GLOBAL RESOURCE ALLIANCE INC

Rating: 5 stars   11 reviews

Issues: International, Economic Development, Microfinance

Location: 963 Oso Rd Ojai CA 93023 USA

Mission: The mission of GRA is to bring hope, joy and abundance to the world’s most impoverished regions. By sharing ideas, volunteers and financial resources with local, community based organizations we seek to promote natural, holistic and sustainable solutions to the challenges of poverty, malnutrition and disease.

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Rating: 5 stars  

This year through Global Resource Alliance I was able to fund a greatly needed bore hole in Nyakatende, Tanzania. This could not have been accomplished without the leadership of Tara and Lyn and Global Resource Alliance.

In addition an invitation from GRA through Tara will help poor women of Kitenga, Tanzania, learn aspects of permaculture gardening to help them successfully grow food crops--a first step toward establishing a restaurant to provide food for patients who will be attending the Kitenga clinic when it opens.

Thank you for making meaningful connections for groups I am trying to support. Rose Willmann

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

Thank you for support received for projects that have been implemented in the Mara Region of Tanzania.

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

My hope would be that Global Resource Alliance would become more widely known so that GRA expertise could be more widely disseminated.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

How did you find this group?

Internet search

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

With the expert and timely help of Tara Blasco and Global Resource Alliance staff in Musoma, Tanzania, I was able to organize and sponsor a solar cooking class. Thirty women from the villages of Nyegina and Kitenga, Tanzania, received 3 days of training in the use and construction of solar cookits. Trained participants have further helped two additional groups of women learn solar cooking. These women received free solar cooking materials which I funded. None of this could have been accomplished without the support of GRA. Now we are planning the drilling of a borehole in Nyakatende, Tanzania.

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GRA has provided the exact expertise and connections I have needed in the Mara Region of Tanzania to continue my on-going support of the communities in Nyegina, Kitenga and Nyakatende.

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  

1 people found this review helpful

I've met Tara and Lyn -- two key persons in GRA -- and I've been awed by the spirit and power they demonstrate in this work of providing resources for the poor in another country. They show no evidence of self-serving interests nor separatism from others in our world, but rather they display strong evidence of coming together, as one, with all others, giving their creativity in providing resources to meet the needs of all, as common citizens and stewards of the world.

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I have heard on repeated occasions, by mail and in person, about the results for various communities and people in areas of Africa who now have clean water wells -- which totally changes the quality of their life and the availability of health and food.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

Rating: 5 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

GRA is a remarkable organization with remarkable people, people that I've seen with my own eyes making a real difference in the day-to-day lives of people in one of the most poverty-stricken parts of the planet. Their understanding of local needs and their deep cooperation with local individuals, families, and groups is fundamental to their ability to effect real change from the ground up.

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

I spent a month in Tanzania hanging out with the families that were directly impacted by GRA's projects.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

I have known the Principals of GRA for over a decade. Their work is astounding! When I first saw their raw video footage of a dusty world and people in desperate need of water, I knew I had to help. I have posted over 10 GRA videos on YouTube describing the various projects that this Soul driven group has initiated. Every year, I see astounding new video footage emerging from their hands-on management of the work in Tanzania. As of this writing, I am preparing their next video presentation to the GRA Donor Group. I encourage you to also realize the acute need for clean water and sustainable agricultural practice education (Perma-Culture), in these arid areas of the world. Tara & Lyn and their volunteer staff & associates have sown the seed of enlightened change through the many accomplishments evident in the GRA Portfolio of Projects. How can you help? Mar Sorell GRA Volunteer Video Editor Los Angeles, California

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I have seen video footage of functioning water wells next to elementary schools in Tanzania. Scenes of children pumping water and LOVING IT! GRA's water-well success rate is well above above average due to their highly experienced volunteer hydrologists

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

GRA is the most honest group of people you will ever give your donations too. It will direcly help those in need by giving them the tools to suceed on their own. GRA is not just providing a band-aid.

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

seeing how GRA is managed.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

I have known the founder/director of Global Resource Alliance, Lyndon R. Hebenstreit, for over thirty years and can vouch for his dedication, hard work and integrity. I also know most of the Board Members and volunteer staff. Their lives are dedicated to the purpose of the organization: "bringing hope, joy and abundance to the world's most impoverished regions."

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

I have seen slideshow presentations of their work in Africa.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

In the approximately 10 years that GRA has been in existence it has grown from an organization focused on educational assistance for aids orphans to an incredibly extensive and impressive community development organization. GRA now has projects as diverse as production of earthen bricks for home construction; drilling operations to establish new clean water wells; creation of permaculture gardens, and innovative treatments for malaria. GRA is flourishing through the combined efforts of its dedicated staff, the local population of the Mara region in Tanzanie and enthusiastic volunteers from all over the world, many of whom have unique talents and expertise. GRA also has a fantastic web site which provides lots of very accessible and interesting information and photos, to show and tell the many ways in which GRA is researching and applying innovative techniques old and new to create an environmentally sustainable community in which the local population is able to sustain itself. With so many environmental and economic challenges facing the world GRA provides both insight into possible solutions and an inspirational vision of people actually solving these problems.

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GRA staff communicates personally with donors updating them regularly on GRA's ongoing projects and finances.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

GRA has been exceptionally successfull in supplying loans to local women to start local businesses and give them and their families income. Exceptionally successfull too has been their drilling for clean water wells and provision of this water to the local population. With the tenth of other activities GRA has made an enormeous improvement in living conditions for thousands of people in Musoma and surroundings!

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

I have been able to update myself of successes and progress in specific aspects of GRA's endeavers by means of personal conversations with board members and supplied dvd's. Monthly, atleast, I visit their website.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

I helped with the audio portion (I did voice overs) of promotional videos. I put on a fund raiser, created donation opportunties, and volunteered in Africa.

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

Africa..I have seen what GRA does there first hand.

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

Nothing...they are really, really great!

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

The people, the vision, the committment.

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

Wonderful.

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

Do more of what it already does: drill for water, malaria prevention, education, AIDS education and treatment.

Ways to make it better...

I could work more with the environment and with wildlife.

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

The growing lack of availability of fossel fuels, creating an issue for air travel (ethical issue and practical issue) in terms of actually traveling to Africa several times a year.

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

I wish I were still working with them!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

I have attended gatherings and talks put on by the Global Resource Alliance where I have learned only part of what it is they do to benefit the world. Global Resource Alliance has done a lot of amazing work in Tanzania including giving men, women, and children access to clean water. Along with that huge task, G.R.A has also been helping to control malaria using natural methods. I appreciate that they are working on empowering the local Tanzanians to create a better life for their communities.

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

seeing a presentation and talking to others who have been to the sites of G.R.A.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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