Charity of the week
After witnessing massive deforestation in Latin America, Richard Fox and Stuart Conway co-founded Trees, Water & People (treeswaterpeople.org) in 1998 to address the underlying causes of deforestation and improve access to clean energy for poor communities. The charity operates primarily in Central America and works on restoring forests and addressing the underlying shortage of clean energy. In addition to planting hundreds of thousands of trees every year, the organization provides modern cookstoves and solar panels to rural communities. As well as reducing cutting of forests for wood, the energy initiatives fight indoor pollution from wood and kerosene fires. It’s a worldwide problem that has been called “the killer in the kitchen” and causes an astounding 4.3 million deaths of women and children a year.
Each charity we feature has earned a four-star overall rating from Charity Navigator, which rates not-for-profit organizations on the strength of their finances, their governance practices, and the transparency of their operations. Four stars is the group’s highest rating.
December 14, 2018 THE WEEK