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TREES FOR LIFE
June 24, 2010

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

my own life! I have started 3 non profit organizations and been involved with a number of others and Trees for Life is the most cooperative, creative, inspiring place I've ever been associated with. And it's fun too!

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

living and working with the people of India.

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

cooperative, accepting, thoughtful people of all races, creeds, nationalities, and sexual orientations

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

continue its global education project, figuring out ways to educate and empower people in developing countries, so they can climb out of poverty.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & Taught conversational English at a school for poverty-level children in India for 3 school years. And at the international headquarters in Wichita, KS., I helped with fund raising, grant writing and communications. Most recently , I have helped organize .