About AIR - Alliance for International Reforestation, Inc.
The Alliance for International Reforestation, Inc. or AIR, is a non-profit organization working to make a difference for the people of Guatemala and Nicaragua. AIR plants trees, establishes tree nurseries, provides environmental education for teachers and farmers, digs wells, builds fuel-efficient brick ovens, and helps to educate everyone about the environmental challenges facing Central America. Since 1993, AIR has trained over 2,000 farmers, constructed over 750 fuel-efficient stoves, provided 18 high school scholarships to rural teenagers, established hundreds of tree nurseries and planted over 4 million trees!
We’re not the only ones who believe that AIR-Guatemala is an especially effective organization for helping the rural poor and the Earth. An advisory panel, including the Rockefeller Foundation and UN staff members, selected The Alliance for International Reforestation (AIR) as one of only SIX organizations in the world to be recognized for a non-monetary (sigh…) prize called, “Momentum for Change: Women for Results.”
The Rockefeller Foundation paid for all expenses for three women leaders from AIR-Guatemala to attend four days of the UN Conference on Climate Change in Warsaw, Poland in November. Cecilia Ramirez, AIR’s Executive Director; Dona Elena Siquinajay, leader of AIR’s mostsuccessful project; and Founding President, Anne Hallum flew to Warsaw at the end of November for four exciting days. It was Dona Elena’s first trip outside of Guatemala and many other “firsts” which she handled with grace. She went on the stage to receive the prize.
AIR is Winner of the National Arbor Day Foundation, J. Sterling Morton Award for 2011! Take a moment and view the video about AIR, its founder, Dr. Anne Hallum, and its good work.
AIR is one of only three Planting Partners with Eco-Libris. Find out more!
By~ Don Eladio Iquique, Mayan AIR technician
When asked, “why do you choose to work for AIR?” Don Eladio Iquique, AIR’s first technician, wrote this essay, translated below, to explain:
“The relation between the natural resources and what it is to be human: When we are in a forest where we see trees and listen to the songs of the birds, the sound of the rivers, when we feel the fresh air, enjoy the beauty of nature, then we ought to think that God is there, because it is His creation and He desires that we are able to be happy. But also, we have the responsibility to have a very tight relation with Her, so He wants to say that we ought to care for Her because our children and our grandchildren and all the generations that come after also have a right to enjoy these natural resources that God has created.
To love God then is to love nature. . . . When you work for nature, you are working for the people—directly. There is no separation between helping nature and helping people. Do you understand? God manifests himself in nature. He shows himself to us in nature and also, He shows himself to us in every face.”
~ Don Eladio Iquique
Our supporters have spoken, and AIR has earned another top spot on this prestigious Top-Rated Nonprofit List! Less than 1% of eligible nonprofits won a place on the 2013 Top-Rated List. Thank you for your support!
AIR’s professional technicians work simultaneously in several communities, visiting with them weekly over a five-year period. After five years, the group members proudly receive a “graduation certificate” for their success in sustainable farming and reforestation. Unlike other organizations that fail at hasty reforestation efforts, AIR has a model that works for the long term! In June, when we return with volunteers, those little trees will be big enough to transplant to the mountain slopes—we can’t wait!
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Alliance for International Reforestation (AIR)4514 Chamblee Dunwoody Rd. - Unit #496Atlanta, GA 30338770-543-9529