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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Community & Neighborhood Development, Economic Development, Environment, Forest Conservation

Mission: Trees for Life promotes self-help as people take charge of their own lives,unleashing extraordinary power that impacts lives. Our activities meet these needs: education, health and environment.

Results: 50libraries established in Nicaragua; trees planted in Haiti; 80,000 children's picture books donated by Kansas families to Liberia; pre-school operating with leadership of community women in Nicaragua; nutritional information about the moringa tree provided to several thousand in two dozen countries;

Target demographics: Families and communities in developing countries who wish to improve their lives but have very limited resources.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Thousands, due to areas where books are now available; varies yearly.

Geographic areas served: International, currently Guatemala, Nicaragua, India, Haiti

Programs: Trees for Life - providing critical information about the moringa tree; funding some planting of moringa tree. Books for Life - providing books and libraries for villages and communities. Other: Teaching construction of and funding materials for fuel-efficient stoves.

Community Stories

16 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My daughter introduced me to TFL as she noticed something very unique about the organization. In her words, the people are very kind, focused and committed in doing their part to better this world. I have witnessed first hand now how a few focused people can make a huge difference in empowering others. I am very honored to say that I am a part of the TFL team now inspired by my 17 year old.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been impressed with every person and interaction I have had with Trees For Life. The focus of helping others around the world is genuine, selfless and infectious. Trees for Life and Teach for Life have got it right. The right vision, the right people and the right method. I highly recommend this nonprofit and can testify to the integrity of it's people.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Teach for Life (a branch of Trees for Life) shows what good teaching looks like. It uses short videos to demonstrate how to teach for critical thinking not rote learning. It was designed to serve teachers who work with the poorest children of the world. All videos are free. This volunteer work has enriched my life and shown me how I can use my talents to help others with great needs. All children deserve a quality education. This gives them the opportunity to escape poverty.
Sheril Logan

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

I am more concern about the envirement detoriaiton of green planet earth.

when i started to do planting Moringa for the Malaysian natives villages for nutrition as well as a cash crop to supplement as food for own consumption as well a source of income for the natives, I found tress for life organisation support with literature support on moringa my work in promoting planting made easy for many persons to understand the importance of Moringa tree planting here in malaysia, this organisation of books for life also supported my work with children education by contributing donating books. your organisation example have made my work for charity very much easier to reach out to people who needs my assistance and advice. I have made great leads and impact on the trees for life actvity here in Malaysia within three months take off.currently I work with several organisation for charity in Malaysia.especially with the natives population.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am very inspired by the TFL organization, they are very dedicated and selfless in their commitment to serving the under privileged around the world. My daughter came here to volunteer one summer and fell in love with the project. She has inspired our whole family to get involved and is the driving force in her school to get her classmates involved.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am part of a team from several churches which raised funds to help build a school in a small rural community, Kayaskita, in the mountains of north central Nicaragua. It is the first school for miles around, in an area with no roads, electricity, phones or any other modern conveniences (we arrived by dugout canoe!) Through Books for Life we were able to outfit the school with hundreds of new schoolbooks, written for Central American children. There were textbooks and storybooks, for students of all ages. They also sent large, colorful maps & posters for the walls. All the materials are of the best quality, and arrived in excellent condition. They turned a simple concrete building into a real school! Dedication day was pretty overwhelming for us and the townspeople. Over 100 children attend this school today, learning to read & write - a chance they might never have had.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

First i'd like to say how grateful i am to have an opportunity to serve at "Trees For Life". It gives me a chance for even a few hours a week to be able to give and serve. Amazing place with amazing people, who are united and dedicated in helping the poorest in the world with their humble work.
If people are willing, at "Trees For Life" they're provided with opportunities to develop their potential and to find out who they are and what they're looking for in life.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I became friends with Treva and Balbir through my sister who was a journalist doing a story on Trees for Life. Over the years my children and I would help out at the office and enjoy the "communal" lunches. During that time I was working for a well-respected investment manager who managed $350 million in charitable foundation funds. In talking to him one day about non-profits, he said "it is much easier to build the wealth initially, than to find disciplined non-profits in which to contribute to". He used Trees for Life as an example of a movement that astutely balances business efficiency and deep compassion. I have contributed to Trees for Life, but more than that I have loved each and everyone of them. Balbir (and all of them) have set a barometer for me to live by. As David says, "It is not about changing the world...it is about loving the world. It is about offering a hand so that others may live, and offering my heart so that I may live. The change that the world truly needs is the change in me, the opening of my heart".

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband and I were full-time volunteers for Trees for Life for 7-l/2 years, 3 of which were spent in India as volunteer teachers of conversational English at a school for 1200 poverty-level children. We also helped establish a medical lab at the school and helped teach computers to students and teachers. Our experience there stands out as the most extraordinary years of our lives. The school provides a 21st century education to children, many of whom are first-generation learners, whose parents earn about $1 a day. These children would not be likely to attend school if Trees for Life did not support this school. Trees for Life's philosophy is all about empowering people, whether it's kids attending school or people in a village who want to build a school or a library, drill a water well, improve the health of their community or plant trees ... all of which are the kinds of projects Trees for Life works with communities in developing countries to create. I found Trees for Life to be a personal growth experience. The leadership is always interested in a volunteer's personal growth as much as "production" of any project. It is a spiritual place to work, without being religious. Trees for Life uses its resources very judiciously. Contributions stretch a long way because of a strong volunteer base and an ethic of conservative money management. Volunteers of all ages, races, nationalities, and sexual orientations have found a welcome home at Trees for Life. If someone is searching for his/her niche in life, no matter what stage of life, Trees for Life might just be the place to figure that out and have a great experience in the process!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I did a year of full-time volunteering for Trees for Life doing graphic and web design. It was an incredible place to be with wonderful people. Working there was a great experience!