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Join Us In Planting The Future...

With your support, we take another small step towards conserving our forests, reversing climate change, empowering indigenous Guatemalan communities, and inspiring people from across the globe to take action. Your contribution enables us to continue upkeep of reforestation sites while pursuing new projects in Cantel and beyond. 

Click Here to Support Chico Mendes 

We work with the Alliance for Global Justice (AFGJ) to process and receive donations from supporters across the globe. All donations made to Chico Mendes through the AFGJ are tax deductible in the United States.  

Your donations advance our mission:

  • Empower the next generation of indigenous Guatemalans to stand up for their rights and take pride in their heritage

  • Attract the Quetzal (Guatemala’s national bird) to designate our lands as preserves protected from mining explorations

  • Maintain healthy mountain springs, which provide water to the people of Cantel, and cultivate local biodiversity

  • Produce oxygen to reverse global climate change and to ensure that our children have clean air to breathe


We very much appreciate donations of all sizes. A gift that is meaningful to you is also meaningful to Chico Mendes. 

What Can Your Dollar Do?

$3 takes care of one new tree for one year

Planting a healthy tree with a high chance of survival takes a lot more than just a seed, soil, water, and sunlight. Donations aid us in pruning, weeding, and watering saplings in el vivero (the tree nursery), planting on the steep mountains of Cantel, clearing brush that ignites forest fires, and fertilizing new trees with natural compost.

$8 buys 1000 bags to plant aguacatillo and pinabete seedlings in the vivero

$20 pays one field worker a fair wage for one day of work

$40 buys a new wheelbarrow to transport trees, compost, and soil

$70 provides snacks for 30 local Pachaj student volunteers

When we break for snacks after a morning of hard work, some students have nothing to eat. Your donation ensures that no local student goes hungry while volunteering with Chico Mendes.

$80-500 supports one day of work at a reforestation site

Planting and continual maintenance of reforestation sites requires transporting people, trees, and tools to the site, as well as hiring local workers to aid Pachaj students and international volunteers with manual labor. Daily expenses vary, depending on the site's seasonal reforestation phase.

$850 buys one motoguadaña, a machine that helps us clear brush 

Motoguadañas allow us to more efficiently clear brush at reforestation sites, which prevents brush fires and provides saplings with the space they need to grow.

$4350 builds a new greenhouse to protect saplings from damaging frost

Without proper protection, young aguacatillo and aliso trees die during the cool season (Dec-Mar). Each November, we construct roofs from scrap wood and corn stalks to protect the saplings. Unfortunately, our impermanent roof structures require constant repairs and prevent trees from receiving enough sunlight. Two new greenhouses will allow us to grow more trees in el vivero. Download greenhouse design and cost estimate.


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