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February 14, 2011

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February 14, 2011

An incredibly efficient and well run organization. Superior job of communicating with donors/volunteers both verbally and visually. Cannot believe what they have accomplished with the funds they have. I am proud to be associated with World Class!

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receipt of newsletters, photos and personal interaction

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

Increase funding

February 14, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 14, 2011

The volunteers of World Class Ghana has consistently worked for the betterment of the people, particularly the women, in the Amasaman region of Ghana. Their water and sanitation efforts have helped to improve the living and health conditions of all the people in the region. The staff in Ghana have been patiently trained to run an effective office, and to be both responsible and proud of the work that they do.

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I have been to Ghana, and have seen the work that has been accomplished by World Class Ghana.

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

find reliable sources of funding.

February 14, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 14, 2011

World Class-Ghana is one of the most carefully managed organizations I have ever encountered. The oversight of the Ghanaian operation is meticulous. The mission is clear and carefully adhered to. U.S. overhead is kept to a true minimum. Wells and access to clean water are having a measurable impact in keeping girls in school. I have travelled many times to Ghana and it is refreshing to work with this organization. They are doing important work and doing it WELL! Pun intended.

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Ghana. I have travelled to Ghana with the founders since the organization's first trip and the dedication and clarity the founders bring to the organization is exceptional. It is not easy work and they bring an integrity to the project that is exemplary. Many NGOs would benefit from the work ethic of World class Ghana.

Ways to make it better...

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

heavily endow it!

February 8, 2011

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February 8, 2011

As a co-founder, board member, and president of World Class-Ghana, I am biased, of course. However, I think we have accomplished a lot with a little in a relatively brief span of time for the women and children we serve in greater Amasaman, Ghana. Since our inception in the fall of 2006, we have received total donations in the amount of roughly $125,000. With it we have drilled 3 wells, connected electric pumps and tank reservoirs to 2 of them, constructed a 12-unit composting latrine with rainwater catchment provisions for handwashing, provided connection to electric service for one school and the area council building, and over 550 loans to over 300 women in the communities we serve. We have also provided gainful employment to our Ghanaian staff of 2. We can do all this because we have a working board of volunteers assisted by members who have donated legal, accounting, and IT services. Board members traveling to Ghana pay the bulk of their travel expenses themselves. We have no office expense or salaries to pay in the US. We are stricly a "no frills" organization with an emphasis on sticking to our mission of providing access to credit, clean water, and sanitation to the area we serve. We believe that it isn't what you can dream up, but what you can actually get done that makes an organization effective. Despite our tiny size, I think we are succeeding in that approach.

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It is very satisfying to see women in Doblo Gonno, site of 2 of our wells and latrine, able to access clean water close to home, avoiding the arduous walk of miles to a polluted stream. It's wonderful that children in this village also have clean water to drink at school and with which to wash their hands at the lavatory thanks to World Class.

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do whatever we can to make our program more effective in accomplishing its mission. We are always adapting.

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February 8, 2011

World Class is very successful at making a relatively small amount of money go a long way in meeting very basic needs that will make a significant difference in people's lives, working in several poor communities in Ghana.

The goal of World Class is to provide access to credit, clean
water, and sanitation, thereby helping to provide better health and more sustainable livelihoods for the women and children of those communities.

In four short years, World Class has provided over 350 women with 550 microloans, constructed two wells and a latrine facility in one community, and is completing a new well in another community.

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As I have not yet had a chance to travel to Ghana, I haven't experienced directly the results of World Class efforts, although I've seen lots of photos and read accounts by the board members and others who have traveled there. I hope to go within the next year.

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As a brand-new board member, I am just learning about the organization so don't feel in a position to make any suggestions for change at this time.

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