Alliance For International Reforestation, Inc.

Rating: 4.91 stars   68 reviews

Nonprofit Issues:

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  

Had a great time with AIR, planning 1,832 trees in 4 days. They also build stoves and educate in the schools on enivornmental stewardship. They are tackling the issues of deforestation on multiple fronts really making a difference in the communities.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

This was my first time as a volunteer for a non-profit outside of the US. I have not traveled very much outside the US, but have always been interested in environmental causes. Reforestation in Guatemala is approached by AIR not only by planting trees, but also by involving the local Mayan communities in the value of reforestation and in educating students in the science of aggro-forestry and conservation. By contacting and organizing local farmers to grow the plants, they help instill in the villages a sense of community, responsibility, and achievement that can be passed on to the next generation. Both volunteers and villagers work together, promoting common goals of conservation and community service. We planted 1,842 trees in 4 days and formed a wonderful bond with the people.
The AIR staff were so amazing in making sure all details of our stay were taken care of. The staff is also responsible for the curriculum in the school and the level of conservation education that they demonstrated in the programs was impressive. The staff are very dedicated to the mission of AIR and to making our stay a most amazing adventure. I will definitely be back and hope to bring my son with me.

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

Can't think of a thing. They were very accommodating.

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  

I have participated with the AIR non-profit planting trees and building stoves in Guatemala for the past three years and have SEEN the results. Being an educator myself, I am impressed with AIR's education component, because as we know our youth are our future. The Mayan families I have worked with have moved me with their humble gratitude for our efforts. I feel privileged to have planted trees under whose shade I will never sit. Go sustainable living!
Sincerely, Jan Somers

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I was amazed by the innovative way this organization works with the community to achieve positive changes for everyone involved rather than trying to force change in condesending ways. They are mazing and inspired my career change.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I actually went up with AIR to Guatemala for an internship. I spent 5 weeks talking with the local population, learning about life outside the U.S., and learning about agroforestry. I would not trade that experience for anything in the world.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have volunteered with AIR twice, and can tell you it is a very rewarding and uplifting experience. Working with the Mayan farmers to improve their lives by planting trees and building stoves was a joy. The teaching aspect of AIR is unique in that it allows these Mayan farmers to have an active part in their own futures in a way that can be sustained over time. The trees prevent devastating mudslides, provide wind barriers to prevent erosion of topsoil, fertilize the ground, and provide seedlings that can be used as a source of income when sold to other community farmers. The stoves are built with a flue to carry away the smoke. That smoke causes major respiratory issues over time when cooking by the old method, over an open fire. The woman of the household is consulted as to the size and height of the stove, then the two day building process begins. It is such a blessing to know that generations will be gathering around the stove and benefiting from it.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

For about 6 years now I've greatly admired AIR from afar. When I started volunteering as the marketing/ fundraising manager it did not disappoint. Anne Hallum's belief and passion in the work that AIR does in Guatemala is contagious. Her dedication to the people is incredible. Like any non-profit it takes a lot of perseverance to stay positive and strong to continue to raise funds. Not once have I seen her waver- always believing that their needs (Guatemalans) are so much greater. I think that AIR does a very good job in being transparent in what they do and where the donations go. 94% of the funds truly go to the field-I can honestly say that AIR's overhead budget is nonexistent. Every dollar is so carefully spent, making sure that it stretches a long way and for the most dire need/ situation. I've always believed people should be helped before the environment. However, AIR showed me that by planting trees, teaching sustainable farming and building stoves -we are helping the people directly. When you take care of the environment you directly have an impact on everything else. It doesn't have to be people or environment. I love that.

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?

2015

 
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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  

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 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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