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Community Conservation of Monarch Forest in Mexico

by Monarch Butterfly Fund
Community Conservation of Monarch Forest in Mexico
Community Conservation of Monarch Forest in Mexico
Community Conservation of Monarch Forest in Mexico
Community Conservation of Monarch Forest in Mexico
Community Conservation of Monarch Forest in Mexico
Community Conservation of Monarch Forest in Mexico
Community Conservation of Monarch Forest in Mexico
Community Conservation of Monarch Forest in Mexico
Community Conservation of Monarch Forest in Mexico
Community Conservation of Monarch Forest in Mexico
Community Conservation of Monarch Forest in Mexico
Community Conservation of Monarch Forest in Mexico
Community Conservation of Monarch Forest in Mexico
Community Conservation of Monarch Forest in Mexico
Community Conservation of Monarch Forest in Mexico
Community Conservation of Monarch Forest in Mexico
Community Conservation of Monarch Forest in Mexico
Community Conservation of Monarch Forest in Mexico
Community Conservation of Monarch Forest in Mexico
Community Conservation of Monarch Forest in Mexico
Community Conservation of Monarch Forest in Mexico
Community Conservation of Monarch Forest in Mexico
Community Conservation of Monarch Forest in Mexico
Community Conservation of Monarch Forest in Mexico
Community Conservation of Monarch Forest in Mexico
Community Conservation of Monarch Forest in Mexico
Community Conservation of Monarch Forest in Mexico
Community Conservation of Monarch Forest in Mexico
Community Conservation of Monarch Forest in Mexico
Community Conservation of Monarch Forest in Mexico
Community Conservation of Monarch Forest in Mexico
Community Conservation of Monarch Forest in Mexico
Community Conservation of Monarch Forest in Mexico
Community Conservation of Monarch Forest in Mexico
Community Conservation of Monarch Forest in Mexico
Community Conservation of Monarch Forest in Mexico
Wilmor & Gerardo building a "capuchino" cistern
Wilmor & Gerardo building a "capuchino" cistern

The past three months have been full of work for our local partner Alternare, carrying out workshops among the communities who will be participating in the 2013 summer reforestation season.  We are eager to plant trees and improve the monarchs’ overwintering sites so they can keep coming back!

During March, April, and June Alternare held nine workshops focused on the construction of cisterns and fuel-efficient stoves.  We are currently building a new type of cistern, called the “capuchino” which has the capacity to store 20,000 liters of water and have a longer life span than the previous ones. A total of 220 women and 110 men participated in seven cistern-building workshops, and built 12 cisterns in schools and three in the communities. The two workshops on fuel-efficient stoves resulted in the construction of four community stoves and 13 for individual families. Eighteen women and four men participated in these workshops.

Our reports usually coincide with GlobalGiving’s Bonus Days and this month is no exception. On Wednesday, June 12th GlobalGiving will match donations at 40% starting at 9:00 am EDT (this time in your city).

This month we are also following Gerardo Segundo Sanchez, a campesino instructor, on Facebook as he goes along his daily activities conducting conservation workshops in the communities.

For more details about our projects please visit our website where you can also sign up to receive our biannual electronic newsletter.

Thank you for your continued support. Together we are making a difference in the lives of the communities and preserving the extraordinary beauty of the amazing monarch migration.

Reports are sent to donors every three months but if you do not wish to receive them click on the unsubscribe link in this email or login to your GlobalGiving account and change your email preferences.

Family with their new fuel-efficient stove
Family with their new fuel-efficient stove

MBF Begins 2013 as a GlobalGiving Leader

Thanks to your generous support we have raised our rank in GlobalGiving and become leaders.

After wrapping up 2012 with a series of successful conservation workshops, we initiated 2013 holding a forest tree production workshop, followed by 5 more on fruit tree production. We also held 3 workshops to build a total of 10 fuel-efficient stoves.  Fuel-efficient stoves decrease the use of wood for cooking by 50% and reduce toxic fumes, benefiting both the forest due to reduced logging as well as improving the health of local families.

A total of 69 women and 35 men participated in the 9 workshops described above and more than 190 people from 27 local communities held assessment and planning meetings to determine their plans for 2013. We are looking forward to a spring full of flowers blooming and a flurry of activities by the communities who will be busy implementing their projects for this year.

The first GlobalGiving Bonus Day of the year is also coming up this Wednesday, March 13th .GlobalGiving will match donations at 30% up to $1,000 per donor per project starting at 9:00 am EDT (this time in your city)!

For more details about our projects please visit our website where you can also sign up to receive our biannual electronic newsletter.

Thank you for your continued support. Together we are making a difference in the lives of the communities and preserving the extraordinary beauty of the amazing monarch migration.

Reports are sent to donors every three months but if you do not wish to receive them click on the unsubscribe link in this email or login to your GlobalGiving account and change your email preferences.

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.

Reports are sent to donors every three months but if you do not wish to receive them click on the unsubscribe link in this email or login to your GlobalGiving account and change your email preferences.

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

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

Reports are sent to donors every three months but if you do not wish to receive them click on the unsubscribe link in this email or login to your GlobalGiving account and change your email preferences.

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

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.

Reports will be sent to donors every three months but if you do not wish to receive them click on the unsubscribe link in this email or login to your GlobalGiving account and change your email preferences.

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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Monarch Butterfly Fund

Location: Madison, WI - USA
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Twitter: @mbfmonarchs
Project Leader:
Monica Missrie
Madison, WI United States
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