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September 29, 2011

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September 29, 2011

As a long-time supporter of AEI, I have been incredibly impressed with the dedication of the staff in the U.S. (who work on an all-volunteer basis) and how communicative they are with AEI donors.  Each campaign they run is followed up with extensive reports, updates, and blog-postings from the programs they support. When I donate, I always feel confident that my donation is being used on the ground in Africa in the most effective way possible.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The continued communication I received from AEI in regards to the success of their programs.

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

love to share their work with more people.

February 14, 2010

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February 14, 2010

This is a great organization, not only does it help children who have so little, 100% of what is donated goes to the children. It is nice to see a charity use no money for adminstrative cost and to use all that is collected to help the children.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing the photos of the children and how they life is made a little bit better

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

all the money goes to the children

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

outstanding

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

it could help all the children in poor countries have some enjoyment in life through the arts

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

February 12, 2010

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February 12, 2010

I am generally more interested in our planet and animal neighbors, but I've always thought that charities that actually change children's lives for the better were the only charities worth donating to. I support the causes of entities like Greenpeace and the Sierra Club, but the whole idea should be to have more and more kids growing up educated, open-minded, in tune with their surroundings, able to express themselves, and able to critically think. Doing so will lead to more and more responsible, intelligent adults that will make the world a better place for people, animals, and the Earth alike. AEI is a no-brainer.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

genuine.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

afford me as an employee. J/k!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

February 11, 2010

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February 11, 2010

I have helped in a fund raising venture w/ AEI. The program presented a video of what AEI does and how they help these children expand the music and art of their culture. These children don't have much but yet they appreciate so much.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

watching the smiles on these children as they participate in their program through a video that was sent to me.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

February 11, 2010

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February 11, 2010

I gave a donation. This organization brings joyful experiences to many children who would otherwise live a very weary life.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the joy it brings to children

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

February 10, 2010

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February 10, 2010

Great organization, doing impressive work. this is a great concept--more charity organizations need to adopt this model. The people running these programs are obviously very dedicated and know how to run an international charity.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

great feedback from the kids

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

seeing that my donation made a new program possible in Sierra Leone

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

fantastic! The kind of person you want your kid to be!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

expand to make programs around the world

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 10, 2010

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February 10, 2010

I have been following and contributing to this charity since its inception. It is doing amazing work. Fully 100% of contributions goes to the program--I know, I checked. By employing local artists to teach the kids, they are helping both the children and the community in which they are being raised. They provide long-term programs at each of their sites--not like a lot of charitable programs that do "one-off" events, take a lot of pictures for their brochures and disappear. This one deserves our ongoing support!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I attended a fundraiser that featured a very moving video of AEI's recent program in Sierra Leone.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

seeing the results of the new programs made possible by my donations.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Enthusiastic and very professional

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

save the orphans of this world!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 10, 2010

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February 10, 2010

AEI is a young organization with a unique perspective. The organization uses the arts to promote emotional healing, but also as a vehicle for concrete economic opportunity for severely disadvantaged youth in war ravaged countries. It is deeply committed to working with and in local communities and building programs that will eventually be sustainable without AEI's continuing presence.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

seeing the deep dedication of its staff members.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 29, 2011

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February 9, 2010

When I donate to non-profits, I oftentimes find myself worrying if my donation could have helped those in need more if I gave it to a different organization. I have never had that worry about AEI. Sar... more

September 29, 2011

The largest problems in the world do not have simple solutions. However, we live in a world of instant gratification and synecdoches, whereas we process the majority of our information in summaries and tag lines. This is often especially true with philanthropy: We want simple, direct altruism, where we can throw money at a problem and know how it's being used in 10 words or less. This is where the great American conundrum of altruism is found: How can we make any significant progress very complex international problems when we require simple and direct solutions to feel morally gratified? Too often I feel that non-profits must distill their approach to a crisis in order to attract donors, and as a result the solutions become minute and vapid. Enter Arts Education International, the very definition of macro-solution. Food packages and clean water solve much of the basic needs in terms of pure survivalism. But how does one approach the larger, more abstract crises of the world,such the trauma of civil war and the preservation of the arts? Arts Education International provides emotional rehabilitation and comfort to children who have little other comfort or joy in their lives. By hiring indigenous artists for their programs, AEI helps to facilitate the arts, provide creative output for traumatized children, teach them to sustain themselves by producing and selling crafts, facilitating arts education, and providing jobs for artists, dancers, and musicians. Sarah Geller has assembled and trained some of the most talented dancers, musicians, and artists I've ever seen associated with an education-based non-profit organization. If you have not seen their videos I highly recommend them to get a true impression of what they are doing right now.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Photo and video updates sent from the organization.

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

Expand it

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

Quite well

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

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

What is unique about this organization?

The way it can make an entire village smile.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

February 9, 2010

When I donate to non-profits, I oftentimes find myself worrying if my donation could have helped those in need more if I gave it to a different organization. I have never had that worry about AEI. Sarah Geller and her group really organize exceptional programs that emotionally rehabilitate those who need it most. This is more than evident in her work with the Vision Stars, a group of former child soldiers in Sierra Leone who record dance and hip hop music with the support of Arts Education International. It oftentimes makes me wonder why there aren't any other organizations focused on emotional rehabilitation through the arts. It is my intention to continue donating to Arts Education International and continue to check their website for updates.

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Set up programs in troubled areas of the world and hire indigenous artists to emotionally rehabilitate children that have experienced trauma.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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