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Alliance for International Reforestation, Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animals, Bird Sanctuaries, Environment, Food, Land Resources Conservation, Water, Water Resources, Wetlands Conservation & Management

Mission: AIR was established in 1992 with the mission of implementing environmental education programs and Sustainable Farming methods with low-income rural families in Central America, in order to reduce hunger and malnutrition, while preventing erosion and deadly mudslides.

Results: Over 3,000 farm families have received training; 860 custom-built, efficient stoves have been constructed to prevent lung disease and conserve precious wood; and over 5 million trees have been planted by hand! In addition, over two dozen AIRES tree nurseries have become micro-businesses enabling farmers to add to family incomes while planting even more trees.

Target demographics: the rural families, and the Earth

Direct beneficiaries per year: Groups in 46 communities & rural schools!

Geographic areas served: Central Guatemala

Programs:

  • Tree Nurseries - After twenty years, AIR has approximately 300 nurseries in over 130 villages and schools in Guatemala. The population served by these nurseries are the resident families who participate in the agro-forestry training by AIR technicians and who manage the tree nurseries and own the tree seedlings produced. AIR provides all seeds; materials and training. AIR also provides school curriculum, scholarships, and programs in rural schools. Finally, AIR constructs fuel-efficient stoves to protect lung health and cut the use of firewood in half, conserving precious trees!

Community Stories

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I spent a month volunteering with AIR after college and it changed my life. Nine years later, I took five of my own college students to spend a week with AIR, and--thoroughly exhausted from planting 600 trees on mountainsides, building 3 stoves, and playing a ferocious game of soccer with children at an AIR school--they didn't want to leave.When I asked one of my students why, they said: "The work we're doing, the place we're in, the people we're with... it's just incredible." And it is. Families invited us into their homes, and trusted us because AIR technicians had built deep relationships with them in their indigenous languages. They proudly showed us their nurseries and told of the tens of thousands of trees they had planted. Most moving to me, they talked about what this work--AIR and local villagers, side by side--is going to mean to the world they pass on to their grandchildren: a more productive, safer, and much more verdant and beautiful world.Time and money given to AIR are well spent. I've been twice now, give regularly, and can't wait to go back!

Donor

Rating: 5

I am retired and spend most of my time working with nonprofits. I have never worked with an organization where people get more bang for their buck. Super people doing really super things.
















Donor

Rating: 5

I recently joined AIR on one of their trips to Guatemala to plant trees, build stoves, and work with some of the local school children planting a vegetable garden. It was clear from day-one that Anne has a deep love and understanding of the local area and culture, and is working to promote sustainable preservation of the area. This organization truly supports the communities they work in, providing educational support to ensure the people understand the benefits of reforestation, and will continue using the land in a sustainable manner after the AIR support staff have left. I was thoroughly impressed by the respect they are shown throughout the community, and the good works they do both locally and internationally. I am continually impressed by the AIR family, and am thrilled to be able to work with them again in the future.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I love the work that A.I.R. is doing. Years ago I visited Guatemala and have visited again since. I love the Guatemalan people, and it is wonderful to have a non profit group there that is truly helping the people,
A.I.R. trains local folk to plant and tend more trees on the hillsides, thus avoiding mud slide disasters seen in other countries where preserving trees isn't widely understood when a hungry family needs fuel to cook their food. It's a catch -22 situation.The far more efficient stoves that they build for the villagers are so important in keeping the steep hills from being deforested, and the people with cooked food!

I am presently putting my 4th Guatemalan girl through high school, a small outlay with giant results. Raise the women of a country along with the men and you have a balanced society. How could anyone not want to contribute to such an effort! Mrs. Jan M Geisler, School Teacher, Florida, USA

Donor

Rating: 5

Very impressed with the percentage of monies going to Guatemala and not for administration fees. Dr. Anne Hallum and her tireless efforts have been an inspiration to me and all those who know her. I strongly urge anyone that is looking for a non-profit that provides the most "bang for the buck," look no further!

Review from Guidestar