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April 19, 2011

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April 19, 2011

I founded this organization 7 years ago and this cause has become my passion, my drive, my life! We work incredibly hard collaboratively with the Malawians to come up with African solutions for the root causes of poverty. We want our work to be sustainable, and Malawian run and we are adapting constantly to the changes and needs to help solve problems in rural Malawi. We are working on prevention and reducing the factors that lead to extreme poverty. This focus has led us to develop programs in education (from early childhood to secondary school and college), health care (from transportation to the hospital to outreach and awareness about common illnesses), micro-finance (loans for cooperatives and women to allow families to have economic independence and earn an income), forest conservation (protection of one of the last remaining rainforests in sub-sahara Africa, and HIV/AIDS awareness. We all very much want to make a difference!

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

the Malawians I see that have benefitted from our support, our outreach, our school scholarships and health care. I see the results in the American students that have traveled to Malawi! They have gained a global perspective and become active citizens making a difference for others, whether locally or across the globe. I see the difference in the confidence in the women we reach out to, the smile in an HIV patient on medicine, a baby cured of malaria, a farmer earning an income from his own gardens!

Ways to make it better...

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

Raise more money and get more donors involved beyond New England.

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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.

April 19, 2011

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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 think our organization is unique in how we operate. We have developed a collaborative program with not only our partner committee in M'Pamila, but also with other community committees to ensure our programs are being run properly and that they are effective. This system has allowed a greater amount of people from the community to be involved in program development, and program assessment. While we do have direct oversight from our Organization for all of our programs, it is very important to us to have our programs being run and evaluated by the community members who are most impacted by the programs. The only way in which this system works is if there is a strong communication line between all the committees, and with our organization. We feel lucky that this type of communication exists.

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

I have been involved in this organization since 2005 and I have visited our programs in Malawi eight times since 2006. Our organization has had its share of ups and downs, but we have used our experiences to better serve our donors and our beneficiaries. We feel that the more input we get from our donors, our volunteers, and other organizations like ours, helps us be more effective at what we do.

Ways to make it better...

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

I think we are still continuing to improve our media communication. It can be frustrating sometimes to not be able to keep our donors and volunteers up to date on our current programs. It is hard because so much happens so far away, but we are still looking into ways to keep the people who support us more in tuned to our programs.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

How did you learn about this organization?

I helped found this organization in 2006.

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

Right now it is on assisting the local HIV Outreach Committee, assisting in education needs in the community (including providing tuition scholarships to secondary school students), making preparations for a micro finance farming project to begin in September, and conservation projects related to clean water and the Ntchisi Forest Reserve.

What is its top priority in the long run?

We hope to expand our outreach programs to specificly target orphans and vulnerable children, as well as provide a water source to 7 neighboring villages. We also have plans to work with the Ntchisi Forest Commission on developing more expansive programs to reduce the illegal logging being done in the rain forest.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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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