ECHO, Inc.

Rating: 5 stars   5 reviews

Issues: Food, International

Location: 17391 Durrance Rd N Fort Myers FL 33917 USA

Mission: ECHO began in the early 1970’s when an Indiana businessman, Richard Dugger, visited Haiti and was led to start an organization dedicated to helping hungry people learn how to feed themselves. Dr. Martin Price became the Executive Director in 1981 and ECHO, Educational Concerns for Hunger Organization, began to focus on strengthening the ministries of missionaries, national churches and development workers as they assist small farmers or urban gardeners in developing countries. ECHO is a growing network for sharing information, ideas, techniques, seeds, methods, designs, books, materials, and solutions for fighting world hunger.
Geographic areas served: Worldwide

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have volunteered at ECHO during the past three years. ECHO is different than many non-profit organizations who help with World Hunger, because it "teaches people to fish, instead of just giving them a fish". West African Farmers have experienced large increases in their harvest of corn, millet, vegetables, and fruit after attending ECHO's training. There have been two training events in Burkina, and a WEST African Impact Center is opening soon. It is exciting to see people harvesting an adequate amount to feed their families, while also having extra to sell, meeting other needs like medicine, education and clothing. ECHO is worth supporting as it is truly making a difference around the world!

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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1 person found this review helpful

Several years ago, a staff member from ECHO came to our church and gave a presentation about how this charity helps to end hunger around the world by teaching people how to grow their own food, and providing the seeds and other resources to do that. I was so impressed that they were providing help long-term, by empowering communities to feed themselves, rather than by a short-term donation of food. I wish they had a northern office location so that I could volunteer for them.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

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I have the unique opportunity to interact with many non-profits and community organizations in Southwest Florida, and ECHO stands out as an example of excellence in what they do. ECHO has had far-reaching effect here in Florida, but from what I've experienced this is just the proverbial tip of the iceberg. This organization's programs, while often understated, are profoundly effective around the world. I have had the privilege of travelling to places where ECHO's expertise, seeds, and information exchange have empowered people to change their own lives, and the lives of their neighbors. ECHO is an organization that is less concerned with their own prominence and more concerned with discovering, creating and exposing real, accessible and sustainable solutions to real problems.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have had the opportunity to interact with ECHO several times over the last 4-5 years, including on site training, the annual conferences and via email. ECHO consistently delivers information and networking that exceed my expectations. The commitment of the staff and volunteers and their kindness and encouragement are outstanding.

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?

2011

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4 people found this review helpful

While an intern at ECHO for one year, through hands-on experience I gained invaluable knowledge and skills that are foundational to my work here in Bolivia serving the poor through sustainable agriculture. While working here in Bolivia, ECHO continues to help my by supplying information and seeds to support my work here.

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

hands-on learn experiences and continual support in my work overseas.

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

passionate and believed that what ECHO is doing is the key to solving global hunger and environmental issues from the ground up.

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

open an office or two overseas to provide local support for non-profit workers and poor farmers.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-12-01

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