Care For Life's focus on teaching, training, and supporting vulnerable children and families so that they can quickly and effectively support themselves not positively effects lives now, but also for many years to come. Care for Life helps families by teaching them the skills needed and giving them the opportunities for growth and stability whether it is regarding shelter, employment, or food and sanitation. I volunteered in Mozambique one summer and helped as rebuild houses and huts for vulnerable families who had been selected by the organization. The most memorable family was just two young brothers, both parents had died of AIDS. They were too young when their parents had died to learn how to manage a home. Our work helped establish them in the community and gave them skills to keep their living space sanitary and safe. Care For Life not only helped pay for their new house that as volunteers we built, but they followed the two boys and helped teach and train them along the way to ensure they had what they needed to keep moving forward. The organization's use of monetary and volunteer resources is incredible, with little to no slack or waste.
This non-profit organization isn't focused on handouts, it is focused on teaching life-changing skills that can be implemented from generation to generation. To me, one of the most important things you can do for someone is teach them self-sufficiency and give them opportunities to provide for themselves and their families. Care for Life has changed so many lives because it focuses on the individual and teaches the essential life skills. It is a wonderful organization.
This is my second year volunteering with Care For Life. My first experience was completely life-changing, and I knew then that this wouldn't be a one time thing. The work CFL does is too important, and it is the only model of its kind--an organization that enters a community already with an exit strategy. They know that you've done your job when you are no longer needed, and the communities they leave are infinitely better off than they were before. You can instantly tell the difference between a Care For Life village and a non-Care For Life Village. The yards are clean, the dishes are off the ground on a rack, water is being treated, there are mosquito nets, there are latrines, and people are starting small businesses. It is a truly incredible work, and I'm glad to be a part of it. CFL is a relatively new organization, and has to deal with everything that working in a third world country entails, but overall I have been extremely impressed and I see myself working a lot with Care For Life in the future.
I have seen first hand that Care for Life does exactly as its mission says- alleviates suffering, fosters self-reliance, and instills hope. They are an organization that intends to make a lasting positive impact on families in Mozambique. I was so impressed to see the programs truly making a difference when I volunteered in Mozambique in 2007. I would highly recommend CFL to anyone who is looking to work with an exceptional non-profit organization.
"Teach a man how to fish, he'll fish for a lifetime." That is exactly what Care for Life does. I became involved with this organization because I believe in its purpose. It has a high success rating and is effective in the communities they work in. The people of Mozambique notice and act on change, and that is how I know that this organization is of worth.
I decided to engage in a volunteer internship with Care for Life. In my time with them so far (one month), I have been so impressed with the programs and work that Care for Life does in Mozambique. CFL really focuses on engaging a whole community in their program that covers 8 basic areas (ex: education, health, economics, etc.) and really focuses on helping all members of a family (no matter what form that family takes) to gain knowledge and skills so that they can sustain themselves long after CFL has left their community. Because nothing is given away for free and everything is based on a system of earning rewards through goal-setting with each individual family, the effects are longer-lasting and pride is restored in communities that are so used to receiving handouts from other organizations that create dependency. With a specific program timeline that is fully explained to community leaders before entering a particular community and continued monitoring after they leave, CFL really works to make sure that they do not become a permanent part of a community that is dependent on them for support. I have been so impressed by this organization and its focus on working with families and would recommend that anyone go to their website to learn more and see how they can help as well.