustainable Farming methods with low-income rural families in Central America, in order to reduce hunger and malnutrition, while protecting the Good Earth.

Target demographics:

the rural families, and the Earth

Programs:

  • Tree Nurseries - After twenty years, AIR has approximately 300 nurseries in 130 villages and schools in Guatemala. The population served by these nurseries are the resident families who participate in the agro-forestry training by AIR technicians and who manage the tree nurseries and own the tree seedlings produced. AIR provides all seeds; materials and training. AIR also provides school curriculum, scholarships, and programs in rural schools. Finally, AIR constructs fuel-efficient stoves to protect lung health and cut the use of firewood in half, conserving precious trees!

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Reviews for Alliance For International Reforestation, Inc.

Rating: 5 stars   Featured Review

My experience with AIR started with my desire to provide forestry college students from Montana with firsthand experience in the operation and challenge of community-based reforestation in a developing country. A week of volunteering with AIR fit this goal perfectly and proved hugely instructive for our group of 8. Anne Hallum provided skillful leadership, insight, and dialogue; the AIR reforestation staff were friendly, knowledgable and engaging; and all details were meticulously, professionally managed. Working together with AIR and numerous community members to restore Guatemala's was a tremendous learning experience, and one that I intend to repeat with more students for years to come.

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?

Life-changing

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?

2013

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

My trip to Guatemala with the AIR team this past summer was the first mission trip I have ever been on. For years, I had wanted to participate in a mission trip, but had not found a match for my interests and my "comfort zone." AIR intrigued me. It was compatible with my background (horticulture and environmental biology); involved hands-on activities of which I was very familiar (planting trees and building stoves); and gave me the opportunity to practice Spanish! Perfect. I signed up to travel with a team of 8 -- 6 of whom had previously served on earlier Air mission trips to Guatemala. That spoke volumes to me.

AIR did not disappoint. The more I learned about AIR's objectives, and the successes of the past 20+ years of service to the Guatemalan people, the more impressed I became. It was an honor and a privilege to work alongside the property owners to plant trees to secure the soil on their plots of farmland; and to lay blocks and bricks to build an efficient stove in their kitchen -- both of which, in the long run, would benefit not just those families, but the entire community.

I was awed by the passion and dedication of AIR's founder, Anne Hallum, and of AIR'S technicians whose job is to reach out to the rural communities to teach and assist them in the education, development and execution of reforestation of their country. AIR truly is a life-changing entity -- not just for the Guatemalan people that AIR assists, but also for the volunteers who are introduced to the beauty and vibrancy that is Guatemala.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

AIRES es una institución que se dedica a la reforestación de árboles en nuestro país he tenido el privilegio de estar trabajando en el vivero me siento feliz de contribuir a mejorar nuestro medio ambiente, me ha apoyado con una beca lo cual me está ayudando a salir adelante con mis estudios, gracias a esta dicha institución hay personas que logran alcanzar sus sueños , ha cambiado vidas.

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?

2015

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

This summer I had the amazing opportunity to volunteer with AIRE in Guatemala. The work this organization is doing is changing the lives of the Guatemala people by helping them restore their land, planting trees, and provide a better life style by building indoor stoves. The AIRE volunteers are greatly appreciated by the people of Guatemala.

 
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I returned for my sixth trip to Guatemala with AIR this past June. Every time I return I am impressed anew with the efficiency and devotion of the Guatemalan staff. The results this group of people achieve are astounding given the challenges they face. I will be returning again and again.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

The Alliance for International Reforestation is one of the most efficient organizations in the not for profit world. The staff is made up only of Guatemalans who are trained and educated in the field of sustainable agriculture. Their fellow Guatemalans with whom they work trust them more than they might trust another organizations foreign born employees. AIR's work proceeds quickly due to the lack of time spent in breaking down trust barriers. The staff proceeds with care and sensitivity to each community's needs knowing that demographics, environment and education all play a role in determining what will work best in a particular area. AIR's founder Anne Hallum empowers her staff in Guatemala to make management decisions knowing that they have the skills and education which will lead the organization to growth and success. AIR's ability to create positive change in a difficult situation should be seen as a model for all not for profit organizations.

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?

Life-changing

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?

2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

The Alliance for International Reforestation is near and dear to my heart. I am now planning my fourth mission trip to Guatemala to work with this amazing organization. AIR changes not just the lives of inidividuals but also the whole community. AIR teaches sustainable agriculture therefore enabling members of a community to feed their families. Another benefit is that mudslides are much less likely to destroy lives because the trees that AIR plants keep the hillsides from slipping. They also build fuel efficient stoves which prevent lung ailments, virtually eliminate childhood burns and decreases the amount of fuel being used. I can't say enough about the organization and how well it is run.

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?

Life-changing

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?

2011

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I had the privilege of volunteering for AIR this summer after supporting the project for many years. I was impressed with the ongoing relationship of respect that AIR has created with the members of the communities that it is working with. AIR has developed a sense of ownership on the part of the community members that contributes to investment by communities in the project and has helped in making these efforts sustaining. It has also created ways in which community members can develop small incoming producing products. Its scholarship program has enabled young people to obtain an education and to contribute to their communities. Its staff have expertise in the area of forestry and ecology and are dedicated to their work. I felt privileged to meet and work with some wonderful staff and community members.

 
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AIR International is unique in its holistic approach to assisting indigenous Guatemalan Mayan villagers. I especially appreciate the focus on empowering villagers to create seed nurseries and on assisting othem in making their environment more sustainable and more healthy. The planting of trees, the building of stoves, and the education provided accomplish many objectives: elimination of mudslides that devastate villages by the planting of trees in vulnerable and remote areas; building stoves that use 50% less firewood and protect the health through proper venting; commitment to future by providing curriculum and technical education in over 200 schools; scholarships for outstanding students. Volunteering with AIR is a unique life experience that brings you into the villages and homes of Mayan families, sharing meals, culture, and good will.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

AIR Guatemala and its mission for reforestation, empowerment of the Mayan indigenous population, especially women, and its education curriculum in over 300 schools to teach sustainability, has amazed me! The opportunity to be a working contributor to Dr. Hallum's vision by volunteering and bringing a team (we planted 1860 trees!) had been a dream of mine for many years. The past two summers I have been able to participate and to verify first hand the depth of AIR's work within the Mayan villages and to share the culture first hand. This is unique. The strength of more than 20 years success for a non-profit, with all Guatemalan employees in country, and volunteer teams that return each year illustrates AIR's appeal to those of us who sincerely want to share our time and resources to create opportunities for better liives for the beautiful, generous, and spiritual Mayan villagers. My team members and I found the experience enlightening, rewarding, hopeful, spiritual, and FUN! Hard work, too! AIR Guatemala is phenomenal.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

AIR is everything a nonprofit should be - mission-focused, efficient, caring, locally-led and very, very effective. My company, Yoveo Media, had the privilege of capturing AIR's story on video, and I was consistently impressed by AIR's staff and programs. This is an organization you can get behind!

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?

2015

 
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Volunteering with AIR, Alliance for International Reforestation, was truly a win-win experience. My teaching the sciences years ago, and participating with Florida Native Plant Society, made this humanitarian effort of reforestation a perfect fit for me. Though AIR's "volunteers" can only actively plant tree seedlings during the rainy Guatemalan summers, I am pleased to see that AIR continues to employ its indiginous core of "Technicos" (trainers and leaders) to work year round with Guatelmalan farmers, and communities to promote sustainably agriculture and forestry. This is a project that returns all but 3% its donations back into the project. Kudos to AIR, and Dr. Anne Hallum who had the vision and persistance to make this project work. She is one of my heros. This project shows what one person can do wnen moved to make a difference in the marginalized lives of an indiginous Guatemalan people still recovering from a 30 year cultural war, for their economic benefit and the health of the whole world.

Sincerely
Sonya Guidry.

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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?

Life-changing

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?

2013

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

AIR is one of the most impressive non-profits I know of. Being an educator myself, I especially admire the education component of this organization. A better future for these dear people will come education.

 
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