Quotes and Testimonials

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“EcoLogic puts its heart into what it does. The staff work closely with local populations, they respect them, and they listen to the people. And I come from Latin America, where I know women’s voices are often ignored. I’ve seen how EcoLogic works to empower local people, not just the men but the women, too. Twice I went on EcoLogic-sponsored trips to Guatemala and saw groups of women from the community participating in the projects and having control over the specifics. We all have to value and protect these beautiful places—they are so important for us to live well. Getting everyone involved makes a big difference, and that’s what EcoLogic does.”

— Norma Ferriz, Friend and Regular Donor to Ecologic Since 2005

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“EcoLogic is not just about the ecological dimensions and land considerations, but also encompasses the social dimension—how people relate to one another, make decisions that are inclusive, and take action. You can’t have healthy ecological communities without healthy social communities. All of that requires learning. Agroforestry is learning. Finding new and sustainable ways to do things is learning. EcoLogic actively creates a learning culture about the land, and flora and fauna.”

— EcoLogician Frances Moore Lappé, Author and Founder of the Small Planet Institute

“EcoLogic provides hands-on support. In my experience, I have seen other organizations come in and ask, ‘How is the project going? What are the challenges? How can we help?’ But they won’t help us do things. We were a new organization and didn’t know a lot of the nitty-gritty aspects of development work, and EcoLogic helped us figure out how to do many things. For example, I didn’t know how to contract with consultants, how to determine costs or how you reflect them in budgets for a funder. I didn’t know what information was needed. We had to conduct assessments of soil, geology, and hydrology. We needed to do a socio-economic assessment and to look at traditional knowledge and document it. EcoLogic helped us figure out what we needed to do and showed us how to do it.”

— Gregory Ch’oc, Executive Director, Sarstoon-Temash Institute for Indigenous Management (SATIIM)

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Juana conducting a stove assessment.

“I think EcoLogic is smart in the way it asks people to make commitments to get a stove. Each family not only has to help the others in the community build stoves, but they also have to agree to plant at least 50 trees nearby, as a way to help the forest for the wood the family is using. And many also help by volunteering in the greenhouses and tree nursery. They ask for two work days from every stove recipient. These are ways people see the value of the stoves immediately, and also see the connections between the stoves and making the forest healthier.”

— Juana María García, Community Collaborator at EcoLogic’s Forest of the Water Spirit Project Site

Sebelia_Stove_Crop_Testimonial_0“In 2010, I received an EcoLogic fuel efficient stove. For its construction, I contributed two bags of sand, 20 bricks, two bags of clay, and my time assisting the mason who built my stove. I also agreed to plant and tend an agroforestry plot. The trees I plant there will help provide the firewood for cooking and will mean even less wood taken from the forest. Before, when I cooked on the ground on an open-pit fire, I used four bundles of wood a week. Now, with my new stove, I use a little over a bundle a week, and there is no need for thick logs. I am very happy with my stove and it is really helping me. I wish that all families had an EcoLogic stove like me, so we would all be helping to conserve the forest and live healthier lives.”

— Serbelia Grave Caal, Community Member from EcoLogic’s Youth Restoring the Nature of Sarstun Project Site