PUEBLO A PUEBLO

Rating: 4.5 stars   6 reviews

Issues: Human Services

Location: 1735 20TH St Nw Washington DC 20009 USA

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Rating: 4 stars  

I volunteered with Pueblo a Pueblo from March through June of 2012. PaP is a well-respected organization that has built a positive reputation for itself in the community of Santiago Atitlan. After seeing the different programs in action, I also decided to sponsor a child which was also a rewarding experience to know I am supporting one girl's opportunity for education. I would highly recommend donating or paying a visit to the office if you want to see how the programs are helping the community there.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 4 stars  

I worked with Pueblo a Pueblo as a volunteer intern from October-December 2010 after coming across their website through Idealist.org. I was intrigued by the variety of PaP's work as well as the friendly reception I got through phone calls and emails with staff. My only regret from my time with Pueblo a Pueblo is that I didn't stay longer!

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

Hearing feedback directly from the families involved and seeing kids getting excited about our projects.

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

Increase local presence (community awareness of organization)

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

I became much more aware of the inner workings of small non-profit organizations. In addition I left Santiago Atitlan with many good memories and lasting friendships, I can't wait to go back!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Rating: 5 stars  

II love Pueblo a Pueblo (PaP). I learned about PaP from a friend and began sponsoring a young Maya girl, who recently successfully completed 6th grade. I am now sponsoring her young brother. PaP also has a mother-infant program that is doing wonderful things to improve infant and child health. I have been a volunteer for a little more than three years now, and am very impressed with the leadership and the new directions they are taking the organization. New projects to set up organic gardens to support local school lunch programs and establishing school libraries are programs I can fully support. PaP is doing an excellent job, especially given current economic uncertainties.

I had the opportunity to volunteer with PaP in Guatemala — something I wholeheartedly recommend. In early 2008, I was able to spend 6 weeks in Santiago on Lake Atitlan in the central highlands. I simply fell in love with the country and the indigenous people I met there. It is a paradise, but the people have so many needs. Malnutrition is the biggest problem, followed by poor maternal health and high rates of infant mortality. The literacy rate is very low among the indigenous Maya. PaP is making a difference in Santiago Atitlan, and I will continue to support their program in any way I can.

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

Since I began my volunteer work with PaP, I have seen the organization take on exciting new, and very worth while projects, including establishing organic gardens so the children, teachers, and parents can contribute to their school free lunch program. PaP is also expanding its network to include partnerships with local health organizations as well as other organizations with relevant public service goals in Guatemala and in the US.

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

If I could, I would change the amount of dollars Pap has to work with, which would enable the group to build out the programs they have created to reach additional people and address additional needs of the community. PaP is an agile, creative organization that is hindered only by the funding constraints common in today's economic world.

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