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January 29, 2009

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January 29, 2009

Havng traveled in Africa myself and seen the suffering but also the courage and strength of the women there, I m impressed by the choice of Mercy Beyond Bordeers to partner with displaced women. MBB is liftng women from poverty through small measurable projects that really work... I have donated to Mercy Beyond Borders and will continue to be a donor.

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

concrete projects that have helped women and children in Southern Sudan.

Ways to make it better...

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

give more tech support for the website, etc.

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

being part of lifting war-ravaged women up from extreme poverty.

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

dedicated energetic people

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

replicate its Sudan work in other countries where women live in extreme poverty, such as Haiti and Cambodia.

Ways to make it better...

only if I had more time and money to contribute.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the fact that Sudan remains remote and almost completely lacking in any infrastructure to support projects.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I'm privileged and grateful to be part of the Mercy Beyond Borders mission.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

January 2, 2009

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January 2, 2009

The founder Sr Marilyn Lacey is an inspirational,dedicated,expert,and visionary re displaced women in poorest countries.The Board and volunteers are mission-driven and committed.The cause is moving and important.and MBB approaches to providing aid and hope are pragmatic and well grounded.

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

imagining how many poor women will be helped by MBB.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

December 30, 2008

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December 30, 2008

A great new non-profit with very low overhead that benefits refugees in selected developing countries. Run by an experienced person who maximizes her contacts and has a hands-on approach.

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

support women's education in some of the most deprived countries of the world, e.g., southern Sudan.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

December 30, 2008

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December 30, 2008

The women of Sudan have proven their moral, physical, and emotional stamina in the face of the wars and environmental challenges imposed upon them and their children. MBB addresses the needs of these women today as they forge to re-establish their identity and that of their country. Perhaps no other avenue to self-reliance equips women more than education; young girls afforded the opportunity to access the web to broaden their learning, or mothers/grandmother tackling the beginnings of running a self-sustaining small business. These are long-term benefits realized by MBB through both first hand knowledge of the plight of women and children of Southern Sudan and in collaboration with the Mercy Congregation who since 1831, have responded pragmatically to the needs of women and children in need of fundamental human rights. MBB is in communication with Sudanese local communities and listens with mind and heart in order to provide them with their identified requirements that can best break the cycles of poverty, neglect and ignorance brought about through prolonged sufferings. As a high school educator I have had the opportunity to bring greater awareness of concerns of the Sudanese children to the mind-scope of young American students. Moved by the goals of MBB, the expertise of its Director, and long-lasting commitment of the Mercy Congregation, these young students have initiated programs to raise funds for this worthy cause. They know that MBB funds go directly to the people in need to assist them in implementing life-long goals which can be generated from generation to generation. In past activities, funds were designated for St. Bakita School in Sudan. Our US students saw immediate results of their efforts in the implementation of newer learning equipment to the school. I would want to see MBB continue its fine work and in future, perhaps open up more opportunities for US volunteers to labor hand-in-hand with those women and children whose lives MBB seeks to enhance.

The Great!

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

hearing the healing words; of girls for whom education now is not just a hope but a bridge to fulfillment of concrete dreams, and of women whose dignity is restored by setting up their own little enterprises to sustain them and their families.

Ways to make it better...

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

find more ways to offer opportunities for US volunteers to labor hand-in-hand with those women and children whose lives MBB seeks to enhance. This would further strengthen the bond between giver and recipient in real time.

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

the hope it gives all of us in knowing that pragmatic changes can happen when each individual believes that "one butterfly" can indeed move mountains!

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

inspirational, knowledgeable, and pragmatic.

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

arrange for more field volunteers to further connect heart, minds, and hands among recipients and donor/volunteers.

Ways to make it better...

I had the opportunity to volunteer in the field to help the children transition into the wider learning environment.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

that of maintaining its focus amidst the changing and growing needs of returning IDPs.

One thing I'd also say is that...

my confidence in MBB is rooted in the knowledge of the proven record in assisting women that defines the Sisters of Mercy.

Should this review be counted for a specific campaign?

Mercy High School, Burlingame, California-Spanish Honor Society

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

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