EcoMatcher got Central Americas covered with AIR Guatemala
EcoMatcher is proud to announce a partnership with AIR Guatemala, EcoMatcher’s first venture in the Americas. With AIR, EcoMatcher is now able to offer tree-planting opportunities in all major time zones (Asia, Europe/Africa, and the Americas). For every tree planted through EcoMatcher, you will know its precise location and the farmer who is taking care of it.
The mission of the Alliance for International Reforestation Guatemala (AIR), is to implement educational programs and agroforestry methods in Guatemala in order to protect water sources, prevent mudslides, reduce erosion and provide more nutritious crops while protecting the Earth. AIR also provides brick stoves with chimneys preventing lung diseases.
Founded by Anne Hallum, AIR helps people in Guatemala by establishing a better, more sustainable quality of life through tree-planting. AIR technicians, who are Guatemalan professionals, educate indigenous farmers about proper tree-planting and agroforestry that will provide sustainable farming as well as protection from frequent and dangerous mudslides. The native trees planted by local volunteers and farmers help preserve important forests, which have a tremendous impact on the villages. To date, AIR has planted over 5 million trees and has helped over 3000 families.
“AIR is pleased to team up with EcoMatcher, a great innovative platform initiative to rally companies, customers, and employees around tree-planting”, said Anne Hallum.
Among numerous awards, in 2011 AIR won the CNN Heroes award, a program created by CNN to honor individuals who make extraordinary contributions to humanitarian aid and make a difference in their communities.
The UN Development Programme (UNDP) announced on the 29th of June 2017 the winners of the Equator Prize 2017, recognizing AIR and 14 other local and indigenous communities from Africa, Asia, and Latin America. The winning organizations, which showcase innovative solutions for tackling poverty, environment, and climate challenges, will be honored at a celebratory gala in New York on 17 September 2017.
EcoMatcher offers vetted sustainability causes such as tree planting foundations, CauseTracker and other digital tools enabling companies to use those causes (e.g. trees) in smart ways to engage with their customers and employees and do good at the same time.
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