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! In June 2011, US volunteers joined residents AIR’s permanent staff and planted almost 4,000 trees and built seven fuel-efficient stoves—in just one month.
AIR hosted 38 volunteers from Atlanta and Florida, as well as a forestry class from the University of Montana between May 25th - July 6th, 2013. We built 6 stoves, planted over 3,000 trees, and had 4 school programs over the six weeks. Go to the DONATE page today, complete the information and be a part of this tremendous effort. Thank you in advance for your support!
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 a spot on the 2012 Top-Rated List! Less than 1% of eligible nonprofits won a place on the 2012 Top-Rated List. Thanks to everyone who wrote accolades~
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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Everything we do is funded by generous donors like you.
Alliance for International Reforestation (AIR)4514 Chamblee Dunwoody Rd. - Unit #496Atlanta, GA 30338770-543-9529