October 4, 2009
I met Cathy and Curt on campsite in Spain. We excanged some insults about our tents and transport and emptied a botle of pernod together. They told me they were cycling around the world and they looked very well prepared on there big tandem.
We kept in touch throug the e-mail and after a year I understood they found their place to be in the north of Thailand close to a Burmese refugeecamp, where they did a lot of good work. They asked me to build them a website and after a while they asked me if I would like to teach te children in the refugee camp how to build a website. I'm not a regular hero, I hate food I don't know and specificly don't like bugs. So 'wimp I am" I asked Curt if I would be encountering animals on les or more than four legs. And naturaly Curt sad NO. He had forgotten the pictures of the snake in his basement he had sent me a few weeks before. But to make a long story short. I went up and loved every minute of it (even the encounter Curt had with a very big lissard, that made him screem, there is jusitice in the world you know). The kids were fantastic. To be honest I learned more from them than they dit from me. But I hope I have been an nice distraction from the endless and hopeless situation they were in.
A few years later Curt came to Holland and together we had a nice time at my firm and at a school, where he promoted to good work he and his wife are still doing.
We don't see each other much, but I'm very fond of Cathy and Curt. And I truly admire the things they accomplish. The don't talk but act!
If you are looking for a good cause to spend some money I'm sure they are it. They don't spent much on overhead and the money comes at te place were it can do it's good work. Most of the time they even tell you were they spent your money on.
Keep up the good work!!!!!
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...
talking with the children. See the diverence between them and us. Realising that things and money is nice, but you can do fantastic without.
The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...
Friends. They showed me around. And let me do my thing, with help, but without interverence
If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...
solve even more problems then they are already doing already on a tight budget.
Ways to make it better...
If I was better prepared. I made the goals I set for the children to high. Luckly I was able to ajust it during the proces. But apart from being a nice distraction, I didn't accomplish much. Although I loved every minut of the experience I had.
In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...
politics in the countries they are working in.
One thing I'd also say is that...
the system they use is very honest. People have to take an exam in how to use the water without being sick. Only when they passed the exam (wich I think they all do if they participate) they can get a waterfilter. So if you are rich you can't buy it.
How frequently have you been involved with the organization?
About once a year
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?
Former volunteer & Made a website, teach children about internet, promote their work and had a lot of fun!.