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Review for Seed Tree Inc, Stockton Spgs, ME, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

If biased as a founder and CEO, I've also had the best chance to get a long-term and comprehensive view of SeedTree's impacts, first-hand -- on the people, communities and lands served by this action-oriented organization. Though they do not yet meet all my ambitious hopes, they far exceed any initial expectations. Examples from my field visit to Nepal include a woman in a 1996 nursery group who just sold her flood damaged trees planted then for over $2250, another enjoying mulberries and profits from selling silk cacoon fed on leaves of trees we helped her plant. A third told how her improved stove not only gave her a smoke free home, but halved her need for fuel wood. Stories like these from the thousands served by our projects are my greatest reward.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

through field visits to our programs in Nicaragua, Phillippines, India, Peru and annually to Nepal. Also I train staff to report thoroughly, keeping far more data that demanded by donors. This has proved helpful to allied efforts within Nepal. For example Nepal government study relied so heavily upon SeedTree data they only credited our local implementers so as not to appear relying too heavily upon one source. We maintain a high degree of program accountability.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

support its institutional development, augmenting it minimalist administration, with professional administrative support. While we pride ourselves on being program-rich, field staff are stretched thin, doing double duty as administrators. In our major program, Nepal, they must work around power outages more than half of the time. Theseis has caused us to miss opportunities for expansion, to spread the worthy seed program.

Role:  Professional with expertise in this field & I am a Founder and the Executive Director of SeedTree. Familiar with the land and culture of Nepal, I asked what it would take to bring back endangered forests, and tried to practice it in Nepal, getting local communities to take responsibility to grow th.