GLOBAL FOUNDATION FOR HUMANITY

Rating: 5 stars   4 reviews

Issues: International, Philanthropy

Location: 35 Cunningham Dr Monroe NY 10950 USA

Mission: Providing health care and education to the poorest villages in Western Rajasthan. The people we meet would otherwise not receive health care and most of the young girls would have never been able to attend school.
Programs: Veerni is our main project. We service 14 villages.

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

The Global Foundation for Humanity is an exemplary small international NGO. It has been sponsoring the Veerni Project in a group of poor rural villages in Western Rajasthan, near Jodhpur, for approximately 20 years. I am a Professor of Economics at Vassar College who has visited the project several times and helped design several surveys: one which evaluated the effects of the mobile health units, health education classes, and literacy and numeracy classes for girls provided by the project. I also organized an evaluation of a program producing locally nutrition supplements for infants and young children. The Veerni project has accomplished a great deal with very little money and has worked hard to empower women and girls in this conservative part of India. Now, I continue to support the project in its newest work, providing secondary education for girls from these villages. I have recently published an article, based on data from these villages, on the shameful practice of child marriage, still far too prevalent in this part of the world. But our educated girls are organizing against this practice. Dr. Shirley Johnson-Lans

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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1 previous review
Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

I have worked for about 10 years developing empirical studies of the work of the Veerni Project in rural Rajasthan, funded by GFH. The GFH funded projects to improve education and health of adolescent girls and women and nutrition of very young children in poor rural villages in the Jodhpur region of Western Rajasthan have been highly successful in changing the lives of women and girls, some of whom are now finishing high school and even attending university. This is a small NGO that accomplishes a great deal with a small budget. It deserves your support.

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

empowerment of women in their villages through improving educational opportunities and health of women and girls and involving them in village projects and government. I visited the villages in 2000 and 2006 and am in frequent contact with the staff.

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

Help it raise more money so that it could do even more.

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

Seeing at first hand (in the field) the effectiveness of its projects

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

well-trained and devoted.

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

make an even greater improvement in the educational opportunities and health of women in Rural Rajasthan.

Ways to make it better...

I had more time to spend in India.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

raising funds to expand its excellent programs.

One thing I'd also say is that...

this NGO does a huge amount of good with a very small budget.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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Role: Former volunteer
Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

Starting out as a volunteer with the Veerni Project teaching English and arts, I was keen to stay involved with this inspiring project. Focusing on girls' education and women's health issues, the project educates and empowers rural Rajasthani girls and women. The Veerni Academy now houses over 100 girls, allowing them uninterrupted secondary schooling. Several students have moved on to college. I am grateful I am still participating in The Veerni Project in a very small way.

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

meeting village girls who had already spent some time at the Veerni Academy. They appeared happy, healthy and eager to learn. They spoke freely, contrary to new students who were still very shy and afraid to speak. Veerni clearly helps to change lives.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

It has been 17 years since I began working on the Veerni Project through the Global Foundation for Humanity. Empowerment of girls and women is our priority and we began by opening literacy centers some years ago in some of the poorest villages in Rajasthan. Five years ago, we opened a boarding school with 37 girls enrolled and now we have 100 girls enrolled at the Veerni Institute. Many of these girls would not have been able to receive a secondary education and we are determined to help as many girls as we can. For more information, please visit our website, www.veerni.org.

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

As board member and founder, I visit the organization at least twice a year. Each time I visit, I see the changes we are making. The girls and women we see are getting healthier, stronger and empowered. They are able to think about a future.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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