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UNITED BY FRIENDSHIP INC
May 24, 2011

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.

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Volunteer & Volunteered on two UbF trips to Guatemala.