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May 27, 2010

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May 27, 2010

I have been involved with non-profit organizations and fund raising for decades (I have been involved in that time with raising nearly a billion dollars). The two questions I have to answer most often is are the fund raising costs low (will my money go to the non-profit organization to do some good or is it going to overhear) and what does the organization do with the money. From personal experience with PES, the costs of the organization are VERY low. In addition, money raised goes to building schools and the ancillary needs that aid education (grinders so women can grind grain grain as they are expected to do AND go to school). It is a five star organization to me!!!

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

I have personally experienced results indirectly as I have seen their end result (pictures of schools being built, children in classes) and through testimonials of those from Sudan who have been impacted by PES's work.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 26, 2010

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May 26, 2010

As a donor of PES, I know the money I contibuted toward the much needed dormitories makes a direct impact on the lives of the girls at Ayak Anguei. PES brings back field reports from their annual trips and shares the progress and delightful antidotes of some of the over 600 girls who attend the only all girls school in the area. The girl's pride in their school and education is a very precious gift that I can help bring to them through the relationship Project Education Sudan has personally developed in the villages where they help build educational infrastructure. It is important to me that PES supports, encourages and empowers the girls and women of the school villages they work with.

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

Working with the biennial Arts & Artifacts benefit. They provide a quality and personal atmosphere in the work and fundraisers they plan and hold.

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

I feel my talents and time are supported and valued. I also enjoy the volunteers and interns. They are sincere, hard working and generous with their ideas and work collaboratively together making it fun to see the outcome of the ideas ripen to fruition!

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

Dedicated, young, old, middle aged, big hearted energetic diverse,land from all walks of life!

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

Hire a full time admin and development director ( PR/Media) so PES is as well known in the U. S. as it is in Southern Sudan!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

December 11, 2009

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December 11, 2009

Project Education Sudan is an organization who values the relationships of all they serve. They work in partnership with and respect the decisions and perspectives of the community leaders they work together with. Their actions speak for them. They truly work toward promoting self sufficiency and sustainabilty and develop capable and strong Sudanese leadership in all they do. Their promotion of women's empowerment and focus on the girl child is a corner stone of their work. I find working with PES is a honor and has been a life changing experince for me. All they do is top drawer and executed with courtesy, respect and integrity.

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

that they utilze each person's talents, make them feel they are a vital part of the organization and acknowlege your time, commitment and dedication.

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

Have an office outside of the ED's home, continue to have more Sudanese develpment here in the U. S. and in Sudan and get a donated office space.

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

The relationships with the wonderful people who volunteer with PES and especially the developing relationships with the local Sudanese and the Lost Boys and Girls who are an important and vital part of the organization.

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

Professional,friendly, educated, committed and excited to be with the organization.

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

Finish all 3 schools, set up a permanent teacher training program allowing Sudanese to be educated and trained as teachers, set up health care units in each school site, start an agricultural community garden program, set up college scholarships...& more!

Ways to make it better...

I had more time to commit. If PES had more resources for admin support and day to day functioning. The ED seems to work too hard !

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

Volunteer, unpaid staff( except for a part time admin asst.) The organization does a great job filling the jobs with great interns from local universities,and the volunteers do a heart felt job! Also needs a fundraising professional to help raise more $$.

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

Given the organization is only going on 4 years old, they have established a very good reputation and known to do what they say they are going to do!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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