Trees Water & People

Trees, Water & People is committed to improving people's lives by helping communities to protect, conserve and manage the natural resources upon which their long-term well-being depends. We believe that natural resources are best protected when local people play an active role in their care and management.

Walter and Alison Yellow Hair

Walter and Alison Yellow Hair
Photo from Progress Report 'Yellow Hair Family to Receive Solar Heater' (view small | med | large | orig)

Solar Woman Warrior in Training

Solar Woman Warrior in Training
Mary Blue Cloud, a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, puts together a small fan that will be used on a solar air heating system. Mary was a trainee at the Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center (RCREC), a green job training facility operated by Trees, Water & People (TWP) and our partner Henry Red Cloud, owner of Lakota Solar Enterprises. TWP has helped train over 150 tribal members in green job skills such as solar heating, weatherization, and wind energy. In addition, over 800 solar air heating systems have been built by Lakota Solar Enterprises at RCREC. These systems reduce monthly utility bills by 20-30 percent. (view small | med | large | orig)

A charcoal-dependent nation

A charcoal-dependent nation
A young Haitian boy unloads bags of charcoal to be sold on the streets of Port-au-Prince. Haiti's charcoal industry, which wreaks havoc on the environment, employs some 200,000 Haitians. It is estimated that 90 percent of the Haitian population is dependent on charcoal to cook every meal. Trees, Water & People's clean cookstove program reduces a family's daily charcoal consumption by up to 40 percent, saving a significant amount of income and reducing deforestation caused by charcoal production. (view small | med | large | orig)

A helping hand in the kitchen

A helping hand in the kitchen
A young Haitian girl cooks a meal over two Zanmi Pye Bwa ("Friend of the Trees") clean cookstoves in the Delmas 60 Tent Camp in Port-au-Prince. The Zanmi Pye Bwa, designed by Trees, Water & People and International Lifeline Fund, reduces a family's daily fuel costs by 40 percent. The cookstove is made locally by talented Haitian tinsmiths using local materials. (view small | med | large | orig)

Two-burners are ready to cook

Two-burners are ready to cook
Photo from Progress Report 'The Two-Burner Zanmi Pye Bwa ("Friend of the Trees") Clean Cookstove' (view small | med | large | orig)
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