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May 26, 2010

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May 26, 2010

I've been an active donor to Freedom from Hunger for at least 15 years and follow their work and new initiatives closely. I was drawn by the emphasis on empowerment of poor rural women in developing countries for economic self-sufficiency. I particularly like the combination of micro-loans with education in health and nutrition as well as managing a micro-business and developing savings. I am convinced that when women become earners, their priorities are food and education for their children. This enables more of their daughters, especially, to stay in school. Through all their partnerships, Freedom from Hunger multiplies many times every dollar contributed. With fewer than 50 staff worldwide, they serve over 2 million women today. I am so committed to their work that I talk about the organization to my friends, women's organizations I am part of, and my church's international outreach. Most recently, with a goal of helping more local women make a link of giving to women internationally through NGO's they can have confidence in, I established an endowed fund connected with the Women's Fund in our local Community Foundation. Freedom from Hunger was one of the 2 organizations selected to be major recipients of the yearly grants.

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

The joy of knowing that my gifts are making a lasting difference in the lives of global women and their families.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 25, 2010

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May 25, 2010

I chose this organization to send hard earned money to because their goals and programs parallel my ideas for real change in this world. I firmly believe that empowering women is the best way for true change in individuals and the ripple effect in families and then into communities. Microfinance loans combined with education is a win/win situation. The fact that their payback rate allows more money to be loaned is admirable. It is really a high return investment. I will probably never meet any of the women my donations have helped but knowing that my money is being used wisely by careful concerned people makes me glad to do what I can.

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

Freedom from Hunger has an excellent frequent newsletter with updates on individuals and programs. It allows donors to stay personally involved.

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

Reading about the success stories and knowing the ripple effect of changing one person's lives

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 24, 2010

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May 24, 2010

Freedom from Hunger changed me, the day I first heard of their work in providing adult education along with microloans. This was not charity, but a chance for families to study and work their way out of systemic poverty; and it was not a top-down smug attempt at development, but a 64-year history of asking what is needed in specific global communities, listening, and adapting programs and services to fit real people's needs. I'd been working as a writer and just gave birth to my first baby, Benjamin. I wanted all moms and dads to be able to give their babies nourishing food, vaccinations, books and school, a safe warm home, and a shot at living their dreams. Now Ben just started at his first-choice college, and I work in development and write about innovative solutions to poverty. Freedom from Hunger started small too, with 100 women in 2 countries (Thailand and Mali); they now serve over 2 million clients in 16 countries. Somehow they manage to combine a legacy of care, deep research, and tested methodology, with cutting-edge innovations in how to deliver services to the poor. For example, FFH brings savings circles ("Saving for Change") and health education to geographically remote areas; and malaria, HIV, maternal and infant health training and services ("Microfinance and Health Protection") to areas hardest hit by disease. The first to link loans with education, FFH now provides training and curriculum materials to local partners all over the world, so that families can work smarter and advance faster out of poverty into opportunity.

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

Three ways: 1. Reading the DATA on the freedomfromhunger.org and ffhtechnical.org -- programs and metrics evaluations. 2. Knowing the STAFF well, over many years 3. Interviewing their CLIENTS on site visits with FFH

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About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 23, 2010

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May 23, 2010

Freedom from Hunger provides funding and technical assistance to the least served, generally rural populations, in Asia, India, Africa and Latin America. They create local organizations and then support them over time with best practices information. We visited a pilot program in Bolivia that brought MD's to rural locations to perform colposcopy exams to ensure early detection of uterine abnormalities. This program demonstrated that there is high trust of this group. The need is to better articulate their impact and unique contributions in the field. In Bolivia there are over 100 micro-finance organizations and they are one of only two that reach into the rural areas.

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

Bolivia where Freedom from Hunger created a robust local organization CRECER. CRECER now operates throughout Bolivia. They are one of only two groups delivering micro-finance,credit with health education programs in rural areas there.

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

Focus on clear communication of unique characteristics of programs, populations served and outcomes and impacts. Continue to use personal and technical networking to build understanding of the core capabilities, history and process of Freedom from Hunger.

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

Experiencing development work in the field.

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

extraordinary in their experience, deep knowledge and sophistication about creating and evaluating programs.

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

Provide preventative health care to rural areas. Increase reach of credit with education programs.

Ways to make it better...

I had learned more about the history of the program.

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

Communicating their unique value in the face of the increasing number of micro finance operations that do not provide education and health services and do not reach isolated rural populations.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 22, 2010

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May 22, 2010

Freedom from Hunger has been helping women for over 50 years. They know how to partner with local organizations in each region - a crucial part of a successful program. I am particularly proud of the "Credit with Education" program, which has reached so many women and by extension their families in rural regions of developing countries. I am proud to be a long term sponsor of this particular program.

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

While I have never traveled to Africa or South America to PERSONALLY experience the results, I read carefully each annual report for concrete evidence of women positively effected by this effort. It is amazing the positive results.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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