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Warm Heart Worldwide Inc

Rating: 4.8 stars   54 reviews 1,334

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Address:

434 Cedar Ave % Evelind Schecter Highland Park NJ 08904 USA

Mission:

Warm Heart’s mission is to ensure that all Phrao residents have equal access to basic services and an equal opportunity to build better lives. We provide equal access to education and health services, and the knowledge and skills to create sustainable livelihoods. Warm Heart is a non-religious, nonpartisan organization dedicated to the radical idea that every human being deserves the same chance to succeed, whether born into poverty or prosperity.

Results:

We opened our doors in 2008. See our website for details www.warmheartworldwide.org. Examples: 39 disadvantaged hill tribe children live in our Children's Home - giving them a safe home and chance to go to school and create economic opportunity. Our clean Water project has given clean water to over 4500 people. 1500 pregnant and nursing mothers and their toddlers receive vitamins through our partnership with the regional hospital. We've started surveying the elderly and disabled in our district - to day we have delivered over 100 wheelchairs and mobility aid.

Target demographics:

Poorest of the poor, especially minority children from isolated mountain villages without schools or access to health care, landless and illiterate women, and the elderly and disabled.

Geographic areas served:

Phrao District, Chiang Mai Province, Thailand

Programs:

Education, Microenterprise, Public Health. Warm Heart is a grassroots organization that helps villagers in the remote northern district of Phrao, Chiang Mai Province, Thailand. We organize community projects that improve access to education and basic health services, create jobs and sustainable incomes for the poorest in our community, and restore the environment to sustain future generations. Warm Heart is not a charity. Our programs address acute needs by helping people help themselves.

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1732-745-9295
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Reviews for Warm Heart Worldwide Inc

Rating: 4 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

It's rare to find two people as passionate and caring as Evelind Schecter and Michael D. Shafer. Many non profits work remotely from the US to support causes in other countries but Evelind and Michael gave up their successful careers in the US and moved to Phrao, Thailand to truly make a difference in the lives of many. The work can be frustrating at times due to the language and cultural differences between Thais and foreigners and the politics involved to get things done but when you see how happy the children that Warm Heart cares for and the difference they make in the lives of many locals, it's all worth it. Being a volunteer has it's challenges with Warm Heart taking on so many different responsibilities that every day is a new day. So if you're willing to roll up your sleeves and roll with the punches, Warm Heart will be an eye-opening and rewarding experience. You will live like a local and experience true Thai hospitality and culture.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

Being at Warm Heart I have been inspired and touched by the passion and care that the Founders, Staff and Volunteers have for not only improving the lives of Phrao's community members but everyone they interact with.

Whether it be helping a child with homework, celebrating a young woman's (who is living with HIV) birthday, or bringing books to a home bound woman's house, every moment is seen as an opportunity to make life a little brighter.

You quickly see how these simple, compassionate acts create ripples of goodwill that lifts up the community, instantly feel a strong bond with the people, and more deeply appreciate the magnitude of Gandhi's famous quote "Be the change you wish to see in the world.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I am participating in this organization as a volunteer, especially in Public Health part. The first thing I felt was that this organization is well known to local people and they didn't hesitate to express how grateful they fell about this organization. Moreover, the way of this organization's doing was also adequate, I think, because they are not trying to help people in need directly like charity, but trying to support them with more proper ways such as giving them a job or micro-finance, so that they can get financial independence. Now, I'm in charge of canvasing uncovered areas to find out somebody to help, I hope we could help them too in a proper way.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I am Vaclav from the Czech Republic and I am a volunteer at Warm Heart. Volunteering at Warm Heart surpassed my expectations because when I joined this organisation, I expected that it would be another internship with stereotypical tasks. But at Warm Heart I work on very diverse projects - such as agriculture, public health, education or finance. I have received a good coaching from my supervisors, I can get profound knowledge and skills in these areas.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I was lucky to find Warm Heart. This organization was a great place to have my first international volunteer experience. They are doing great work in northern Thailand, help take care of all your visa arrangements and have good living spaces.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

When I first heard about Warm Heart I was most impressed with the fact that they stand by their children's education as far as the children want to go. Besides the 60 + they currently have in various grade levels, they are helping three in college, and several in Trade schools. They are making such a difference in the lives of children who were doomed to a life of poverty without their help.

The second thing that impressed me was the quality of the volunteers that come and help at Warm Heart. Dedicated people whose help clearly makes a difference in the success of the program.

As a grassroots organization they have been able to involve the community, working together to solve problems to alleviate the pervasive poverty that has in the past kept these people down.

I have personally contributed to several projects, and know that my money has been well spent.

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

Working with Warm Heart was an unforgettable experience. On arriving in rural Thailand you are welcomed into very unique situation by extremely inspiring people. Living in close quarters with Michael and Evelind (the founders) and their extended family in the Children's Home you quickly feel like a part of the Warm Heart family and the wider community. Michael and Evelind are unwaveringly passionate about their work in the community and there is so much scope to make a difference by helping on one of their many projects. The most useful volunteers will have a skill and knowledge base already as Warm Heart relies so heavily on volunteers and the input they can offer. I was the videographer and multimedia volunteer for over 3 months and found the role not only immensely rewarding but also had many opportunities to enhance my skills and challenge myself while feeling like I was providing really useful resources for their website, marketing and fundraising. I would recommend volunteering at Warm Heart to anyone that wants to experience living in another culture, make a real difference in the community and intimately learn about the inner workings of a small grassroots non-profit.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

As a volunteer with Warm Heart's public health program, I was thoroughly impressed by the positive impact Warm Heart generates on the community level. Originally, Warm Heart was founded as a children's home to allow Hill Tribe children to attend school. Since then, it has expanded to include micro-enterprise, public health, and environmental programs, the latter of which has recently been awarded a grant from the U.S. Consulate.
Many of the children at Warm Heart come from communities that do not speak Thai, and therefore are behind in school from a very young age. Warm Heart gives local children the ability to learn Thai and therefore go to high school.
In my time traveling around Phrao and Chiang Mai province, the majority of people I met had only wonderful things to say about Warm Heart and how the organization has positively affected the lives of friends and family members.
I was thoroughly impressed by the tangible and measurable changes in the Phrao community as a result of Warm Heart's influence. Warm Heart is an NGO with real integrity, and any donations or time, money, or other resources are guaranteed to go toward improving the lives of local Thai people in Phrao.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

After only one month, I´m sure I made the right choice by coming to Warm Heart. As my time here functions as an internship in my masters degree, it was important for me that I chose an organization that can offer a variety of projects to work on,and off course an organization that have a good working and social environment. Warm Heart has everything! The projects you work on really challenge you and you learn to think in new ways. After a long day of work, you have other volunteers you can explore this beautiful country with!

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

Hi!
I´m actually being part of this amazing experience, working as Environment Project Manager.
As in any other job there are good days and bad days, but then you see the results and everything is worth it!
Helping communities develop in a more sustainable way is good in many levels; local, for they can grow better and more. Regional, for they live and grow healthier without all the pesticides and smoke. Worldwide, because we are all part of the same big house; The Earth and every little step forward can help make the difference in the future.
I also enjoy the quiet environment and, avobe all, food is great! Get ready for some real spicy things!

 
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