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Fount of Mercy
August 13, 2010

Upon just finishing my first summer (of what i anticipate to be many!) volunteering with Fount of Mercy, I left both beyond satisfied with my experience and teammates, as well as inspired and rejuvenated in life. I had a year in preparation for my Uganda trip, and one would think that after a year of anticipation that i would be disappointed. It was the exact opposite. I don't think my mind could have possibly imagined the joy i would find in volunteering, and especially with such a well organized, understanding and professional group. While in Uganda i photographed the 6 grassroots organizations that Fount partners with. Not only did i feel prepared for my adventures thanks to the amazing staff, but i also felt comfortable talking with the team before, during and after. Fount of Mercy is really doing something right when it comes to volunteer work. The level of compassion, responsibility, love, and passion that is put into their work is very moving, and i am honored to be a part of its history and future.

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

Just after i left Uganda, i discovered that the woman in one of our groups learned to make unique new pieces of jewelry and were connected with a shop in Jinja to sell!! benefits were reaping before our eyes and providing instant income!

Ways to make it better...

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

try to get the staff paid for their work.

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

i had a sense of freedom while working, but i also felt safe. Also, the organizations that Fount has chosen to partner with are incredible people.

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

motivated, inspiring,talented, hard-working and compassionate

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

easily change the lives of everyone in Uganda, and perhaps beyond.

Ways to make it better...

i felt 100% satisfied with my experience, the only things i would have changed would have been on a personal level as a photographer. however, we learn from our experiences.

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

funding, and expanding the network to get more donors.

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

if your heart wants to volunteer, start here!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & Photographer.