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May 12, 2010

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May 12, 2010

I had a great experience with WIP. I loved that I was able to feel like I was actually "living" in Ghana. I was also able to help a great charity by doing something I was interested in - photography. By spending even a day with WIP you can see how they give women (and men) jobs and life skills. As a "type - A" personality, sometimes charity work abroad can be painful; however, I did not feel this way at all with WIP. I highly recommend this organization!

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

by seeing how they employ women and men throughout the Cape Coast of Ghana. The skills and work ethic that is taught/trained will provide the women and men with advantages throughout their entire lives.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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May 12, 2010

My experience with Women in Progress was amazing! I have now been to Ghana twice, both times sharing my experiences with the Women in Progress Volunteers. I recommend this NGO to anyone who has ever asked me about volunteering overseas. Meeting the locals of Ghana or my fellow roomates in the Women in Progress house, I learned more than I could imagine about myself and the country I was visiting. I miss Ghana more and more everyday and cannot wait to go back; hopefully helping Women in Progress once again!

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

My everyday life, sharing stories and my personal experiences in Ghana with everyone.

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

Nothing, it is truly a wonderful organization! :)

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

The people I met along the way.

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

Extremely influential and caring; I was able to click with them very easily.

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

Expand throughout all of Ghana. :)

Ways to make it better...

I had worn more sunscreen ;)

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

Support from those around them and in the US.

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

I can't wait to go back!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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May 12, 2010

I went to Global Mamas with very little knowledge of what I wanted to get out of my experience or what exactly I would be doing once I got to Ghana. The only thing I can say is that Renee and the Mamas helped to form the path I've taken in my life and the concept of this nonprofit is very powerful. All the women who own their own batik or sewing shops take apprentices whom are taught a trade and in the future can start their own shop and take new apprentices. This concept instills a sense of community and constant development. Renee met every challenge head on and constantly worked to create innovative ideas, using the ideas and help of volunteers and all the global mamas to better the product production, working conditions, and lifestyles of everyone involved in the nonprofit.

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

My own life, the lives of the Global Mamas. I saw women being independent and running a business. I sat in a board meeting of this nonprofit. It was powerful to see a group of women sitting around a board table in Africa, trying to better their business.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007

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May 12, 2010

Women in Progress is a great organization that makes a real impact in the communities they work in. My first experience with WiP was in 2006 when I interned at their then main Ghana office in Cape Coast as part of my undergraduate program. Not only did I have a great time, but I gained valuable experience and saw first hand how WiP's programs empower Women business owners and bring tangible benefits to the community through capacity building and income generating activities. I recently returned to Ghana on vacation and was impressed with how much WiP had grown bringing their programs and enthusiasm to women and communities throuought southern Ghana!

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

meeting and talking to stakeholders, and seeing the benefits they and their businesses have gained through Women in Progresss.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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May 11, 2010

Women in Progress is the kind of nonprofit NGO that helps people (specifically women) by not giving them handouts but empowering them with their own skills to make a living for their families. Women in Progress gives the women it works with a market they would never have access to by shipping to the the U.S. (and I believe Canada and Japan now).

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

seeing women proud of not just having a job but constantly having work where they can take on new apprentices and buy new sewing machines and such.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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