The Vetiver Network International is an amazing nonprofit organization that has helped me to understand the importance of my environment and the environment surrounding me. TVNI is also touching the untouched and reaching the unreached through its network. It is now spreading its wings here in PNG where it was little known of. The PNG LNG project is a major user of the Vetiver Grass for its environmental protection. In the oil palm plantations where it was first introduced is having an impact in its soil erosion management practices and also at its waste management landfills. Thumbs up to the Vetiver Network International for making me environmentally conscious and making me GREENER than ever.
Papua New Guinea
International Vetiver Network has greatly impacted on Vietnamese community in a wide range, from natural disaster reduction (flood, landslide, road batter failure, river bank, irrigation canal and coastal erosion, water retaining structure instability etc.), environmental protection (reduction of land and water contamination, treatment of solid and liquid waste, soil improvement etc.), and many other uses. Not only supporting the Government with technical sharing in infrastructure protection, do Experts/Volunteers of Vetiver Network render micro-assistance to local population and tailor assistance to local needs. Such generous supports has kicked a significant climb out of poverty for a large segment of the community and shorten the distance to a secure and happier life. We own them a debt of gratitude!
I have been a member of TVNI since 1996 when its founder Richard Grimshaw visited Madagascar where I was working. Since that time, I have volunteered to work on promoting vetiver technology around the world. A an international development professional I have lived in 9 countries on long-term assignments and visited many others on short-term assignments. Development activities aimed at relieving poverty, increasing the quality of life for those in underdeveloped countries is hugely important but very hard to sustain. Finding strategies and actions that stand on their own once the development funding ends is truly frustrating in that they are few and far between. It is this point that has vexed the efforts of so many donors, agencies and organizations in transferring technology and information that transforms developing countries into modern ones capable of increasing the health and wealth status of citizens in underdeveloped areas of the world. Vetiver technology has stood the test of time having been in Indian culture for many thousands of years. In the 20th century it has been expanded through research and development to cover many of the issues that must be addressed if societies are to advance. Linking improved productivity on the land to sustainable management of natural resources to improved social development is at the heart of how vetiver technology touches many people. The TVNI as an international NGO harnesses the efforts of volunteers in over 100 countries around the world to demonstrate its merits and implement projects to insure its use. I am a part of that effort and it has changed my life. The most important aspect is that as a technology it is easy to understand, easy to do and lasts a very long time. TVNI has remained a totally volunteer organization over time has is able to operate without any dependence on financial contributions. It is this aspect that is amazing when you consider the plethora of organizations whose overheads financially speaking limit their ability to survive if funding is removed. I am able to communicate with almost anyone anywhere using social media these days and as such can provide advice to a wide range of people. The TVNI website houses all the technical information and serves as a repository of documents, images, videos and links specialists to those who need assistance. Richard Grimshaw maintains the website and does this as a volunteer. At the end of the day, it is gratifying to know that you can help out in a significant way simply by showing a path to those whose quality of life is less than yours. TVNI is a great Non Profit organization.
I live and breathe vetiver everyday where I live and work in Ghana. It is an ideal environment for vetiver and its use solves a myriad of problems. I currently have projects ranging from protecting a beach resort from coastal erosion, to protecting small village dams to insure that they have water during the dry season, to introducing it to a large gold mining company about to open a 4000 acre mine in S. Ghana that needs to buffer itself from surrounding towns and the watershed as it produces highly toxic byproducts as it mines gold, to introducing vetiver production for renewable fiber production used to weave baskets in N. Ghana, to trimming my plantings in my own garden where they set off a whole host of tropical shrubs and flowers. I learned vetiver technology from the founders of the Vetiver Network International and since the mid 90s it has transformed my life and my ability to provide solutions where none existed before. It is humbling to have this knowledge and see all the misery that poverty and underdevelopment causes where I live and work. Anyone can use vetiver, understand it, touch it, feel it and watch it work all by itself. Due to its multitude of uses to numerous to list here, it can fit into any landscape, into any economy, into any situation where the land is negatively affected either by erosion, pollution, or neglect. In Ghana, hundreds of millions of dollars are being thrown at problems with poor results and little or nothing to show at the end of the day. Vetiver use and its positive impact is the exception to the rule. It can be used incorrectly and thus fail, but it is difficult to mess it up as the rules are so simple. Use the right material, plant it correctly, get it started over a short period of a few months and then let it does its thing over the next 6-10 decades. When you can stop all soil erosion, when you can prevent roads and buildings from falling apart, when you can clean polluted water, when you can transform degraded land into productive sites, when you can give hope where that commodity is always in short supply, then you have a winner. Vetiver technology does not ask much of the user but gives back to the user so much that you have to see it to believe it. I have personally promoted vetiver throughout the world and concentrated on work on the African continent is some very difficult places such as DR Congo. Whether it is in DR Congo or in Morocco or Ghana or Kenya or Burkina Faso or Senegal or S. Africa, it still does the same thing bringing green solutions to problems that have outwitted humans for centuries. It is such a good feeling to be a part of sustainable solutions for so many who desperately need be healthier and wealthier. Improving the land is always a starting point and there is no limit to what you can accomplish.
This network helps the world by preventing the lost of top soil from eroding into the river. Without vetiver grass, there is no better way to preserve this precious top soil which takes thousands of years to restore.
TVNI was established by a group of volunteered people who want the world to be better by using this unique vetiver grass. Because of TVNI, we have learned that vetiver not only prevent soil loss for farmers but could absorb toxic chemicals in soil and water that are harmful to lives. The grass also help reduce the effect of climate change by absorbing tons of carbon dioxide. Those are just a few benefit we get from vetiver. His Majesty the King of Thailand has realized the benefits through TVNI therefore gave initiatives on using vetiver all over Thailand. With TVNI easily reached on the web, we can access lots of information about how to use vetiver to serve our purpose. From my point of view, the world should admire this volunteer group who work together to save the world.
TVNI is very informative website. Previously I was Interested in vetiver due to its amazing features and wide range of application in many fields of environmental problems around the world. Its a miracle plant. As i started doing my research using vetiver i was more and more fascinated and wanted to developing my career further in more research and studies about vetiver. The plant is multifunctional and suits over a wide range of environmental condition and also beneficial in every aspects of its features and service it provides to human kind and nature. TVNI and Vetiver Network groups have really contributed alot to spread its application and conducting new and more interesting researches and sharing the ideas through out the world.
By heart i wish TVNI and Vetiver Network to be the best non profit groups
I am involved in the World Association of Soil and Water Conservation and we utilize this grass to help conserve soil and water and many other things.
Am a Kenyan who got introduced to the TVNI in 2007 by Elise Pinners ( Thanks Elise). I got the interest and started to research on how my country can benefit from the information the network freely provides about Vetiver system. It has been very beneficial because out of that knowledge, i have been able to work on projects that have paid me. I am now a trainer in the vetiver applications and this has brought me income. The network had donated to me the first 2000 slips to start my own nursery in Kitale, Kenya which will soon generate more income for me and my family. Because of Vetiver, i have a roof on my head for me and and my girls! With the nursery i will be able to take my girls to college! Am still being trained in the most complex applications like Roads, railways etc. I will get there with time. I have done nurseries in Lodwar, Bududa Uganda, i have trained farmers in Naivasha and Narok. I have done gully plugging in Kerio Valley. I am looking forward to doing more work until every farmer hears about the wonders of Vetiver Grass!
The Vetiver Network International has been extremely supportive of my efforts to control erosion, as it has for countless folks, worldwide. Check out: http://www.vetiver.org/ Jack
I had the first oppurtunity to attend the international workshop on vetiver at Ernakulam, India in 2007 and learnt the work done by various associates of this group in different countries in protecting the environment from degradation due to floods, rain,discharge of hazards chemicals on land and rivers.The group has used the miracle plant VETIVER WITH COST EFFECTIVE ENVIRONMENT FRIENDLY TECHNOLOGY (Which is very rare) to solve problems of soil erosion and degradation.I would appreciate the work done in Thailand as specific example.I wish the organisation to grow in leaps and bounds all over world in solving the problems of climate change.
Dear Madam / Sir:
Concerning you “Green Awards” in GREAT Nonprofits, I like to inform you about our volunteer work with Vetiver System in Bolivia and Peru. In both Andean countries environmental problems, enforced my climatically changes, like land-slides, soil erosion, high sedimentation in dams and destruction of rural infrastructures, like dams, roads, etc.. are great problems. In Peru we was starting a National Vetiver network years ago with as present 20 members for the extension of the Vetiver technologies in soil and water conservation, etc.. More information about our activities you find in our web-site www.vetiverperu.org -.
Bolivia is one of the few countries in Latin America, where the Vetiver conservation technologies are still on a starting point. To promote the Vetiver technologies here we were starting in 2012 a new still small Bolivian Vetiver network – www.vetiverbolvia.org -.
Both national networks are active members of the Latin American Vetiver network – http://vetiverlatina.blogspot.com/ - and the International Vetiver Network – www.vetiver.org -.
Associated director of the Latin American Vetiver network as a volunteer, based in Peru and working at present in Bolivia in the field of integrated watershed – management.
I have worked as a volunteer for the vetiver network since the begining of its foundation and I am myself surprised of all the achievements it has acomplished. With many partners and organizations as well as individuals from such different positions "the message" of using vetiver has reached the users from first hand and has been always updated and well supported with documents, technical meetings and uncountable testimonies from users. All this information available on a free base in the TVNI web page. Vetiver system is nowadays a well recognized technology for erosion control, environmental protection and community development. A win-win solution for many environmental problems.
As a geologist i know Vetiver System for a long time now. But five years ago when i decided to start work and study the plant i asked some advices to The Vetiver Network International and i was promptly supported. TVNI, that has Dick Grimshaw as true leader, is a kind of organization that is only interested in spreading the Vetiver System word for the benefit of others, specially for low income communities affected by natural issues caused by human being interaction.
I am Ferdinand from Western Kenya and greatful for the Vertiver Network International.Some five years ago I was searching for information on where to source for this grass and got it from their site in Voi.I am now bulking vertiver in our 3/4 of demo garden and practicing sustainable organic farming.We are teaching farmers about vertiver and have found it to be wonderful in soil stabilization and perfect thatching grass.Our demo kitchen has been thathed using this grass.I source more training materials from this network for small holder farmers in our region.We hope to source for more resources from this network in order to reach many more farmers and improve living standards.Thanks Vertiver International for being there.