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February 14, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 14, 2011

Pathfinder International does crucial work around the world, providing education and access to health care. Pathfinder saves lives. It also helps to improves lives in profound ways. Providing information and resources for wellness and family planning enables women to gain control of their lives, allowing them in turn to contribute positively to their local economies and their communities.

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Pathfinder teams up with other organizations here in Maine to provide thought-provoking evenings that are informative and engaging. This organization has vision, reach and results.

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Provide more funds so they can expand their services to other areas of the globe.

February 14, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 14, 2011

Pathfinder is uniquely committed to the best interests of the people they serve in underdeveloped areas. Their projects and aid focus upon enabling and empowering the recipients to make a better life for themselves by increasing the likehood of self-improvement and independence. The staff acknowledges and respects the ability and desire of the recipients to work with them to achieve specific goals towards that better life.

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observing staff.

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publicize more extensively to emphasize the real difference made in family and women's issues in countries where medical care is minimal.

February 14, 2011

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February 14, 2011

I am proud to support Pathfinder, and the good work they do ensuring health for people in the developing world.

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The reports of the outstanding work they do are very inspirational!

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change nothing.

February 13, 2011

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February 13, 2011

Pathfinder is a most inspriing and important orgnaization. It strted as an organization to help women with family planning, but has expanded to fund women's health generally and even to help with edcation and scolarships for young women. I have traveled with Pthfinder before it was Pathfinder, when Clarnece Gamble was starting out helping orgnaizations in India and Japan . Since then it has grown enormously, but still keep in toch with the poorest and most needy women on the countries it serves. It helps with childbirth, HIV-AIDS, sanitation, to alter the custom of child marriage, too early motherhood, fistula, female circumcision. It is nothing short of inspiring to visit Pathfinder sites and meet the workers.

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I have not personally experienced the results of this organization, but I have visited and witnessed their work with NGOs and other organiztions helping poor women.

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Make no changes. It is a powerful and well organized organizations. What will happen in Egypt now that there has beena revolution?

February 13, 2011

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February 13, 2011

Pathfinder's work supports its belief that every woman, man, girl and boy has the right to a health life supported by reproductive health and family planning services. Its respect for the rights and dignity of the people it serves are apparent throughout all its programs. Its results have been shown by the decreasing birth rates and rates of maternal mortality in the areas where it works in the developing world. Its creative and innovative programs live up to its name; it creates new paths in the arena of reproductive health.

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I have visited Pathfinder projects over the years iI have seen innovative programs which have created social change to delay marriage and first pregnancy for young girls and support women and men in their decisions about when and how many children to have. What inspires me the most is to learn how women's lives have been changed so that they not only can feed and care for the children they choose to have, but also when freed from numerous pregnancies, they choose to work to create healthier communities.

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help it become a household name in the US so that private funding could increase and allow Pathfinder to do even more of its innovative programming.

February 12, 2011

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February 12, 2011

What I find most extraordinary about Pathfinder, and what compels me to contribute to it, is its commitment to a fundamental principal that it’s mission is driven by the needs of the people it serves – even if that means that it loses federal funding at times of Conservative ascendancy. I was introduced to the organization by the late Susan Swift and will be forever grateful to her for that.

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February 12, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 12, 2011

What I find most extraordinary about Pathfinder, and what compels me to contribute to it, is its commitment to a fundamental principal that it’s mission is driven by the needs of the people it serves – even if that means that it loses federal funding at times of Conservative ascendancy. I was introduced to the organization by the late Susan Swift and will be forever grateful to her for that.

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February 11, 2011

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February 11, 2011

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Pathfinder have really gone far in reaching the unreached. ofcourse the challenge is still great but they really try within their means.In Uganda for instance, they are operating in the more needy areas like Northern Uganda instead of
concentrating in the Central where its easier and much more cheaper to work, but of course with immense duplication and resource wastage. Bravo, Pathfinder, just like their name!

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Having the welfare of my people improved

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Make it more community/grassroot based

February 10, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 10, 2011

i have been involved in so many undertakings pertaining voluntary work in assisting the need in a society.from the experiences i have heard in kenya especially during the post election violence when i roamed around western region in kenya to help those who were subjected to ethnicity discrimination because of their political stand etc. I remember at one time having ran short of finances because of providing basic needs to some guys whom I did not even know their background status but because of their needs I had to spend up to last penny until a friends came to our rescue.
Despite the fact that I did all that, I came across this NGO by the name pathfinder international which has really moved me a lot from whatever volunteer work they are doing. If wishes were horses 25 percent of global earnings could be channelled to fund it and enhance a better world for you and me.I was touched by the organisations work in ethiopia, kenya,just to name but a few states. In future I look forward to working close with the non profit- making pathfinder international so that it can reach too far many people who need this assistance e.g boy - girl child for a better tomorrow. WYCLIFFE KHAEMBA

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experiences partly in Kenya and Ethiopia but not so much.

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Most changes that I could make to this organization is may be work from within itself locally or international i.e in south sudan, ethiopia, kenya under their guidance.

February 10, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 10, 2011

I am the grandson on the founder of Pathfinder, Clarence Gamble. When I was growing up Pathfinder was part of the family conversation and values but it is now, forty odd years later, I realized what a significant issue over population has become on a global basis. The National Geographic recently ran a cover story on the immensity of our global population. The John Deere monthly magazine "The Furrow" also ran a cover story on the topic.

I am a cattle rancher in Montana and realize from a land a livestock perspetive that a land base, be it a field, a ranch, or the world, can only support a limited number of beings be they cattle or people. If I run more cattle than the carrying capacity of my ranch the ecosystem of the ranch declines which is followed by the health and condition of my cattle. The same is true of the number of people in the world and there are certainly too many people in different areas. One of the illustrations in "The Furrow" was a map of the world with different countries with a representation of the nutritional needs of the people and how much of the world is quite under nurished.

I recently visited India with my mother on a Pathfinder board member trip and one of the startling things I learned is that in India, the line between being above and below the poverty level is the difference between having two meals (which is below) or three meals a day (above). It was startling to me coming from the United States.

My grandfather saw the need for population consideration decades ago, he came at it from both a number of people stand point, but also and most importantly from a consideration for the human experience. He realized that families with too many children be that 5 or 12 are not able to give their children a healthy quality of life.

We in the United States take it for granted that we can choose when and how many children we have and our choice can be made to match the stage of our own lives, and or our economic resources in the family. Birth control is completely common and accepted.

In fact , just this evening I was watching the final episode of "Live to Dance", a hugely popular tv program similar to "American Idol" but about dancing. One of the advertizements was for a birthcontrol pill which I and my nine year old daughter watched right along with the program. Such information and distribution is not the case in most of the world.

Pathfinder, with its work in helping families choose when and how many children to have, is helping all of us throughout the world.

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Yes, I have personally experienced the results of the organization across four continents.

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... I would help to enlarge its public profile so more people could see the importance and the benefits of helping women and families choose the size and timing of the families all across the world

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