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

Rating: 5 stars  

It's been a joy and an honor to serve as a volunteer with this wonderful organization.

Role:  Volunteer
 

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

Rating: 5 stars  

They say "a picture is worth a thousand words", and these pictures are proof. They are all trees planted by AIR, and they are 4, 8, and 12 years old. It demonstrates how barren mountainsides, prone to mudslides during the rainy season, can be restored to lush, beautiful forests. AIR technicos work with Mayan farmers for 5 years teaching the principles behind reforestation, and enlisting them as partners in improving life for themselves and their community. Some farmers have started their own tree nurseries which becomes a small business for them as they sell seedlings to their neighbors. Another aspect of AIR is stove building. The cook stoves are wood burning as is the Mayan tradition. The AIR designed stove uses far less wood than their traditional way of cooking, and they are vented to prevent inhalation of smoke, thus improving health. The lady of the house is consulted about the height and location of the stove, and later it will be a gathering place for the family.
AIR has a curriculum in many schools that teaches agro forestry and sustainable farming. They offer scholarships to students to ensure that the principles can be carried on into the future.
I have been privileged to volunteer on three AIR mission trips, and will continue to support this wonderful organization.

Role:  Volunteer
 

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

Rating: 5 stars  

I have volunteered with AIR twice, and can tell you it is a very rewarding and uplifting experience. Working with the Mayan farmers to improve their lives by planting trees and building stoves was a joy. The teaching aspect of AIR is unique in that it allows these Mayan farmers to have an active part in their own futures in a way that can be sustained over time. The trees prevent devastating mudslides, provide wind barriers to prevent erosion of topsoil, fertilize the ground, and provide seedlings that can be used as a source of income when sold to other community farmers. The stoves are built with a flue to carry away the smoke. That smoke causes major respiratory issues over time when cooking by the old method, over an open fire. The woman of the household is consulted as to the size and height of the stove, then the two day building process begins. It is such a blessing to know that generations will be gathering around the stove and benefiting from it.

Role:  Volunteer