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May 11, 2011
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May 11, 2011
4 people found this review helpful

I was excited to join this organization, to help a woman in need — specifically, I was seeking to help a woman in Afghanistan. However, while my credit card was charged faithfully each month, I never received any information about my sponsored sister, other than her name, age, and country of origin. No photo, no letters, no biographical information. I was left wondering whether there was a real person on the other end, or it was all make believe.

Unsure of whether or not "Fatima" really exists, I decided to end my sponsorship. If she is a real person, I suppose she will be re-matched, but I can't justify sending a monthly payment to an organization so disorganized, they cannot provide feedback. My husband and I have been multi-year members of Child Fund International, and have a relationship with our sponsored child. From Women for Women's website, I was expecting the same thing here, and was very disappointed. If they can't do what they say they will do in terms of sending information, how do I know they will do what they say they will do in terms of helping other people / doing the work of the charity?

The Great!

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

the lack of specific information sent to me (though I got form e-mails aplenty)

Ways to make it better...

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

follow through on the commitments made to donors, and provide real information on the women they supposedly sponsor.

March 9, 2011
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March 9, 2011
2 people found this review helpful

I have sponsored 6 sisters in war-torn countries since 2006, and have corresponded with all of them. W4W sends me information about them and their countries, and sends me an exit summary when each woman completes her year of training and group participation. This past year they have begun creating centers so the women can continue to participate beyond their initial year. I have also read the founder's autobiography. She is clearly an amazing human being, dedicating her life to strengthening women who have been scarred by war in 8 countries around the globe. The focus is on helping women heal from their emotional wounds, strengthen their ability to work together in community, advocate for their rights, and earn income for their families. The group has received some impressive awards over the years, and tons of recognition for its work.

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

the summaries of progress I receive at the end of the women's year of training, and through the information in the book "Half the Sky" by Kristoff and Wudunn, who have observed firsthand the work and impact of W4W, as well as the book written about the Run for the Congo, which supports thousands of women participants in the Congo, and the experiences of the author in visiting her sisters.

Ways to make it better...

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

help it manage its growth better. Administratively it is not keeping up as well as it might with its donor sisters - I am guessing becucase it has grown exponentially in recent years. It needs to continue improving its systems for tracking and communicating with its donor sisters. I would also make it possible for every recipient sister to be connected to and supported emotionally by W4W permanently in the years following their first training year.

More feedback...

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

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

Provide better communications about my sister's progress.

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

Yes - made me more of an advocate, involving and educating friends and many others.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Mostly great, tho I regret that a few of my friends have discontinued their sponsorships because they ahve been frustrated by inadequate communications from their sister or W4W.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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