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March 3, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
March 3, 2011

One day I visited a community farmer training center near Tegucigalpa in Honduras. I stood on the hillside with three young farmers in their mid 20s. They had come because family members suggested it would be a way for them to earn their own livelihood in a way not understood by their fathers ands grandfathers. For Hosea, Julian, and Pedro it was a way out of the past. They were the poorest of the poor and many of their friends had joined the army. Those three guys now have families of their own though I have long since lost track of them. Yet I learned something that I will never forget. World Neighbors trainers have taught me that it is here among the poorest of the poor that the opportunity for improvement is the greatest and where we can be a catalyst for change that comes from within the heart. Pedro said to me one evening, please don't leave me. And we didn't for almost six years, on his own land with corn and bean production exceeding 400% greater than his ancestors.

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I have visited program areas in Guatemala, Honduras, Peru, Philippines, Indonesia, India, Nepal, Kenya, Mali, Burkina Faso

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

With the 60th anniversary this year, I'd go back to some of the program areas like southern India, Nepal, Guatemala, Burkina, where we have worked for years. I'd make several teams and interview 2000 people during the year to find out if what they learned in their training made a difference. How do community members measure change? Much of what we share with communities entails behavior change, did it work and how do they know it did?

March 1, 2011

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March 1, 2011

Because It is my good fortune to live in Oklahoma City, headquarters of World Neighbors, I have known about this organization since I heard a program at our church about 20 years ago. My husband and I thought the integrated and respectful approach to solving problems that World Neighbors brings to the most deprived villages made so much sense, we were anxious to learn more. The more we learned, the more impressed we became. Following our World Neighbors Journey to Ecuador 5 years ago, we became even stronger advocates. We were able to meet the outstanding field staff, mostly people from the area, and the villagers who told us how much WN had improved their lives. Many women said that without WN their husbands would have needed to go to another country to find work to send home money. But with the help of WN their families now had enough food and healthy living conditions for the family to remain together in their village. We are now looking forward to a World Neighbors Journey to Peru in a few weeks.

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In a trip to Ecuador with World Neighbors 5 years ago, we were able to see the successful results of programs: abundant fields, well fed and healthy people, healthy vaccinated livestock, and a democratically functioning communities with many committees making important decisions. We were truly inspired to see how hard the villagers worked to improve their village and their own lives with the guidance of World Neighbors.

Ways to make it better...

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

Give more money so more people could be helped to help themselves

February 28, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 28, 2011

I first learned of World Neighbors in 2005 from a then board member. As an international development professional, I am impressed by World Neighbor’s commitment to equity and its integrated approach to development. World Neighbors lets people set their own goals and thus strengthens communities to find lasting solutions to hunger, poverty and disease.

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

visiting World Neighbors programs and seeing local people’s engagement.

Ways to make it better...

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

find ways to increase its profile and resources so that it can deepen and expand the impact of its programs.

February 28, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 28, 2011

I've been on the board of World Neighbors for several years and have seen it expand and contract in its ability to do what it does so well--serve some of the poorest communities in the world with education and organization of mostly local resources, helping those communities to help themselves with agriculture, ecology, health care, and capacity building. The work of WN has been a model for other non-profit groups in international development, but I doubt if any other group does the basic work of building infra-structure and encouraging community self-help as World Neighbors. It remains a model of efficiency and good work.

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

I've seen WN programs directly in Latin America, and I've followed the progress of programs in numerous other countries.

Ways to make it better...

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

. . . help to find more and more sustainable funding for the work of the organization. The basic pattern of success has been in place for some time. Growth of the good work depends upon more financial support and the security of sustaining sources of support.

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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

How did you learn about this organization?

Through conversations and a general interest in international development work.

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

Securing funding for on-going programs.

What is its top priority in the long run?

Expansion of programs through sustained funding and broader recognition of the work of the organization.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

February 28, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 28, 2011

In 2008 - 2009, I was warked for WN for 1,5 years, located in West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia. During work with this organization I was learnt about the process of social transformation that created by involving local people with full mobilizing local recources, the transformation focused on people and the outcome shown by transformation of people, gradually their livelihood and their environtment going better. In my opinion program approach that develop by this organization is match for remote people in remote area with marginal resources for better live and right.

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

Sustainable Livelihood program for remote people

Ways to make it better...

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

develop a great structure and program focussed on developing better livelihood and environtment for people who marginalized by global economic system for ger better live and right

February 25, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 25, 2011

During the work on WN, I felt a place that according to what is inside of me. WN gives encouragement to innovate, pro-poor, marginal, emphasizing gender mainstraiming the most powerful and is strong on principles and values. And always targeted at social change.
Pengelolaan sumberdaya alam
(memperjuangkan bagaimana alam terjaga keberlanjutannya dan memperjuangkan hak-hak masyarakat pinggiran hutan dan sekaligus bagaimana masyarakat tersebut menjadi penjaga hutan). pengembangan program hutan kemasyarakatan, hutan keluarga, agroforestry

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natural resources management, development of sources of livelihood and community organizing

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

WN berani membuka wilayah baru di Wilayah Indonesia Timur.

February 24, 2011

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February 24, 2011

I was happy working with WN Indonesia, because WN provide poster, buklet, books n training to build capacity.
learning visit, sharing strategi to empower people. so the people could be self relient. the best WN n Good luck for development in laesser SUNDA ISLAND.

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

developing partner capacity in damaged area n isolated area.

Ways to make it better...

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

enlarge working area in Indonesia.

February 24, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 24, 2011

on behalf of my community in east nusa tenggara province, indonesia who live far away from technology as internet which i also find many difficulties ti access. i want to say many thanks to world neighbors indonesia staff and its partner who work continuously ti assist us in solving our problem and help us find our dignity. may God bless u and can reach more and more marginalized family and damaged area.

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yes, as one of east nusa tenggara people, i worked with many NGO but, WN's approach is disticntively different with other NGO, WN strong in encourage people to solve the problem by theirself and to be self reliant.

Ways to make it better...

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

probably, change the way WN seek for donation and work in mre wider area

February 22, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 22, 2011

World Neighbors is as unique and effective in 2011 as it was 60 years ago when the organization was founded in 1951. Investment is made in people not things. Because of this, those who are supported with information and training are able to find their own solutions to crushing poverty, lack of food and clean water, better health practices for mothers and babies, even savings and credit groups. World Neighbors begins work in areas most in need with the goal of leaving a self-sustaining village behind. The successes are astounding!

The Great!

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

I have visited World Neighbors program work in Guatemala.

Ways to make it better...

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

Find a way to raise the profile of World Neighbors.

February 21, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 21, 2011

World Neighbors and WOW are great examples of people helping people. I was introduced to the organization through a former classmate, and it strikes me as a very genuinely caring, giving group of people. I am always inspired when I read up on what World Neighbors and WOW are up to. - inspired to open my eyes to the world around me, and how its inhabitants live.

The Great!

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

reading about the work they do and how they empower and affect people's lives for the better.

Ways to make it better...

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

Open more regional offices in the US for more opportunities for others to join in and help

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