July 27, 2012
I am a past board member, committed donor and have volunteered locally and for overseas outreach. Genesis World Mission (GWM) really "gets it" when it comes to helping people receive access to quality healthcare services that meet real needs and create lasting impact. Episodic assistance may assist someone in a moment. GWM is more interested in sustained positive health outcomes for the people they serve. This is true for the local clinic in Garden City as well as partnerships internationally. Volunteers in the local clinic are the same doctors, nurses, dentists, etc. that people fortunate to have healthcare insurance trust with care for our families. Quality of care, respect for the patient, education to help them manage their issues and access to needed specialty care is what GWM delivers. There are so many examples of patients whose lives are changed through GWM helping them get the healthcare they need to "get well" so they can function effectively in society. Internationally, GWM Partners with like minded in-country organizations and the local community being served to create involvement, commitment and ownership of the medical clinics and healthcare services to be delivered. The core problems of the community are identified WITH the community by following a proven discovery and planning process. It's not a GWM project but a partnership with the community so both are investing in the work, mission and long-term sustainability. I participated in this process first-hand in Burangi, Kenya and witnessed community leaders, in country non-profit Partners and GWM leaders mutually commit and invest in the right plan to bring the community what they need to improve their health for the long-term. The results thus far have been phenomenal. Proof that the GWM approach is successful is the clinic started in Ndumberi, Kenya I was able to visit that is now 100% self-sustaining meeting the needs of their local community seeing thousands of patients annually. This is life changing and life saving assistance for impoverished families that otherwise would not have access or be able to afford the care. GWM is run very fiscally responsibly by smart, devoted and caring leadership. People of hope and strong character. It's the type of organization you want to be able to do more of what they do and mentor others to do the same. More volunteers and donations can help them do this. They have become very proficient at "replicating" their successes so that other communities in the US or internationally can get quality and lasting assistance for health problems they face. I wish I could peronally afford to put them in a more substantial financial position with an endowment to allow them to grow their impact. Together, we may all be able to make this a reality. I know GWM would pay it forward.
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