Monarch Butterfly Fund (challenge)

Mission: To foster the conservation of North American monarch butterflies and their migration through habitat restoration, research, monitoring, education and support for sustainable community development in and near the monarch overwintering areas in Mexico. Vision: Healthy ecosystems and sustainable communities that preserve North American monarch butterflies and their spectacular migration in perpetuity.
Sep 6, 2013

MBF Supports Summer 2013 Reforestation and More

Summer 2013 Reforestation
Summer 2013 Reforestation

As a result of the workshops carried out by our local partner Alternare during March, April, May, and June, 5 communities helped reforest 35 hectares of land within the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve in July and August, 2013.  

In 5 additional workshops carried out by Alternare in June and July, 32 women and 54 men built a total of 9 cisterns and 38 fuel-efficient stoves.  The funding provided by MBF for these activities was available thanks to 20 generous donors who contributed $2,440 on June 12th’s GlobalGiving Bonus Day, which were matched with $780 from GlobalGiving.  Thank you!

Our fall newsletter is coming on September 13! Visit our website to download the full version and read all about our activities, articles on the low monarch numbers witnessed this summer, the effects of global warming on the monarchs, and much more. You can sign up to receive a reminder in your inbox when a new newsletter is available.

Conserving the monarchs’ overwintering habitat is crucial to the long-term survival of the monarch migratory phenomenon, and conservation of these forests must go hand in hand with support for the communities who are stewards of the land. Thank you for being our conservation allies, and helping us implement strategies to conserve the monarchs’ migration and improve the lives of the communities who share their habitat.

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Cistern built by the Nicolas Romero Community
Cistern built by the Nicolas Romero Community
Jun 10, 2013

MBF Supports Workshops in Preparation for Summer

Wilmor & Gerardo building a "capuchino" cistern
Wilmor & Gerardo building a "capuchino" cistern

The past three months have been full of work for our local partner Alternare, carrying out workshops among the communities who will be participating in the 2013 summer reforestation season.  We are eager to plant trees and improve the monarchs’ overwintering sites so they can keep coming back!

During March, April, and June Alternare held nine workshops focused on the construction of cisterns and fuel-efficient stoves.  We are currently building a new type of cistern, called the “capuchino” which has the capacity to store 20,000 liters of water and have a longer life span than the previous ones. A total of 220 women and 110 men participated in seven cistern-building workshops, and built 12 cisterns in schools and three in the communities. The two workshops on fuel-efficient stoves resulted in the construction of four community stoves and 13 for individual families. Eighteen women and four men participated in these workshops.

Our reports usually coincide with GlobalGiving’s Bonus Days and this month is no exception. On Wednesday, June 12th GlobalGiving will match donations at 40% starting at 9:00 am EDT (this time in your city).

This month we are also following Gerardo Segundo Sanchez, a campesino instructor, on Facebook as he goes along his daily activities conducting conservation workshops in the communities.

For more details about our projects please visit our website where you can also sign up to receive our biannual electronic newsletter.

Thank you for your continued support. Together we are making a difference in the lives of the communities and preserving the extraordinary beauty of the amazing monarch migration.

Reports are sent to donors every three months but if you do not wish to receive them click on the unsubscribe link in this email or login to your GlobalGiving account and change your email preferences.

Mar 12, 2013

MBF Begins 2013 as a Global Giving Leader

Family with their new fuel-efficient stove
Family with their new fuel-efficient stove

MBF Begins 2013 as a GlobalGiving Leader

Thanks to your generous support we have raised our rank in GlobalGiving and become leaders.

After wrapping up 2012 with a series of successful conservation workshops, we initiated 2013 holding a forest tree production workshop, followed by 5 more on fruit tree production. We also held 3 workshops to build a total of 10 fuel-efficient stoves.  Fuel-efficient stoves decrease the use of wood for cooking by 50% and reduce toxic fumes, benefiting both the forest due to reduced logging as well as improving the health of local families.

A total of 69 women and 35 men participated in the 9 workshops described above and more than 190 people from 27 local communities held assessment and planning meetings to determine their plans for 2013. We are looking forward to a spring full of flowers blooming and a flurry of activities by the communities who will be busy implementing their projects for this year.

The first GlobalGiving Bonus Day of the year is also coming up this Wednesday, March 13th .GlobalGiving will match donations at 30% up to $1,000 per donor per project starting at 9:00 am EDT (this time in your city)!

For more details about our projects please visit our website where you can also sign up to receive our biannual electronic newsletter.

Thank you for your continued support. Together we are making a difference in the lives of the communities and preserving the extraordinary beauty of the amazing monarch migration.

Reports are sent to donors every three months but if you do not wish to receive them click on the unsubscribe link in this email or login to your GlobalGiving account and change your email preferences.

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