A World Aware, Inc.

Rating: 4.91 stars   11 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Food, Homeless & Housing, International

Location: 992 South 4th Avenue PMB505 Brighton CO 80601 USA

Mission: AWA exists to train the world’s poor to provide for themselves, and others.

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Rating: 5 stars  

A world aware provides volunteers for our children's home in South Africa. They also raise awareness of our needs to individuals who are able to help us. This year they counseled and encouraged some of our volunteers and made their experience even greater than it would have been.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

1 previous review
Rating: 5 stars  

We run a children's home in South Africa. AWA is frequently bringing us volunteers to help with our work. Most come for one day, but some stay as long as three months. It is a great blessing to be the recipient of this organization. They also bring school supplies, balls, clothes and numerous other helpful items. Even invite the children to go on outings, such as picnics and swimming pool outings.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Rating: 5 stars  

We run a children's home in South Africa. A world Aware provides volunteers to help us with different projects. The head of AWA is a good friend. In addition to the volunteers he brings us, he also invites the children to come visit at his home. We have cookouts, playtime and use his pool. The children love to visit Michael.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

1 previous review
Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

A world aware came to our small town in South Africa. They provided a free business class to underprivileged youth and young adults. Our organization also attended, and helped the class to do their work project, which entitled them to attend the second part of the business class. The class learned how to build tower gardens for the poor, and then built one without assistance. They were surprised to see the differences in their projects, when they did not have someone overseeing their work. They learned valuable lessons in dealing with customers, co-workers, and employees, as it pertained with the project they worked on, and could see how those lessons could be put to use in the real world.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Our organization was the recipient of a work project of a business class.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

They are always ready to lend a hand in whatever way they can.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Excited to be here and to help in anyway they could.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Change the world.

Ways to make it better...

We occasionally have communication problems due to the distance between us.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Getting enough volunteers.

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

Rating: 4 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

I worked for AWA last summer in villages and towns in South Africa. The experience was encourageing and the organization for the trip and work on the field was 100% complete and ready when needed. In addition people were taught and helped. Not just given something and then left to fend for themselves. No better then before. In the end, AWA equipts - that is why I will continue to be a supporter and volunteer.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing people helped.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the readiness to equip people.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

well trained for the purpose of their mission.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help ready more people to become self sustaining.

Ways to make it better...

I had stayed longer.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

getting financial resources and the distance from the field of work.

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

A World Aware has allowed a wide variety of opportunities for my family and me such as travelling to South Africa for relief work. This experience was rewarding and life changing. A World Aware not only works to help those in need, but also works to educate the individuals in communities locally and globally about the opportunities to reach out to others effectively. We were trained and then given the opportunity to pass the information along that we received to others in need. A World Aware provided business training that has been relevant to me in my career as well. I respect the integrity of this organization and know that every penny donated is stretched as far as possible. The dedication, sacrifice and heart this organization has for helping others is remarkable.

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

it WOULD.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

Rating: 5 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

All of my experience with AWA has been excellent. I try to donate money each month, and I am able to get online and see where my money is going. Great communications on the website, and through email. Plenty of pictures as well, (which I like seeing). Year end receipts are always prompt, and their whole mindset is really why I donate to them in the first place. They are all about your sphere of influence, and helping people (not just in other countries but here as well) understand that they CAN make a difference to those struggling around them and around the world.

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change the world. The change they have brought to even the smallest communities they work in spreads like wild fire. To have the ability to magnify that scope, and reach out to that many more places would literally change our world view.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

Role: Volunteer
Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

A superior organization dedicated to helping people thrive on their own. A World Aware, Inc. uses a no nonsense approach to bringing people together to help each other too. By being the example of cooperation they instill an ethic for living that gives confidence to those around them and that not only motivates them, but gives hope too. Great job.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

South Africa and USA

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Recruit more volunteers.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

a straight forward approach to making a difference in peoples lives, and then helping them pass this information along to others to continue a chain of help.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

well trained, educated, and caring.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

increase operations to help more, better, faster.

Ways to make it better...

I could have stayed longer on the field.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the continuing need to find serious people who will use the talent they have somewhere.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Keep this organization going. They may be small now, but their growth over the years has been outstanding. They are not as concerned with growth for themselves as they are in just motivating people to do something, anywhere, for someone else.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

I have had different opportunities to work with A World Aware. One such opportunity was to be trained in small business ownership/management. I was equipped with knowledge on how to start my own business and successfully run it, ways on advertising, and organizational skills necessary to be successful. Another opportunity was to do volunteer work over in South Africa. During monthly training sessions with fellow team members, I was able to learn about the culture, customs, and geography of where we would be visiting specifically. I was also able to meet with South African people before ever stepping a foot into the country and interact with them regularly. Through this process I learned the South African etiquette, important terms and phrases, as well. We were well prepared for what to expect and what our roles would be with enough time to become a cohesive team as well. A World Aware was very excellent at estimating the costs for the trip and arranged the travel, where we would stay, and how we would get around. When the airline we had planned on unexpectedly went on strike, AWA handled getting everyone's travel arrangements transferred and everyone arrived timely and safely. During the actual trip we were able to help impoverished children eat, and to equip local teachers with improved methods of teaching. At the end we were debriefed regarding the extreme poverty we encountered. This debriefing allowed us to understand the impact we had made and how lives had been changed for the better. In my experience working with different organizations A World Aware stands apart. Their philosophy is to train the world's poor how to provide for themselves and others. They do not believe in giving handouts; instead they know that everyone has something to bring. Through my experiences working with A World Aware I have seen many people gain confidence when they realized they could not only provide for themselves but also contribute to their community and society. I would recommend A World Aware to anyone who wants to volunteer and help change lives and the world for the better.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

gaining business skills, and seeing people gain confidence as they contribute to society.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

change how much publicity they receive and help them get more.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

seeing lives improved and communities working together as a result of A World Aware's actions.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

cheerful, knowledgable, and excited about what they do.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change the world.

Ways to make it better...

I could have spent more time in South Africa.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

needing more volunteers and people willing to help financially on the causes.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Another reason they stand out from other organizations is that 100% of their donations is used for equipping the poor.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

I have seen the amazing effects that this organization has on the volunteers as well as those they are helping. They truly believe in helping those less fortunate gain the knowledge needed to help themselves. Many family and friends have returned from their mission changed for the better and a more open heart to help those that are less fortunate. Hearing the stories of what great things are being done in South Africa to help is evdence that we can make a difference.

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Continue the great work it has been doing in South Africa as well as begin work in other poverty stricken countries. With endless means they could make an even bigger difference in the lives of others

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

A World Aware Inc. teaches business classes to the truly poor of the world. After just the first of a series of these classes, students have had the knowledge and confidence to step out and start their own business, apply for positions they were not comfortable with prior to the class, and exhibited traits that all employers seek in the job market. The down to the earth presentations give confidence as well as information to the students. The program requires participation in a volunteer effort to practice their newly learned skills, thus propelling them into the job market with great success.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Several locations in South Africa, as well as North America and the UK.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

expand this particular project to other places in the world. Currently plans are in development to extend this to Colorado on a permanent basis.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

No nonsense. Don't give handouts, expect results, and teach recipients to give back.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Well educated, professional, and caring people. Not talking about making a difference, but actually doing something that makes a difference.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Put a footprint with their model on every continent. More funding would provide the ability to better advertise the concept and deliver a model to every corner of the world with the structure to perpetuate the model.

Ways to make it better...

AWA had more funding to expand the project.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Logistical support for the anticipated extent of their operations world wide.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Operations of AWA are tied directly to the community so even after the sessions end, there is always someone to continue support of the students. This guidance is truly a gift as the students know they have a system to build on and will not be abandoned.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

Teaching excellent skills, but also to teach the students to give their knowledge to others freely is tryly the way things should be done. This is what makes AWA a vibrant and successful organization. They cover job skills in the trades from plumbing, carpentry, electrical, etc. but also business ownership, or how to be a really great employee. The support systems after the training is exceptional too. Requiring students to participate in a hands on project that gives back to the community sets a great standard and brings benefit to many. Keep it up AWA!

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