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Caring Response-Madagascar Foundation

Rating: 5 stars   7 reviews 518

Address:

1193 Balmoral Drive Cincinnati OH 45233 USA

Mission:

Education and services to the poor

Programs:

Literacy initiative- our literacy centers remain at the core of crmf programing. At any given time, our 15 centers have an average enrollment of 640. More than twelve thousand women and men have completed the four-part literacy curriculum that emphasizes not only reading, writing, and mathematics but basic life skills such as budgeting, sanitation, and gardening. Crmf's computer literacy program enables low income people to learn computer technology skills that increase their chances for better jobs. This program always operates at capacity and has a waiting list. This program offers three two-hour sessions per day, five days a week on a rolling five-week cycle. The literacy centers serve as the hub for the seeds project funded in cooperation with the watson foundation. This program, now in its fourth year, provides fruit and vegetable seeds for family gardens. Thus our literacy centers help combat the growing rate of malnutrition in madagascar, a problem that has caused stunted growth in 50% of the country's children.

medical education outreach- this project has expanded as a result of crmf's highly successful program to reduce maternal and neonatal mortality in toamasina. Since 2011, crmf has brought a medical team to toamasina annually to offer medical education in obstetric and newborn care to the physicians and midwives who staff the ankirihiry public health clinic which serves some 60,000 residents. In 2013, crmf expanded this program and also offered continuing medical education to community physicians on important topics such as asthma control and diagnosing and treating chronic lung disorders, both issues that afflict many of the poor in madagascar. In addition, our medical team held medical clinics for the poor treating some 550 urban and rural men, women and children free of charge.

model healthy village pilot program- crmf raised more then 86,000 to fund a multi-year pilot project that will bring clean water, safe sanitation and hygiene education to two remote rural areas in madagascar. The installment of family latrines and water filters, along with appropriate health education begain in 2014 in fontsimavo and ampasimbolo.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I was extremely fortunate to be able to volunteer with CRMF in 2010. I had read and heard about the incredible accomplishments of this organization for years, but finally seeing them firsthand was that much more inspirational and moving. While working in Toamasina, perhaps the most impressive aspect of CRMF's programs was their interconnectedness. Every program empowers the locals who participate, and ask that they all have an investment in the programs they're participating in. The programs are so successful because, ultimately, they empower the people. As part of the initial OB-GYN medical program discussions, I can't wait to see the improvements CRMF brings to the medical practice and facilities of Toamasina. CRMF has an amazing board, one that is committed to its community and has proven it knows how to successfully run programs for the people of Toamasina. It was an honor working with CRMF, and I look forward to a day when I can return to Madagascar with them again.

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?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

My experience with CRMF extends over 6 years, as a donor and a volunteer. CRMF is run by a group of dedicated and talented people who marshal the resources their donors entrust them with to serve the people of Madagascar efficiently and effectively. While I worked with CRMF, I was continuously impressed by the scope and depth of the work that they did, by their entrepreneurial spirit and by their unflagging dedication to serving the disadvantaged in Madagascar despite many challenges. Upon reflection on my time spent working in Madagascar with CRMF, I've realized that it would be easy to justify sending all of our philanthropic giving to CRMF for their use serving the people of Madagascar.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Likely

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?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

If there's any way to sum up my experience with CRMF, it's to say that it has been a privilege to work with the organization. From their leadership to my fellow volunteers, there is not enough I can say about it. I am looking forward to the next trip!

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?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

CARING RESPONSE MADAGASCAR FOUNDATION.[ CRMF] This is not the first foundation for which I have been a board member/volunteer but it sure is one of the best. Less than 5% of CRMF's donor revenue is spent on administration . AMAZING! And CRMF successes are numerous, impressive and most importantly, measurable. Two examples: since its beginning, twelve years ago: 11, 400 women and men have "graduated" from our Literacy project. More recently, CRMF built, from the ground up, a small factory to produce latrines a project intended to reduce the high incidence of dysentery. There is much more. In short;. this one is a winner!.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have worked in developing countries for 10 years. I have personally been involved with Caring Response Madagascar Foundation (CRMF) doing medical work. I have also personally witnessed their work in reading/writing literacy, computer literacy, water/sanitation improvements and micro-lending. MANY people in Madagascar have been helped to survive and improve their opportunities by the efforts of CRMF!!! Jack Gardner PA-C

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Caring Response Madagascar Foundation ("CRMF") has committed itself to advancing a range of literacy, micro-lending, and sanitation goals amongst local communities in Madagascar. Drawing upon local expertise and labor, and utilizing local and international resources, CRMF has helped to advance basic literacy skills amongst hundreds of women, men, and children in the Toamasina region, provided the financial foundation for many independent business people to establish their own local start-up operations, and trained and employed many local laborers who have developed and manufactured sanitary toiletry and (re-usable) water purification systems. Broad in scope, yet limited in resources and geography, CRMF provides (some of) the much needed educational, financial, and infrastructure services needed in Madagascar.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

CRMF is a phenomenal organization that provides services to the poor in and around Toamasina that enable them to live better lives. The free literacy programs have served thousands of people, some of whom have then qualified for additional CRMF sponsored programs such as micro-loans for small businesses, seeds for family gardens and computer programs. As a volunteer coordinator for web updates and social media, I have read many testimonies from program participants about how the literacy classes have changed their lives, creating new opportunities for work and stability for their families. A Grandmother raising several young children wrote that being able to read forms and sign her name had helped to alleviate her burdens and better provide for her grandchildren. A young mother and waitress, taken advantage of since she could not write down orders, was able to find better work and not worry about providing food for her toddlers. Martine used her skills in literacy and her micro-loan to open a small souvenir shop. The stories are many but the message the same, people are grateful for and feel empowered by the CRMF fund literacy classes. Every year in September teachers and graduates celebrate World Literacy Day, and every year as a read the testimonies and post the photos I feel good knowing that I have indirectly helped provide opportunities to so many people. CRMF is a dedicated, financially responsible group, and their vision has provided education, healthcare, job opportunities and disaster relief to thousands and I am proud to be a part of the group!

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?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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