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July 30, 2014
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July 30, 2014
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I’ve always possessed a strong desire to travel on a volunteer trip to see how others less fortunate than myself lived and contribute help in any way I am able. When the opportunity arose to do just that with AIR, I jumped on the chance, even though I knew very little about the organization. After arriving in Guatemala, I knew within the first day that I had made the right choice – and that it was going to be life-changing!

Dr. Anne Hallum and her AIR colleagues are the most passionate and kind-hearted people I've ever met. The employees of AIR are all local to Guatemala, fighting deforestation of their country and helping to preserve the future of their people. Not only is AIR helping local farmers and the environment, they are educating children through scholarships and creating a healthier environment for many women by building safer stoves. Being a part of their team for a week with a group of incredible people was a humbling and fulfilling experience.

We were able to see many of the people whose lives were greatly improved and forever changed by the impact of AIR’s work. Although I knew very little about AIR only a few months ago, it has changed the way I view the environment, it has made me into a more conscious and aware shopper, and it has become an organization I will always try to work into any and every conversation to spread the word! I’m forever grateful to Dr. Hallum, the employees of AIR and all of the people I met in Guatemala for this incredible experience. I look forward to next time!

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2014

July 19, 2014
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July 19, 2014
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I am extremely impressed with the work done by AIR! I had the opportunity to volunteer and help plant trees with a group of wonderful people this June. We also got to observe some of the wood stoves that were built and got to see first hand how they immensely changed the families lives for the better. The staff of AIR live in Guatemala and it is obvious they are passionate and proud of their work. Dr. Anne Hallum has created this amazing organization, and is truly making a huge difference in thousands of lives in Guatemala. I was honored to have the opportunity to be a part of this work, and hope to do it again!

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Life-changing

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2014

May 29, 2014

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April 7, 2013

This organization has made a remarkable difference with a skeleton crew and a bare-bones budget in the countries of Guatamala and Nicaragua. The staff goes into villages and helps the residents first... more

May 29, 2014

This organization has been in existence for 21 years working in Guatemala. In that period of time, with a staff of just eight technicians and an annual budget of less than $200,000, it has worked with volunteers to plant over 4 million trees all by hand, establish tree nurseries in 130 communities, and build some 800 stoves which use less wood for cooking thereby saving a half a million trees. In addition, the staff works with 200 schools to teach the importance of conserving and reestablishing the forests in Guatemala. I have served as one of the volunteers in Guatemala planting the trees and observing what this amazing organization does on such a limited budget.

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April 7, 2013

This organization has made a remarkable difference with a skeleton crew and a bare-bones budget in the countries of Guatamala and Nicaragua. The staff goes into villages and helps the residents first establish tree nurseries, teaches them how trees benefit their lives including how to farm using the trees to prevent erosion, and then helps them plant the trees from the nurseries. They also help the villagers build ovens that use much less wood for cooking so that fewer trees are cut down. In addition the staff goes into the schools to teach the children the importance of protecting the forests. This organization is definitely worthy of winning a 2013 Top-Rated Award.

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Life-changing

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Definitely

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2013

October 14, 2012

I have personally been to Guatemala to see and participate in the work that this organization does to restore the forests there. On a bare bones budget a small, but very dedicated staff, works with farmers and villagers to grow trees in nurseries and then transplant them all throughout the country. Since AIR came into existence millions of trees have been planted and farmers have been taught how to grow crops without clear cutting all the trees on their land. The villagers have been taught how to build energy efficient stoves that don't require as much wood in order to cook their food. The staff also goes into the schools to teach children about tree conservation and how their way of life depends on sustaining the forests. The work that this organization does is very important and deserves much support.

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2012

September 14, 2013

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September 14, 2013

Very impressed with the percentage of monies going to Guatemala and not for administration fees. Dr. Anne Hallum and her tireless efforts have been an inspiration to me and all those who know her. I strongly urge anyone that is looking for a non-profit that provides the most "bang for the buck," look no further!

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September 6, 2013

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September 6, 2013

Es una organización que se preocupa por el medio ambiente ayuda con la reforestación de siembra de arboles, y al mismo tiempo apoya a varias personas con el estudio de sus hijos e hijas, es una institución que promueve a las familias a desarrollarse en su medio natural y a ser un ejemplo para la humanidad para cuidar el medio ambiente.

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2013

September 5, 2013

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September 5, 2013

Esta organización es de beneficio para mi persona y como lo a sido con muchas personas mas la cual a llegado a lugares que otras instituciones no lo han podido hacer. Ayuda en el sentido de reforestar y también en capacitaciones de elaborar un camillero y como debe ser el manejo de un árbol. AIRES es una institución bien organizada y colaboradora en grupos rurales de la población de Guatemala.

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September 3, 2013
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September 3, 2013
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Esta organización ayuda a las personas en muchos aspectos como por ejemplo, ayuda a las familias mas necesitadas dándole una beca de estudio a los hijos para que ellos puedan superarse y a la vez para que puedan ser personas intelectuales para contribuir por un futuro mejor en la familia como también en las propias comunidades, también aporta una ayuda muy importante para el sostenimiento del medio ambiente sembrando arboles y reforestando grandes montañas para el futuro y esto lo hacen sin pedir nada a cambio sino que solo tomar conciencia de lo que pasa a nuestro alrededor.

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Life-changing

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2013

September 2, 2013

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September 2, 2013

AIRES es una organización que no solo crea conciencia del mejoramiento del ambiente sino que también ayuda a cambiar vidas mediante sus diversos programas, los mejores ejemplos están en cada una de las personas que son atendidas y que reciben a AIRES con gran estimación, muchos de ellos han logrado mejorar la protección de sus recursos como sus tierras, sus fuentes de agua y cosechas. a si mismo han logrado tener ingresos económicos extras mediante procesamiento de algunas plantas medicinales y apoyo a la educación de sus hijos, cada día AIRES cumplen una misión de gran importancia en este país.

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Life-changing

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2013

August 30, 2013

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August 30, 2013

MUY PROFESIONALES EN LO QUE HACEN, DE MUCHA IMPORTANCIA PARA EL MUNDO QUE ESTA SUFRIENDO EL CALENTAMIENTO GLOBAL Y A TRAVEZ DE LA REFORESTACION ESTAN MINIMIZANDO ESTE PROBLEMA.

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2013

August 30, 2013

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August 30, 2013

Bueno a mi parece esta organización es una de las pocas que ayudan al beneficio de la Comunidad Humana así que sin mas pienso ya que ha crecido tanto en su desempeño hacia las demás personas claramente se ve que con lo poco que tienen logran hacer de ello una grandisima ayuda para el que necesite de ella y pues en lo personal si quisiera que existieran posibilidades de que otras instituciones mayores a esta le brindaran mas apoyo para que cada día creciera mas y así los países subdesarrollados como el nuestro que es Guatemala lograra tener un granito mas de desarrollo con los habitantes que si desean el cambio de el País si todos los que conocemos esta organización pudiéramos dar nuestra opinión se vería que Aires si es una familia en abundancia ya que así considero a la Institución como una gran Familia.

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Life-changing

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2013

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