Archive for March, 2011


March 11, 2011


First United Methodist Mission Group

David Kimble, Executive Director, Trees for Life with Bonnie Laycock (center) Director of Missions and Outreach, First United Methodist Church, Wichita, Kansas, and committee members Carolyn Vosberg (l) Lisa Guinn, Trudee Little, and Peggy Brant (r).

Bonnie and members of the Missions group were visiting TFL to tell of their experience in building three stoves in a rural village in Guatemala. They used the building plans that were provided by Trees for Life. Following a philosophy of participation and partnership the Mission group from the First United Methodist Church plans on returning to Guatemala to assist in building additional stoves. The selected families will raise their portion of the funds with the mission program providing the remaining funding. To assist the local community the stoves are constructed using local labor and materials.


Open Cooking Stove

  The new stoves are such an improvement over the open fires of the past. No need to worry about the children falling into the fire and the house is no longer filled with smoke. In homes using traditional open cooking fires the incidence of severe respiratory illness, especially among women, the main cooks, is very high and a major health concern. It takes only 3 to 4 sticks of wood to cook a meal instead of 12 to 15. Following are the basic construction steps used in construction of the highly efficient stove.

Steps in Stove Building







March 3, 2011



Keith Donohue, founder of 50give, stopped by Trees for Life to spend his day in Kansas with us. Keith is on a marathon road trip to volunteer in each of the 50 states plus Canada, Mexico, and Washington D.C.. Keith is driven by his passion for volunteering and helping others. He stated; “I hope that the trip will encourage others to give unconditionally and will provide positive press for inspiring organizations striving to make this a better world. Volunteering is the star of this trip, I am just the side-show”.


Keith working on a teaching module

Keith has selected a wide variety of activities for which to volunteer for in each of the 53 sites he will visit before ending up in Vancouver in June. By the end of his quest Keith will have worked on a Spanish language teaching module for Trees for Life, been in a pet therapy program, a recycling program, a horse therapy program for autistic children, a fund-raising program for Ronald McDonald’s, a homeless program, an art program for kids, a humane society, a cancer center, a school for the deaf, a farm rescue program, a prison program, and will end with a bike kitchen in Vancouver. Half way through the journey will be a half-time party at Tommy Joe’s including, a special event with Falling Whistles, an advocacy group that aids the children of war in the Congo.

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