Blacksmith is a very great nonprofit with a clear, well focused and necessary mission of helping and bringing attention to children and people in developing countries fight pollution to improve their healths. Coming from a developing country myself in South America (Lima, Peru), I have seen first hand the struggles of many of these poverty stricken people who are left to fend for themselves with no avail in many cases to fight pollution. In many instances, they have no alternative because the source of pollution is their only source of income. I have not seen or heard of any other nonprofit that does this kind of work, that links environmental consequences to health. I think that many people still do not consider how important the link between environmental pollution and human health is and this nonprofit does exactly that, show the links and try to bring a solution to both parties. I have volunteered at this nonprofit and I'm glad to see that their staff is very dedicated, knowledgeable and believe firmly in this cause which is something I have seen lacking in other nonprofits and companies alike. They do strive to make a difference and do not get discouraged when things get tough.
The Blacksmith Institute is a great organization. It does marvelous work in tremendously challenged environmentally endangered densely populated areas in the emerging world. Leveraging the expertise of thought leaders in their field who are on their board of advisors, buy in from federal/local governments, on the ground blacksmith personnel and the leverage of monies raised in conjunction with additional funds from countries and household name ngo's. Their record of success is inspiring.
This highly effective group helps to address the sadly overlooked problem of life threatening pollution in the developing world. This is a problem on the same scale as other, far better known concerns - malaria, AIDS, and others - but receives only a fraction of the resources. It is also a problem that disproportionately effects those least in a position to help themselves - children and the poor in particular. Leveraging donor dollars with expert volunteers, development bank and national funds, and use of local labor, this group delivers an impressive return on contributions in terms of bettering lives. Further, Blacksmith solutions not only clean up existing sites, but also seek longer term solutions to the economic conditions with drove the actions causing the pollution in the first place. This is an organization I'm proud to be associated with.
Blacksmith Institute is highly effective in saving and improving the lives of impovrished people, especially children, at very low cost. Given the cost/benifit ratio, it is amazing and very unfortunate that more organizations are not involved in this type of work. Blacksmith has great success stories in numerous developing countries and are a leader in bringing the attention of governments and NGOs to this critical need.
In the developing world the legacy of contaminated and abandoned industrial sites poses serious health risks to local populations, especially children, and also threats to the environment and water sources. Once a contaminated site is abandoned nobody seems to own the property or deal with the problem and in the majority of cases neither the local authorities or national governments have the resources or the expertise to remediate the sites and dispose of the contaminated soil or waste materials in a safe and responsible manner. And yet these are the very issues that the Blacksmith Institute tackles on a global basis, sometimes working alone, but often with other international agencies and experts. Furthermore, the Blacksmith Institute also ensures that local communities are either fully involved in any "Clean Up" operation or are aware of the remediation work and how to avoid any further contamination once the project is complete.............. Brian Wilson, ILMC Program Manager
Blacksmith does extraordinary work, in a field that is severely under served. They serve the poorest, most disenfranchised people, those in industrial area poisoned without their consent. They really get it done. Kudos Blacksmith.
The Blacksmith Institute is doing important, cutting edge work identifying and promoting the cleanup of dangerous environmental hazards that endanger human health. Sharing information, building networks, promoting individual projects all over the world, Blacksmith and it's head, Richard Fuller, are, step-by-step, working to make the world cleaner and safer. It is incredibly be exciting to be part (even in a small way) of an organization that I am certain will continue to grow into one of the world's leading environmental NGOs.
As a founding Board Member of the Blacksmith Institute I have watched the organization grow over a decade. On two levels Blacksmith is an impressive organization. First, Blacksmith is the only organization I know that is gathering information on polluted places around the world, and setting priorities for their mitigation. Using a filter that looks at the human health impacts of the toxic wastes found at a site, Blacksmith has developed an objective filter for both identifying and cleaning up the global equivalent of SuperFund sites. But Blacksmith doesn't stop there -- they actually go out and catalyze the clean up of these sites, working on the ground with local partners, governments, and industry to do the right thing. Small, efficient, and driven, Blacksmith created this niche and is rapidly growing to fill it.
This is a global organization addressing the needs of children's health and environmental pollution. It is extraordinarily cost effective. And the capital committed is leveraged with NGOs into significant clean up efforts that are prioritized by the underlying research. It is a high quality significant integrity capable organization.
Blacksmith is a highly effective organization in finding solutions to many areas of health threatening pollution around the world using their access to leading expertise in analysis and subsequent cleaning of highly toxic environmental situations that, simply put, save lives, particularly of children whose bodies are more susceptible to its dangers. Often the world's quest to support itself economically yields dangerous by products of toxic waste which causes severe health crises that only Blacksmith seem to be able and willing to tackle.