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Shirley Ann Sullivan Educational Foundation
September 25, 2010

In 2006 I was invited to take part on Goethe Institut's World Cup blog writing about culture and soccer in my country, Brazil. But my intention was also to get in touch with children in need, specifically in poor areas in Porto Alegre, my home town. So I got to know SASEF's projects. Since then, I did decide to take part on this NGO - which have brought me so much happiness and good experiences. I've met really nice people that are also deeply engaged in social projects. My activity as a volunteer has several facets: I help to promote SASEF's activities, I ask for donations (books), I collect the material and help to transport them to its final destination and I also take part on the library's arrangement. I try to raise awareness among people to get involved in social projects. Being part on SASEF's projects makes me understand and respect all the cultural differences. I do believe that only through education we can make a difference and put an end on poverty and social gap. Nowadays I do not imagine myself without taking part on SASEF's projects.

The Great!

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

When I saw all those children and teens at SASEF/YMCA's Library reading books, playing games and solving puzzles I felt really happy and satisfied. After that even a simple construction worker, asked for a book of poetry. I realized we're on the right way

Ways to make it better...

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

have our website updated more frequently and maybe send a monthly newsletter to all partners and volunteers.

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

that we can change lives through education and that we can bring positive results for those in need.

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

strongly committed and happy for helping kids with lots love and care.

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

open more libraries, buy books and games and hire English teachers to teach children and youth in Porto Alegre (Brazil), helping them to find a job and fighting against drugs.

Ways to make it better...

I had more time and in Brazil things weren't so complicated.

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

opening new ways (through books) on those places where the criminality is very intense and the number of drug addicts is extremely high.

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

SASEF is a great nonprofit organization and is developing wonderful social projects around the globe. I'm happy to have the chance to make a difference in the world - maybe small, but really from the heart!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I organized donations, collected books for SASEF's project libraries,.