Feeling the need contribute to the well being of others I researched and followed several organizations until I found TREES WATER PEOPLE. I am not very wealthy so I needed to feel my small offerings were getting a bang for the buck. Combining technology and local communities dedicated to improving peoples lives this non-profit is rocking it. In the central highlands of Honduras clean cook stoves improve lives by producing a lot less smoke in homes and reducing the tedious labor of gathering wood. Water cisterns made by a simple, and extremely durable design ease families through the dry months. The appreciation and gratitude the village people showered on us was very touching. I will be with TWP for a long time.Tamara Winter Nelson, Boulder, Colorado
I have been associate with Trees, Water, People in one way or another for the last 6 years. Initially, I got to know TWP through a trip to Guatemala. They accompanied a group from my church to the community of La Bendicion. We were looking for an opportunity to form a "sister city" in Central America. TWP organized a trip so that we could connect with the community of La Bendicion as well as experience a bit of Guatemala in general. The trip itself was very well organized and consequently both informative and fun. Lucas Wolf, who led our trip, was very prepared and professional while also being patient, flexible, and approachable. He was well established with the community and helped us have in incredibly rich and memorable experience.
Aside from that, I have volunteered here in a variety of ways. Currently, I am filling in as an office manager until a more permanent person can be found. Everyone here at the office has been extremely welcoming and helpful. It has been a pleasure to be here.
Trees, Water, People is making a huge and positive difference in our world!
Trees, Water & People is a wonderful organization! I had the opportunity to work with them in there efforts in Pine Ridge SD. They truly take the time to understand the needs of and issues facing the people they are helping. This is a step not many non profits do - or at least as effectively - as TWP. The staff at TWP also is something to rave about, they truly put all there effort into helping others and the environment they live in first.
Trees, Water, People is an incredible organization that is supporting and connecting people in their own backyard in addition to across the world. They truly care about individuals and sharing stories in unique ways, whether it be a mural in Fort Collins, CO where they are based, or working with local coffee farmers in Central America and exposing people around the world to their incredible products. This is definitely an organization to support!
Trees, Water, People is such a thoughtful organization with an incredibly sharp, compassionate, and visionary group of staff and board members at its helm. I worked with this organization on behalf of my visual artist client who created a custom mural to help tell the organization's story and mission in Fort Collins, CO. They were a dream partner in guiding the project, educating us on their mission, and connecting us with important voices in the communities they serve. I have been really impressed with TWP's authenticity and global perspective. So happy to have them in our Northern Colorado community!
The people behind this organization are some of the most kind and caring humans I have ever met, much less worked for. They intentionally get to know their volunteers and the recipients of their work. Even as someone who volunteers with them, where am I giving my time and energy to their causes, I feel like the one being taken care of and benefitting from the interaction. Seb, Daniela, Helen, and Diane all knew my name within minutes of meeting me, and this kind of attention to detail and personal care is evident in the work of this organization! I have struggled for years to find a local non-profit that embodies all of the aspects of community conservation that I hope to build my career/life around, and I am so thankful I have finally found them and gotten to work with them. Any day I get to go to TWP is a good one :) Finally, their presence on social media and in town is informative, and inspiring. They create content that I am able to share with friends and family and advocate for nature and indigenous populations in a way that is respectful yet powerfully demanding.
I'm always inspired by the authentic, holistic approach TWP takes to their work. Far too often we see nonprofits parachuting into communities and impressing their will upon them. TWP is a strong exception to this paternalistic model. Their staff is largely composed of people from or with authentic connections to the communities they're serving.
TWP is one of those rare organizations that not only understands the complexity of the issues they are trying to adress, but their interventions and programming reflect that complexity. They work at the intersection of social and environmental problems and rely on the expertise of the communities in which they work to guide them. TWP is the type of organization that the broader field of international development needs.
I am constantly impressed by the ways in which TWP not only contributes to real, meaningful, community-driven change on the ground internationally, but by the way they bring the community in Northern Colorado together to make a difference at home through events, tours, art, videos, and every means available!
Since their inception, TWP has had a strong presence in Fort Collins and the countries they loyally serve. The most admirable trait of TWP projects is the longevity and care taken by staff to cultivate relationships with local non-profits and community members. By nurturing local relationships, TWP has been able to grow and diversify projects in rural Central America. Over the years I have seen TWP evolve as an organization and become a type of business partner with local agencies and communities that believes in their stakeholders' potential, ideas, and abilities to propel their own change, protect their natural resources, and improve their community and family well-being. TWP inspires young and old to get involved and work towards making our global community a more verdant and healthy place to live They offer Travel with Purpose by taking people on tours of their projects, but also to places off the beaten path where we can experience life from diverse perspectives. Overall, TWP is an exceptional non-profit that will continue to have a positive impact locally and abroad long into the future!
Former TWP employee & lifelong supporter!
I really enjoyed my time volunteering with TWP. They were able to provide all the resources I needed in order to do my job effectively. The team is a dream to work with - funny, kind, smart and easy to be around. I'm looking forward to volunteering on other projects down the road.
I grew up in Ft. Collins and had always heard positive things about TWP and the work they do with communities in Central America. In Jr. High School I volunteered with them during my free time. I re-connected with them this past year because I was completing my M.S. in Forestry at CSU and was looking to engage in positive community-based work related to forestry. I interned for them and have nothing but positive things to say. I helped on a variety of projects and the staff was very accommodating and receptive to my participation. The people at TWP are kind, motivated, and truly committed to their mission!
I have been a donor to Trees Water & People for almost 20 years. I enjoy giving to Trees Water & People because I know my gift will really make a difference. I have been enthusiastic about planting trees through various Trees Water & People reforestation efforts. But I have also contributed to other projects and activities because they are so important and compelling. I value the work of Trees Water & People - and most of all, I trust them. - Stacey B., Fort Collins, CO
Much love to you Stacey! Thanks for being with us all these years.
I am a student at Colorado State University and I worked with TWP last year to plan and run a service learning trip for CSU students to Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. Right before our trip, the reservation experienced horrific flooding which, after a month long government shut down, caused serious damage to the infrastructure. Not only was TWP still able to lead our group, but watching their response was incredible. Even when nothing seemed to be going right, TWP never failed to put the Pine Ridge community first and taught our group incredibly valuable lessons on what collaboration looks like in action.
I have been supporting Trees, Water & People since 1999. As a contributor and a development professional, I continually have been impressed with how TWP has become more sophisticated in its advocacy of connecting sustainable land use, local communities and the need to develop local leaders and champions, starting with efficient wood stoves, tree nurseries, reforestation, and expanding to water catchment and conservation in dry areas. Trees, Water & People is close to local communities and partner organizations, developing long term relationships that open opportunities for substantive collaborations on the problems most important to the people and their communities. The organization has expanded to include a national program working with Native American communities. The organization also keeps its donors, the majority of whom are individuals, informed and engaged through newsletters, local events and study tours. I recently joined the Board of Directors, and can attest to the dedication, energy and integrity of the staff. As with all organizations, Trees, Water & People faces a continually changing array of challenges and opportunities for local communities development, and I am sure that TWP will continue its most excellent work.
I've been volunteering with TWP for over 4 years to help two Mayan villages (La Bendición and Nuevo Todos Santos) in Guatemala become a thriving sustainable community. I will be traveling to these communities in less than two weeks for my 5th visit. We've worked with the community on many projects, including:
* Commericalizing their honey production
* Updating and refurbishing their community building
* Rebuilding an furnishing their community kitchen
* Sourcing culturally appropriate spanish books for a community library
* Supporting their women's group with educational programs and support for their community garden
* Repairing their water reservoir
This trip we plan to provide school supplies, develop plans/funding for a new community kitchen for Nuevo Todos Santos and help re-initiate the youth group.
TWP is a strong force in advocating for Indigenous people in Central and North America. They impact the environment with their focus on Trees, water and the people. I've truly enjoyed working with them and getting to know the wonderful people in La Bendición and Nuevo Todos Santos. I've 'caught the bug' and will be working with TWP in Guatemala for years to come!
Trees, Water and People spent a very long time preparing for the Santo Domingo Tribe tree planting week. They have formed very real relationships through the amazing communication efforts and warmth of their team, and i am lucky to have had the honor of doing work with them! They truly care about the disproportionately felt environmental stresses which indigenous communities have been struggling with in light of harmful ecologically changing trends, in this case, as a result of an immense wildfire. James Calabasas spoke in his native language the entire day, as this was his tribe- i admit i was in awe and even a bit mystified by his and the entire tribes' ability to connect so deeply to their roots while we were all together digging into the soil to invest in the sustenance of these new living roots. After the opening prayer, we worked hard in the hot sun under cautious and detailed instruction about proper protocols for the silvicultural needs of the species, Douglas Fir. I heard about the geographical extend to which the non-profit performs from the Executive Director, Sebastian Africano, and was very impressed to hear international collaborative support was not uncommon for them. My utmost respect and kind wishes are for their team, along with Valerie Small and Jose Chalit to always grow in opportunities to plant trees, to grow, and to thrive.
My name is Cam Reader and I work for the Colorado State Forest Service Nursery, located in Fort Collins, Colorado. I had the incredible opportunity through the Forest Service to not only grow the Douglas Firs needed for the restoration project, but travel with two of my coworkers to the restoration site on the Santo Domingo/Kewa Reservation in New Mexico to plant the seedlings. We got to camp in a beautiful campground, meet many members of the tribe and work alongside them for two days on a beautiful reservation. We were invited back to have dinner both nights in a member's Pueblo with all of their family. There were countless amounts of unforgettable memories made, and history learned throughout the weekend. Including watching the women make their homemade bread with an adobe oven! I am so grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this project with Trees, Water and People and to have made such unforgettable connections with the wonderful people of the Santo Domingo Tribe; it showed me what it's like to be a part of something so much bigger than myself. I will never forget the experience and am looking forward to working with Trees, Water and People as much as I can and hopefully very soon.
Trees, Water & People is a top-notch organization! They go above and beyond to help many communities both in the US and Latin America. The members of the organization put their money where their mouth is and spend a lot of time out in the field helping communities. They are quick to take action and provide resources in areas that really need them.
TWP is also highly regarded in the local community. I've had the pleasure of volunteering at some of their events this summer and really enjoyed meeting the lovely and caring members of both their staff and the board. TWP is an organization that will receive my support for many years to come.
I volunteered with TWP to help with a few fundraising and storytelling videos. Love what they do and especially WHY and HOW they do it. Such a great group of committed people doing good in the world. Their approach is one that facilitates empowerment, accountability and sustainability for all their stakeholders. I highly recommend getting involved with them as a volunteer or donor.
Thanks TWP for all you do!
I am the Chairman of a faith-based charity that supports TWP with projects in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.
Last year I spent two weeks visiting these projects with Sebastian, Gemara and Jose.
Each was being completed on schedule and in full compliance with the commitments they had made.
Their compassion and competence is wonderful to see.
I became interested in TWP during my time as a masters student studying conservation at Colorado State University. I was lucky enough to intern with them for one semester. Although I was not with them for long, I was able to learn how effective they are in terms of their reach and impact nationally and internationally in terms of conservation and development at the community level. I think it is so cool that they have local partners in Central America whom they collaborate with to implement on the ground projects, ensuring projects fit with what local communities need. What a smart and innovative way to operate!
Passion clearly runs through the TWP staff. They are wonderful people with so much knowledge that they are willing to share. TWP does excellent work, and I'm proud to have worked with such an awesome organization.
I initially went on a tour with TWP to Pine Ridge Reservation in south Dakota as part of a service learning trip through CSU. My experience with them and their community partners was so inspiring that it lead me to joining their staff as an intern. Truly impressed everyday with the work that they are doing in indigenous communities in North and Central America. The type of organization that doesn't just give hand outs but truly helps communities foster a healthy relationship with our planet and simultaneously create economic and social development.
Every aspect of TWP’s approach is consistent with genuine community accompaniment. I have been impressed by TWP since 2005 when I was living in El Salvador and met up with friends who were volunteering with the organization. Since 2009, I have been privileged to have TWP staff visit my course on international development at Colorado State University to introduce students to their community-based work. Through these and other experiences with TWP I have developed tremendous trust in their commitment to those with whom they collaborate. - Suzanne Kent, PhD
Trees, Water & People's dedicated staff and partners have been doing important environmental conservation work for 20 years now and counting! I am honored to be a donor of this incredible organization. They walk the talk every day and I strongly encourage you to get involved with TWP.
Trees, Water & people are definitely making a difference in this world. I teach entrepreneurship courses and I’ve chosen the executive director of TWP to be a guest speaker in one of my classes recently.
Here is a quote from one of my students in my class:
“Through this class and other experiences, I’ve heard about a lot of non profit organizations, however, this was the first time I actually wanted to further learn about the organization. I think because he combined the profit aspect with the philanthropic aspect. So many organizations just focus on the philanthropic and I’ve found myself wondering how they are able to pull it all off. Which he made it clear, how they made the organization operate.”
I think this quote brings what is really interesting about TWP: the entrepreneurial mindset of the organization to make things happen. I think this young generation wants to see non-profits that strive not only in the work they do, but also financially – TWP do both with excellence!
It did not take long for Trees, Water & People to become my favorite and most-admired nonprofit organization. Almost all nonprofits talk about commitment and transparency (everyone's new favorite buzzword), but TWP demonstrates both qualities in everything it does. Its focus is broad enough to reach a wide range of people, but narrow enough that anyone who contributes can see exactly how their donation was used, and maybe more importantly, why that decision was made. The staff is always available to answer questions, and always excited to show you what TWP is doing now, and what it plans for the future. TWP not only listens to its donors, it is outstanding in forming respectful friendships and alliances in the communities in which it works. It listens to the people it is trying to help, and does what they want and need. The work is driven by the people it benefits.
I recently traveled with some of the staff of TWP to Guatemala to view their projects there. I am very impressed with TWP for a number of reasons. First of all, they are listening to the people to understand what is needed as opposed to assuming a need. They partner with local organizations which provide credibility and efficiency to their efforts. And, maybe most importantly, they make long term commitments to each village where they have involvement. I am very proud to support them.
I had the amazing opportunity to be an intern this summer 2018 for Trees, Water & People. They are an incredible organization that truly is dedicated to empowering communities and serving others.
As an intern you get to work along side the wonderful professional staff who are invested in helping you learn and grow. I hold TWP in the highest respect and highly recommend interning or working with them.
When I came across the work that TWP does, I knew that I'd found the perfect intersection of my two passions: social justice and environmental sustainability. Through TWP, I was introduced to the concepts of "community based development" and "sustainable development". Currently, I am an intern and have had a great experience not only because of the wonderful mission/work but also because of the incredibly talented and dedicated staff members that strive to make the world a better place each and every day.
I originally found Trees, Water, and People because I wanted to intern for an organization that cared about sustainability and community based development and TWP was the perfect match! I worked as an intern for a year and I couldn't have been happier with my time there. The staff is unbelievably friendly, hardworking, and passionate. I learned so much and got to be a part of so many different projects. I was incredibly proud to be part of a team that cared so much about communities across the Americas and worked hard every day to make people and the planet healthier and more resilient. So much love for the people at TWP and the work they do.
I first heard about Trees, Water & People through my Women and Development class at Colorado State University. On that day, we were learning why indoor air pollution is called "the killer in the kitchen” and how it disproportionately affects women and children. The situation isn’t all despair though; as we learned, local nonprofit – Trees, Water & People – works with local community members to design clean cookstoves that greatly reduce indoor air pollution’s harmful effects on health and the environment.
1 ½ years later, I am very fortunate to intern for this amazing organization. The staff here are phenomenal; their passion for what they do shines through every single day. On top of their hard work and dedication to various communities in Central America and U.S. Tribal Lands, and to projects ranging from clean cookstoves, to reforestation, to renewable energy, and many more, they have taken the time to help me shape my internship in a way that best suits my needs. They ask me about my classes and future goals, and include me in social events. I am proud to work for an organization that cares so much about their partners, interns, volunteers, and the local community, and has inspired me to pursue a career in community-based conservation.
As an exchange student at CSU, I was looking for some work experience with an international organisation. Despite missing out on their internship program due to a lack of planning on my part, TWP were extremely helpful in finding a role for me that would be both enjoyable and suited to my skill set.
I found all of the staff their to be extremely likeable, but also really helpful in assisting me with my project. Sometimes as a volunteer you can feel like a spare part, this was certainly not the case at TWP where I was entrusted with a good amount of independent responsibility but also received as much assistance as I needed.
All in all, a thoroughly enjoyable and rewarding experience with a small NGO making a significant impact in a number of fields.
Trees, Water & People provided me with a life-changing opportunity to connect with the Lakota community in Pine Ridge, South Dakota over my spring break at CSU. Thanks to National Director Eriq Acosta, I was able to work and learn alongside native community members at the Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center and the relationships that grew from that were effortless. I have learned so much from this experience and I will keep these lessons with me for the rest of my life. -Grace Ota
I was able to go on a trip to Pine Ridge, South Dakota with Trees Water People and CSU Alternative Spring Break. This trip was amazing! I learned a lot about how TWP and their community partners are using renewable energy to empower this community. It shows how a great nonprofit like Trees Water People is dissecting some of the wicked problems that people on reservations across the country live with, and what they are doing to empower communities to combat those problems.
Trees, Water & People is a non-profit organization which benefits the environment as well as empowers indigenous people nationally and internationally. TWP's community-based development model provides opportunity which allows individuals to improve their lives and helps spread knowledge of renewable energy sources. I was first drawn to this organization through their use of the word "reforestation". I knew then and there that these were people actively focused on solutions. I am thankful to be working with an organization that makes a real and positive impact to future generations and the environment.
I happened to stumble upon Trees, Water & People and the volunteer opportunities they had threw a non-profit website. I instantly knew this was a special organization and that I wanted to do whatever it was I could to help. Once I reached out and came for my first volunteer project, I knew I would be coming back. I am now currently an intern working on various projects to help promote TWP. The staff is wonderful and very helpful. Each one of them has taken the time to include me in things, inquire about my goals and offering true friendship. Being an intern here for the past 8 months has channeled my passion for being a true advocate for our environment and for indigenous communities across the globe.
I was the first Volunteer Communications Intern at Trees, Water & People. The people and work environment are welcoming and overall genuinely nice and he staff are really passionate about the mission & vision of the nonprofit. I can honestly say it was one of my favorite places to work at.
TWP connects people to the planet by creating programs wherein communities protect the planet while protecting their own long term well being. TWP is small but makes a large impact and creates a ripple effect of good. Interning with them was an amazing experience full of personal and professional growth.
We worked with TWP at Lakota Solar Enterprises on Pine Ridge reservation and with Henry Red Cloud. Eriq and Richard were awesome and made sure we had what we needed and enough work to do. They explained things and answered our questions. TWP is working hard to help low income areas help themselves, and to partner with outside volunteers to help as all. Thank you!!
On Thu, Jun 22, 2017 at 1:32 PM, Agnes Wagner wrote:
I had an amazing opportunity to volunteer at Trees, Water & People while I was on an extended visit to Colorado from Germany.
All the staff was incredibly supportive and helpful, and the work they are doing is truly amazing.
While I was there we were working on planting 33.000 trees on Pine Ridge Reservation and worked together with a Lakota family to complete a solar panels and a solar air heater installation. The solar air heating systems are manufactured at the Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center, which provides jobs for local people, and also trains people from other First Nation tribes to take the technology back to their own communities.
Besides that we were working in Central America helping families to create a healthier lives by building clean cookstoves. With the stoves the indoor air pollution goes significantly down as well as reduces the time and the amount of wood needed for cooking...
Overall I really enjoyed my time at TW&P
I have been a supporter of Trees, Water & People for a couple of years. I originally found them because I was looking for an organization that plants trees for carbon offsets. TWP does that and so much more! I had the wonderful opportunity to travel with TWP to Honduras in January and see on the ground the kind of work that they do. I was so impressed with how TWP works with local partners to help rural people while at the same time helping the environment. Our group participated in building two fuel efficient and clean burning wood cook stoves (they use just 10% of the wood of traditional stoves) and construction of wire and cement pilas for rainwater catchment. We also interacted with people in the communities, with the help of TWP's employee in Central America who acted as interpreter. I was so impressed with the organization, the people, and the work that they do. TWP makes their funding go a long way, making a big difference in people's lives with a little bit of money.
I had the wonderful opportunity to join with Trees Water, People on a trip to Honduras in January. Their knowledge of the community and their needs was so impressive. Two of the TWP personnel were so talented in Spanish and worked hard to translate every word. We learned about the need for fuel efficient justa stoves that let no smoke into the homes and are so much more healthy. We assisted in the construction of two of these stoves as well as building Pilas for water storage. We toured coffee farms and learned about the benefits of diversifying the forest. I was so impressed with how much they are doing! It was an amazing group of people!
I started as a development intern at Trees, Water & People shortly after I finished my undergraduate degree and I couldn't have asked for a better place to land. The staff here is truly incredible and all hold extensive knowledge in their field. However, what is even more impressive, is the genuine passion for what TWP does in Latin America and on US Tribal Lands. By working on TWP projects, I was able to grow my skill set and also see firsthand what projects in indigenous communities can really do for locals. I love that TWP works with communities and really listens to what locals would actually benefit from. This creates sustainable economic opportunities for years to come. I feel extremely blessed to now call TWP my workplace and work alongside these wonderful human beings.
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.
TWP is an organization that has found an intersection where renewable energy, sustainable building technology, and food sovereignty can empower and improve impoverished communities. Their work explores vital new frontiers in the fight to eradicate poverty in places such as the Pine Ridge Reservation, and the employees are driven people who are passionate about the work they do.
I had the wonderful opportunity to intern with TWP this summer, and I feel that while doing so I gained a great wealth of knowledge and experience in the non-profit industry. It is amazing to work with people that care so much for the work that they do, and it has inspired me to do the same as I develop my future career upon graduation this spring. I have been very lucky to intern with TWP and learn from their very knowledgeable and caring staff. Top notch organization with a top notch cause!
Molly and everyone we have worked with at Trees, Water & People are personable, professional and passionate about making a difference. Their hard work has changed how communities across the globe look at energy, health and sustainability. As an organization, we are always eager to work with them and share stories, knowledge and insights. Keep up the great work!
I had the amazing opportunity to intern at TWP and I could not be more pleased. The staff was incredibly helpful and they really strive for helping their interns advance in their professional career. The experience I got while interning with TWP has helped me land jobs. I am very grateful to have been a part of that.
I had the pleasure of working with the dedicated staff, board members, interns, and volunteers of Trees, Water & People (TWP) for several years. This small but mighty Colorado-based nonprofit partners with local communities here in the US and throughout Latin America to accomplish great things! We cannot save the planet without helping the people - this is where TWP shines.
I am an intern at TWP currently. I have rarely felt so inspired by the work that I am involved in, and so supported and encouraged by the people I work with as I do here at TWP. I have learned so much about nonprofits in general and about TWP's amazing programs throughout both the U.S. and the world. I have also been given opportunities to explore many different aspects of what TWP does, even getting the chance to visit Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. This entire experience has helped me grow professionally and personally a ton already.
Great place doing wonderful things! So happy to have been a part of such a life-changing organization.
I have volunteered with Trees, Water, & People several times through their Tribal Program on the Pineridge Reservation in South Dakota. Every volunteer experience has been inspiring, grounding, and fulfilling. Trees, Water, & People is an organization that is addressing one of the longest contentious issues in America; Native America Oppression. It is doing so with "boots on the ground" practices, like planting trees, building gardens and homes, and donating food and supplies to Lakota locals.
I was a International Development intern at Trees, Water & People, and I cannot express how wonderful the TWP staff is, as well as the work that they do in the U.S. and abroad. TWP is uses a rare approach to sustainable development in that they work BOTH in the U.S. and abroad, and the emphasize the health and well-being of BOTH humans and the environment. Their holistic approach also targets their work in some of the most marginalized communities around the world to work WITH them lead better lives as opposed to traditional forms of development which can have a top-down approach. TWP is quite the opposite, and always works directly with local non-profits and community leaders who know their communities best, and what they need - they are always working from the bottom-up.
As an intern, I gained practical grant-writing skills, and I was able to apply the knowledge from my Master's program to assist in their data analysis efforts and even help them build new partners. The staff is flexible with each intern and allows them to make the best of their experience! I felt taken care of, valued, and I made 10 new friends in the process of getting to know the entire staff. Keep up the great work!!
I have volunteered with TWP for four years on various projects and am now a board member. The real strength of TWP lies in their persistent effort to empower local indigenous residents in American Indian and central American communities. TWP continues to re-evaluate its strategies and projects to fit with the times and with the aspirations of those in poverty.
Trees, Water, and People is the rare organization that acts not just to care for our environment, but equally for the ways that communities -- particularly indigenous communities -- interact with the natural environment. It combines a systems impact approach with a deep respect for individuals and families. It's for these reasons that I continue to be involved!
I found TWP through Colorado State Universities Center for Fair and Alternative Trade. I became interested in interning for TWP because of their social and environmental impact they have in various Central American countries. TWP does a fantastic job in making sure each country is receiving the appropriate help in accordance to their cultural needs. TWP has made huge impacts with their projects.
Trees, Water & People's mission is to improve people's lives by helping folks protect, conserve, and manage the natural resources upon which their long-term well-being depends. I think that this approach is the right one as they then can live with nature in a better way and get some real autonomy. The team of Trees, Water & people is just remarkable in efficiency and positivity! People should invest in them...
TWP does great, innovative development projects in some of the most underserved communities in the world. This is a great organization to give to that will maximize the impact of your donation, or to provide you with an incomparable volunteer experience.
Trees, Water & People works with a network of partners in the U.S. and abroad to deliver enterprise based resource solutions to under served communities. Critical issues such as energy for heating and cooking, reforestation, and solar lighting and charging are addressed via creation of local businesses and jobs that provide much needed market development as well as life changing services. I have been thrilled and honored to serve as a Board member for almost a decade, and have had the uplifting opportunity to witness our programs at work in places like Haiti, Nicaragua, and Honduras as well as the Pine Ridge and Rosebud Reservations in the Northern Plains. Meeting and working with our partners such as AHDESA and Prolena in Central America and Lakota Solar Enterprises at Pine Ridge has helped me realize the phenomenal impact appropriate and green technologies can have in developing world settings. And visiting the people we serve in their villages and homes, and seeing first hand the way lives are changed and improved gives me real hope for the future of all of us.
People involved with TWP have explained to me what they do, and I'm especially impressed with the cookstove initiative. What a win-win!
This is my 3rd year working with TWP and I continue to be excited about the significant contributions the organization is able to make on tribal lands and in communities throughout Central America.
Some of the highlights in the past year include planting of 10,000 trees on the Pine Ridge Reservation, the work to build a home for a Lakota Family based on sustainable Compress-Earth-Block technology, and supporting Hopi recycling entrepreneur Tyler Tawahangva in the launch of his business, Cloud Nine Recycling. In addition, I’m particularly excited about the work to build the Nicaraguan Center for Forests, Energy & Climate, which will really get going in the next year.
I am privileged to have the opportunity to continue supporting these projects.
TWP is a quality organization making meaningful contributions to both people in need and to the environment.
I am excited by the contribution TWP makes with its partners on tribal lands and in communities throughout Central America and Haiti. Over the years, it has expanded efforts to include clean cookstoves to reduce deforestation, and solar energy to provide alternatives to carbon-based fuels. Providing such sustainable solutions also has a positive impact on the lives of the people in the communities TWP serves.
TWP provides the opportunity to get directly involved with projects and people. Over the past two summers, I’ve participated in several volunteer trips to the Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center (RCREC) on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. I’ve contributed to, and learned from, efforts in green building, green business development, and renewable energy. I’ve gotten to know several members of the local community, learning a lot about the Lakota people and the challenges they face today.
I am thrilled to say I am the new international development intern for TW&P! I am proud to be part of a team that cares for the people they are trying to help and are passionate about the environment as well. TW&P is invested in offering a hand up and not a hand out which I think makes this organization sustainable and incredibly productive in the projects it implements both nationally and internationally.
I love that TW&P collaborates with local partners to determine their goals and projects; by doing this they ensure the projects are not only sustainable but culturally appropriate and helpful to these communities, both for them and the environment. We need more organizations who have these priorities and goals to make sure the money being spent on development projects is being used the best way possible and making a real difference in the world.
I have just started my internship here at TWP and am so excited about what the organization stands for! The TWP approach focuses on engaging with communities in order to create solutions that fit for different cultures and societies. Their national and international development programs help to bring necessities to those who do not have access to them, such as solar air heaters in the Pine Ridge Reservation of South Dakota and clean cook stoves in Latin American countries. I am so jazzed to be working for such a giving non-profit!