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May 22, 2013

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May 22, 2013

I was an American missionary in eastern Mongolia when my Mongolian wife gave birth to a baby girl with a cleft lip and a cleft palate, and, a few months later, in 2007, we discovered, a major heart defect. When some other organizations were unable to help us CCCI did. Even though they had never worked in Asia before as Pam put it, "God would not let me sleep till I agreed to help your baby." We were out of her region but well within her big heart.

Pam is a recruiter. She quickly had people in Phoenix, Arizona lined up to help us, and when some obstacles got in the way of arranging the transport, she even recruited me, since I lived in Asia. Like a symphony we all played our parts, the doctors, the nurses, the hospital support staff, the airlines, the embassy, we followed Pam's baton. She made sure everything went like clock work, and with the greatest of efficiency. Maximum funds go directly to the work and with most of her recruited help being voluntary that translates to a lot of children being helped.

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

find ways to increase its reputation so as to bring in more funding

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

March 31, 2012

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March 31, 2012

I started working with CCCI in 2002 as a volunteer. I have traveled twice to Africa to participate with the work there-first in launching the Seeds of Hope orphanage, then in providing necessary oversight for the organization. I have also identified a possible site for a future hospital to be constructed near Turmi in the southwest of Ethiopia near the Sudan border. If built, this facility would service at least 10 nomadic tribes that essentially know no national boundaries and who currently have no medical care to speak of. We have been able to convince the mothers to give us the infants that would have been exposed to die because of religious beliefs. We then are able to adopt the otherwise healthy children out to willing parents. I've also participated here in getting children brought here to hospitals and surgeons for life-altering medical care. I've made arrangements for hospitalizations, surgeries, housing, transportation, doctors' visits, and sundry other items during their stays. On occasion, they have stayed in my home. Currently, I serve as Secretary on the Board of Directors. It is a great honor and a great privilege to work with CCCI-and one that I refuse to relinquish! These kids are now MY kids in a very real way.

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

my own home, by working side by side with them, by participating in travels abroad (Ethiopia), and by being with the children as they have life-changing medical procedures done.

Ways to make it better...

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

I would raise as much as I could in the way of funding. We just never seem to have enough funds.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Likely

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

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

How did you learn about this organization?

Through a small little blurb in my church newsletter.

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

Restructuring so we can regroup and refocus our energies according to the current WHO guidelines. I believe that this will enable us to be more effective in the future

What is its top priority in the long run?

Essentially what it has always been-equipping the medical providers of third world countries to better provide for the needs of their own citizens in a real and positive way.

March 28, 2011

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March 28, 2011

CCCI saved the life of our (now) son, Mesfin, by providing him with needed open heart surgery twice. I am now working with them to help other children that need surgery. I'm also helping with an education project in Ethiopia with wonderful students, many of whom have medical issues that we are helping treat.

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

I've visited sites where medical work has been done. I've cared for surgical patients. I help run the Ethiopia Ed project.

Ways to make it better...

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

Increase donations so they could do more good work.

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