SQ Foundation is a phenomenal way to make sure that the funds you donate wind up where they are needed most on the planet. Because almost no one connected with SQ Foundation takes a salary, very nearly all donated funds wind up helping others. I have found this to be very unusual among charitable organizations. Also, the founder of SQ Foundation has an uncanny ability to identify where on our planet funds are most needed, and is able to get those funds where they are needed with great speed, and very little red tape. I have personally observed the formation and service of SQ Foundation from its inception, and I can fully endorse this charitable organization with no reservation whatsoever. I have personally seen SQ Foundation profoundly benefit the lives of children, adults and animals throughout the world, including the United States, India, Africa, El Salvador, Peru, and Ireland, just to name a few. SQ Foundation has helped to establish the very first animal sanctuary in India. This project is very close to my heart. It is through this animal sanctuary that people in India now have a place to bring animals where they can heal and thrive. People in India finally have an alternative to beating animals to death over scarce food supplies. To me, this is a miracle, and helps to redirect our entire planet toward love, compassion and kindness. If anyone were to ask me where I would recommend donating funds, I whole–heartedly endorse, recommend and support SQ Foundation.
Its nice to know that the money I donate to SQ Foundation, truly does help others in the most effective way possible. Its not a big organization but its reach it big. And its size makes sure that donations dont get swallowed up in as they do in large Foundations.
This is a company of integrity. All the people on staff "walk their talk." I trust where the money is going and I know that the children (being funded by the SQ Foundation) feel happy they have not been forgotten and are truly loved.
Our NGO would not be here doing what we do without the support of the SQ Foundation. It's as simple as that. So to talk about the impact of "SQ" support,is the same as talking about what we've been able to build and accomplish. We are a "Rescue and Healing Sanctuary for Animals" in Tiruvannamalai(southern India)-a municipality of over 200,000. There are between 3000 and 3500 homeless dogs here. In 2006, we were able to stop the killing of dogs to control population, with the caveat that we had to put a population control program in place. We opened in January, 2007. A comment from the founder gives a sense of what has unfolded:::: "So it's going...And it's going beautifully... One can experience spaciousness and love when entering the Shelter...At night, after the day is over...One of my favorite things is to sit and watch the dogs---puppies, big and small, healthy and disabled...adult dogs, several old, several lame, several physically in tact...It's just so heartwarming to watch the joy flowing thru them as they chase, wrestle, snuggle, and romp....The vibration gets very sattvic...With chants playing in the background, it feels like a really wonderful ashram....The staff are loving and work hard...They work beautifully and closely, together… They are devoted to me...And I am devoted to them.....Our senior vet, and our general manager---by name, Dr.Raja, and Vishwa---hold nothing back in their beautiful, quiet, loving efforts to lift suffering from the "Animal Kingdom"....We have all truly been brought together by God...And we are deeply blessed to be able to do this work which so directly lifts vast amounts of suffering....” The Founder Before we opened there was no small animal vet within 75 km...There was no facility which gave "in-house" care...There were literally hundreds of suffering and dying dogs and puppies on the streets...It was too difficult to see. So I think what people did to cope was to walk around without looking at them--to cut them out of their awareness. Now there are no more suffering creatures on the streets. So slowly people have started looking…….. Also if they do see one that is in trouble. Most know they can call us or bring them to the Shelter and they will be completely taken care of free of charge. Our vets are on call and we respond to emergencies 24 hours a day. We have seven core programs...(1)Sterilization and anti-rabies program: It’s objectives are to reduce population and eliminate rabies in the dog population thereby eliminating almost all rabies deaths in the human population.We currently do between 80 and 140 sterilizations each month.The total number at the end of Sept.2009 was 2631(about 2300 were homeless dogs).This should result in a decrease of 5000 puppies born each year, most of whom would have suffered and died...(and we have administered over 3900 anti-rabies injections...(2)Clinic: Our clinic was originally intended to treat homeless dogs only. Many are brought in having been hit by vehicles, beaten, and/or with a variety of serious illnesses. Surprisingly, though, there has been an unanticipated high number of “owner dogs” brought in for treatment. More than any other shelter we know............As the reputation of the Shelter grows, more and more “owner dogs” are being brought in for treatment. Regularly we get people from as far away as 100 kilometers. This is in addition to the ABC Sterilization activity. We usually have between 125 and 200 puppies and adult dogs brought to the clinic each month. A number are brought in for treatment more than once. The number of so-called “visits” (If one dog were brought in three times, it would be counted as three “visits”) vary between 175 and 350 each month. At the end of September, 2009 we had treated over 1600 “owner dogs”...................We will treat any small animal in need. There is a government veterinary hospital that treats larger animals but when a situation arises where a large animal needs care and we are the only ones temporarily available we will, of course, treat the suffering animal. Through August 2009 we have treated 124 cats, 72 cows, 24 calves, 97 goats & sheep, 2 horses, 2 bullocks, 7 donkeys, 1 pig, 27 monkeys, 11 squirrels, 22 rabbits, 2 eagles, 5 parrots, 5 peacocks, 10 doves, 21 pigeons, and 65 other avians. Our clinic is open seven days a week. And we provide emergency services 24 hours a day. Almost all services are provided free of cost..............We use ayurvedic, homeopathic and other alternative treatment modes…as well as classic allopathic approaches. (3) Hospital: If required, we provide hospital facilities.(4)Sanctuary: For animals that cannot survive on their own, we offer sanctuary for the rest of their natural lives. They are not kept in cages but may freely live out their lives in the compound. It's a very good life. And they are very happy.(5)Hospice: If an animal is dying, we take it in and give it intensive, loving care which includes I.V.’s, pain killers, antibiotics, and of course, good food. We do not euthanize...(6) Adoption Service: Through August 2009, we have placed 251 puppies, 9 adult dogs, and 7 cats in good homes...(7) Emergency Services: We provide emergency services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If an animal is injured in the middle of the night, we will pick him up and bring him to the clinic. Our doctors are on call 24 hours a day. The Secretary of the Animal Welfare Board of India considers us one of the best in the country..."In the short span of time that they have been in existence, they have established themselves as one of the very best animal sanctuaries, veterinary clinics, rescue shelters and hospices in the Nation." Now back to our dear SQ Foundation...They have also supported us strongly in many ways other than financially--without any "bureaucrateeze" ...It is not easy to run an NGO like this in India...The path is frought with obstacles... Their faith and encouragement in our work,even before we were firmly established, helped us across many difficult crossings...They have literally strengthed the resolve that we need to go on...
SQ is about Love, Truth, Compassion, Service. I have been a part of this spiritually-based foundation since its conception and am proud of its commitment to earth, humankind and animalkind. Kind. That's a good word for SQ, too.
SQ helps children,animals and adults around the world. I have been involved with this foundation since it's origination and feel blessed to have had the opportunity to be in involved in any way possible to help support their worthy causes. They are making such a big difference!
SQ Foundation is one the most ethical,honest, and compassionate orginazations I have come into contact with. I have been involved with this foundation for over 5 years and know from experience that LOVE is the foundation and basis of all their work. What they say they will do they do.
To know that the funds given to this organization actually goes to the humanitarian projects with operating with the smallest amount of cash possible to run the business portion of getting the funds to the projects really makes me happy. For me the idea of being able to purchase a child and feed, love and nurture them instead of being sold on the sex market alone makes this opportunity something I strongly back.
For me its not just about giving money, its knowing that the money I give will be used effectively and in a positive way. The thing I love about SQ Foundation is that their philosophy isnt just about giving a hand out but instead giving a hand up. You just need to go on their website and look into the eyes of the children and adults being helped around the world, to see how their lives are being changed in profound and lasting ways. The love and support given, is Beautiful.
SQ Foundation has been working with a community in rural El Salvador for the last 3 years. The area has no running water or electricity. When we first visited the area, the children had to travel very far to attend school, if they even went to school at all. A lot of them had to stay behind to watch their siblings as their parents went to work on the coffee plantations or traveled to the nearby city for work. I have watched with my own eyes as this small community has been literally transformed. SQ donated the resources to build a school within the community and now all of the children have a place to study. The teacher travels about 3 hours away from his own family and spends the week in a room that SQ built for him. Mothers of the school children rotate every day to cook the kid's meals, and there are plans for night school so parents can learn how to read and write. When the Mayor's office saw the work that was being done, they contributed with their support. They were able to connect the community with other charitable foundations who contributed the school furniture, another donated new tin for people's homes and another donated huge bins to collect rain water. I have watched as these once forgotten community is now coming back to life. When I recently visited the area I was able to see the school in action, the children with their smiling faces and the proud parents. A very poor family called me to their home, and in gratitude to the Foundation, and the Foundation's CEO, Derek O'Neill, they gave us a Rooster! It was incredibly touching moment. I am so honored to be involved with SQ.