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Review for Alliance for International Reforestation, Inc., Atlanta, GA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I had the pleasure of working with AIR in June, 2011. Simply put, the work done by this relatively small group of dedicated individuals is just amazing. AIR reaches out to the community, teaching farmers the benefits of agroforestry, forming co-ops to grow tree nurseries, building fuel efficient stoves, and digging post hole after post hole to plant thousands upon thousands of tree seedlings. During my time there I dug post holes, planted seedlings, helped to paint an office, and one day helped to install chimnies on two stoves. This involved cutting a flue into the concrete, sealing the two pieces of the chimney together, then to the stove itself, and cutting a hole in the roof (with tin snips) to allow the chimney to pass through. I speak precious little Spanish, but one does not need a translator to understand the smile on the face of a happy and proud stove owner. The staff of AIR is hard working, and dedicated to improving the lives of the people of Guatemala one family, one community at a time, and I am very glad I had the opportunity to meet and work with them on this, their life-long mission.

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Role:  Volunteer