Pathfinder International

Rating: 4.73 stars   41 reviews

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Location: 9 Galen St Ste 217 Watertown MA 02472 USA

Mission: Pathfinder International’s mission is to ensure that people everywhere have the right and opportunity to live a healthy reproductive life. 
Geographic areas served: Pathfinder has brought reproductive health care to tens of millions of people in more than 120 countries in Africa, Asia, the Near East, Latin America, and Europe. Today, our 800-plus employees work alongside more than 300 local partner organizations, helping implement 60 regional and multi-national programs in more than 25 countries
Programs:

 Since 1999, Pathfinder’s Geração Biz program has improved access to sexual and reproductive health and HIV prevention information and services for young people aged 10-24. Pathfinder is implementing the project in all 11 of the country’s provinces in collaboration with the Government of Mozambique and civil society youth associations. Identified as a best practice by the World Bank, Geração Biz increases young people’s access to youth-friendly clinical services by integrating youth-friendly services into existing public sector facilities and through adolescent-only clinics. Information about these services is disseminated by a national network of peer educators who are trained by the project to engage young people in discussions about sexuality, teen pregnancy, abortion, HIV and AIDS, and other sexually transmitted infections, and provide them with contraceptives to promote safe, responsible, and gender-sensitive sexual and reproductive behavior. 

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 4 stars  

I learned about the Pathfinder Fund in the late 1960's while finishing a
Masters in Demography at Georgetown and working in the Population Division at the World Bank. Pathfinder was one of the handful of NGO's that were effectively operationalizing the concept of disciplining human numbers to maintain global ecological balance by promoting programs at the community/family level that educate, motivate and enable women to self-determine -- hence, limit --their fertility.
Over the four decades since Earth Day 1970, I have taught courses in Population, Resources, Environment and Sustainability at Georgetown University, George Washington University, University of Michigan, Middlesex(MA) Community College and Portland State University.

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

The World Bank mission reports that I received from field personnel in West Africa.

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

Be less abashed in relating the effectiveness of your community/family/individual-scale work in dealing with the global compounded crisis in (a) numbers of people, (b) their overall rates of resource expenditure, and (c) the gross inequalities in discipline of the former and the benefits and costs of the latter.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am not sure how long Pathfinder has been an NGO, but when I began to take notice I was amazed only because I receive several emails from NGOs. And at the point I began to tell myself there isn't any thing else that could, should. or would attrack my attention it did.

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The work you do is very important. I would not opout of this website.

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

no changes

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 4 stars  

I got to know pathfinder through wrongly addressed mail in my mailbox but i never regret it. Being a health worker, i'm greatly impresed by how Pathfinder is strongly advocating for the reproductive health especially of girls and women. The success stories are a great proof the someting considered simple can positively change a woman's life somewhere. It is also very touching to see that they are willing to receive anything one can donate to change a life. Bravo Pathfinder.

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

Have experienced results from the sucess stories i see online.

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I would try and set up offices in the different countries to make it easier for the ordinary citizen donate what they can to the needy.

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 4 stars  

I remember when the gag rule was still in force, and Pathfinder wrote series of articles on the Gay rule, and advocated for its withdrawal. Pathfinder was the only organisation at that time that I knew was passionate about ensuring that reproductive health rights was not violated by the gag rule....

Thank you to Pathfinder for staying stong, even in the weakest of times...

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

Reproductive health issues in my country, Nigeria

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

I would invest my money and time to see pathfinder acheive their vision

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 3 stars  

I know Pathfinder is doing great job in creating access to quality reporducitve health services and choices, doing promotional activites and buidling the capacity of health worker in some parts of Ethiopia.

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Ethiopia, West Shoa zone.

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No info

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Rating: 5 stars  

Overpopulation is the cause of the worst problems facing our planet. This is the only well reviewed charity that addresses the true underlying cause of global warming etc etc

Thank you!

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Reviewed efficacy and outcomes and spoke with charity. Looked at charity reviews

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Make it bigger! We need more charities that do this work

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Rating: 5 stars  

As a former Pathfinder employee, who was able to see the organization's programs first-hand, I continue to donate to Pathfinder because of how efficiently they carry out their important mission. Pathfinder's programs are developed to suit the needs of the local community; the substantial reliance on nationals, instead of expats, is one example of this local focus. I have seen that this organizational choice allows for greater access to the community and ultimately a deeper impact through its programs. I am truly grateful that Pathfinder values and supports local professionals to carry out its work and that is why I stay connected with the organization.

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

seeing the improvements to hospitals in Ghana through private donations to Pathfinder.

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

give them more funding.

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

Pathfinder offers an impressive array of reproductive health care services to women around the world. After studying in West Africa, I began paying greater attention to stories from that region of the world. Pathfinder's work in West Africa is exceptional. Reproductive health care services require a high degree of cultural sensitivity and Pathfinder manages to integrate these services into high-risk populations beautifully.

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

reading about initiatives in the places I've visited in West Africa.

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

find more opportunities for volunteers to contribute to the organization.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a retired OB/GYN. I spent my working life trying to meet the needs of women in my local area, both under and over privileged, for education and services that promote reproductive health and family planning. I want to continue to promote those goals through my charitable giving. Pathfinder does a great job using donors' money to actually make things happen on the ground for women who would otherwise have no access. That is why I make a monthly gift to make sure they stay in business.

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

communications and reports from them and other agencies about their work in foreign countries.

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I wouldn't. They're doing just fine.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Pathfinder is by far the most professional NGO to which I contribute. When I asked that they stop spending contributions on mailings to me, they immediately dropped back to one mailing per year (this was at least 12 years ago), stewarding their funds for the important work they do.

My favorite part of that work is that they teach others and help secure the tools for them, to take care of themselves, rather than making themselves important.

Pathfinder is a service organization, not an empire builder. That is what I appreciate about them the most: Pathfinder gets the ideal of being "in service".

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

In their response to my request to reduce mailings, and their ability to respond correctly immediately.

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

I'd grow them larger.

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