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Dec 17, 2012

MBF Wraps up a Rewarding 2012

The end of the year is here and we are happy to report that our capacity-building workshops and conservation activities continued successfully. During the last trimester of 2012 we held 8 conservation workshops that resulted in the construction of 16 fuel-efficient stoves, 18 cisterns, and the establishment of 3 tree nurseries.  A total of 97 women and 62 men participated in our workshops acquiring skills that will benefit their families, schools and communities.

The halfway mark in our GlobalGiving fundraising goal has been surpassed and we are hoping to reach it this coming year.  Reaching our total funding target will raise our GlobalGiving rank as “Partner” to “Leader” making us eligible to be recommended to a corporate partner, thus expanding our visibility and fundraising opportunities. This will help us continue our capacity-building workshops with the communities in the Monarch Butterfly Butterfly Reserve. We hope that you will consider MBF in your end-of-year giving.  

We are looking forward to continuing our projects in 2013.  For more details about our projects please visit our website where you can also sign up to receive our biannual electronic newsletter.

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With our best wishes for this holiday season, we thank you and hope you have a happy new year!!

Sep 17, 2012

MBF's Community Work in Mexico Continues

This past trimester MBF focused on reforestation activities and continued supporting capacity-building workshops. With funds from GlobalGiving and other sources we reforested 16 hectares within the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve with 22,340 seedlings from 6 community and 5 school tree nurseries. We also held 6 workshops on how to build fuel-efficient stoves and 2 on cisterns. This led to the construction of 62 stoves and 4 cisterns. All of this could not have been accomplished without your generosity. THANK YOU!

We are now close to reaching the halfway mark in our GlobalGiving fundraising goal.  Currently, our goal is to reach our total funding target so we can raise our GlobalGiving rank as “Partner” to “Leader” making us eligible to be recommended to a corporate partner, thus expanding our visibility and fundraising opportunities. This will help us continue our capacity-building workshops with the communities for the next three months.

For more detailed information on this and all our projects please visit our website and check out our latest newsletter at:

http://www.monarchconservation.org/content/mbf-newsletter-summer-2012

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We appreciate your involvement and welcome any suggestions you may have to get our message across to more people.

Jun 19, 2012

Global Giving Donations Propel MBF's Community Work in Mexico

Elicia and daughter with finished cistern
Elicia and daughter with finished cistern

It’s been almost three months since we entered the GlobalGiving challenge and thanks to the generous response from all our donors the Monarch Butterfly Fund (MBF) has continued supporting Alternare’s work with the communities in Mexico.  April and May were busy months: we held 28 workshops to teach communities how to build adobe, fuel-efficient stoves, and cisterns, as well as techniques to produce organic fertilizer and forest trees.

Participants enthusiastically embraced all the techniques learned and built a cistern for one community and another one for a school. The most exciting part was that after building 31 fuel-efficient stoves with funding provided by
Alternare, more stoves were needed, and several communities raised funds on their own from the local and federal government to build 60 additional ones! More efficient stoves will decrease the need to use as many trees from the monarch wintering area, and provide more healthy cooking environments for local communities. Click on the link below to see a YouTube video of one of our instructors describing how to build a cistern (in Spanish):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PWKqjbT0eZI

The next trimester we will be busy with the reforestation season.  Communities will use the seedlings from the community and school nurseries to plant trees within the Monarch Butterfly Reserve. We plan to reforest 25-30 hectares with trees produced locally and will continue our conservation workshops. Nurseries will provide trees to restore degraded ecosystems.

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Your donation is making a difference! THANK YOU! We appreciate your involvement and welcome any suggestions you may have to get our message across to more people.

Finishing touches on a fuel-efficient stove
Finishing touches on a fuel-efficient stove

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