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November 14, 2012

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November 14, 2012

Easily the most professional and transparent non-profit I have ever worked with. The best thing about MAD is that it has created and successfully applied a methodology to the education sector at the grassroot level. It doesn't just teach certain subjects or provide employment - it's something that works on altering the perception and process of thinking of a child and actually manages to pull it off.

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

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

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

October 22, 2009

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October 22, 2009

I have trained this crazy bunch of young and truly 'M A D' people.. and i wish all our teachers in all our schools had the same zeal! :) These young people are out to impact the lives more young people... the best favour that can be returned to the society they are in.. I wish them all the good luck.. May your tribe increase.. :)

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

The zeal, enthusiasm and energy of the young people who never seem to stop wanting to learn! :)

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

great!

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

.. probably think of me in it.. !! :-))

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 19, 2009

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October 19, 2009

I first met the MAD group as a trainer- I did two years of teacher training and now, I have stayed on with them as a friend and possible resource person. When we first met in 2007, the group was looking for 'process-training'- how to teach the children in the orphanages so that it was different from school, fun, yet meaningful. In the past two years, they have moved towards working with EZ Vidya and developing a 'syllabus' and several other guides and support materials so that the young volunteers (average age: 19-22) can feel confident about teaching the children. Monitoring of volunteers, training, sharing experiences, blogging- all these are part of the MAD approach. Commitment from these youngsters (who could as easily find a million other things to do during the weekends) is what has kept the concept of teaching the less fortunate children alive. MAD now has a presence in several cities apart from Cochin, where it all began. And the results are there to see: happy children in the orphanages who enjoy the company of their weekend teachers, improved academic results and managements/committees who now request MAD volunteers to work with their children. I think that MAD has made great strides in doing what they set out to: giving the children in the orphanages a life by giving them competence in English. Ratan Gopinath Bangalore

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

...seeing how, year by year, the group is putting so much of thought and effort into streamlining the work they do.

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

The company and enthusiasm of this growing bunch of young adults.

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

Committed, fun-loving, warm and generous.

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

...add several valuable features to the weekend English classes. Start libraries, perhaps? Introduce technology?

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 19, 2009

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October 19, 2009

More than 500 young professionals from different fields and the one intention binding them ' Purposeful education for the ones who need it most'. Our team became a part of this endeavor only because of the uncompromising stance taken by MAD towards enhancing the quality of service rendered. Offering service is commendable in itself but working towards continual improvement in the service rendered makes the service heart to heart igniting the passion in all who come close, the learner and the teacher learner too.

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

Ambitious at setting goals and steadfast at working towards realizing them.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 18, 2009

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October 18, 2009

Make a Difference is a truly inspirational paradigm of how anyone with will and determination can change the world. I have worked with the MAD folks on several occasions and their enthusiasm and belief in the children they teach are what keep them going. From a small volunteer group, they have grown tremendously and are now in 9 cities across India - building skills in thousands of low-income children. MAD is at the core of the volunteer revolution in India - over 2000 volunteers - mostly students, form the backbone of the organization. These volunteers have learned to give back to their communities - they have learned to make a difference. Their story must be told. - Prathima Rodrigues

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

the efficiency with which they work.

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

enthusiastic and committed to their cause.

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

get every child to college.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 18, 2009

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October 18, 2009

Being a person closely watching the activities of MAD, I am more than happy with the commitment and dedication of the volunteers, and their meticulous planning and impeccable execution of the programmes for a CAUSE. Their contribution for the development of the underprevilaged will be suitably rewarded by Time. I am sure they are going to MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

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

totally committed and dedicated

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

be in a better position ( leaving all the headaches ) to do a better job.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 18, 2009

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October 18, 2009

Cheers to the exuberant volunteers and the innovative approaches you guys take to Make a Difference for children. I work for an NGO in Bangalore and I’ve heard about your initiatives through word of mouth. You guys are setting a wonderful example and may aid and support come to you from all avenues. Kudos

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

Make a huge difference of astronomical proportions.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 18, 2009

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October 18, 2009

i got to know of MAD through a friend who was passionately committed to it. I was witness to the way MAD completely changed her life- gave her a purpose beyond the small concerns of an individual life and made her a part of something much larger. I have been associated with MAD in a very small way, but i see how the commitment of a few people have made a huge difference in the life of so many young children. Just by giving these kids an opportunity, just by believing in them MAD has opened a whole new world for them. To me MAD is special because every individual associated with it, genuinely cares about the kids MAD supports. To the volunteers for MAD, this is not a job, this is not a step to something higher. It is what defines them.

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

young enthusiastic people who believed in their power to change the world

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 18, 2009

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October 18, 2009

I have had the good fortune of having been part of the evolution of this group of youngtsers over the past three years. Their committment to their Mission to enhance quality of life of underprivelged children iw worth emulation by the NGO's in this segment. The fact that the vision of a few, has been transformed into the Mission of a few hundred needs to be specially commended. I believe that the likes of Jithin, Sujith,Gloria and Sanjana come by ever so rarely. I wish them and all associated with them the very best in their endeavors and assure them of my involvement in this their committment as long as they feel the need to have me around.

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

almost as committed as the founders . This is something that many such NGO's seriously need to emulate

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 18, 2009

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October 18, 2009

I am a professional with research interests in upliftments of social sectors. i know MAD through many common friends who are involved in this organization. I find MAD to be doing really great work in upliftement and education of the underpriveleged section of society. Children are the future of our country and if they are educated enough then the future is bright for any country. By doing such a task at the grass root level, MAD is indeed doing tremendous work and i feel proud to see their work in this sector. Great work Keep it up!

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

Amazing and very passionate about their work. They are the true professional in all sense

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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