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VIDES USA
June 21, 2010

VIDES allows volunteers to assist women and children to better their lives. After attending a solid orientation program, volunteers work all over the world to help promote indepedence, self esteem, & learning. I just returned from Guatemala where the mission utilizes 'micro-lending' - which is a hot word for a simple concept - help a women buy a pig, she pays back this loan when she sells the pig. Now she has bought a second pig, two chickens and corn to plant. She has five kids (the husband has abandoned them). Now, she is learning to become independent. She sees what she can do to better the lives of her family. This is just one example - there are so many more just like this. Thank you VIDES for your philosophy and dedication to the empowerment of women and children.

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

by seeing the nutrition of babies improve in Ethiopia. Students receiving an education and paying for their room and board by working in the cafeteria and around the school in Thailand. Rural women in Guatemala are becoming financially indepedent.

Ways to make it better...

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

Promote the option to volunteer with this organization through more vehicles. I found this opportunity after much searching. I wonder how many others might also work with VIDES if they knew of its existence.

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

The dedication to the mission of empowering women and children.

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

Truly dedicated, kind, driven, efficient and fun.

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

improve so many lives. By working at the grassroot level - they teach people to improve their lives.

Ways to make it better...

I had more time to volunteer. I am full time worker and can only use my vacation time for volunteering.

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

Continueing to get the word out - so people are aware of the opportunity to volunteer with this organization.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I have been truly blessed to be associated with this organization. It is a gift to people who want to volunteer their time to help improve lives and be transformed in the process.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I have taught English, dance, built houses, assisted with feeding programs and monitoring the nutrition of babies.