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.
Mar 11, 2015

To go far, go together!

Compressed Earth Block workshop
Compressed Earth Block workshop

If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together. ~ African proverb

Starting a business in rural areas presents a set of challenges that can be discouraging at times. Lack of infrastructure (such as high speed internet), spotty cell phone coverage, and long travel times to banks and clients are all part of the picture that might seem bleak to some. But for those whose livelihoods are tied to land and community, starting a business and building the local economy are not a question of why, but how. Going it alone isn’t really an option, so forming partnerships is key.

The first few months of 2015 have been spent reflecting, discussing, and planning Trees, Water & People’s (TWP) major development activities for the year. Last month we officially opened registration for our green job skills workshops in compressed earth block (CEB) construction and our signature Green Business Development in Indian Country Training at the Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center (RCREC). We have also scheduled solar furnace and CEB workshops with tribes in the Great Plains area. And this year we add a new skills training –“More Than Food: An Indigenous Food Sovereignty Workshop,” - featuring our demonstration garden, The Solar Warrior Farm.

Native people from all over the country are registering to attend these workshops, and scholarships and travel stipends make a big difference in determining who is able to be there. The workshops, especially Green Business Development, are excellent opportunities to connect with others who are starting out, and to talk with seasoned entrepreneurs, who can share their best practices. Each workshop leads to collaborations and stronger projects for the communities.

Through your continued support, more people can have the opportunity to be a part of the circle of success, and go far together. Thank you for a successful 2014 and a strong start in 2015!

Solar PV workshop
Solar PV workshop

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Jan 14, 2015

Thank you for supporting the Sacred Earth Lodge!

Sacred Earth Lodge at night
Sacred Earth Lodge at night

Dear Friends and Supporters,

     Happy New Year! We are happy to report that the Sacred Earth Lodge has been built and our first year has been very successful and sustainable, so we will be closing out this project on GlobalGiving. Your support has helped us create a wonderful center for Trees, Water & People to host guests, training events, and volunteer groups, and for that we are very grateful. In our first year of operation we hosted several workshops on renewable energy, earth based construction, and green business development for Native people. Additionally, we hosted over 250 guests at the Lodge! We couldn't have done it without your support through this GlobalGiving project. 

We hope you will stay up to date with our work at the Sacred Earth Lodge through our websiteblog and Facebook. Thank you again for all of your support!

Yakoke, many thanks!

 Jamie Folsom
 National Director
 Trees, Water & People
Volunteers love the Sacred Earth Lodge!
Volunteers love the Sacred Earth Lodge!
Jan 2, 2015

Thank you for supporting Solar Warrior Farm!

Thank you for your support!
Thank you for your support!

Dear Friends and Supporters,

     Happy New Year! We are happy to report that our funding needs for Solar Warrior Farm have been met by a foundation grant so we will be closing out this project on GlobalGiving. Your support has helped us achieve so much at the Farm, and for that we are very grateful. In 2014 alone we distributed over 500 pounds of food to families living on the Pine Ridge Reservation!

We hope you will stay up to date with our work on the Farm through our website, blog and Facebook. Thank you again for all of your support!

 

With gratitude,

 Jamie Folsom
 National Director
 Trees, Water & People

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