AIR was founded by Political Science Professor Anne M. Hallum in 1992 at Stetson University in DeLand, Florida, shortly after her first trip to Guatemala where she was conducting research on religion and politics. After witnessing the devastating loss of trees and the rural hunger in Guatemala, she felt called to work on those issues. With help from several friends in Florida and Atlanta, she formed a US Board of Directors for fundraising and oversight. Over the years, Anne returned to Central America many times and hired a staff of dedicated experts in Guatemala and Nicaragua, one by one.
After preliminary projects in reforestation, AIR’s small staff in Guatemala (led by Chris Wunderlich, from 1993-1998) discovered the basic model that has been so successful for feeding the rural poor and for reforestation: Five-year training programs in agro-forestry—for farmers and their children—in conjunction with community tree nurseries and fuel-efficient stove-building. Local participants are the key decision-makers in every phase of the programs.
AIR’s Mission is to implement educational programs and agro-forestry methods in Central America in order to protect water sources, prevent mudslides, reduce erosion, and provide more nutritious crops, while protecting the Earth.
All salaried staff for AIR are natives of Central America, trained in agro-forestry and dedicated to improving the lives of the rural poor. AIR works in Guatemala and Nicaragua, but the US Administration is located in Atlanta, GA where Anne is a full-time volunteer for AIR.
AIR projects are currently operating in 30 to 50 rural indigenous communities in the Departments of Chimaltenango and Solola, Guatemala. See the Active Location page for the precise listing of current communities in Guatemala. The number of communities is estimated because each of AIR's field promoters works closely with five or six villages for a few years, and then they will move on to other villages once the community projects become self-sustaining. Thus, we incrementally add new communities to the program. In addition, AIR has just begun projects in rural communities around Matagalpa, Nicaragua. With sufficient funding, AIR would like to expand our successful model for sustainable farming to other countries.
Click here to download the maps of the areas where we are working.
AIR's staff in Guatemala is composed of 8 individuals: the Executive Director, Cecilia Ramirez; six field technicians and a full-time secretary. The field technicians, or "tecnicos", are specialists trained in the area of agroforestry, and AIR employees are Guatemalans who come from the regions in which AIR works. This is important for the success of AIR's programs since the staff have the ability to relate to the groups with which they work and are able to communicate with them in their native language: Cakchiquel, Mam, or Spanish. All North Americans donate their professional time to AIR's success.
Cecilia RamirezExecutive DirectorAIRES; 5th Calle "A" 1-71 Zona 1Quintas Los Aposentos IIChimaltenango, GuatemalaPHONE: (502-78) 392301
AIRES Tecnicos, left to right: Luis Iquique Socoy, Carlos Hic; Don Miguel López; Pedro Miguel López; Mario Chiyal (not pictured: Claudia Silva; and Argentina Suarez Castillo, AIRES tecnica en Nicaragua)
Anne M. Hallum pro bono US Administrator for The Alliance for International Reforestation, Inc. 4514 Chamblee-Dunwoody, Unit #496 Atlanta, GA 30338 PHONE: 386-956-4321email:
Joanna MagnumAttorney at Law, pro bono Legal Counsel to The Alliance for International Reforestation, Inc.Alston & Bird LLPPHONE: 404-881-7000Website: alston.com
Ann Rigsby CPA, pro bono Accountant for The Alliance for International Reforestation, Inc. Dreggors, Rigsby and Teal, CPA 1006 North Woodland Blvd. DeLand, Florida 32720 PHONE: 386-734-9441
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Approximately 97% of AIR’s annual budget is used to implement the projects themselves in Guatemala, as AIR is committed to keeping administrative and fundraising costs at a minimum.
AIR is able to keep costs low by using dedicated and talented volunteers whenever possible—for fundraising, legal questions, design and construction of the Training Center in Chimaltenango, and for construction of many of the fuel-efficient stoves.
Over the years, AIR has received funding from the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs; The Shared Earth Foundation; Fund for the Next Generation; American Forests; and the British Embassy. In addition, members of Presbyterian Women PCUSA; the Central Florida Presbytery; and six Presbyterian churches (PCUSA) have given invaluable friendship, labor, and financial support to AIR programs.
Finally, AIR receives tax-deductible donations from private donors in the United States who understand the importance of teaching and implementing Sustainable Agriculture worldwide. In developing countries, the best way for the forests to survive is to incorporate farming with trees, using the agro-forestry methods that AIR technicians teach and implement in the farmers’ own fields.
If you are interested in helping AIR by making a tax-deductible donation, please go to the Donate page or simply click the Donate Today button below. Thank you!
Tax-deductible donations may also be made by check, payable to "AIR, Inc." and mailed to the address below; an acknowledgement will be sent to you.
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Below is a list of mountain villages in the Departments of Chimaltenango and Sololá, Guatemala where AIR is currently working.
Communities & Schools Working with AIR, Inc.
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!
Everything we do is funded by generous donors like you.
Alliance for International Reforestation (AIR)4514 Chamblee Dunwoody Rd. - Unit #496Atlanta, GA 30338
AIR's mission is to implement educational programs and agro-forestry methods in Central America in order to
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 3.7 million trees!