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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Community & Neighborhood Development, Economic Development, Environment, Forest Conservation

Mission: Trees for Life promotes self-help as people take charge of their own lives,unleashing extraordinary power that impacts lives. Our activities meet these needs: education, health and environment.

Results: 50 libraries established in Nicaragua; trees planted in Haiti; 80,000 children's picture books donated by Kansas families to Liberia; pre-school operating with leadership of community women in Nicaragua; nutritional information about the moringa tree provided to several thousand in two dozen countries;

Target demographics: Families and communities in developing countries who wish to improve their lives but have very limited resources.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Thousands, due to areas where books are now available; varies yearly.

Geographic areas served: International, currently Guatemala, Nicaragua, India, Haiti

Programs: Trees for Life - providing critical information about the moringa tree; funding some planting of moringa tree. Books for Life - providing books and libraries for villages and communities. Other: Teaching construction of and funding materials for fuel-efficient stoves.

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Board Member

Rating: 5

I have served on the board of trustees at Trees for Life the past fifteen years. The organization meets three times yearly. We are given detailed updates on what is taking place and asked for our opinions on new ways the organization is working.


Board Member

Rating: 5

I met Balbir in 1984 and we''ve been friends since. He was just in the process of giving birth to Trees For Life and I felt then and still feel it is a kind of paradigm for what helping institutions will become in the future, simple, family-like groups dedicated to empowering people who are often overlooked or exploited by more powerful institutions. The focus is on helping people achieve what they want to achieve by listening to them and joining with them so that what is gained is prized by the receiver since the receiver has worked hard to achieve the goal or project and hasn't just been the recipient of money or goods and services supplied by a donor without any effort on the part of the recipient to share in the work and responsibility.


Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been affiliated with this organization since 1984 when it first began, initially as a volunteer and later as a staff member, and then also as a board member. Trees for Life is a unique group that serves both people who come here to work and to volunteer as well as those we serve in countries around the world. My experience has been very positive. We empower others as well as ourselves and bring that to our office through minimal salaries, recycling and careful use of gifts.