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April 30, 2011

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April 30, 2011

I met Janet Littlefield six years ago when she was a teacher in Hebron, Maine. Even then she was an inspiration to everyone that met her. At the time she was supporting a few orphans in Malawi, Africa by sending part of her pay checks to help feed and put the children through school. She has since given up her teaching job so she could dedicate her life to helping more than 70 children in dire need of assistance. The Friends of Littelfield Home is located in the Mpamila area of Malawi. The goal of Friends of Littlefield Home is to reduce the factors that lead to poverty while helping the community to become self sufficient. There are 65 local orphans that are all provided with school tuition, school uniforms, school supplies, food, and food supplements for those that need them. Currently, all of the local orphans are housed at Friends of Littlefield Home but in the future, hopefully by the end of 2012 if enough money is raised, the home plans on building houses for the impoverished elderly in the area, as well as a house for 15 orphans from another area of Malawi. These 15 orphans are also provided the basic amenities that the children from Mpamila receive although they are not yet housed in the same village. The home provides a pre-school program to prepare the younger children for primary school as well as an after school tutoring program available to all the home’s students.

The Friends of Littlefield Home provides transportation to and from hospitals to help those in the surrounding area with HIV/AIDS care and awareness. Janet has brought more than 150 friends to Malawi both to teach them about life in a third world country and also for the visitors to help teach the village. Everyone that goes to Malawi runs different workshops to help teach AIDS awareness, nutrition awareness, reading, health, hygiene, rainforest conservation, and much more. The home also employs patrolmen for the local forests to help prevent poaching, and illegal deforestation.

All of these services are provided through the money that Janet is able to raise, with the help of many that have visited Friends of Littlefield Home. All sorts of charity events are held every year from silent auctions to marathons in Death Valley with all proceeds going directly towards helping these children. Those that take a trip to Friends of Littlefield Home come back with a more open heart and a better understanding and appreciation for human life in general. What is being done at Friends of Littlefield Home is truly changing the lives of countless people. It is the hope that the children educated through the home will be better able to continue on to provide even better lives for their children and teach them to do the same for their children. It is a cycle that must go on and with the continuing help and care of people like Janet Littlefield, it is sure to. This organization needs all the help it can get! Please check out http://www.littlefieldhome.org/ if you would like to learn more or are interested in providing assistance to the children!

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Janet took me and three other students to visit the Littlefield Home between my junior and senior years of high school. It was truly a life changing experience. The little things that we as Americans take for granted are the most cherished things to the children of Malawi. Never did I understand how grateful anyone could be towards a pen or even a piece of bubble gum. This really is a great organization to focus attention towards and help out in any way possible. I cannot praise this organization enough!

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

There is not much I would change about Friends of Littefield Home. I just wish more people were aware of what was going on there.

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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

April 28, 2011

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April 28, 2011

The experience I had volunteering at the Littlefield Home in Malawi Africa was like nothing else I have ever done. The village is so hospitable and appreciative of us being there. The kids are beautiful and loving as well. I learned so much while being there. My love for helping others was enhanced after that trip. This home for kids is making a difference, not only for the kids but it is changing the village. Helping to make this village sustainable by themselves is definatley a potential and this organization is on the way of doing that. I can't wait to return someday!

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I know that what I want to do with my life is help others and this experience is a huge part of that.

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

Just to get more people involved in donating money or volunteering their time.

April 26, 2011

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April 26, 2011

Littlefield Home is a wonderful organization. My experience volunteering with their organization was remarkable. The influence the volunteers and organization had on the children and community as a whole was life changing.

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

when I volunteered as well as am now teaching two of the children that the organization has gotten into a good secondary school.

Ways to make it better...

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

make it bigger.

April 20, 2011

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April 20, 2011

Last year I knew I wanted to go to Africa to work at an orphanage. After researching online and finding so many huge nonprofits advertising travel programs that would only send me information after sending in a deposit, I was nervous about the idea and my parents even more so. I knew I wanted to go, but I wasn't ready to go with an impersonal online program. Then I met Janet and learned about Friends of Little Field Home. She was extremely helpful about the travel process and even more passionate about her goals in Malawi. She made traveling to Malawi so comfortable. I had an amazing time on the trip (June 2010). I felt like I actually go to know the real Malawi, not just the tourist side of it like so many other travel programs offer. The kids were some of the most amazing children I have ever worked with. I always felt safe in the country- Malawi really is the "kind heart of Africa". I wouldn't trade the trip for anything. I returned in January 2011 and began to see the new projects that are taking place. Volunteering with LFH is really the best experience you could ask for in a nonprofit trip. FLFH is such a passionate and inspiring organization run by some of the most caring people I have met.

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the growth of the projects. I first volunteered with FLFH in June 2010 and by the time I go back in January 2011 the projects had grown and changed, moving from Ntaja to Ntchisi, focusing on the new needs of Ntchisi. This organization is very thoughtfully run.

Ways to make it better...

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

hesitate because this is a tough question. Running an organization like FLFH is a very difficult thing to do. Although there are different ways to do this kind of project, I honestly believe FLFH does it in the best way possible. I would make no changes.

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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

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

I wish I had gotten a better grasp of Chichewa (the language spoken in Malawi) during my first trip. Because our job was to help the kids with English, I never really forced myself to learn Chichewa. It wasn't until my second trip where my homestay family spoke little English that I picked up more phrases.

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

This experience has guided my studies greatly. Because of seeing Malawi, I have a new-found love for Africa and it's rich history. I am now minoring in 3rd World Development with a concentration in Africa. I met wonderful people through FLFH that still keep in touch with, both in the US and Malawi.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

I cannot begin to describe how it made me feel. Every now and then when I am sitting in my comfortable heated home with the leisure of running water, electricity, and new clothes I have a pang of a more heart felt appreciation than I understood before my time in Malawi. I feel absolutely in love with those children and not a day goes by when they don't cross my mind.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

April 20, 2011

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April 20, 2011

I volunteered with Friends of Littlefield at their orphanage in Malawi where they do amazing job in providing underprivileged orphans with housing, clothes, and emotional support. The home provides the children with necessary school supplies. Also, the home sponsors high school level orphans by providing them with tuition fees which is a major contributing factor to high school dropouts among the underprivileged. Also, the home helps in improving the health conditions of the Malawian rural communities through Sexually transmitted Diseases (STDs) awareness campaigns. Currently, the home is also working on providing the community they are serving with micro-loans to boost the community's economy.

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Alot of orphans have had a chance to realize their goals of attaining higher education which they would not without the support of Friends of Littlefield Home. Some have finished high school and are on their way to attaining tertiary education. Many children who lost their parents while very young and had nobody to provide them with essential support have managed to survive and grow with the help of this organization.

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

i would promote the strengthening of the relationship between the organization and the community receiving the aid.

April 20, 2011

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April 20, 2011

Little Field Home is a light to the community in this part of Malawi. It provides medical care as well as food and shelter and education to orphaned children. Volunteers come not only to teach but to attend to the emotional needs of the children. It is easy to fall in love!

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

volunteering for the organization and working side by side with the founders of the orphanage for years.

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

not change anything.

April 20, 2011

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April 20, 2011

The summer of my Junior year in high school was when I traveled to Malawi, Africa. I was blown away, shocked, and thrilled. Arriving at the orphanage was a feeling that can only be expressed by actually being there. The orphans had no cell phones, lap tops, or even more than a few shirts to call their own. What they did have was clean water, a roof over their head, and hot meals. For them, this was enough, and that is what truly surprised me- having so little yet being so happy. Always thinking of Malawi, I often wonder why more people can't realize that material objects aren't important, and that it is friendship and love that really add to happiness. Please help maintain this happiness within these orphans by contributing to The Little Field Home so that the meals, clothes, and water do not come to an end. You'll be surprised by how much even a little of your time can help.

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Every day of my life.

Ways to make it better...

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

Bring more people to Malawi!

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.

April 19, 2011

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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

April 19, 2011

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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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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