TREES FOR LIFE
July 28, 2010
I met Balbir in 1984 and we''ve been friends since. He was just in the process of giving birth to Trees For Life and I felt then and still feel it is a kind of paradigm for what helping institutions will become in the future, simple, family-like groups dedicated to empowering people who are often overlooked or exploited by more powerful institutions. The focus is on helping people achieve what they want to achieve by listening to them and joining with them so that what is gained is prized by the receiver since the receiver has worked hard to achieve the goal or project and hasn't just been the recipient of money or goods and services supplied by a donor without any effort on the part of the recipient to share in the work and responsibility.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
a number of projects they've taken up: their books for life project recently sent books to Liberia, their setting up of libraries in many countries, e.g. Nicaragua and Ethiopia, their mailings of seeds for trees, their work at a school in Allahabad India.
What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...
sharing in the various projects.
The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...
consistently of high quality with a desire to serve others.
If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...
get engaged to a greater degree in projects helpful to those individuals and communities around the world it is now serving.
How frequently have you been involved with the organization?
About every week
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?
Board Member & I've helped in a number of ways at different times, helping with simple projects as well as more sophisticated ones.