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December 27, 2013

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October 28, 2012

I have been with GRI for sevev years and know first hand what it means to "Abandon the Middle" Go and Give to share the Love of Christ in a dark place meeting needs face to face with people in despera... more

December 27, 2013

I have known the founder of global refuge international Brian McNeely for over eight years and have served overseas as a volunteer in one of their programs in Uganda, I find this organization to be extremely competent, financially efficient, and focused specifically on the needs of the individual victims of human and physical disaster caused crisis they serve in the field. They go to places that most organizations would not dare to go into and work with indigenous people to get the work accomplished. I highly recommend this organization for anyone who wants to be involved personally or financially and caring for people difficult places around the world.

Ways to make it better...

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

Broaden its donor base to allow for faster and more impacting response to global crises.

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Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

October 28, 2012

I have been with GRI for sevev years and know first hand what it means to "Abandon the Middle" Go and Give to share the Love of Christ in a dark place meeting needs face to face with people in desperate need. GRI gets the most bang for the buck of any organization I know. Monte Watson MA, MHA, OTR. US Army Major, Retired. JOIN us!

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

October 16, 2013

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October 16, 2013

Donor beware! This organization is a far cry from the honest Christian organization they claim to be. We supported family members through this organization in Uganda. On the ground the work they claimed to be going on was not, and there were serious issues with what the money was actually being used for. When they could not resolve these issues, they returned to the states, and GRI kept forty percent of their donor support despite numerous requests for them to return the donations to their supporters. If I felt that my donations were going to the causes they claimed I would have been willing to leave it with them, but my dealings with GRI lead me to believe it is all smoke and mirrors on their part. They may serve the needs of college students looking to get involved in missions trips, but do not invest any serious money with this organization. It is a family operation that appears to be in business to keep the family operating. There are too many other trustworthy Christian organizations that need your support to bother with this one.

Ways to make it better...

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

Request full disclosure. I do not believe the claims on their website are accurate.

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Was your donation impactful?

Unlikely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

No

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

October 15, 2012

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October 15, 2012

I traveled with GRI to Thailand where the organization was providing medical care to refugees from Burma. These people are allowed to be in Thailand, but they have no services from the government. GRI provided medical care, medicine, vitamins, encouragement and hope in Christ. I also worked with Global Refuge in Uganda. Many people in Uganda die from complications from malaria, which can be prevented by sleeping under a mosquito net. GRI goes to remote villages and gives families these nets, as well as tests and treats malaria cases. They also distribute medication to individuals who have tested positive for HIV. Over the years, many lives have been saved by the humanitarian efforts of Global Refuge. My experiences with GRI have been life-changing.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

June 22, 2011

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June 22, 2011

GRI serves in difficult places where the needs are great and other charitable organizations are reluctant to venture. I had the opportunity last fall to teach medics at the GRI course on the Thai-Burma border. It's an unstable area with only the most basic health care.

I was impressed by
how much the medic students had learned in a short period of time, and how all the logistical challenges (housing, teaching facility, translators) had been overcome. This sort of training offers hope and practical assistance in this difficult area.

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

The medic training course on the Thai-Burma border.

Ways to make it better...

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

Work toward strengthening health care delivery beyond training. Expand this model to other areas.

June 22, 2011

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June 22, 2011

I went with GRI to Uganda last summer with some of my classmates from nursing school. GRI was able to use our skills and resources as nursing students to help serve the people of Uganda. We taught HIV education classes to GRI's HIV vulnerable groups in 10 villages. We also passed out medication, visited hospitals, clinics and even stayed at a maternity clinic overnight and witnessed the birth of three babies. The missions trip through GRI was one of the best experiences of my life. It help me to grow spiritually while learning about the healthcare and medical needs around in Uganda. The GRI team in Uganda was very welcoming and made us feel right at home. GRI is an excellent example of how to provide the best and most needed kind of service in a place like Northern Uganda.

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

Personally I have grown after the trip in my view of world, healthcare needs, my role as a Christian nurse and the abilities I have in the future to serve the needs of the world.

Ways to make it better...

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

None. I loved everything everything about GRI.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

While I knew most of my team, I got so much closer to my team and I know we will share this bond forever through our experiences.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Like I was part of something bigger, but that even my smallest action could have a lasting effect in the world.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

June 20, 2011

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June 20, 2011

As someone who has worked overseas, for seven years now, with non profit organizations I can personally say that Global Refuge International rises above them all. Their commitment to communication and accountability is a priority for them, and it shows. Working together with nationals, and training, supporting them to become leaders in the local projects is something that they do extremely well. (This is something that is lacking in almost every organization I have personally worked with or under.) I admire their goal of creating long standing projects within cultural boundaries, rather than creating short "Western" fixes that do not work culturally, nor long term. Most of all, GRI approaches all that they do from a Biblical standpoint. The same measure they use on others is, first, used towards themselves. They have not come in with answers but rather with a humble attitude of following Christ into each new health initiative they take on.

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June 20, 2011

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June 20, 2011

In May 2010 I travelled to Northern Uganda with GRI. I was part of a team consisting mostly of nursing students. Our mission was to work with HIV-AIDS vulnerable groups in the villages around Lira. Our team taught those groups about personal health and hygiene, household health and hygiene, and about how to prevent the spread of HIV.
Our GRI interpreters were superb. It was obvious that GRI has an influential presence in those villages, and that they help as many of the villagers as possible with medications, transportation to hospital facilities, health education, and so much more.
I will definitely take another trip with GRI in the future.

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

The reception of the GRI staff and volunteers by people in the villages near Lira made it apparent that GRI is making a difference in their world. `

Ways to make it better...

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

I don't know of any changes I would make to this organization.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

I experience amazing generosity in utter poverty, and hope in the midst of seemingly hopeless circumstances.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Humble

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

June 14, 2011

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June 14, 2011

GRI is a tremendous organization. From the clarity of their goals to the sustainability of their projects, they are truly making a huge difference in the world. I have personally seen their projects first hand and the combination of expertise and compassion is ultimately effective. After looking at their financials, I am confident that there is no organization better suited to deal in difficult places than GRI and donors can feel comfortable that their money is being utilized efficiently and with integrity.

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

I have visited their work internationally and worked in their projects.

Ways to make it better...

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

Encourage them to spend more money on telling their message as it is unique and thousands more people need to be a part of supporting this organization.

February 26, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 26, 2011

GRI is Global Refuge International. This mission organization sprang from the heart of the founder of GRI who personally experienced the shock and horror that occurs to people groups persecuted by governments and militant groups. He joined a mission team to a remote people group, spent time with the local people group, returned home and learned of the destruction of the village and death of villagers at the hands of the government military just days after the missionaries left. At that point, the GRI mission work came into existence. For me, I was hooked after learning of the work GRI does - ministering to the medical, cultural and spiritual needs of the most persecuted people groups or those from 3rd world countries who are in the midst of a natural disaster. Several summers back, I joined a team to work in an HIV medical mission in northern Uganda. During that mission trip, I interacted and did ministry work daily with local Ugandans living in the county. The work shared amongst the Ugandan locals and the US based missionaries evidenced organization, passion, compassion , and capability - GRI in a snapshot. I continue to support GRI on a consistent basis. I've been to the African continent 3 times, to Europe and South America. My experience in northern Uganda with GRI was the most meaningful and heart inspiring experience of my life. Anyway in which you can support GRI will be well worth it.

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

My personal experiences with GRI enabled me to be the hands and feet of Christ to people who share the same humanity, need for significance and the same need to knowing a loving God to navigate through the trials of life.

Ways to make it better...

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

Nope, I have no ideas for changes. The 1 change I suggested to a GRI worker, to have easy access to consistent and basic updates, has been enacted. They now give updates on Twitter.

February 25, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 25, 2011

GRI does great work in going places others fear to work and opening up opportunities for other groups to safely work there. Many organizations use all of their donor funds to provide a lifestyle for their employees and small amounts of money actually get to the people in need. GRI is the opposite of that and does tremendous work for the budget they seem to have. I would recommend them with the highest of regard and my prayer is that many other donors will join in partnership of this wonderful work.

The Great!

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

By traveling to the GRI projects.

Ways to make it better...

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

Help them provide more U.S. infrastructure.

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