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April 15, 2009

FSD is a fantastic organization that has given me the opportunity to really understand what sustainable development means in the field through hands-on experience. Through FSD, I have gained greater perspective on the hardwork involved in getting development projects up and running. It has given me the opportunity to work with NGOs and help other volunteers develop independent projects in areas of human rights, environment and natural resources, microfinance, education and public health.

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

the ability to work in every area of development work...that is, human rights, education, public health, microfinance and environment.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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FSD is a fantastic organization that offers a very unique program that has a very positive impact and changes lives.

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

the lifelong relationships that are built, the success of volunteer projects, the dedication of the site team to carry volutneer projects through if the volunteer is unable to complete their project, the cross-culturla learning and development of solidarity between international communities.

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

the site team's support and encouragement throughout my experience and the project I worked on.

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

AMAZING!!! can't imagine the experience without them.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

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April 15, 2009

I was so inspired by the Foundation for Sustainable Development's work in Kenya, I was moved to help a Kenya immigrant to find temporary housing. I have never gotten involved in direct help like this before, but the work that FSD does in Africa has great impact in a country that I've always been interested in. I so admire their mission to support activities which the population can then carry on on its own. This kind of activity has a tremendous, longlasting impact on the culture and the environment.

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

the stories and testimonials I've read and heard regarding their focus and support for developing countries who need the power of literacy, ongoing health, stability to begin to take care of their own needs.

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

try to make a presentation to President Obama's team of advisors/staff to get even more visibility for FSD. The sustainability angle that FSD has fits perfectly with Obama's "Change" plans.

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

Although my experience is indirect, what I enjoy most is hearing about the positive difference FSD's work makes in the communities that it serves, especially in Africa. That positive difference is in great contrast to our current world of conflict and deviseness.

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

exceptional. I've never heard or spoken to so many dedicated people, well-educated, service-oriented, who want to make a difference in people's lives.

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

operate more sites in Africa, India, and Latin America to provide sustainable change for more people.

Ways to make it better...

My experience would have been better if the organization had more funding to do more of the excellent work they do so well. Once I started investigating what was needed and how powerful FSD's work was, I was frustrated regarding the limitations of their funding.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

stable funding and continuing visibility.

One thing I'd also say is that...

The staff of FSD work incredibly hard for less pay or no pay. These people are tremendously dedicated to those with less or nothing at all. This is a tremendous gift that they are making of themselves at the cost of greater pay in the corporate world.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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I have just returned from Udaipur, India where I worked as a Pro Corp volunteer with FSD. Why did I choose to go with FSD? Because my son, fresh out of college had such s good experience through FSD. His work with them confirmed his desire to work on sustainable development through environmental/social issues, which he now continues with the Peace Corps in Panama. My experience was was excellent also. I worked with dedicated NGO workers to develop improved Financial Literacy teaching methods through the use of visual aids, role playing and games. The target students were very poor women who had taken out microfinance loans. FSD has proven itself to be a formidable partner to NGO's in Kenya, Uganda, Nicaragua, Argentina and India. The FSD staff on the ground in India had such a broad base of experience and such high levels of energy and enthusiasm. They were able to help individual volunteers deal with their own personal challenges, while achieving worthy goals with the partner NGO's. Every project that was worked on put the volunteers in contact with skilled professionals. Everyone gained from the interactions. For the volunteers the experience built awareness, developed important skills and left them feeling that they could make a difference. Does my project meet the "green" requirement. Yes, in as far as the literacy training helps the poor in whatever field of work that they take loans for. I intend to find other ways to support FSD as their work is so important

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

India. Projects include the full spectrum of environment, education, health, women's rights.

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

I intend to try to volunteer and get into the running of this organization to help it grow.

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

The ability to provide help where it is so desperately needed, and yet also gain so much personally from the interactions with qualified staff and coworkers. FSD provided a swift and efficient introduction to its parters that little time was wasted in getting started.

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

FSD has 3 staff in Udaipur. Even as a seasoned professional I could not help but be impressed with their knowledge, commitment , enthusiasm and energy.

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

With $10 million FSD could provide the equivalent of $100 million worth of benefits (compared to other agencies)to the communities it serves. Its stringent internal controls ensures that quality work and sustainable results are certain before any money is spent.

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I exceeded every goal I had for myself and my partner NGO. FSD also exceeded my expectations on what it could deliver.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Maintaining quality while expanding operations

One thing I'd also say is that...

Thank you FSD, for providing the best possible placement service for those who seek to give something back to those in need.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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April 14, 2009

I recall meeting Erin Hersey, Alumni Relations for FSD, at a networking event. I was not aware of what FSD was and had never heard of the organization before. After a brief conversation, I was so excited to learn more about this organization and asked how I could help out. It's always exciting to talk to someone so knowledgeable and passionate about their work.

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

Knowledgeable, Passionate, Dedicated

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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Too often, ideas about 'sustainable development' centre entirely around the idea of creating more efficient machines or cutting gas emissions, when it actually entails so much more. The Foundation for Sustainable Development (FSD) is a leader in this field because it addresses a wide range of issues from education to women's empowerment. Through efforts by professionals, the donation of grants, and the hands-on training of university students, FSD has created an expansive system that not only aids communities financially, but it also gives communities the skills and technology needed to continue to develop. While more developed nations like the United States and Europe have their own tools with which to create sustainable communities, FSD gives these same opportunities to lesser-developed countries so that sustainable development is no longer a goal for only the rich.

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

Extend its reach so that sustainable developement is trully a global realisation. No matter what the community's financial or developmental state, FSD would have enough money to bring aid to any area, thus connecting it to the larger world as a whole.

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2009

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FSD creates connections between volunteers and local, community-based organizations to provide sustainable economic, environmental, and community solutions to some of the most pressing global issues. From the national office in San Francisco through their site teams in six developing countries, FSD's integrated operation is incredible. They truly acknowledge the importance of "ground-up" development efforts that focus on sustainability. This organization is a leader and its example should be followed by many others!

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

the communities in which they work.

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

continue the work they are doing.

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

the life changing experience that their immersion trip provided.

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

extremely thoughtful, intelligent, and compassionate people.

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

connect the developing and developed worlds in a way we never thought possible.

Ways to make it better...

nothing could have made it better.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the difficulty to change people's opinions of the rest of the world.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007

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WIDE RESCUE INITIATIVE ORGANIZATION AN NGO FROM KENYA VOLUNTEERED TO WORK WITH FSD ON ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY AND ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT PROJECTS.

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

OUR COUNTRY KENYA TO BE MORE PROFITABLE TO LOCAL AND URBAN INHABITANTS WHO ARE IN DIRE NEED

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

HAVE ENJOYED

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

OF ITS KIND AND VERY UNIQUE IN ITS MISSION AND VERY DEDICATED

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

VERY ACTIVE AND VERY DEDICATED

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

MANAGE TO SURVE IN A WIDER DIMMENTION HENSE,ACHIEVE ITS TARGET

Ways to make it better...

I COULD BE INVOLVED IN THE ORGANIZATION AS PART AND PARCES AND THE ORGANIZATION TO OPERATE IN OUR AREA

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

LACK OF ENOUGH RESOUCES[FUNDS]TO EXPAND ITS ACTIVITIES TO THE WIDER PERSPECTIVE

One thing I'd also say is that...

THE ORGANIZATION MUST BE SURPOTED INTERMS OF FUNDS TO DELIVER ITS SURVICES TO THE NEEDY AT GRASSROOT LEVEL AND ACHIEVE ITS MISSION AT LARGE.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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April 14, 2009

From the very first day i joined FSD-Jinja, i got to realize how sustainable development can lead our country to greater heights because i got to learn how one can use small funds to start up a very big project which thing made me think again about development in Uganda. The FSD interns try there best to write different projects which are later funded by FSD with some small funds and they end up being great Projects.This is so inspiring in that i felt there is need for FSD to reach out to many communities since it has the best approach to development in the developing world.Some of the projects that took my breath included,Fruit tree planting for the women living with HIV,HIV awareness and prevention, Anti-Malaria awareness and prevention,Water treatment and conservation and many other projects.

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

Grass root projects which cover women empowerment, Human rights,Education and many more projects leading to community Development.

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

very hard working and dedicated

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

Reach out to many communities in the world.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

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these projects have really changed peoples lives where by they have let people learn to sustain their lives trough different ways like teaching them on how to keep and treat drinking water and this was a big problem in our community and after this project was launched by the FSD intern, very many people were saved from suffering from the water bone diseases. We are really greatful for this work by FSD.

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

Community development and Health sectors in my community

Ways to make it better...

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

make sure i get more funding so as to reach out to many communities as i can.

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

they are very supportive and are always ready to support developmental projects that are wanted by the community.

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

very supportive in that i felt that i was part of them because they involved us in all the preparations

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

help a very large area because they are after sustainable development which is the way to go for this developing world.

Ways to make it better...

they brought more projects in our community.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

lack of enough funding for the different projects.

One thing I'd also say is that...

If FSD had enough funds to run its projects his world would have been a better world.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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