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):
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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Finishing touches on a fuel-efficient stove