Ecuador Mi Pais

Rating: 4.6 stars   10 reviews

Issues: International, Philanthropy

Location: 6502 Westhaven Ln. Springfield VA 22150 USA

Mission: Through cultural and fundraising activities Ecuador Mi País supports and develops projects aimed to promote access to equitable education in Ecuador.

2011 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have personally seen the impact EMP is having on the education and consequently on the futures of scholarship recipients, which will help the whole country move forward.

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

no

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

give it more publicity

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Rating: 5 stars  

Ecuador Mi Pais has a very special place in my heart. I believe education in a catalyst for empowerment, progress and dignity, and for this reason I support a cause that provides education to low-income children in Ecuador. I have met extraordinary friends through this organization, and I love how committed we are to keep helping so many children that need help. The work we do feel our lives with joy and pride, and we welcome all help, ideas, suggestions and contributions. Thank you!

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

the friends I have and the dream that we share together. We dream of an NGO that will make a strong impact in the education sector in Ecuador, and we will keep working hard to make it happen.

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

just keep working hard and never give up:)

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Rating: 4 stars  

It was a great pleasure to find an organization of young professionals like myself who wanted to do something for their own country, Ecuador. The solution to all of our socioeconomic problems is certainly to have a population with higher education potential. Education is the key to build up a better country. Our culture is barely known outside our country, but we have plenty of natural resources and a rich cultural background, considering the size of our small country. Therefore, we need to be able to share it with the rest of the world. We have an increasing number of families living outside of Ecuador, so we need to build up our networking channels that would allow us to serve our country. Our major goal would be to help out our youth to achieve education, while increasing the cultural awareness of our small country.

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

...I have only attended a few events organized by Ecuador Mi Pais, but I can tell that they need a little bit more help from outside resources. Perhaps, a few companies and/or institutions (eg. universities, hospitals, etc.) could support their noble cause and will push ahead some of their current programs and ambitious goals.

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

Increase on the number of social activities to make our organization gain from extra resources brought along by an increasing number of members.

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Rating: 4 stars  

This is an organization that was born from passionate individuals. People with love for their country and real concern for the issues that affect it. The fact that it is volunteer-based says it all, everyone, from the president to the occasional volunteer give their time and efforts with only one expectation: giving the chance to succeed to children in Ecuador. In order to reach the next level, they need to get some funding. They have done amazing things with very little, I think that with a little financial help, they will continue making a difference in their country and the World!!

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

seeing how kids in Ecuador who wouldn't normally have the chance to graduate from HIgh School succeeded and reading their thankful letters and loving words towards the organization.

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

try to make some of the leadership positions paid and bring a consultant with expertise in expanding non-profit organizations to aid in the growth of this great organization.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Ecuador Mi País was formed six years ago by a group of Ecuadorian and U.S. volunteers in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area.

Since then, it has grown into an organization with almost 4,000 members on its Facebook Causes page (http://www.causes.com/ecuadormipais), an established non-profit organization with an IRS 501.c.3 status for tax deductions on donations, tens of thousands of dollars in donations, and hundreds of low-income children that have received assistance for their education in Ecuador (in many cases, allowing them to remain in school).

Ecuador Mi Pais has won a "Giving Challenge" organized by the Case Foundation, Facebook Causes and PARADE Publications, and has received other recognitions.

As a volunteer advisor of an all-volunteer organization, I am proud to say that Ecuador Mi País has made a great difference in the lives of hundreds of childen.

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

Meeting the children and young people that have been able to remain in school, and in some cases go one to study in college, has been a joyful and wonderful experience. In some cases, these children were at risk of dropping out and losing hope, and Ecuador Mi Pais has made a huge difference in their lives.

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

Provide greater opportunities for the personal involvement of more volunteers.

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Rating: 5 stars  

THis organization brings together a once unconnected population together to develop something extraordinary. In a community filled with many nationalities and temporary residents it is difficult to feel a sense of community or count on the network. In addition to developing a sense of community this organization helps people come together over this connection to help others. I am a college student from Ecuador who was going through a difficult time adjusting to a new city without a familiar network or support base. The organization hosted a Colada Morada day at a local restaurant, through this event I participated in a cultural tradition and met other ecuadorians who provided helpful advice and stayed in touch. In this event they had a cooking demonstration and collected funds to help schools in ecuador. THey not only help improve the community by connecting people with a common national background, they also unite them in helping others. I think that Washington DC is better because there is an organization that represents and unites ecuadorians in all their interests. I would love to see them succeed and increase their impact.

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

More in first statement. The Colada Morada event .

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

I would increase outreach events and include a variety of these events available for different stages of life. For example, a happy hour, a picnic, or fanesca. I would love to have some sort of reunion or annual event and collaboration with the embassy.

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Rating: 4 stars  

Ecuador Mi Pais has encourage so many Ecuadorian professionals to support and promote better education and better future to hundreds of poor children in Ecuador. We continue to believe that education is the key factor to take a person, a family, a city and a whole country out of poverty and ignorance. We will continue supporting this effort.

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

I've traveled to Ecuador and talked to children who benefit from our scholarships. They are making big progress thanks to our contributions.

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

promote more membership and more events

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Rating: 4 stars  

EMP is a great opportunity to give and also receive back. You give a gigantic chance in life to kids and get back such a great feeling that a smile is drawn on your face forever.

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

when talking to the recipients of scholarships and their families, I met a few of them and they were so grateful for the effort done because otherwise these children could be on the streets, not in school as they should be.

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

expand the scholarship programs

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

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

open more opportunities for volunteers and promote them well

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

Found lots of friends, taught me new skills as I never worked on anything like what I did for EMP

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Great

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

Ecuador Mi Pais has provided me the opportunity to work closely with Ecuador and to strengthen my ties to the country despite the distance. Also, the group volunteers are very energetic and inspiring, all of them have a great love for what they do and it shows. We have built a team that has become a family. Furthermore, the goal of the organization to promote education is Ecuador is very engaging. It has given me the opportunity to work for something that I believe has an impact.

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

Meeting the scholarship holders and seeing the direct impact EMP's work has on their lives

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

Work towards increasing the number of members actively working in EMP activities

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Rating: 5 stars  

This organization changed my life! Volunteering for EMP opened my eyes in the sense that I was a 9 to 5 employee in a regular company, but when I volunteered for EMP I understood that my work had an impact in the world. Specially, working for an organization that educates children that cannot go school due to lack of resources.

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

career advancement

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

Redesign the website

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