WARM HEART WORLDWIDE INC

Rating: 4.84 stars   43 reviews

Issues: International

Location: 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.

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 people found this review helpful

I am a current Board Member and former student of one of the founders of Warm Heart. Warm Heart is a wonderful organization that truly listens to the community it serves. The founders are two of the most hardworking, intelligent and dedicated social entrepreneurs I know. It's a privilege to serve on the Board.

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 people found this review helpful

I was a volunteer during the summer of 2014, working on after-school mathematics with high school students and helping out with the Biochar/green initiatives on site. I learned so much in my ten weeks there. Most of all, i was continually impressed with Warm Heart's complete dedication to the local community in Phrao, even despite limited resources. Evelind, Michael, and PJ are ambitious and passionate about the work they do, and it has a clear impact on the lives around them-- everyone from the kids who grow up there, the Thai staff who live and work there, and community member who depend on Warm Heart for daily basic necessities. I can't wait to see how Warm Heart grows in the future -- best wishes to everyone back in Phrao!

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 people found this review helpful

I'm a new resident of Chiang Mai, and was recently introduced to Warm Heart through a new friend. After just a little exploration of their programs I couldn't have been more delighted to make a small donation to support their wonderful work.

The Warm Heart programs are innovative, sensitive, and truly reflect the needs that the community of Phrao have identified as most important. After a visit to their center in Phrao I was struck by the skill and dedication of their staff, and the wonderful quality volunteers who do so much to support the work.

The kids that live in their Children's homes are absolutely joyful, reflecting the kind spirit and loving environment the homes provide. The campus is vibrant with activity, gardens, friendly people and animals.

There are many organizations doing great work, but I've seen no foundation where a donor's investment is more leveraged to support great benefit for the community. Warm Heart is not only completely sincere in their desire to help the people of Phrao, they are also extremely skillful in their projects design and execution. What a powerful combination. Bravo.

Warm Heart World wide - They're doing it right!

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 people found this review helpful

Warm Heart is truly amazing. I volunteered there for half a year, 2013. My project was marketing local handcrafts. I felt so passionated about this project as it's very entrepreneurial, and the people I worked with are smart. After I finish the volunteering, thanks to the rewarding experience, I landed a job working as a fundraiser for Teach For China(the same network with Teach For America). WH is also like home to me. The people I met there keep inspiring me. I'm pretty sure I'll go back again in near future.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been volunteering for Warm Heart from June to Dec, 2013. It provides great opportunity to be enterpreneurial. Thanks to nice scarf and recyecled fashion, i can get involved in pre-sale, sale, and after sale.
Here not only do I get to be creative – copywriting, compiling a catalogue, I have also developed skills in doing market research and sales in Chiang Mai, establish CRM system, craft social media campaign for online store and recruitment, areas that I´d never worked in before.

The experience is so fullfilling!

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

focus on CSR,getting more funding from big corporates.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Likely

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

Rating: 5 stars  

I was a volunteer working on the reforestation project a year ago for Warm Heart. I stayed three months and that was too short. I've learnt so much when I was there. I've learnt professional and personal skills, I have met extraordinary people, and spent unforgettable moments.
I won't say it was easy everyday, but in the end this is the kind of experience were you only remember the good moments. Michael and Evelind are really good teachers and good persons, and it was a pleasure to work with the others, the thai staff, the kids and the villagers I've met during my work.
I hope I'll go back there one day soon !!

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 people found this review helpful

I am the Chairman of one and on the Boards of two other organizations focused on global poverty alleviation and economic development with my emphasis being on India and the MENAT region. We have known Professor Michael Shafer and his wife for many years, and have followed closely their remarkable progress in the Hill Tribes region of northern Thailand. We recently spent a week with Michael introducing him to 5 major players in this space in the Washington area. All were amazed at the accomplishments of Warm Hearts, and the the results of their "bottom up" investigation into the causes of poverty in the region, and their development of effective tools to address these causes. Most important is that these tools and programs are planned for adoption and implementation by the local population themselves, and can be sustained without continued outside intervention. All 5 of the NGOs to which we introduced Michael and Evilind Shafer have committed to assist in the growth of Warm Hearts with various support initiatives. We hope for more Michael and Evelind Shafers!!!

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 people found this review helpful

We have followed Warm Hearts progress since its beginnings six years ago. The founders, Michael Shafer and Evelind Shecter, chose a neglected rural area of Thailand to rebuild into a sustainable community through working cooperatively with villagers to identify their community needs, prioritize them, and then tackle problems with cross-cutting solutions. They have created effective programs for children's education, all stages of life health care, microenterprises for women without regular income, and agricultural initiatives to rebuild the soil and increase harvest yield. By approaching local problems with a broader vision of world issues, they have been able to leverage basic technology, such as their biochar process, into a potential instrument to reduce global climate change by improving soil on a field-by-field basis.

With more money and support, Warm Hearts is poised to increase its reach and to have its model practices imitated in many other rural communities of developing countries. Their recent foray to Washington, DC, introduced them to major foundations and larger non-profits that recognize the value of their persoanl dedication and concept f bottoms-up community development.

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 people found this review helpful

We visited Warm Heart Worldwide in Northern Thailand and were amazed at how effective a small organization, with imaginative leadership, limited funds and a can-do spirit can be. It is a model of local empowerment that should be replicated in other parts of the world. For the first time participants have access to education, career training, sustainable living skills, medical care and a sense that a greater community is rooting for success.

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 people found this review helpful

Warm Heart is a great place to learn and grow up! It is not a place where you get cuddled but where real life shows its head and where you are prompted to action the minute you step down. This NGO is full of light and energy that is not so often seen in the humanitarian world. The commitment and dedication of the couple who lead is tremendous, and everyone who lives on the campus shows eternal gratefulness to them. As a volunteer, I had wonderful opportunities to create projects and campaigns which will help out further in strengthening Warm Heart’s funding and marketing strategy. I am also eternally grateful for my time spent there and I would recommend this experience to all people who are ready to learn more and grow further.

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

train Marketing/PR person to become a core member of the NGO

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Likely

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?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Likely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

Rating: 5 stars  

1 people found this review helpful

I was attracted to WH because of the same philosophy we are sharing, which is helping people to help themselves. I've been volunteering for several NGOs since the first year in college. But WH is truly one of a kind. What suprises me most is how much things they are doing, small as taking sick villagers to get treated, great as create jobs and sustain the community. No matter what kind of challenges they are facing, Michael and Evelind always stick to their promises to the people.
It is my pleasure to work with them for the the past three months, to learn how to live just as a basic human being.

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