TIST's operating countries offer free primary school education and many offer free secondary school education. However, these schools can have as many as 100 children in one class with only one teacher. Students are required to purchase and wear uniforms and provide their own transportation and meals.
In order to provide a good education for their children, many parents choose low-cost private schools that charge school fees in addition to the costs of uniforms, meals and transportation.
TIST's Education Fund will offer an education stipend that may be used on educational expenses.
Give the Gift of Trees for $1 Each (Free Custom Tree Planting Certificate)
Trees make great gifts for friends, family and your greater network!
Every $1 tree given through TIST creates additional benefits for the farmers planting and caretaking.
That's two gifts in one!
Erosion prevention, water retention, food and fodder, shade from heavy sun, wind blockage - trees offer all this and more to subsistence farmers often living in deforested areas.
TIST Farmers and their families enjoy the fruits and nuts some species provide. Some take their surplus to market in order to pay for shoes, school supplies, education, etc.
Send TIST Small Group members to seminars on sustainable development, conservation agriculture, tree planting, nursery development and health training plus TIST program development and building their own clean and fuel-efficient wood stoves. TIST participants also share new best practices at the seminars.
$2,500: Sponsor an entire 5-day training seminar for 50 TIST participants.
$5,000: Support a TIST Social Entrepreneur Team for a year! Fund them to start and train 40 or more Small Groups in a new location, including two seminars, stipend, travel expenses, materials and equipment.