TREES FOR LIFE

Rating: 4.92 stars   26 reviews

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Location: 3006 W St Louis Wichita KS 67203 USA

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.
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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

For our wedding anniversary each year, we purchase 100 fruit trees from Trees For Life. We understand fully that there are several amazing ecologically supportive, disease/hunger fighting projects being carried out by Trees For Life. Our monies go to Trees For Life and are spent as only Trees For Life could. Each project is beyond worthy, but this married couple has found a way for romance to be held up by disease fighting, hunger abating, ecology sustaining, and so much more. These projects are done around the globe where it is needed most. We will likely never visit a fruit tree that is providing shade and food while stabilizing a river's bank with its roots. But each year, we buy another 100. And around our own neighborhood in this world, we can gaze out at tree topped vistas to try to see if we could understand what our hundreds of trees amount to if they were grouped. It is very romantic. And every time I have corresponded with someone working for Trees For Life, it has been a pleasure and an honor. Their causes are not easy, but they are achievable and powerful in their beautiful simplicity. Please support them, there is no better gift to give to someone of importance!

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2013

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1 person found this review helpful

At age 22 I wed the best friend I'd had for 8 years, and as anniversary #1 rolled around I could not fathom any truly appropriate gift to give. Sparing you the shortcomings of all other ideas/items/websites that I came across in my hunt, I have never been so grateful for such a beautiful thing as The Trees For Life organisation- this I knew when I first learned of it.
Of course your donations go collectively toward all the environmentally supportive, hunger fighting, humanitarian projects. But you have the romantic option of using their catalog to donate toward specific things.
Ever since the first anniversary gift of 100 fruit trees and one fuel-efficient cook stove that helps the smoke not be inhaled by its user, we decided together that our annual way to honor our marriage will forevermore be to purchase/donate 100 trees.
Those trees grow, give shade, prevent erosion around rivers, and feed people. And to learn about the humble miracle that is the moranga tree please see the Trees For Life website.
Please see it anyway. They are doing some great things very smartly. Both myself and my husband can't to this day imagine a better gift to give. The recipient gets to know that in their name: trees are to be strategically planted to grow and help people in need at many locations around the globe.
Humanitarian, environmentally helpful, hunger and disease fighting... all in a single romantic and effective package. Trees For Life makes that possible.

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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This is a very genuine organization that I'm very happy to support.

I've known about TFL for a long time, and actually had the pleasure of sharing a house with someone who was an active volunteer for the organization (he spent a lot of time in Latin America helping people build more efficient stoves) for a year.

This is an organization that is clearly run from the heart, with wisdom and clarity about how to truly be of assistance in areas of the world that need help.

They plant trees, start libraries, help with water and nutrition and seem to be very "here" and paying attention to what will work.

The founder's stories of his experiences are uplifting and ring true to me.

Thanks for the opportunity to be able to vote.

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

The life of my friend who spent a lot of time in Guatemala

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

Nothing, except maybe donate more of my time/money to it/

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4 people found this review helpful

Our clients really enjoy the idea of coming home from an amazing adventure and then being able to donate to Trees for Life

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Our clients enjoy being able to donate to Trees for Life

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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7 people found this review helpful

Our clients love the idea of Trees for Life. We're an adventure travel company and upon our client's return they have the option of either receiving a free t-shirt or donating to Trees for Life. A great number of our client opt to donate. Not only is it an added bonus for our client to participate in our tours but it also goes towards a good cause such as providing books for schools in developing countries. We've worked with Trees for Life for nearly two years now and are extremely happy with their work

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Spread education through developing countries

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About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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4 people found this review helpful

Everything I've experienced with TFL is impressive. The leaders, the staff, all seem highly committed and fully engaged. Plus, they're great fun to be around. Their ideas and implementation are workable and solution oriented. Whenever I visit they're generous with their time, information, and if it's mealtime, even with their food! I especially love how they partner with communities to teach them to be self-sufficient, not dependent on handouts. With TFL's help, the communities become active partners in designing and implementing solutions to their challenges.

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

No personal firsthand experience with on-site results. But I have seen and viewed documentation of results many times at their offices.

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

do nothing I know of

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The people on staff, the practical ideas, the hope engendered.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Dedicated, educated, intelligent, creative, and committed. At all levels, from the founders and president to the volunteers.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Get more publicity for the kinds of work they're doing, and do much much more of it.

Ways to make it better...

I'd love to go to one or more of the foreign communities being served at some point, and I hope to do so.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

nort sure. maybe publicity ad funding.

One thing I'd also say is that...

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About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-1-01

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3 people found this review helpful

I am a veterinarian and anytime a pet dies or is put to sleep I make a donation to trees for life in memory of the pet. Clients love this charity and often comment they are so pleased that a living tree in memory of their beloved pet is providing food for people in need. This organization is prompt in sending acknowledgement and the people are pleasant and easy to work with. Dr. Marge Mc Millan

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Feed half the world.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Trees for Life seems to have a grasp on "grass root" development techniques. I'm impressed with their leadership and the use of volunteers.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

contact with the staff

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change the world

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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