United By Friendship Inc
Rating: 5 stars 4 4 reviews
International, Economic Development
309 Camino Santa Cruz Espanola NM 87532 USA
For many families in Central America, each day is a struggle for the basic necessities of life such as clean water, health care and basic education. Many fathers are forced to leave their communities and even their homeland in search of means to provide for their families. This exodus fractures famlies and drains communites of their vital energy. United by Friendship partners with Central American communities to provide clean water systems, improve health care and educational resources and provide economic development. The beneficiaries participate in identifying their priorities and contribute a portion of the cost of the projects.UbF has on-site local volunteers assisting and coordinating the projects. UbF has strong working relationships with local leaders in the communities they serve. Additionally, UbF volunters from the United States make annual visits to the project sites, strenghening networks and friendships in the course of their mission.
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I was looking for an international charity to donate my time and money to poor communities in 3th world countries. My goal was to find organization which not just funnel the money, but directly work with impoverished communities and gives them incentives to improves basic life standard.
United by Friendship works directly with the local municipality, Uspantan closely connected to local villages. Local communities must identify projects related to water, sanitation, health and education, make commitment to supply all labor and submit petition to local government to provide skilled labor.
If the project meet United by Friendship mission criteria, the organization funds only building materials.
Each project is executed by local communities under the local municipality oversight. Execution of every project is fully transparent, original invoices are given to the charity. Once a year 6-8 volunteers travel to the region to inspect what was accomplished and gather solicitations for next ones. Volunteers pay they airfare and cost of living. The president and board members are all non paid staff, there is no overhead.
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I was introduced to UbF three years ago and continue to be impressed by their efficiency and effectiveness as an organization. UbF has and continues to help rural communities in Guatemala that have desperate needs for clean water, updated education facilities, and improved medical equipment and services. The organization is run through the volunteer hours of very caring individuals with almost no overhead. One of the most important aspects of this organization is their continued contact with local groups to keep tabs on the progress of newly-funded projects and the success and effectiveness of historically-funded projects. UbF partners with local municipalities to teach community leaders to draft thorough and concise project proposals and identify projects worthy of funds. The UbF volunteers visit the projects annually to ensure that the funds were utilized to build and serve as they were directed and that the projects continue to provide a value to the communities served. UbF’s representatives also take the time to identify the adverse issues in a community and teach the communities to help themselves. Through education, outreach, and supply of resources, UbF continues to improve the living conditions of many individuals in the rural areas of Guatemala.
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I have seen the difference that the clean water, education, and medical facilities have made in so many people's lives because of UbF funding. The children and adults in the served communities are healthier and more knowledgeable, which will help them throughout their lives.
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work to increase its exposure...it is a worthy organization that more people need to know about.