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Make A Difference

Rating: 4.95 stars   57 reviews 2,442

Nonprofit Issues:

Education

Address:

Hailey ID 83333 USA

Mission:

MAD's mission is to support quality educational opportunities for vulnerable children and youth in developing countries.

Results:

We are currently working on raising up $20,000 USD to build a center for youth in the Kilimanjaro area to use. The center will have a library, computer center, tutors, regular health workshops and sports clinics. Most of our time is spent raising funds for vulnerable children and youth to attend high quality schools where they can get the best educations available.

Target demographics:

Low income and orphaned children in Tanzania and India.

Geographic areas served:

Kilimanjaro, Tanzania and Mysore, India.

Programs:

Check out our programs in Tanzania: http://www.gomadnow.org/programs/tanzania.php Check out our programs in India: http://www.gomadnow.org/programs/india.php

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I've been involved with MAD since 2012. What initially started out as a mere orphanage has now become a transformational organization in the Moshi area.

In 2012 I was won over the many opportunities MAD's progam provided to interact with the children it supported. in 2014, I was impressed with the impact it has achieved in the Moshi area overall via the Public Library program and the technology center. MAD is truly inspirational!

Thank you for everything that you do!

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I spent time earlier this year in Feb / March with MAD. Theresa is an amazing force of life! An inspiration for both the volunteers and the children. I worked with the children closely for about 4 days and spent time with Theresa as well discussing how to ensure that the children get through to college. I was impressed by how far-sighted she was - she even had a spreadsheet with the education costs going all the way through 2020! I've kept in touch with MAD since and watched how she takes her charges along with her though the ups and down of life - so refreshing!

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?

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  

Writing this as a past volunteer and current donor. Couldn't be happier with the work MAD is doing. Having worked with a few other orphan and/or education support programs, I can say this is light years ahead. I was happy to donate funds because with MAD, I know exactly where the funds are going. 5-star, for sure.

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I've had the great opportunity and honor to work with Make a Difference NOW since 2013, and the experience has truly been life-changing!

Initially, I traveled to Tanzania in 2013 to meet the 22 children that MAD supports through education, shelter, and a family environment. That experience was so impactful, as I was able to see how transformational the work MAD does is to the lives of these deserving kids. The kids are intelligent, educated, kind, warm, and, most striking, HAPPY, despite having experienced so much loss and hardship.

Seeing first-hand the impact MAD is able to make has shaped me into a committed and grateful volunteer. Since my first visit, I've participated in the Machu Picchu 2014 fundraising climb, and am currently the group leader for the upcoming Patagonia 2016 fundraising climb. Through my company, Salesforce, I've worked to spread the word about this great organization, participating in information sessions and being interviewed for their corporate responsibility video. We've organized company-wide Bake Sales and bartending events to fundraise for MAD, donated iPads to the school and orphanage MAD supports, and helped spread the word about upcoming volunteer opportunities.

The reason for my commitment and passion has everything to do with the impact I see MAD make, the value the organization brings to the lives of these 22 children, and ultimately, to the world! As an organization, MAD has its heart in the right place, and the dedication and action behind it to make things happen and TRULY make a difference. I have no doubt that this organization has single-handedly TRANSFORMED the lives of these kids, as well as the many volunteers, employees, interns, board members, and donors lucky enough to be a part of it. I am endlessly inspired by the work MAD does, and honored to be able to help in any way.

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3 people found this review helpful

As an administrator of one of the schools that MAD is working with, I have to say that MAD has really changed the lives of not only the children that they sponsor at our school, but also of the community around them. For these children, being an orphan equates a lifetime sentence in torture. Orphans have no way of accessing a good education, health services and even decent living conditions. More often than not, they end up as someones housegirl/boy, early marriages for girls or as street urchins.

MAD has changed that for the lucky few that they can afford to host. I always wish that they could help more, that they could touch more lives.

We are greatful to MAD for their priceless help and contributions in building of the school computer center, school library and are now working on the playing grounds. All these ammenities not only serve the school, but also the community around it.

So thankyou Theresa, MAD and MAD volunteers. May God bless you so much.

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2 people found this review helpful

I am Grace,

Make A Difference helped me accomplish my career through their internship program. It has been a while since I graduated and started working with MAD.I appreciate and value our Make A Difference team.
I am experiencing lots of positive things from MAD.

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?

2013

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2 people found this review helpful

Four years back I joined Make a Difference (MAD) not knowing that was the best decision I had ever done as a teenager, not only has MAD transformed my life in a tremendous way, it has also made me a better person, it's hard to IMAGINE how my life would have been if I was not part of this amazing organization.

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?

2014

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5 people found this review helpful

My name is Upendo and I am a student that is supported by MAD. I like MAD because they help me with my education, clothing, food and anything else I need. I lost my parents and my grandparents are the only ones to take care of me. They are old and it's too hard for them. They live in a small room and make very little money. They can barely take care of themselves.

I love the volunteers who come to help us. They are fun and also support us in many ways.

MAD also helps all of our schools we go to here in Tanzania. They help the schools with computers, books and sports. They really make a difference in many ways and believe in us!

I hope to be an eye doctor one day and with the help of MAD, I think I will be!

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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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2 people found this review helpful

Make A Difference (MAD) is an organization which pays for my school fees so I may attend one of the best girls' schools in Tanzania. The school that I attend is called, Anwarite. I have had the opportunity to meet many people from around the world through MAD, improve my English, learn about technology, read a variety of books and go on educational trips within my country. I hope one day I can become a doctor who helps people recover from accidents. I want to help fix their bones.

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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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5 people found this review helpful

Make a Difference Organization is so great! It is the heart of all that I am right now and who I will be in the future. MAD has made it possible for me to go to school and receive the best education that is available in Tanzania. I have already graduated from best primary and secondary schools and I am now receiving advance education at the International School Moshi – a VERY special opportunity that I would NEVER dream of without MAD. This organization has lit up my future, shown me my potential and installed in me the desire to help others and give back to the society - I owe a lot to this organization. I only wrote about myself here, it should be noted that there is so many other children that MAD helps get proper education, food and shelter, in Tanzania and India. I LOVE MAD so much!

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1 person found this review helpful

Make a Difference NOW is a great organization that not only touches the lives of those that it helps provide for (the children in the orphanage), but those that are fortunate enough to volunteer with this great organization as well.

I cannot say enough about how great this program is and how much I wish I could go back and volunteer again. Theresa, the founder, is an amazing person that has created a well run organization. I loved not only the work we did on the technology center, but the one on one time that we got to spend with the children. They are really amazing kids with so much love and enthusiasm for life, you cannot help but fall in love with each of their awesome personalities.

I am thankful to have come across this organization and look forward to finding more ways to help stay in involved over the coming years.

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