I wanted to thank all of you who contributed to this project. I have removed it from the Global Giving project page as a funded project.
The budget for this project was $9,592 and with your help we raised $1008. Last September we were able to buy a new/used desktop iMac computer (see photo) and a UPS battery pack. This has been a HUGE help in my work, thank you so much.
In January two of our supporters won the Ford Focus Global Test Drive contest with their video submissions. Each contestant won an all expense paid trip for two to Spain for the Ford Global Test Drive, they got to keep the new Ford Focus for six weeks, and $10,000 to donate to their favorite charity, LRFF. They were also encouraged to create some type of event to promote the new Focus and the organization they support.
My friend and colleague, Pedro Bestler, is organizing an event in Berlin for Earth Day called Let’s Get Planting Global Event, ( www.letsgetplanting.com ). It will be taking place on the 21st and 22nd of April with yours truly being interviewed, Pedro and I then helping people to rediscover their connection to the Earth through dance, rhythm, and celebration, a treasure hunt and the Earth Dance or Dance of the Universe.
During my stay in Berlin I will be purchasing a brand new 13” laptop, a new keyboard and iPhone with the remainder of the donations for this project at Global Giving and the Ford Focus prize money. Thank you again for supporting this project.
ONWARD AND UPWARD!
LET’S GET PLANTING!
When I worked for a large school district I was continually struck by the fact that the day-to-day operations of each of the schools was made possible by their clerical staff. It was the folks sitting at their computers who kept things functioning at a level that allowed teachers to create a functional learning environment within their classrooms. It’s no different at LRFF. We recognize that the exciting part of the work we do is starting nurseries, planting trees, and documenting their amazing growth, but none of that can happen without the many hours put in at the computer by Roberta and whatever volunteers she can find to help her. She started this whole enterprise using a 2004 mac laptop - which, amazingly enough, is still in use! She reports, however, that the screen is on its last legs. Your donations made possible the purchase of a new (used) iMac which was installed a few months ago in the back bedroom-turned-office. It has been an enormous boon. But meetings with the municipality, the Biological Corridor committee, and the Maleku Tribal Council, as well as presentations to school groups and potential donors all require her use of a portable laptop. As stated earlier, the one in use is rapidly failing. Your donation to this project will allow the continued functioning of this essential clerical element of LRFF.
Those of you who have donated to this project will know that I was able to buy a used, desktop iMac this past September. I cannot express how much the larger screen has helped my eyes not to mention productivity.
A few months ago I was interested in just how many hours I have logged on as founder and president of the La Reserva Forest Foundation. In the 5½ years since its inception I have worked almost 18,000, without pay, and much of this time is spent in front of the computer. To think that in 2004 I swore I’d never use a computer and now it is the most important tool I have for this work.
In November, for my birthday, my dear friends Carla Gomez and Nancy Holzheimer gave me a birthday party at a local restaurant. The BIG surprise came when I returned home! While we were having lunch they had the old double bed that smashed me up against the desk removed and replaced it with a nice, futon that folds out into a ¾ size bed. Look at the two accompanying photos and you will see how much more room I have in the office to receive clients and guests, plus roll all around as I work in my office chair. Please come into my office so that we CAN GET PLANTING!
I’m still using the old 2004 Mac PowerBook that sometimes has black band across the screen. Can you help me to finish upgrading my office? In July I will have a new intern coming from the UK to work as my administrative assistant for six months. I’d like to offer her a better laptop to use with my old desk, so that she can sit in here with me rather than out at the dining room table.
Planting trees is actually a very small part of the work we do, maybe 10% at most. The majority of our work is done through networking with all of you, our fabulous supporters, to receive donations and continue onward and upward. To be efficient we need new equipment sometimes.
At La Reserva 2010 has been a busy year. Over 12,000 trees have been planted and a whole host of new projects are in the works - the most exciting being the work we’re doing to help the native Maleku regain some of their ancestral lands so they can be reforested. Hundreds of hours of work have gone into this project, you can read more about it on Roberta’s blog. The Maleku Strategy and The Maleku Strategy II We’ve established a relationship with our first corporate sponsor who are creating a campaign that will allow us to plant 35,00 trees in 2011. We’re confidant this will be the first of many relationships in which companies who want to reduce their carbon footprint will chose to work with us to plant more trees The hundreds of hours that have gone into these projects are primarily done in our small office - we’ve pushed the bed in our second bedroom to the wall to create space in this 8‘x10‘ room for a desk and small file cabinet. It’s where our newly purchased second-hand iMac computer sits, and we’re so very grateful for the donations that made that purchase possible. We would love to be able to update some of our other equipment as well. Each change we make in having better equipment makes our work more efficient - and working more efficiently ultimately means getting more trees planted. So this year we’d love it if you would make a gift donation to this project so that we can continue to do the work that will bring healing to our Mother Earth.
To date this project has received $833 in donations. Our webmaster, David Forester, has a three year old 20” iMac desktop he needs to sell. Since my old laptop is on it’s last leg we offered to buy the new/used desktop for $800. David accepted the offer and brought the beautiful computer over last week, September 28th. The new computer has a webcam so that in the future my colleagues will be able to actually see me rather than the old photo of me holding Chichas, the Two-toed Sloth we rehabilitated and released last year here at La Reserva. This project is progressing thanks to all of you. Check out the photo of me sitting back in my office chair, a real slouch, at the new computer. Also a photo of David Forester, Daniel and me the day he brought the computer. We took it with a new software in this computer called Photo Booth. It really is like the old time booths we used to go into with our friends and do stupid stuff. On October 12th Global Giving is once again offering their bonus incentive. There is $100,000 in matching funds, but the percentage matched is based on a graduated scale. The more a you give, the higher the matching percentage and they're matching up to $2,500 per donor! This is a great opportunity to stretch your donation dollars even farther and help us finish our office upgrade. We still need a laptop and office furniture. Please give now and help this dream become a reality.
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