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Freedom From Hunger
May 28, 2010

As a communications professional, I visited several of Freedom from Hunger's programs and talked to women participants. Some of the women I talked with were selected for the interview by local staff. Others volunteered on the spot. I picked others at random. I will never forget the women I met or the stories they told. Their determination to make life better for their children and themselves was present in every conversation. All they needed was the chance to make their hard work pay off in earnings, savings and knowledge. Freedom from Hunger's programs gave them that chance. There are too many heart-warming stories to tell, but one theme I wanted to mention is the one of empowerment. So many women told me how they believed in themselves and their ability to create positive change because of their participation in the programs. They gave me example after example of change. They were proud of themselves and they wanted me to know it. One thing that impressed me was that most of the women never knew the name "Freedom from Hunger"--only that of the local organization that delivered the services. Freedom from Hunger likes it that way. They train local people and organization to implement their high-impact programs and then they step back. If anything, they are too modest about their impact. I am grateful to have met these women and heard their stories of impact.

The Great!

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

In visiting the programs and talking with the women who participate. I've met women in Africa, Asia and Latin America on my visits. I am also a donor and volunteer.

Ways to make it better...

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

They're not the household name they should be and should probably devote more resources to communcations and PR. As a communications professional, it's no surprise I would say that, I guess, but I would do more in that area.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Visiting the programs and talking with women who participate.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

I've met the senior people, board members and staff. All are excellent and dedicated.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Double its operations.

Ways to make it better...

I get frustrated that more people don't know about the organization.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Funding!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

MY ROLE:
Professional with expertise in this field & I visited with women in Freedom from Hunger's programs and collected their stories.