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Shirley Ann Sullivan Educational Foundation
October 29, 2013

Since 2006 SASEF has definitely been transforming the way I feel about the world around me as a volunteer. It has made me a stronger person and allowed me to explore new concepts and build long-lasting friendships. SASEF has taught me about so many different subjects, cultures and people.
I have met so many inspirational people and learned so many life lessons that helped me to contribute more to my community.
Through the donation of books, televisions, dvd players and computers for the “International Reading Corners Project” in poor neighborhoods in Porto Alegre, in the south of Brazil, SASEF has given children and students the opportunity to explore so many different fields and opened new doors for their lives and futures.
Through projects, workshops and weekend trips SASEF has given a lot of children, teenagers and students a different view about the world and its possibilities to have a better chance in life and the opportunity to discover new things, like as new ideas and conceptions of who they want to be and how they want to go about achieving that and facing opportunities in obstacles.
Our projects have not only made them aware of their human potential, intellectual and social abilities but also indicated and revealed them a better idea of their future career path.

The new project “Stop Trafficking Children and Youth The V Sign”, a Universal Hand Sign was created specifically for children and youth. The V Sign equips children and youth with a real tool to self protect and possibly prevent their being stolen or trafficked. The V Sign can also used as an SOS alert for a child or youth who has been stolen or trafficked.

I am very grateful to SASEF for all those opportunities, indescribable feelings and extremely valuable experiences!

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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?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

MY ROLE:
Volunteer

Shirley Ann Sullivan Educational Foundation
April 17, 2013

Since 2006 I have been taking part in Shirley Ann Sullivan Educational Foundation projects in Porto Alegre, Brazil,

Our goal is provide safe spaces for reading and encourage children and young people to go further in their lives through education.
SASEFis giving children and youth a chance to go to school, find a job and create a better future for themselves, their families, future generations and the global community.
We built around 3 libraries and one computer center, like at YACM-Vila Restinga Olímpica, at Vila Novo Chocolatão and at Vila Cruzeiro in Porto Alegre, Brazil and are developing youth employment workshops.

Being part on SASEF's projects makes me understand and respect all the cultural differences and opinions and fight prejudices. I do believe that only through education we can make a difference and put an end on poverty and social gap. Nowadays I do not imagine myself without taking part on SASEF's projects. I meet a lot of great people and have the chance to kwon new projects and take part in it.
To help more and more children in my country, Brazil, where the criminality is very intense and the number of drug addicts is extremely high is a big challenge, but I'm sure supporting and providing educationis the onlyt way to make a better world for children and youth. When I see children reading books for the first time in their lives In the libraries we arranged, I feel really happy and satisfied, because we can change their lives with books!!!

SASEF is a great nonprofit organization and is developing wonderful social projects around the globe. I'm happy to have the chance to make a difference in the world - maybe small, but really from the heart!

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?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

MY ROLE:
Volunteer

Shirley Ann Sullivan Educational Foundation
October 9, 2012

Since 2006 I have been taking part in SASEF projects.
Our goal is provide safe spaces for reading and encourage children and young people to go further in their lives through education.
During all these years I’ve met a lot of great people, brave and clever children, what enable me change experiences and respect the different opinions and cultures.
We built around 3 libraries and one small computer center, like at YACM-Vila Restinga Olímpica, at Vila Novo Chocolatão and at Vila Cruzeiro in Porto Alegre, Brazil.
Our friends and partners help us a lot, donating books and part of their time. Team work is very important!
If we want to change the world and to give a chance to our children, we have to support and to provide education, and one of the most important tool is a book.

The Great!

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

When we visit the reading spaces and teachers, helpers and the children realte us about their efforts and success.

Ways to make it better...

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

suggest more meetings whith the volunteers.

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?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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

telling us more about the projects in progress.

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

I met a lot of great people. Knew different oppinions and culrures.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

We have to help our children and that we have to share our experiences due to a better world. It's a great and incredible experience!

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I colleted the books' donations and organized the library, sent e-mails to aske for donations, sent e-mails presenting job opportunity.

Shirley Ann Sullivan Educational Foundation
September 27, 2011

In 2006 I was invited to take part on Goethe Institut's World Cup blog writing about culture and soccer in my country, Brazil. So I got to know SASEF's projects. Since then, I did decide to take part on this NGO.
My activity as a volunteer has several facets: I try to raise awareness among people to get involved in social projects. Being part on SASEF's projects makes me understand and respect all the cultural differences. I do believe that only through education we can make a difference and put an end on poverty and social gap. Nowadays I do not imagine myself without taking part on SASEF's projects.

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The Great!

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

in the librarys we arranged we can see children reading books for the first time in their lives. That's wonderfull and I feel happy, because we can change their lives with a simple book!!!

Ways to make it better...

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

try to spread our projects in more poor neighbourhoods in our city and try to have more volunteers, if in Brazil things weren't so complicated.

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?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

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

I'm happy to have the chance to make a difference in the world through SASEF and its projects.

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

Being part on SASEF's projects makes me understand and respect all the cultural differences. I have been meeting a lot of great people. I have the chance to kwon new projects and people.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Since 2006 I realized better then ever that we have an important function in life and that we have to help more and more children in our country, where the criminality is very intense and the number of drug addicts is extremely high.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I help to promote SASEF's activities, I ask for donations (books), I collect the material and help to transport them to its final destination and I also take part on the library's arrangement.