Somaly Mam Foundation

Rating: 4.63 stars   8 reviews

Issues: Philanthropy

Location: P.O. Box 4569 New York NY 10163 USA

Mission: Our Vision: A world where women and children are safe from slavery. Our Mission: To give victims and survivors a voice in their lives, liberate victims, end slavery, and empower survivors as they create and sustain lives of dignity.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been working with SMF for 6 years. I traveled to Cambodia to see the rescue and rehabilitation centers first hand, and saw how transformative their work can be in the lives of the sex trade survivors. It is a nimble, agile, yet powerfully impactful 501c3.

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?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have seen the incredible results of the Somaly Mam Foundation's work first-hand, fortunate enough to have visited their offices in March 2013 in Phnom Penh as well as spend time at two of their centers in Cambodia. The girls I met there who are benefitting from what the Somaly Mam Foundation does absolutely blew me away. I have been exposed (ever so slightly) to the conditions and heard some stories of their past experiences, and -- in sharp contrast -- I have seen them at the centers where they display great courage and commitment to their opportunity for a much different, and more promising life. I was also able to visit SMF center "graduates" at their new businesses in Phnom Penh -- a seamstress shop and a beauty shop -- where they are succeeding and showing a strength and will that I wish I possessed myself. The girls I met touched me deeply because I know they have a harrowing past, but they face the future with optimism and joy. The Somaly Mam Foundation allows them this chance.

i have raised funds for SMF via networking with my friends; and I also donate on a semi-regular basis myself, and plan to continue to do so. The SMF's fight to stop sex-trafficking and slavery has become my fight too.

The SMF staff is warm, friendly and supportive, recognizing my efforts and my own support of SMF with enthusiasm and encouragement. My direct contact with the NYC office staff assures me that my donations are making a difference and having an effect.

It is a cycle: I give to them and they give back to me.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

This is a great organization that has a profound impact!

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?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I have had the opportunity to work with this incredible organization several times over the past few years. When I first moved to New York, I was looking for a charity organization that I could work with and feel passionate about but I was overwhelmed by the number of options. At the recommendation of a friend, I started looking into the Somaly Mam Foundation and had the opportunity to volunteer at several fundraising events. Not only was I extremely moved by Somaly's story, I was amazed by her tireless efforts to save girls from sex-trafficking and offer them services for their recovery and for them to start a better life. When I work with this organization, I know that I am making a difference: I am helping in the effort to save someone. Every single event I have been involved with has been a huge success: drawing large crowds and fundraising thousands of dollars for the foundation. The staff members and the people who make up the Somaly Mam Foundation are some of the most passionate and kind people I have ever met: their commitment and hope is absolutely inspiring. I am immensely proud to say that I have worked with such a groundbreaking charity organization and I plan on continuing my volunteer work with the foundation.

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?

2013

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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

I've raised about $75k for the Somaly Mam Foundation (with about $5k in personal donations), worked with them very closely, visited the shelters in Cambodia, seen the execution and behind-the-scenes of various fundraising events - and have been very pleased to have invested so much time, effort and funds into this charity.

Seeing not only the actual shelters but how the money is efficiently used to help not only with rehabilitation but also with providing the girls with relevant skills so they can help themselves and their communities was powerful. I am very familiar with the Foundation's team and have witnessed over and over again how hard everyone works to maximize every donation dollar received.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

It has been my blessing to work as a volunteer for the Somaly Mam Foundation in New York City and Cambodia. The understanding and experience they have caring for survivors of slavery and sex trafficking is unmeasurable and truly inspiring. The are receiving loving support, education and the strength to move forward in countless ways. My heart has been touched and I would recommend to anyone to volunteer and support the Somaly Mam Foundation.

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?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

It had been my great honor to work as a volunteer for the Somaly Mam Foundation in New York City and on the ground in Cambodia. My team also volunteered with their sister organization, AFESIP, in Cambodia and our experience working alongside the SMF and AFESIP staff was truly incredible. The level of care, compassion and professionalism that both of these organizations have when dealing with the survivors of slavery and sex-trafficking is truly awe-inspiring! I would recommend to anyone to donate, volunteer and support the Somaly Mam Foundation in every way possible.

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?

2013

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 2 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

I have worked in gender and development for over 20 years with over 10 years in Cambodia, Laos and Thailand. I have had several occasions to engage with Somaly Mam Foundation and AFESIP in the region on policy discussions as well as interagency projects. I personally know a long list of past staff, volunteers and donors. Given my current level of understanding around the real impact of these programs, I would not personally donate funds or time to Somaly Mam Foundation.

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

Use evidence-based practices that maximize long-term benefit to clients. Current shelter model is understood by most in the field to lead to institutionalization of clients thus disempowering rather than empowering them. Increase collaboration with other service providers in Cambodia rather than duplicate efforts. There is significant wasting of resources due to duplication. Reduce the number of short-term volunteers and visitors to care facilities.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Somewhat badly

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

A little

Will you recommend this organization to others?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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