ONE AMERICA Program
One evening several years ago, ONE AMERICA Program creator Bob Martin was
talking with a Mayan friend named Umberto in the
participants live and work together on volunteer environmental, health, cultural
and historical work-service projects. They
gain leadership skills, learn the importance of tolerance, responsibility,
teamwork, gratitude, and cultural acceptance and understanding.
They also learn that Americans don't only live in the
archaeological discoveries in Yaxunah are expected to turn this quiet 4000 year
old, mostly agrarian village into
a tourist destination. ONE AMERICA
participants work with
Martin & “
* The inspiration for creating the ONE AMERICA Program came from long-time Tree-Land Foundation friend and supporter Maurice Gunter. From its beginning, Maurice was involved in the Foundation's work and knew of its founders' interest and love for the people and history of Mexico's Yucatan. In late 1997, he wondered aloud, "Why couldn't you take young people from the States to do the same thing down there that you do here?" Less than 3 months later, meetings were held in Mexico with a variety of environmental organizations to identify projects, and the ONE AMERICA Program was begun. This Program is a memorial to Maurice. In his all too-short time, he touched many peoples' lives and gave more joy and friendship to more people than he ever realized.
Martin with Yaxunah friend Gabriela
Our Philosophy - R. Martin
"If you want to touch the past... touch a stone.
If you want to touch the present... touch a tree.
If you want to touch the future... touch a child."
WITH GREAT APPRECIATION: This website was designed and created for Tree-Land Foundation by the delightful Beatriz Wallace, an intelligent, very talented and lovely woman who's a student at Amherst College, Amherst, Mass. Thank you, Bea!
Last modified: August 05, 2005