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April 19, 2011

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April 19, 2011

I met Janet and Bill this past year at Hebron Academy and slowly found out about the organization Janet had started over 5 years ago to help vulnerable children and their families in Malawi, Africa. I listened to fellow colleagues and current students tell their stories of what they experienced in Malawi and how much of an impact they had on the local community. I was convinced almost immediately that I wanted to travel there in the summer to help in the Ntchisi village with the FLFH new projects. I was considering entering the Peace Coprs after college but it was difficult to leave my position as a boarding school teacher and coach. Currently, I have been raising money with Team Little Field over the past few months while training for a marathon. I was shocked to see how many friends and family wanted to help donate or be a part of fundraisers once I told them what the FLFH has been doing over the past few years. It is a great organization with great people helping many, many people live better lives.

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

speaking with recent volunteers and raising money with them

Ways to make it better...

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

try to get more volunteers to help out our cause.

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April 19, 2011

I am a board member and a donor who first learned about this nonprofit through an article in the newspaper. I invited the founders to talk to my college class, which led to student projects designed to help the organization and student interest in joining the group in Malawi. One student earned a prestigious fellowship from the college to go to Malawi and since that first student, others have followed. They find the experience transformative. The organization has been nimble and smart, making changes as needed to help Malawians to help themselves.

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

my service as a board member, where I review the progress of the orphans and of the farming and health initiatives undertaken by the organization.

Ways to make it better...

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

not do anything.

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April 19, 2011

You will never find more heart out of the people that are involved in this organization. FLFH has found ways to adapt to make a lasting impact on both the people they help in Malawi and volunteers that join them on their travels.

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

Seeing the impact first hand .

Ways to make it better...

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

Raise more money!

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April 19, 2011

I went to Malawi, Africa with the goal to teach children English, haul water, educate the community about HIV/AIDS and go on two unforgettable adventures to a Safari in Zambia and Lake Malawi. However, from the day that I arrived at The Little Field Home, the eighty some odd orphans taught me more than I ever thought I could learn. When I went to Malawi during three weeks of the summer of 2009, I went for the experience. I went to see what life was like under the poverty line, and to give back to a community. I also went to be selfless, to help those who needed it, and to improve the lives of others. Stepping foot in Chigamba Village was so much more than I had hoped for. The children have smiles from ear to ear despite their conditions, they are always willing to take a walk, to assist with doing laundry, help with hauling water and always interested in reading, writing and learning. When the tears were streaming down my face when I had to say good bye, I knew it would be a see-you-later. And that turned out to be accurate when I returned during the summer of 2010. These children became a part of my every day life to this day as their photographs take up the majority of my wall space, and their memories take over all those I had previously made from prior experiences.

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my every day life. It is important to know how to plan a teaching lesson, to be organized, to be good at public speaking as well as communicating even with a language barrier.

Ways to make it better...

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

spend more time teaching. Although we read for an hour and a half every night and do lesson time during the day and the kids get antsy, they need all the education they can get, as they are far behind because of the lack of teachers, buildings, facilities and supplies the country has.

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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?

2010

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April 19, 2011

I volunteered for a month in July in 2009 and it was an incredible experience. The home was well-managed, and all volunteers and workers involved seemed to have a really genuine commitment to the cause.

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

Seeing the children and the love and care they received. Without this organization, these kids' lives would be much less hopeful.

Ways to make it better...

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

I would make this organization more well known so that they could receive more funding and expand their programs and outreach.

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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?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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April 19, 2011

I traveled to the Little Field Home Orphanage for the month of July in 2009 which was the summer prior to my senior year in high school. To this day, I still connect my everyday life to my experiences in Malawi. The children at the Home are some of the most remarkable young people I have ever met. Their enthusiasm and positivity towards learning is unmatched. I have gained a perspective and appreciation for my own life. I also realized the incredible impact people can have on each other through kindness, patience and understanding. Malawians are in an tragic position when it comes to education and health care and the FLFH works hard and effectively to help improve the quality of life and opportunity for the orphans and community members. The FLFH changed my life and changes lives every day in Malawi.

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

My everyday activities. I am a college student that knows that I am lucky to have the opportunity to attend college. I know that it is a privilege to have amenities such as electricity, plumbing and proper health care. One of the most powerful lessons learned in Malawi was the power of a smile. The orphans of Malawi have very little and yet they are some of the happiest children. That kind of appreciation for life is an invaluable lesson I carry with me thanks to the orphans of the Little Field Home.

Ways to make it better...

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

I wouldn't! It is a wonderful organization that is organized, impacting and beneficial to everyone involved.

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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

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April 19, 2011

I have now been to Malawi with FLFH twice. I went back in Summer 2008 for 3 weeks and then went back Summer 2010 and spent 2 months. I left the first summer knowing that I would always want to go back and do my part teaching English and continue to inform surrounding areas of HIV/AIDS. The people of Malawi are the nicest people in the world, after all it is the warm heart of Africa! These kids take everything they could possibly get from you. Every time they sit on your lap, get a hug or kiss, they embrace. They remember every moment spent with you and I learned that when I returned. Everyone remembered me.

The best thing about these kids is that they want to learn. They ask questions, and spend extra time for help. I hope to return to Malawi in the near future for a 3rd time and I know it will even be better than the last two.

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

The results of the English program. When I first went it was near impossible to talk to any of the orphans, but the 2nd time around it was amazing how much better there English got. These kids are committed to learning this language.

Ways to make it better...

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

I would try not to change too much. It is great. Maybe have less trips so volunteers could spend more time at the orphanage!

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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?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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April 19, 2011

I spent three weeks volunteering at the FLFH orphanage, and the experience has changed my life. The children are all incredibly beautiful souls and deserve much better lives than they can currently lead. Continued support for the organization is extremely necessary and I urge you to show kindness to these children, you can make a difference!

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working hands-on with the children has been a very constructive and eye-opening experience for me, and I hope that I can continue to assist this organization in achieving its goals

Ways to make it better...

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

see more support for the kids!

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April 19, 2011

We have been investing through contributions to this venture for over seven years.

We have seen and met the volunteers, students and a couple of the orphans. the Littlefield home has raised the level of the quality of life of these orphans to levels I don't think they thoguht they could
achieve.

We have also seen unbelievable growth of the voluteer who have journeyed to Malawi and comd back with quotes such as life changing experience.

This shows people can reach to higher peaks than they ever dreamed of attaining.

The organization has to brag more about what they have achieved and where they want to go at the next level.

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Just in meeting the volunteers who have journeyed to the villages and have met two of the students who are graduates of the home and have seen what they have achieved here in school in America (honors) shows us what great strides the home makes in their lives.

Ways to make it better...

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

Ask for a better communications system to tell their story.

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April 19, 2011

Friends of Little Field Home has become a huge part of my life ever since I started volunteering for them and I am so happy. I originally started off as a 6-month volunteer through an internship program at my school. Now, I am about to prepare for my second 6-month trip with this organization. Friends of Little Field Home has an incredible mission to help the small country of Malawi, Africa. They not only want to help by donating and funding projects, but the organization continues to become a part of the community by interacting with the locals in such a unique way. They allow their volunteers to fully submerge themselves in the rich culture of Malawi which, personally, gave me a first-hand experience into the Malawian way of life. During my time there, I lived like a Malawian; I hauled water on my head, cooked with firewood, and lived with the very basic necessities. It was the most rewarding experience I have ever had the privilege to be a part of. I was given a lot of creative responsibility allowing me to make my own lesson plans for the children and to use my own ideas for specific projects. This is something that was very exciting to me. I can wholeheartedly say that this organization is definitely something to rave about and will always be a part of my life.

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

the way they interact with the community. Most organizations are so big that they send volunteers on a perfected schedule which do not allow them to engage much with the community and the people. This organization makes sure that the volunteers are involved in everything the community does. For example, it is part of the program where the volunteers go out to surrounding villages and deliver HIV Awareness presentations. Volunteers interact and can bond with the locals in such a close way.

Ways to make it better...

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

improve the way the volunteers can learn the language. Before departure, volunteers are given a list of common phrases and words in Chichewa (national language of Malawi). It is very difficult to learn and hard to communicate without knowing the language. It would be nice if the organization had tapes the volunteers could buy (part of fundraising maybe) so they can learn or hear the language before they leave. Other than that, I would not change a thing.

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Assist at a fundraiser, do a book drive, spread awareness about HIV/AIDS. Join our marathon/half marathon team. In Malawi, in three hours you could hold an orphan, teach a child, conduct a workshop on HIV/AIDS, plant seeds with a farmer, do a loan interview with a loan officer etc... Volunteer