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February 9, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 9, 2011

Trees, Water & People is an outstanding environmental and developmental nonprofit that is truly satisfying to support. They are very community-minded in their down-to-earth relationships with local people and the organizations they serve. While they have an honest, unpretentious attitude about their mission, they are also extremely knowledgeable and experienced in the technical aspects of silviculture, watershed protection, and small-scale solar energy applications. Best of all, they had the foresight to focus on promoting the use of energy-efficient woodstoves to attack the cause of much deforestation in Central America. This has a wonderful side-benefit to the beneficiaries who adopt these stoves in homes and community buildings: clean indoor air and improved respiratory health.

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

Watershed conservation in my local community, as well as urban beautification of parks and other open spaces.

Ways to make it better...

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

Expand and improve public awareness of their mission and activities in our local community.

February 8, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 8, 2011

When the earthquake struck in Haiti we needed an organization we could trust to deliver the necessary services to help the victims. TWP had people on the ground and access to fuel efficient stoves that not only helped those in need but conserved precious fuel for a country in peril. They are a wonderful organization and we are proud to support their efforts.

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

supporting the people of Haiti

Ways to make it better...

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

expand their connections beyond North & Central America

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Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

What specific problem, purpose, priority, or project prompted your gift?

earthquake in Haiti

Why did you make your donation at this time?

people needed help

What would you tell others about this organization?

they do great work on sustainable projects

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 4, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 4, 2011

They are helping save the planet and the people. I have donated over the years to twp. This year I will be traveling to help install stoves.

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

fund raising, stoves

Ways to make it better...

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

spend more time as a volunteer

February 4, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 4, 2011

I really appreciated an email I received from Trees, Water & People
10-15-10 titled Sebastian Speaks from Haiti. It was beautifully written and I felt connected to what was happening there.

Notes from the field: A Sobering Account of Haiti
Sebastian Africano, TWP's
International Director, sends this personal account from Northwest Haiti, reminding us of the epic challenges faced by the Haitian people each and every day. Sebastian has been in the country since November 8th visiting TWP partners and assessing the current situation in this debastated county.
"crazy day - went to visit some AMURT project sites, and as we left were greeted with a dead body in the street three houses down from us first thing in the AM. Cholera is real and is spreading. We are being extra cautious to be sure, but there is no fear from our side, just respect. We saw another body in Okap - in the back of a pickup truck with family wailing at full bore in the street. It hits suddenly, and takes people quickly. Sure enough, after our site visits and a quick trip to a beach near here, we came across a procession of vehicles coming downhill from Source Chaude - probably 15 - 20 people jammed in a Izuzu Trooper, all screaming like they were being kidnapped. A procession of motorbikes and walkers followed. Nuts. SC is cool, pitch black and over-run by goats, pigs, clouds of mosquitos, and feisty Haitians. Remember that this is where Paul and Andrew came down with severe malaria - it's full on roulette. All water in the taps, etc...comes from a sulfurous steaming hot spring, but we filter it, chlorinate it and re-filter it in a Brita just to be sure. I'm sleeping in a woven hammock I bought in Honduras, behind one of AMURT's buildings, in a windier area, free of mosquitos. I woke up this morning at dawn to the sound of marching, and uncovered my face to find myself completely surrounded by a sea of goats. Got to watch the newborn kids chase each other around all morning - clumsy and clueless as to their eventual purpose. The country side is nice. Our people at AMURT are doing some strong strong work, and are definitely inspiring to be with. Tomorrow I'll follow them during an actual work day, and then head back to PAP on Tuesday morning, with a potential stop through the waterfall I mentioned yesterday (glorious). I'll meet with who I can on Tues and Wed, then leave for DC on Thursday morning..."

Then there was a link to learn how you can help bring clean cookstoves to the Haitian people, helping them to fight the spread of water borne diseases such as cholera.

It meant a lot to me to be able to read an email from someone who was actually there. And could describe the wonderful along with the awful.

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

Educating myself regarding Haiti.

Ways to make it better...

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

None.

February 3, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 3, 2011

I am thankful there is TWP. The work they do on the Lakota reservation in South Dakota makes me smile and want to give them a donation.

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February 3, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 3, 2011

Trees water and people is a nationally recognized organization that provides excellent leadership on issues important to our natural and human ecology. Stu Conway is a great CEO.

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

I have read many positive articles about the organization.

Ways to make it better...

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

give them more money.

February 2, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 2, 2011

Trees Water and People is an organization that touches the lives of people in many positive ways. What excites me about this organization is that they develop economically and environmentally motivated solutions for the people in the communities they serve. For example, by getting people in Guatemala and Nicaragua involved in the manufacturing and use of forest saving stoves, they have helped create jobs that encourage healthy and safe living environments and economies. With growth TWP will be able to help people in more and more communities, creating a noticeable difference in the lives of people around the globe.

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

a recent educational opportunity at the library, where Deputy International Director Sebastian Africano spoke of his experiences this past fall in Haiti.

Ways to make it better...

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

I love being around the TWP staff and helping them achieve the organizations goals, both in the US and abroad. They go out of their way to have volunteers feel like an integral part of the family...i wish there were more opportunities for me to get involved on the ground level.

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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?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

they could have more opportunities.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

By learning about TWP's efforts I am more aware of whats happening out there.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

very good about myself! The staff is very kind.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

February 2, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 2, 2011

I continue to support Trees Water and People and serve on the board because I have seen first-hand the work that they do in collaboration with its partners in Haiti, Nicaragua, Guatemala, and Honduras . Several independent organizations have recognized TWP for their outstanding work with either cash awards, honors or both. These include the Ashden award from England, the Rio Tinto Environmental award and a UN environmental award. But aside from all the recognition and measurable success, the relationships that continue to grow, the empowerment of local communities that happens as the result of our collaboration with them, and the ensuing improvement to the lives of our partners has gained my undying respect and admiration.

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

Most recently, in the fall of 2010 I visited the Pine Ridge reservation as a guest of Henry Red Cloud, who has partnered with TWP on his solar power projects. Seeing those solar panels at work in one of the poorest communities in the United States reinforced my belief in the importance of the work TWP does.

Ways to make it better...

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

work toward creating a larger endowment fund in order to ensure the longevity of our ongoing relationships with host country partnerships.

February 2, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 2, 2011

Trees, Water & People does fantastic work in Colorado, on US Indian reservations and in Central America. I admire their work with stoves and solar applications that help the enviroment and families. They are caring people who also like to have fun raising money; their annual fundraiser is fun to attend.

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

by talking to some of the Native Americans who worked with TWP.

Ways to make it better...

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

Give it more opportunities to actually built the stoves and work with women in central America. It would be great if the trips they provide for volunteers did not cost so much.

February 2, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 2, 2011

In the developing world, which unfortunately includes American Indian Reservations as well as other third world nations, environmental issues have a great impact on the local economies, resources as and the health of the people. The efficient stoves, water supply programs and solar electrical systems provided and promoted by TWP go a long way towards helping inhabitants take care of themselves and their environment thus improving their quality of life. I believe my contributions aid this process.

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