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.
Nov 25, 2011

Heaters Going Live for Cheyenne River

Jessa, solar heater recipient, warms to her panel
Jessa, solar heater recipient, warms to her panel

Thanks to the talents of our trainees, 68 households on the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe will enjoy clean, free heat this winter.

For the first time ever, Trees, Water & People hosted a Solar Air Heater Training conducted by two of our former students. Leo White Bear, a Shoshone Bannock from Fort Hall, Idaho, and Landon Means, a Northern Cheyenne Sioux from Montana both travelled to the Cheyenne River Reservation in South Dakota to train five new crew members.

Leo and Landon spent 10 days in Eagle Butte, SD training the new recruits to install solar air heaters owned by their tribe. Subsequently, we received five positive survey results from our trainees, one of whom said that the novice trainers were, “very thorough and helpful and patient and most of all fun to work with.” Way to go Leo and Landon!

The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe is now paying their trainees to install their solar air heater systems.Thanks to our trainees for "paying it forward" so that dozens more families will be warm this winter!

Leo working with trainees and ductwork
Leo working with trainees and ductwork
Sep 21, 2011

Video Update: Zanmi Pye Bwa Clean Cookstove Project

Hundreds of new ZPBs ready for Haitian families
Hundreds of new ZPBs ready for Haitian families

Trees, Water & People (TWP) continues to push forward in Haiti, building inventory of its Zanmi Pye Bwa cookstoves and keeping 10 metalsmiths employed in the process.  By the end of the year we hope to have a total of 2,500 units in circulation with the support of our partner International Lifeline Fund (ILF), including 100 2-burner cookstoves – an innovation that will be market-tested in the coming months.  As we enter 2012, we will continue to seek funding to scale up our manufacturing and improve our product and outreach activities. 

For this project update, we are excited to share our new Haiti Clean Cookstove video with you! Please click the video link below and enjoy the show.

Help us reach thousands more families by donating to the Zanmi Pye Bwa Cookstove project today! A small donation goes a VERY long way.

Removabale charcoal bucket
Removabale charcoal bucket
Building the 2-burner Zanmi Pye Bwa
Building the 2-burner Zanmi Pye Bwa
Big plans being sketched out!
Big plans being sketched out!
Working together to help Haiti
Working together to help Haiti

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Sep 7, 2011

Yellow Hair Family to Receive Solar Heater

Walter and Alison Yellow Hair
Walter and Alison Yellow Hair

Trees, Water & People’s solar air heaters reduce a family’s monthly utility bill by 20-30% for up to 25 years. One family who will now benefit from this renewable energy technology is the Yellow Hair Family of the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. They now have clean, free heat and a new home!

A partnership between Earth Tipi and Texas Natural Builders is providing Walter and Alison Yellow Hair with a new pallet home built from reclaimed materials.  This new, sustainable house will provide much better protection from, and insulation against, the harsh South Dakota winters than their current mobile home, which was originally headed for the dump when they inherited it.  With huge holes in its walls, such a poor structure can be deadly in the extreme weather of the Great Plains. 

We believe that every family is deserving of dignified and comfortable housing that is properly heated, which is why we offered to install a solar heating system on the new home.  The heating system, built and installed by Lakota Solar Enterprises and donated by Trees, Water & People, is an important finishing touch to this eco-friendly home design. Now, the Yellow Hair family will not have to worry about choosing between heat and food or heat and medicine.

Thank you for your continued support of this important project! We encourage you to share this progress report with a friend, so they too can better understand the needs of our Nation's First Peoples and how renewable energy is improving lives throughout Indian Country.

Learn more about Trees, Water & People's Tribal Lands Renewable Energy Program by clicking here.

New Home, Clean Heat
New Home, Clean Heat
Solar Heating System
Solar Heating System

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