TRE (The Ripple Effect, Inc.) works in partnership with the Ixil people of Guatemala to create and implement sustainable local programs for improved nutrition, clean water, and humane living conditions while respecting their history and culture.
Starting as a small single-manned project 2006, The Ripple Effect, Inc. has grown into a full cooperative enterprise with the Ixil people of northern Guatemala. All funds raised go directly to operational projects designed to eliminate famines and malnutrition, disease from lack of clean water and sanitation practices, and humane shelter areas. The three guiding principles of TRE’s efforts are simple:
- Cash positive – Don’t spend it until we raise it
- 100% of money collected goes directly to field work and open projects
- Partnership with Ixil people in all activities for continued sustainability
- Respectful and protective of Ixil culture, beliefs and practices
- The best design for technology with the least intrusion to local habitat and environment
Our approach and our results over the past ten years have developed a deep trust and productive partnership with the Ixil people. Some of our innovations include:
- Vented small cooking/heating stoves which are inexpensive, can be easily maintained or replaced by the Ixil and provide a dry, clean-air environment as well as, a dependable cooking source.
- Gravity fed water conveyance system to bring water from one mountain community to another.
- Diversified family gardens designed and cultivated with heritage seeds and permacultural practices
- Portable latrines and composting systems
- Natural health and sanitation practices and methods
Ixil Eden, our vision for the future; a working farm and educational center which will also be a laboratory for testing and organizing new projects, holding seed banks, growing nurseries for trees, plants and animals for future placement in villages. A learning center for the Ixil people, future interns, donors and others interested in creating sustainable development using permaculture practices in remote areas of the world.
TRE started in 2006 with a dream that our founder Michael Ewens decided to put into action. (Learn more of Michael’s story at www.therippleeffectinc.org).
As our founder, Michael Ewens, believes: "Drop a pebble in the water watch the ripples grow, each one of us has the ability to impact others lives." and TRE is impacting Ixil lives in Guatemala.
TRE thanks the Ixil people for all the lessons we are learning while working with them. Many of the practices we are developing can be useful in all kinds of situations. We believe that world hunger can eradicated with sustainable, non-invasive programs which do not disrupt the community. We feel that the “modern” world has much to learn from these indigenous peoples and blending our knowledge with their practices and cultures is the way we can all learn in peace, for a better tomorrow.
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