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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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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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