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Protecting villagers from deadly mudslides

February 22, 2011
"When we started, it was all about fighting poverty, We wanted to help families farm better and feed their children better. But we started to notice that in the areas where (pine) trees were planted, the mudslides were no longer occurring. So that brought a new focus for us. Food, shade, fertilizer and mudslide protection -- the trees can do it all."
- Anne Hallum

Anne Hallum is helping rural Guatemalans protect their villages from deadly mudslides. Since 1992, her nonprofit, Alliance for International Reforestation, has worked with more than 2,000 families to plant nearly 4 million trees throughout the country.

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