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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 important wind blocks during the frigid winter and providing much-needed shade during the sweltering summer. Internationally, TWP works extensively in Central America. 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, Tribal Renewable Energy Program

Community Stories

152 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

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Board Member

Rating: 5

When I heard about Trees Water People several years ago I knew this was an organization that I wanted to support. TWP not only plants trees but also has created stoves that need little wood and burn cleanly and efficiently. They are bringing simple and affordable solar to families with no electricity. This power changes their lives and does away with candles and non recyclable batteries. Now that I am a board member I am grateful to be more involved in bringing these huge changes to people around the world, which at the same time protect the environment for all.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 4

TWP is an exceptional non-profit in that it works at the frontline of energy and the poor in improving lives through low cost applications such as fuel efficient cook stoves and solar air heaters. It does it through working with local organizations at the grassroots level. Ten years ago, I helped TWP set up a tribal lands project to build and install solar air heaters for low income housing. Today it is the largest solar air collector initiative in the country, impacted dozens of reservations and has built one of the only sustainability centers for training in Indian lands on the poorest reservation in the country, Pine Ridge. TWP results speak for themselves.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love Trees, Water & People! My relationship with this awesome organization began back in 2012 when I took a road trip with some friends up to Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. TWP partners with a Native-owned solar and renewable energy company there. My friends and I helped out in the organic garden called Solar Warrior Farm located at the Red Could Renewable Energy Center campus. This was my first experience being on a reservation, and I learned a lot about Native American culture and the hardships that many American Indians are faced with. This experience left me with a strong desire to continue volunteering with both TWP and the folks at Pine Ridge.

Since that first trip, I have been back to Pine Ridge several times to volunteer with TWP. My relationship with environmentalism and social justice is nurtured through the projects I take part in, and I always leave the reservation feeling more at peace than when I arrived, and with a renewed sense of purpose to keep taking action for change.

I also decided to do my internship here in TWP's Fort Collins office to finish out the requirements for my degree in Environmental Sociology this spring. I really enjoyed getting to learn more about the organization and it's programs, and getting to work more closely with the wonderful staff (so much so, that I decided to stick around and continue volunteering after graduation!). In a way, the volunteer work I get to do with TWP has added to my inspiration to pursue my education further, so I will be starting a master's program in Sustainability and Environmental Management next year.

TWP will always be one of my favorite organizations. I love the mission and purpose, and truly appreciate the hard work they put in to helping our environment!

Henry11

Advisor

Rating: 5

Trees, Water, People has been providing tools and support to developing nations and native american communities stateside for many years. Because they operate in a well establish international network, they are able to make a huge impact to so many people's lives.

We have the luxury of seemingly unlimited resources in the community where we live. But in the communities where TWP operates, resources are scarce and therefore so very important. By focusing on social impact and sustainability, the results are self-perpetuating. Give a woman a fish, fish for a day. Teach a woman to fish, fish for a lifetime.

I am proud to be associated with such an extraordinary organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Trees, Water & People cultivates a creative, inspiring work atmosphere. I thoroughly enjoy my work as an intern. I'm challenged to think outside of the box every day.

One of the programs I'm most excited about is the new solar energy solutions: Luciernaga. TWP has been distributing solar lamps and chargers to people in rural communities in Central America who are lacking access to the main grid. The solar lamps and chargers are inexpensive, and proving to be a vital energy resource to those who need it most.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've had a lot of different internships and the one with TWP has by far the most rewarding and has taught me the most in preparation for a career in sustainable development. They are very much a collaborative organization rather than to- down type of org, which I admire.

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!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the privilege of working with Trees Water and People in a project on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. My coworkers and I have twice traveled to South Dakota to help furnish the Solar Earth Lodge. Trees Water and People is facilitating the production and training of renewable energy for native americans. The Lakota people are trained to build and install solar heaters greatly reducing heating bills. The native americans we worked with were truly working to improve their lives and to protect their planet in partnership with Trees Water and People. The is a grass roots organization that partners with people with great needs and great dignity

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.

Jill68

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The representatives from this organization are hardworking and passionate. TWP's noble cause to help both the environment and the needs of a community benefit us all around the globe. My volunteer experience with TWP was so much fun. Great mission, great people, and educational as well. I hope to participate again in the near future!!

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Trees, Water & People is truly an amazing, hardworking and inspiring organization. This group of dedicated and genuine individuals continuously strive to make positive impacts on people and the environment. As an intern for National Development I am having an extremely beneficial experience learning about the interworkings of a nonprofit and getting the opportunity to be a part of the incredible work TWP is doing nationally. The balance of a human based approach that coexists with the environment is a rare and beautiful thing. I will absolutely continue to stay involved with this organization and support thier endlessly positive impacts.

Adele D.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Imagine you could plant trees in Central America.
Imagine those trees improving the atmosphere while feeding and shading the family who lives under them.
Imagine a clean burning cookstove can save some of those trees for the future while providing clean air indoors for the family that uses it.
Imagine the children in that family have more time to go to school since they aren't collecting so much firewood.
Imagine that a solar light could allow them to read books after dark.
Imagine that they can charge up cellphones with solar power to connect to the rest of the world.
TWP and its partners is doing all that and more!
Imagine you could help.

Fran L

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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Sherry16

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Trees, Water & People is an amazing and inspiring non-profit organization, which is why I am an intern for grant researching and writing. They help communities help themselves by teaching them how to continue the work that TWP has helped them begin. By teaching local community members how to improve their home environment (with cleaner burning stoves), how to save energy and utilize what Mother Nature offers (with solar heating), how to grow their own community gardens with healthier and heirloom produce (within a shelter to lengthen the growing season), how to grow and plant trees (to help recover after a natural disaster), and how to reduce their environmental impact footprints, among others, TWP promotes and passes on knowledge and skills to help create a healthier environment for everyone, as we are all connected. There is no better way for a community to help themselves than with using their own hands-on work and experience, and then to continue passing it on to future generations, or even other communities.

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.

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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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been included in the Trees, Water & People family for almost a year now as a National Program Intern. I cannot find the right words to describe the amount of gratitude and appreciation I feel for the excellent staff. They are people who truly care, truly want to make the difference, and who will truly go beyond all expectations to achieve positive change. I have witnessed so many community driven activities that help everyone involved to grow, learn, and open their eyes. I believe in the programs TWP has created and look forward to seeing them continue to succeed.

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.

Gingerbuttons

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been involved with TWP for the last three years and have been extremely impressed with the many programs they are supporting. They have touched so many lives with their approach of sustainable energy, clean cooking, carbon offsets, etc. I have donated to these various programs for Christmas gifts, birthday gifts and "in memory of friends" I have lost. I will continue to look to Trees, Water and People to provide opportunities for me to help the peoples of our earth.

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Donor

Rating: 4

Trees, Water, People (TWP) has provided me and many of my friends with the vehichle for providing support to sustainable projects that will truly make a difference in people's lives. I have purchased "carbob offsets" for Christmas gifts to my family and friends who are thrilled to be part of something bigger than just themselves. I have purchased stoves and contributed money to the efforts in Haiti. When working through TWP I always think of Margaret Meads memorable quote, "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."
KEEP UP THE EXCELLENT WORK!!!

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Betsy12

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a currently development intern at TWP, I am continuously impressed by the dedication and enthusiasm of the staff. It has a been an incredible experience to learn more about the non-profit sector and the necessary resources and hard work for executing high-impact projects. Trees, Water & People are endlessly dedicated to community driven projects that improve the quality of life for individuals. As a student of engineering, I have been very impressed by their ability to connect innovate technology with culturally appropriate solutions. I hope to continue to be involved with TWP and watch their ever growing impact.

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."

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As the International Development Intern during Fall 2011, I had wonderful experience with TWP. The staff, and everyone involved for that matter, is dedicated to fulfilling the mission and bettering the local and global communities we live in. I enjoyed the positive energy in the office and the welcoming atmosphere that created a thoughtful and forward thinking work environment.

Holly D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had such a pleasant experience this summer as an international development intern for TWP. The staff was exceedingly welcoming and full of passion for what they do. Each one of TWP's programs is so detailed and well-organized, even though I read up on the organization before the start of my internship, I found myself learning something new about it every day. The knowledge and experience I gained about the meeting point of humanitarian work, grant-writing, and environmental conservation is invaluable.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a volunteer on and off for the last few years at TWP and have absolutely loved it! The staff, board and other volunteers are wonderful. Their approach to non-intrusively introducing sustainable, health-improving projects is thorough and deeply rooted in a belief to change communities through their own means and labor!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a donor to Trees, Water and People since its founding in 1998 and a Board member for the past nine years. In 2002 I volunteered to spend a month in Honduras building improved cookstoves in very poor, rural parts of the country. It was amazing to me the impact these simple stoves, mostly constructed with local materials, made in peoples' lives - eliminating harmful smoke from kitchens, saving time and/or money collecting or buying firewood. Good for the environment too! I have also worked on cookstove programs in Guatemala and Mexico and last year travelled to Uganda where a new pilot project has been started. This is a great organization with a dedicated and professional staff making full use of the resources it has available.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with Trees, Water & People for a year and a half and have loved every moment of my time with them. The work that this organization does to assist communities in protecting and restoring their natural resources has improved the quality of life for so many as well as the land that they live on. My work as a volunteer has evolved over the time I have been with them. Throughout this evolution the staff have always treated me with respect and appreciation, which has only driven me to want to continue my involvement. I am forever grateful for the experiences I have had with them and the ones still to come!

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Kevin29

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Trees, Water People since 1998. I was their outside accountant/auditor and, at that time, I knew them as an environmental organization, but not much more. Over time, as I got to know the principals and volunteers that make up the organization, I became more & more impressed at how such a small group of people can make such a large impact on the world. I am now a board member and the organization's treasurer. I have been on many boards in my career and I can truly say that I have never seen an orgaization that "Walks the Walk" like TWP. In many countries (Honduras, Guatemala, Haiti, etc.) as well as on the Indian Reservations in the United States, what TWP does is truly life-changing. When I first got involved in the organization I focused on the "Trees" in the organization's name but as I became more involved I realized it is clearly about the people. I am truly proud to be a small part of such a great organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

Trees Water People is an extremely impressive NGO, my first experience with them and since then has been nothing but professional, inspiring and fun.

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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

Richard23

Advisor

Rating: 5

I am the National Director of Trees, Water & People....and I am humbled by so many friends and associates speaking up on behalf of our work. Thank you for this. You inspire me to be a better man and to try new approaches to difficult problems in hard places.

Reina M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Their mission is to improve people’s lives by helping communities protect, conserve and manage the natural resources upon which their long-term well-being depends.

This mission is guided by two core beliefs:
• that natural resources are best protected when local people play an active role in their care and management; and
• preserving local trees, wetlands, and watersheds is essential for the ongoing social, economic, and environmental health of communities everywhere.

And this is exactly what they are doing! They care and it shows!

I am writing this review to help them win the $5,000 prize from GuideStar USA, Inc.

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Advisor

Rating: 5

I have closely observed the operations of the organization as an outside auditor and am always humbled by the true dedication and hard work of the staff. The mission of the organizatioin is always in the forefront whether it is a local activity, activities on an Indian Reservation or work in Latin America. I have been able to watach the organization grow from it's humble beginning to a great organization that is really making a difference in the world and is being recognized for it's accomplishments.

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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.

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Eileen S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They are working to improve people's lives by helping communities to protect, conserve, and manage their natural resources.

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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.

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Netta G.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Volunteers and staff of Tree's, Water, People are true examples of what it means to be "community minded". They have worked along side me in some new future projects for another Non-Profit locally and truly have done so out of the kindness of their hearts! I can honestly say that in watching their work, the contributions to conservation and natural awareness education is one of the most selfless acts of concern I have seen in a very long time! I am very proud to have them in my world!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Trees, Water & People is an outstanding environmental and developmental nonprofit that is truly satisfying to support. They are very community-minded in their down-to-earth relationships with local people and the organizations they serve. While they have an honest, unpretentious attitude about their mission, they are also extremely knowledgeable and experienced in the technical aspects of silviculture, watershed protection, and small-scale solar energy applications. Best of all, they had the foresight to focus on promoting the use of energy-efficient woodstoves to attack the cause of much deforestation in Central America. This has a wonderful side-benefit to the beneficiaries who adopt these stoves in homes and community buildings: clean indoor air and improved respiratory health.

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Donor

Rating: 5

When the earthquake struck in Haiti we needed an organization we could trust to deliver the necessary services to help the victims. TWP had people on the ground and access to fuel efficient stoves that not only helped those in need but conserved precious fuel for a country in peril. They are a wonderful organization and we are proud to support their efforts.

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Donor

Rating: 5

They are helping save the planet and the people. I have donated over the years to twp. This year I will be traveling to help install stoves.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I really appreciated an email I received from Trees, Water & People
10-15-10 titled Sebastian Speaks from Haiti. It was beautifully written and I felt connected to what was happening there.

Notes from the field: A Sobering Account of Haiti
Sebastian Africano, TWP's International Director, sends this personal account from Northwest Haiti, reminding us of the epic challenges faced by the Haitian people each and every day. Sebastian has been in the country since November 8th visiting TWP partners and assessing the current situation in this debastated county.
"crazy day - went to visit some AMURT project sites, and as we left were greeted with a dead body in the street three houses down from us first thing in the AM. Cholera is real and is spreading. We are being extra cautious to be sure, but there is no fear from our side, just respect. We saw another body in Okap - in the back of a pickup truck with family wailing at full bore in the street. It hits suddenly, and takes people quickly. Sure enough, after our site visits and a quick trip to a beach near here, we came across a procession of vehicles coming downhill from Source Chaude - probably 15 - 20 people jammed in a Izuzu Trooper, all screaming like they were being kidnapped. A procession of motorbikes and walkers followed. Nuts. SC is cool, pitch black and over-run by goats, pigs, clouds of mosquitos, and feisty Haitians. Remember that this is where Paul and Andrew came down with severe malaria - it's full on roulette. All water in the taps, etc...comes from a sulfurous steaming hot spring, but we filter it, chlorinate it and re-filter it in a Brita just to be sure. I'm sleeping in a woven hammock I bought in Honduras, behind one of AMURT's buildings, in a windier area, free of mosquitos. I woke up this morning at dawn to the sound of marching, and uncovered my face to find myself completely surrounded by a sea of goats. Got to watch the newborn kids chase each other around all morning - clumsy and clueless as to their eventual purpose. The country side is nice. Our people at AMURT are doing some strong strong work, and are definitely inspiring to be with. Tomorrow I'll follow them during an actual work day, and then head back to PAP on Tuesday morning, with a potential stop through the waterfall I mentioned yesterday (glorious). I'll meet with who I can on Tues and Wed, then leave for DC on Thursday morning..."

Then there was a link to learn how you can help bring clean cookstoves to the Haitian people, helping them to fight the spread of water borne diseases such as cholera.

It meant a lot to me to be able to read an email from someone who was actually there. And could describe the wonderful along with the awful.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am thankful there is TWP. The work they do on the Lakota reservation in South Dakota makes me smile and want to give them a donation.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Trees water and people is a nationally recognized organization that provides excellent leadership on issues important to our natural and human ecology. Stu Conway is a great CEO.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Trees Water and People is an organization that touches the lives of people in many positive ways. What excites me about this organization is that they develop economically and environmentally motivated solutions for the people in the communities they serve. For example, by getting people in Guatemala and Nicaragua involved in the manufacturing and use of forest saving stoves, they have helped create jobs that encourage healthy and safe living environments and economies. With growth TWP will be able to help people in more and more communities, creating a noticeable difference in the lives of people around the globe.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I continue to support Trees Water and People and serve on the board because I have seen first-hand the work that they do in collaboration with its partners in Haiti, Nicaragua, Guatemala, and Honduras . Several independent organizations have recognized TWP for their outstanding work with either cash awards, honors or both. These include the Ashden award from England, the Rio Tinto Environmental award and a UN environmental award. But aside from all the recognition and measurable success, the relationships that continue to grow, the empowerment of local communities that happens as the result of our collaboration with them, and the ensuing improvement to the lives of our partners has gained my undying respect and admiration.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

Trees, Water & People does fantastic work in Colorado, on US Indian reservations and in Central America. I admire their work with stoves and solar applications that help the enviroment and families. They are caring people who also like to have fun raising money; their annual fundraiser is fun to attend.

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Donor

Rating: 5

In the developing world, which unfortunately includes American Indian Reservations as well as other third world nations, environmental issues have a great impact on the local economies, resources as and the health of the people. The efficient stoves, water supply programs and solar electrical systems provided and promoted by TWP go a long way towards helping inhabitants take care of themselves and their environment thus improving their quality of life. I believe my contributions aid this process.

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Donor

Rating: 5

TWP is a wonderful altruistic organization that is accomplishing very meaningful and practical success in their endeavors in Central America, with their sustainable stove and reforestation projects. I have affiliated with TWP for several years by including their Honduras partner, the Honduras Association for Development (AHDESA), in my annual study-trip itinerary in Honduras, each spring, for Oklahoma State University. I have seen the fruits of TWP's labor, funding, leadership, and human development support in Honduras, first-hand, working side-by-side with AHDESA promoters in rural communities. Stuart Conway and his staff are caring folks, and they have both their heads and hearts in all of their projects. They truly make a difference in empowering villagers in all of their project communities toward higher quality lives, in a more sustainable environment. I have encountered several NGOs in my international experience, and TWP is right at the top of my list as regards their ability to effectively channel their resources, funding, and expertise to result in consistent excellent results at the appropriate scale, to achieve positive results. They truly make a positive difference in the lives of so many people!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a nonprofit professional, I look to TWP as a model for a thriving organization that keeps evolving viable programs and engaging more citizens. I've also joined their Eco-Tour and found it personally and professionally very rewarding.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am so impressed with TWP ability to help so many people & the environment with their stove. What a resource & blessing.

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VLH4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Trees Water People has really made a difference in my personal life as well as others'. They really go the extra mile and come up with and implement amazing ideas! What they are doing for Haiti right now brings tears to my eyes! I wish there were more organizations out there like this one! Thank you TWP!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I first heard about Trees, Water, People when Stuart Conway came to our nature center to speak. I was impressed with him as a caring individual who took his simple idea and expanded it so that many people could be helped.
He continues to find new ways to help those in need with low overhead and his ability to recruit volunteers.
He publishes a nice newsletter and has some attractive items to sell.
I started giving to TWP the day I heard him and I have continued to donate ever since.

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Donor

Rating: 5

We're so impressed with what this organization is doing. They are addressing real environmental and societal problems. Their stove is very innovative.

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Francee L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I think Trees, Water & People is an excellent organization that is helping real people, as well as the environment. By working with communities, they are involved in grass roots efforts, and that's what makes mewant toI support them.

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Donor

Rating: 4

I am impressed with the clear focus & technical expertise of this organization.Their ability to energize a large vanguard of volunteers for a particular cause project is truly inspiring.

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Michelle G.

Donor

Rating: 5

Trees Water People is much like it's name, concerned with the most essential values, our natural resources and people. I am consistently impressed and inspired by their work to protect and preserve natural resources and empower communities to thrive while doing the same. From solar heating to stove furnaces to tree planting, their approach to global problems has been innovative and effective. Their cost efficiency for running the organization and it's programs is outstanding and a true testament to their commitment to helping as many people as possible with the finances they have available. I only wish they had more visibility to gain greater support and have further reach in their work.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

During my time as a volunteer with TWP I was able to learn firsthand about the dedication that the board members and employees have to their mission and their commitment to serve their constituents in responsible and effective ways. I really appreciate that their programs are community-led and positively impact the whole well-being of the people.

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Greg J.

Donor

Rating: 5

When the earth quake hit Haiti contacted them about channeling a donation to the people of Haiti. I contributed there. I have since followed their work and the quality of their products and am very impressed. They seem sincere and follow through with contacts, etc.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have followed the work of TWP for close to 15 years, and have been continuously impressed by the quality of their work, their integrity and transparency as an organization and small group of people, their efficiency, and their vision--and vision and efficiency don't always go together! They are practical and intelligent implementers as well, and respect both the cultural and natural environment of the different communities in Central America where they operate primarily. I think their work is now being "copied" or replicated in several other countries on other continents with similar problems of poverty and environmental degradation, and I also believe that everywhere they work, the empowerment of women is an important priority and a critical piece of the overall solution to raise the standard of living of households and families as well as larger communities.

Bravo, TWP!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I began following and reading about what the group was involved with. As time progressed, more than once I read in the news or online that the founder had won another prestigious award for his humanitarian contributions and I grew fascinated with the organization’s mission. When I discovered they were making stoves to reduce deforestation it hit a chord for I had lived a number of years in a third world country where the production of charcoal for cooking had, even back then, contributed significantly to erosion. I was so pleased to see a group really making a difference for the poor of the world. These stoves are fantastic and they make the everyday chore of preparing the family meal easier.

Then the earthquake of Haiti transpired. I felt compelled to help and Trees, Water & People came to mind. I did an online search, found they were accepting donations and I just knew I was giving to a group that would make sure my donation made a difference.

I can’t always do a lot but I try to make sure when I do that I give to groups who I have confidence in and Trees, Water & People is one of the most trustworthy groups I have the pleasure to support.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I don't donate to many organizations, but if I do I make sure that my contribution will be put to good use. I have spent time getting to know TWP, and I know that the organization is totally committed to making a difference in peoples' lives and to making this world a more habitable and sane place. I endorse and support their efforts 100%.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Trees Water People is an amazing organization. I have had the pleasure of meeting many other staff members over the years and can't say enough good things about who they are and what they do. The services that they provide in the developing world are essential and hard to find in the international aid community, Especially their work with improved cook stoves.

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Betsy

Donor

Rating: 5

I was so excited to find Trees, Water, and People! This organization gets right to the basics and helps groups and individuals all over North and Central America preserve their environments while improving their lives. Planting trees, building solar heaters, learning about clean air and water. Supporting this organization lets me expand on what any individual can do in these important areas. In 1975 I saw what deforestation was doing in the mountain areas of Kashmir and determined to do my part to improve that situation somewhere. Trees, Water, and People provided me with the perfect vehicle!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

For many years, I supported Trees for the Future because I believed in replanting trees once they had been harvested. Then I learned about Trees, Water and People, which had the same goal, but had include two additional aspects - Water and People. I took one of their volunteer vacations to get a first hand knowledge of the operation. I came back more impressed that my contributions were going to the right organization. We helped build stoves that contribute to the people's health, and we planted trees and reviewed the efforts of TWP to bring expertise into the application of trees to the environment and how they educated people the water was dependent on the trees.

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