African Medical & Research Foundation USA

Rating: 5 stars   2 reviews

Issues: Health, International

Location: 4 West 43rd Street 2nd Floor New York NY 10036 USA

Mission: AMREF was founded in 1957 as the Flying Doctors of East Africa. Since then, we have been creating simple and cost-effective health solutions that transform the lives of families and communities across Africa. Today, the African Medical & Research Foundation is the largest health development organization based in Africa and 97% of our staff is African. AMREF works in close partnership with communities, government ministries of health, UN agencies, other NGOs, and its supporters worldwide to develop locally appropriate models for improving health, contribute to capacity building at all levels, and develop an enabling environment for health improvement.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I'm currently a senior in college, but I chose to take a semester off in order to gain more insight into the inner-workings of nonprofit before committing my job hunt to the sector. I am so glad I found AMREF! I interned there for a few months and it helped me to really understand the healthcare-related issues facing many nations in Africa. What was even more important to me was that you really got a feel from the office and the people who worked there of the strong connection between what they were doing in an office in New York and how it affected people thousands of miles away.

After interning with AMREF, I have confirmed 100% that I want to work with a nonprofit organization that works to increase access to effective and efficient healthcare. Who knows, maybe I'll even work for AMREF one day! :-)

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

While interning with AMREF in New York, I learned a lot about what AMREF does to help people throughout Africa

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

Open an office in San Francisco...

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

I made a lot of great connections, I learned plenty of new skills, and AMREF has confirmed my ambitions to work in nonprofit

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Very, very happy

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

Rating: 5 stars  

AMREF USA is dedicated to helping African communities help themselves through health initiatives and training on the ground level. Most of the staff has been to East Africa and personal photos with AMREF workers and beneficiaries speckle each cubicle. From the beginning, the staff was friendly and helpful and encouraged me to ask questions. The staff is knowledgeable about AMREF's projects, and truely believe in fundraising for those in need.

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

I visited the AMREF headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya before I came to AMREF USA and was able to see the amazing facilities and programs that AMREF runs. For me, AMREF USA stands for the realistic recognition that fundraising and donations are necessary to continue serving the East African community.

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

None

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Okay

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Likely

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

A renewed appreciation for the fundraising side of non-profit international health organizations. I am usually an "on-the-ground person", and I learned a lot from seeing the other side and remembering how necessary and hard it is.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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