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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Energy Resources Conservation & Development, Environment, Natural Resources Conservation & Protection, Pollution Abatement & Control

Mission: Trees, Water & People is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that works to improve people's lives by helping communities to protect, conserve and manage the natural resources upon which their long-term well-being depends.

Results: Nationally, TWP is actively involved with helping to improve the lives of Native American families living on the reservations of the Great Plains. There, where the winters are extremely long and harsh, Native Americans commonly spend more than half of their income on their exorbitant utility bills. Together with our reservation-based partner, we have built 850 economic solar heating systems, saving tribal families 20-30% on their annual heating bills, and trained more than 175 tribal members in residential and facility-scale renewable energy applications. We have also planted trees and shrubs around the home sites for more than 160 additional families, further lowering heating costs and associated emissions by acting as an important wind blocks during the frigid winter and providing much-needed shade during the sweltering summer. Internationally, TWP works extensively in Central America and Haiti. Together, with our country-based partners, we support 8 community tree nurseries that produce over 650,000 trees annually to aid in reforestation efforts, planting over 4.3 million trees to date. We have built 47,800 clean cookstoves. Each cookstove decreases a family’s need for firewood by 50-70%, as compared to standard open fire cooking, and reduces carbon emissions by at least 1.5 tons per year. When vented to the outside of the home, these improved cookstoves also decrease indoor air pollution, which is responsible for the death of 1.9 million women and children globally every year.

Target demographics: low-income, rural and peri-urban communities in Central America, Haiti and on Native American Reservations in the U.S.

Geographic areas served: Latin America and U.S. Native American Reservations

Programs: Clean Cookstoves Program, Reforestation Program, Solar Energy Program, Tribal Renewable Energy Program

Community Stories

28 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Sally77

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the opportunity to do a volunteer placement with Trees, Water & People while on an extended visit to Colorado from Australia. The staff are incredibly supportive and committed, and the work they are doing is truly amazing. While I was there they were working on a campaign to get 500 clean cookstoves installed in Guatemala, which has huge benefits for human health and the local economy as well as slowing deforestation and climate change. They also work with the Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center and Lakota Solar Enterprises on Pine Ridge and have recently helped a Lakota family to build a compressed earth house, complete with solar panels and a solar air heater. The solar air heating systems are manufactured at the Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center, which provides jobs local people, and also trains people from other First Nations to take the technology back to their own communities.

Donor

Rating: 5

I think Trees, Water & People is great because it is hands-on progress. No one is trying to convince anyone of anything here....it's clear that clean water, healthy trees, and people living joyfully are all related. And that the sun is a huge free energy source. This is one group that is really making it happen. Progressive change should be this direct more often!

Donor

Rating: 5

I first learned about Trees, Water & People thru Care2. This organization not only saves lives but eye sight and the future of children. TWP improves lives by supplying solar energy to individual homes. A simple step that should become the right of all individuals in the world. This means that the people no longer die of smoke inhalation or from fires. Parents can spend more time at home instead of looking for firewood or oil. They can save a little money to improve their lives. Children can study by actual lights instead of a candle or kerosene lamp giving them the world through education. In addition they work with and teach native Americans how to start renewable green business. Best of both worlds they help here and abroad.

Donor

Rating: 5

Helping both Native Americans and central Americans to utilize solar energy and to live healthy lives is a superb cause that I heartily believe in.

Donor

Rating: 5

Combatting soil erosion and limiting respriratory ailments can go a long way towards building a future for rural people.
In a way that makes sense to the people of Central America, TWP helps tackle these and other problems.

CBer

Donor

Rating: 5

As a donor to TWP my experience is from a distance, but due to the reports via FB I feel connected to a wonderful organization that is making a difference in the world. It is my hope that my donations from afar will assist in keeping the great staff going forward with their outstanding work.

Previous Stories

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The more I learn about TWP the more impressed I am with the impact their approach to helping communites in need to manage and conserve their natural resources. I became a part of TWP through a gift donation and will continue with personal contributions. The success that TWP is exhibiting is due to their sustainable efforts in the communities they are working. I am excited about their future because it means we all will have a future due to their efforts.

Review from Guidestar

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Trees, Water & People for several years now and have been very impressed with their mission, programs and how they administer them. We have focused on reforestation and tribal renewable energy but all their programs are excellent and would highly recommend this non-profit organization.

Donor

Rating: 5

Trees, Water, People is great in that it supports projects that have positive effects on so many different levels-- poverty, the environment, building communities. By implementing environmentally friendly energy sources into disadvantaged communities it helps the people in these communities AND is good for the environment at the same time. With projects both in the U.S. and abroad, Trees, Water, People lives up to it's slogan of "Helping People and the Planet."

Donor

Rating: 5

Our family believes that our natural world is sacred, a gift from our Creator. Many of us are involved in environmental work. I am a retired psychologist who volunteers on the Board of a local land trust in western Massachusetts. I admire and support the work of Trees, Water & People. They are in the forefront of our fight to create a more balanced relationship between humans and our natural world. Thank you! Robert

Donor

Rating: 5

There are many great things to say about Trees, Water & People. In addition to the important work they are doing to help improve the lives of people in developing countries, I think they are also excelling in the way that they communicate with the public, donors, and volunteers. Through their skilled marketing team, they are using social networking and website development to communicate events, specific people's stories of help and improvement, as well as keeping the community of TWP connected and committed to the organization. They are a great example of maximizing the affect a non-profit can have when using technological means to communicate and help connect to the community.

Review from Guidestar

Ann S.

Donor

Rating: 5

I first became interested in this organisation because of the name which
included three of my main interests. Reading their literature and later meeting some of the people when they came to NYC, I was impressed with their straightforward, no frills devotion to carrying out their goals..their direct person to person , step by step approach, doing what they said they would, with humor and humility, bringing more and more people into their work. I appreciated their commitment to spreading their knowledge and having the people in the communities where they are working take over the work and train many more to join in.

Review from Guidestar