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October 31, 2013

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October 31, 2013

The loss of a child is something no parent should have to go through; but it is not only the parents that are hurting. Sometime a parent’s grief is so deep they do not see the other people in their child’s life that are also touched. Immediate family is the easiest to see, brothers and your spouse or step-parent; then aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents. Then the children’s friends, some of whom the parent may not even know.

The Shirley Ann Sullivan Educational Foundation thought TMMAF, has helped this family extend the memory, love and positive outgoing attitude of one lost child and extend the reach to over 5000 other children around the world so that they may know love, music, education, hope and optimism. The joy from giving, knowing that this lost child would be thrilled to see the positive impact SASEF has in many other lives is outstanding and refreshing beyond words.

I believe that you don’t have an impact on only the one person you see, because behind every individual are many others that also feel your actions and words. Thank you SASEF and The Todd McQuillan Memorial Arts foundation for making a difference in over 5000 lives directly and thousands more indirectly.

Ways to make it better...

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

Let more people know about their great works

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

October 29, 2013

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September 24, 2010

I started at SASEF helping a little bit to connect his nonprofit to other NGOs in my hometown. The work developed by SASEF was so prefessional and seirous that I decided to help it more and more.When ... more

October 29, 2013

I have always wanted to work as a volunteer, but until I join SASEF, I couldn´t find a NGO in which I could really help children and be part of a such life changing experiences! With the International Reading Corners Project, we saw children from very disavantaged districts have their first contact with books and movies, feeling more loved, working them on their self-steem and how they deserve the best in life.
SASEF helped so many children in my hometown, doing a remarkable work in Porto Alegre. In addition to the International Reading Corner, SASEF helped also teenagers to find their first job as trainees.
The SASEF Family is all over the world, and we are always in touch with each other and we exchange lots and lots of experiences which also helps us doing t better work on site.

Due to all this, I truly believe SASEF is a great non profit organization and has been doing a wonderful job!!!

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

September 24, 2010

I started at SASEF helping a little bit to connect his nonprofit to other NGOs in my hometown. The work developed by SASEF was so prefessional and seirous that I decided to help it more and more.When we wrote together the Library Project and brought partners like Germany Consulate, UNESCO and YMCA I felt really happy. But the greatest moment was to see the 1st library opened, with over 500 books, DVDs, toys and love:the children reading and getting excited with the books was breathtaking to me. Until today I remember the look on their faces. Now we are building another one and I think the feeling will be the same. One of the more inspirational moment we had these past days was the news that one of our boys was hired in a great Hotel:his first job and we are part of this for we helped him with workshops and curriculum. Working for SASEF has been quite a journey: the love we feel for avery single member and volunteer are very strong, although we do not know each other in person, but we know by heart. I truly belive in SASEF's mission to erradicate poverty, one child at a time.

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

when we developed and built the library project: The International Reading Corners -Safe spaces to discover the world and when we had the First Job Workshop at MIllenium Flat Hotel.

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

the fact that we can do small things and still make a difference in someone's life!

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

very committed and happy for doing a work with love and care.

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

Open more libraries, pay an English teacher to Brazilians' children and youth, help theyoung people to find a job and fighting against drugs.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

October 24, 2013

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October 24, 2013

I am so inspired by the work SASEF has been doing and continues to do. For a non-profit to consistently deliver high-quality programmes is a feat that SASEF seems to achieve with ease. This is primarily due to the great leadership provided by the Founding Chair Mrs Rhonda Staudt and the dedication of the entire Board of Directors of SASEF and SASEF volunteers around the world. I am honored to be a part of the Team. The SASEF created initiative the V-Sign (launched in MAy 2013) which seeks to help stop child trafficking by providing children and young people with a sign that they can use to signal that they are being trafficked, is particularly important and is gaining momentum internationally. I am 100% in support of this initiative as it is timely and goes directly to the heart of the matter by giving the intended victim of child trafficking an simple but instantly recognizable tool that can aid in their rescue. Once again SASEF is leading from in front and a number of noteworthy organizations like SOS Kinderdof are lining up in support.

Ways to make it better...

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

Not make any changes as the current structure has worked extremely well in serving the goals and objectives of the organization.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

October 24, 2013

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October 22, 2012

SASEF is a valuable organization to many children worldwide. I feel blessed to be a part of an organization which does such meaningful and life-changing work globally. The many lives of the children t... more

October 24, 2013

Year after year Sasef has continued to reach out and make a difference to youth around the world. The many lives that have been touched, inspired and educated simply warms my heart. Sasef, it's volunteers and supporters are angels in my book.

Darrell Alsbrook

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

October 22, 2012

SASEF is a valuable organization to many children worldwide. I feel blessed to be a part of an organization which does such meaningful and life-changing work globally. The many lives of the children that have been infused with hope and encouragement through support from SASEF is heartwarming. I can't think of a better platform to support that engages, encourages, and enriches the dreams and ambition of young people the way SASEF does. I am honored to be a part of this wonderful work and will continue to support SASEF for many years to come. Darrell Alsbrook

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

September 24, 2010

SASEF is a wonderful organization. SASEF gives the gift of education to many internationally who would otherwise not have an opportunity. There are several initiatives which provide a wide array of support for children and their dreams. SASEF makes a difference day to day with children all over the world and one by one, we will fulfill our purpose of eradicating poverty through education.

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

I have personally experienced the results of SASEF by visiting a local school which SASEF provided 2 computers for the childrens learning center. The children where engaged and excited about learning and using the computers.

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

the joy of knowing the efforts and support we give are helping so many children around the world.

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

Fun,loving and passionate about education and helping others.

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

rest assure that we can impact hundreds of thousands of children raise above poverty lines and embrace theor dreams and give them hope to reach for the stars.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

October 24, 2013

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October 24, 2013

SASEF, is such an outstanding non-profit organization. It does my heart good to know that we strive to provide education to those less fortunate. I stand strong & proud to be a part of this SASEF non-profit organization.

Ways to make it better...

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

Get the word out! Stronger publicity for SASEF, its a top-notch nonprofit organization. Learning is cool so stay in school.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

October 24, 2013

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1 previous review
October 19, 2012

Am like the greatest discovery of SASEF in Angola and i feel that am the guy the most benefited from SASEF presence in Angola, I was exposed to big companies, embassies and NGO's, I was more then 4 ti... more

October 24, 2013

I was introduced to SASEF in 2002 during an english class, then SASEF taught me how to voluntier, and also to understand on how to work as volunteer, sometimes I say that I'm the most suspect to speak about SASEF as am what I'm because they came to my country and started to teach and help people on how to be focus on life goals, like to go back to school and how importatant is the education. Also I was well trained by them and started to attend trainings, workshop at regional and global level.

SASEF is part of my life.

Jacques Nginga

Luanda-Angola

Ways to make it better...

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

I would fund them so that they could implement more programs around the world.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

October 19, 2012

Am like the greatest discovery of SASEF in Angola and i feel that am the guy the most benefited from SASEF presence in Angola, I was exposed to big companies, embassies and NGO's, I was more then 4 times out of Angola to attend trainings at regional level(Africa) and 1 at global level(Mexico) and throughout these experience there was a big chance for me to be hired by a multi-national company where actually am making my carrier, I would like to thanks SASEF cause they gave me this big chance of my life, and would like to encourage those ones that sometimes are afraid to be voluntier please give a chance to the others by giving you a chance to be among them.

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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?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

October 18, 2013

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1 previous review
September 18, 2010

The Shirley Ann Sullivan Educational Foundation (SASEF) is a not for profit organization and has been implementing innovative educational projects for nearly ten years. As a grass roots organization,... more

October 18, 2013

For 13 years SASEF has been working to provide education and educational resources for children and youth and YES we have been extremely successful. Last year we built two children's digital libraries which provided a safe space for hundreds of children to sit down and read a book, do homework, get help with computers, have someone to talk to and share information on what's going on in the neighborhood. Plus we provided scholarships to send six young people to college! This year we introduced The V Sign (www.thevsign.org) a self help sign for a child who has been kidnapped or stolen. Yes its new and we know it will take time but The V Sign will become the universal hand signal for anyone who is in trouble.

To date we have never paid a salary and continue to work via volunteers - this means every cent or every donation goes to helping children.

Ways to make it better...

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

get a PR agency to help SASEF with their human rights initiative for children - The V Sign.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

September 18, 2010
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The Shirley Ann Sullivan Educational Foundation (SASEF) is a not for profit organization and has been implementing innovative educational projects for nearly ten years. As a grass roots organization, SASEF works very hard to raise money to facilitate our youth serving projects on four continents. SASEF education for employment conference and workshops has literally made the way for hundreds of young people to learn what is necessary to get and keep a real job. The project requires youth to belong to a youth led or youth serving organization or to join a youth led or youth serving organization and implement a community service project using the framework of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. To date many of our hard working young people have been hired at hotels, nonprofit institutions and in the private sector. In partnership with the YMCA in Brazil our International Reading Corners - Safe Spaces to Discover the World has provided a FREE children's and youth library. The library is open 6 days a week; there are volunteer tutors on site to help children with their homework. The space also provides second language lessons and many of the students have been identified by the City of Porto Alegre as translation Ambassadors for the 2014 games. SASEF’s Todd McQuillan Memorial Arts Fund (TMMAF) has made it possible for students to receive scholarships to study art, purchased a piano thus creating a music program in a public school. This year TMMAF in support of the United Nations International Year of Youth is the sole supporter of our Making a Difference Photography Contest where young people are asked to photograph what total social inclusion looks like to them. The contest will end August 2011 with a photography exhibition highlighting our contestants work in Brazil, Hungary, Germany, and Liberia. SASEF’s Alvalon Scholarship has built schools and paid tuition for children and youth to attend primary, secondary and vocational school. All scholarship youth who attend secondary and vocational school have a mentor working with them throughout the entire scholarship period. SASEF is a wonderful organization building better communities by providing education and opportunity for children and youth who otherwise might not have a chance to go to school, visit a library, have a free after school tutor to help with homework, or learn the valuable job skills allowing them to become self-sustaining human beings.

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

our building better communities by providing education and opportunity for children and youth who otherwise might not have a chance to go to school, visit a library, have a free after school tutor to help with homework, or learn the valuable job skills allowing them to become self-sustaining human beings.

Ways to make it better...

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

help SASEF find a youth serving partner organization in the state of Kansas. An organization willing to help facilitate the implementation of our education for employment project.

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

first hand experiencing the joy and excitment of a young person we are helping go to school, get a job or create a community service project. Watching a scholar become a new person because SASEF made the financial and mentoring commitment in their life.

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

genuine, respectful, cheerful, kind, loving, patient, caring, considerate, knowledgeable and resourceful.

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

Open more International Reading Corners - Safe Spaces to Discover the World in public schools located in poor neighborhoods.Scholarship more children to school- emphasis on girls. Do more work in the arts for poor kids.

Ways to make it better...

my experience with SASEF couldn't be better.

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

like most organizations; obtaining more funding to implement our programs and identifying a youth serving partner organization in the state of Kansas.

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

this educational foundation implements innovative programs that inspire and motivate young people to perform community service, get an education and transform their lives.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

October 18, 2012

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October 18, 2012

In the last year alone SASEF has done so much for youth and youth based organisations it is hard not to aknowledge the impact of their work. In Liberia alone they have given higher education scholarships to several young people underscoring SASEF's committment to providing educational opportunbities for young people whenever and wherever possible.The organisation, has been, and continues to, mentor and advise a number of youth baased organisationsin Liberia, inclunding Messengrs of Peace- Liberia (MOP), Calvary Empowerment Team (CET) and YOCADS, to name a few. The opening of the chilren's libary in Bazil earlier this year further underscores SASEF's committment to providing tandible educcation support facilities to youth all over the world. The unwavering drive and energy of Founding Chair, Rhonda Staudt -with the support of the Board- to ensure that the organization stays true to its madate is to be commended and clearly demonstrates that focused intent can move mountains.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

October 16, 2012

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October 16, 2012

As Co-Founder of SASEF I have had the privilege and honor to helping her grow to help thousands of young people all over the world. There are no words to express the joy in helping a young person discover and steer the path of personal and professional success. Together with an incredible team of volunteers (there are no paid persons at SASEF) I have learned patience in the process of helping. As I write this review the word DIGNITY and CHARACTER continue to come to mind. These are two very important pieces to the puzzle that always stand at the forefront of impacting a human beings life. It's a joy, pleasure and again an honor to be part of the SASEF family. Thank you to everyone who has been part of this ten year journey and an invitation to join us in the journey if you have not already done so.

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

building Children's Libraries in Brazil, creating youth non profit organizations in Angola and Liberia, hosting youth employment workshops in the United States, Angola, Liberia and Brazil, donating thousands of books to benefit primary schools, secondary schools and universities, organizing fundraising campaigns, hosting fundraising events and personally teaching in all SASEF hosted or invited to participate in youth employment workshops. Building schools and paying school fees "providing scholarships".

Ways to make it better...

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

Help with a more aggressive fundraising campaign.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

How did you learn about this organization?

Co-Founder

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

identifying Youth Employment Opportunities Mentoring Young People Building Children's Libraries Donating Libraries to help young people who are incarcerated Identifying goals and objectives for Beyond 2015 Continuing to support the United Nation's Millennium Development Goals Fundraising

What is its top priority in the long run?

Fundraising to send more young people to school, build more Children's libraries, and pay more youth scholarships. Mentoring more young people into jobs and helping them keep the job. Helping young people fulfill their employment dream, dream sounds corny but its true. As an organization we are evolving to identify and learn where our greatest impact in helping. It's clear "young people need employment and entrepreneurial opportunities" to become self-sustaining and economic contributors.

October 10, 2012

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September 28, 2011

SASEF is one of the outstanding nonprofit organizations that aids the third world children in broaden their horizons and giving their willing hearts and mind a chance to grow. This nonprofit organiza... more

October 10, 2012

SASEF is a non-profit organization, that specializes in charity funding to help support education to those less fortunate in third world countries.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

September 28, 2011

SASEF is one of the outstanding nonprofit organizations that aids the third world children in broaden their horizons and giving their willing hearts and mind a chance to grow. This nonprofit organization created fundraising ethics by setting up a library and giving the children the ability to freely education themselves. Children are our future and that is the concern of SASEF.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

September 25, 2010

SASEF is a outstanding non-profit organization. I look forward in becoming an officier on the board of directors. Education for the pproverty is such an outstanding goal for hhumans to strive in.

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

Give us a Chance Liberia fundraiser, it was a success.

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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

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