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November 16, 2012

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November 16, 2012

As one of the Human Development Facilitator based in Lubumbashi, DR Congo and assigned to the wide community of Kalebuka in the rural Southeast part of the city of Lubumbashi, I have the privilege of seeing first hand people’s lives transformed by the Participatory Human Development Process. You should see how proud they are to share their stories with visitors. Amongst them, maybe Phiri and Boni had the most tremendous change of their lives. Both are active members of local groups we organized in Kalebuka I and Kalebuka II. They are married and fathers of 7 and 5 children respectively. None completed his primary education.
Here is what Phiri said recently:
"Initially, when we started to get involved with Outreach International’s program, I thought that was as always, but things began to take shape for my life." Working on the project of clean water supply as a community, I had the opportunity to be trained in the repair of hand pumps with my friend Boni. I am now a craftsman repairer, with a certificate that proves that I can repair the hand pumps. At least Outreach International with its program gave me the opportunity to have qualifications. I was a mere hunter and casual farmer. Apart from the three hand pumps we receive from Outreach International that we maintain regularly, we receive more and more demands in addition, to repair many other hand pumps in our community and even in neighboring communities. I have started to feel that I am also being appreciated and valued as a worthy person, as compared to the time when I was without qualification. These people (Outreach International) came to help me develop; today I am also proud to help my community by repairing their hand pumps and by training others in the repair of pump. It is in this way that I participate also in the supply of clean drinking water to my community. Our training allowed us to have very good tools kits for the repair that many do not have.
Outreach International helped the two of us to have qualifications, with the possibility of getting employment in drilling companies.”
Lunda

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2012

June 14, 2012

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June 14, 2012

I was diagnosed with AIDS in 1988 and told I would likely die within a year and I was angry and afraid of dying alone and in disgrace. I had read about Shanti's program offering practical and emotional support to people living and dying of this disease. I went and took the Shanti training in the early 1990's and my life was transformed completely. As the illness had progressed, I drank more and more and crossed the line from heavy drinker to alcoholic, and this two weekends of training gave me a new sense of hope and a window to recovery through which I entered and soon became involved volunteering with my own Shanti client as well as having my own Shanti volunteer and my physical health started improving as my emotional health grew. I experienced a world where men and women cared about one another with no expectation other than the possibility of helping another human being. I began a journey where I've come to believe in the infinite power of unconditional love and I'm forever grateful to Shanti for this great gift.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

May 24, 2011

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1 previous review
June 24, 2009

I can't help but be thankful for all the support that SHANTI has given me and other people who have had issues with HIV+... Since I've attended the SHANTI L.I.F.E. work group, I've been more careful ... more

May 24, 2011

Shanti has been in my life for 4 years now. The level of concern and listening skills way surpassed my expectations. I've been a regular to the drop in on Thursday evenings which helped get me out of the house and into a positive and sharing environment. I've taken the L.I.F.E. course and changed bits and pieces of my health and behavior. (A good thing for me).
The staff has been so nice, loving, and caring. I grieve that this will not be around forever and hope that $ comes in to keep the programs alive.
What I'm really trying to say is... " Thanks to Shanti and everyone involved for helping me in my time of need" ..
Thanks so much

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

The fact that I'm eating better and feeling better than I have in a long while. With Shanti, I've come out of my hiding and share "me" with the world.

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

I would introduce this organization to more neighborhoods and keep the love and caring flowing.

June 24, 2009

I can't help but be thankful for all the support that SHANTI has given me and other people who have had issues with HIV+... Since I've attended the SHANTI L.I.F.E. work group, I've been more careful to take better care of myself (hopefully living better and happier). With the SHANTI group, I've also felt that I had a place to go when I've felt like a recluse. I've met so many good people THERE with hearts that hug. (my favorite) .. THANK YOU SHANTI!

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

my community and how important we all are in communicating our needs and helping others in the same place. Shanti has been very effective in helping me get out and share myself with others. Thank you SHANTI

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

be on every corner

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

The wonderful and loving people there. I could write a book (but won't)

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

ALWAYS, ALWAYS considerate and understanding. Privacy, positive health practices, and a strong bond is what I've gotten from the staff.

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

Further help the community in teaching safe practices to help self image, safe sex, unity in life, and support where needed. Shanti has been a big plus in my life.

Ways to make it better...

there was more people out there to help out with the demanding needs of the HIV+ community.

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

keeping the organization going and the community safe.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

June 30, 2009

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June 30, 2009

Shanti has been a major role in the San Francisco area helping people deal with HIV and everyday LIFE issues. I participated in one of their LIFE workshops and learned more about myself and how to better educate and take care of myself because of the program. The staff are amazing and well trained and extremely friendly, they also are non-judgemental and great at helping find other resources in the community to assist those who need them.

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

the lives of the people that they touch everyday. Many people who are struggling to live find hope with Shanti SF.

Ways to make it better...

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

try to make more people aware that there are great things that come from the programs.

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

EVERYTHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

Absolutely wonderful and amazing...

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

Help millions more psople and inform them how to make positive changes in their lives.

Ways to make it better...

I would have known the great impact that the program would make. Nothing would have made my experience any better than the way I experienced it through Shanti SF.

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

Economic crisis with state and federal cut backs in the HIV programs.

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

This organization deserves this award and believes and gives back to the entire community that it serves.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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