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Review for Red Cloud Indian School, Pine Ridge, SD, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I am a long time donor to this K-12 school and have found it to be an excellent resource for the Pine Ridge Reservation, where there is 89% unemployment and 6 in 10 live in poverty. Not only do students receive an outstanding education (has the highest number of Gates scholars per capita in the nation) but it offers healthy meal programs, and community outreach for those hoping to start businesses . Over 90 % of Red Cloud students graduate from high school and of that number 90% go on to post secondary education. Residents of the reservation recognize the value of Red Cloud's Lakota culture curriculum as well as after school activities such as basketball. The teachers really care about the kids. I know several Pine Ridge families with children who have attended or are still in the school. While visiting these families I have toured the school and the cultural museum. A Red Cloud education has been a life changing process for the graduates, with many now in professions such as teaching, social work or in medicine. Go to their website to get more information:

Role:  Donor

Review for Trees, Water & People, Fort Collins, CO, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Trees, Water, and People is.a unique organization. They are small enough To have personal contact with The projects they sponsor and large enough to make a real impact through careful planning and collaboration with local groups. I'm excited about the new garden initiative on t he Lakota Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. I have seen in person how these projects can raise self esteem AND conserve energy on the part of the people receiving help from TWP. I participated in an Ecotour to the reservation sponsored by TWP.

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Very Well

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Role:  Volunteer

Review for Trees, Water & People, Fort Collins, CO, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I have seen Trees, Water, People's work first hand on Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. This organization works WITH the Lakota people, empowering them to help themselves. Henry Red Cloud operates a renewable energy center with the help of TWP. He trains Lakota men and women to construct and install solar heaters. Hundreds of reservation families are now warmer while honoring the Earth by reducing their dependence on fossil fuel.

Trees, Water, People also has projects in Central America and Haiti. These help to address the loss of forested land by replacing inefficient and unhealthful cooking stoves with ones requiring 70% less wood, while producing less smoke. Local women are consultants to assure that the type of stove matches the style of cooking in the area. Local entrepreneurs are encouraged to set up factories using local materials. TWP stove owners are delighted with the lower cost of cooking and cleaner air. In Haiti especially the ability to boil water to combat disease is critical.

I highly recommend this organization.

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

Honduras, South Dakota

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

Expand their capacity to set up more stove factories and solar heat training and construction centers. I would increase publicity for this organization so that more people would know about the wonderful work that they are doing.

Role:  Donor & I participated in a Trees, Water, People trip to Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. I also contribute regularly to all of their projects.