GROUNDSWELL INTERNATIONAL INC
April 13, 2013
I have known the leadership both here in the US as well as on the ground around the world for more than 25 years. Our work is planted firmly in our commitment to ensuring that rural communities have adequate healthy food. We will encourage and facilitate improvements in existing water and sanitation facilities and hygienic behavior leading to a reduction in related diseases. Our consistent and purposeful monitoring and evaluation will enable the communities to learn from their own challenges around the globe that is self perpetuating and not externally driven. I am excited by the rapid growth of community farmers and their families communicating with others in other countries and other planets. We need not be isolated anymore. It truly is a groundswell of sustainable community change.
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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?
March 3, 2011
One day I visited a community farmer training center near Tegucigalpa in Honduras. I stood on the hillside with three young farmers in their mid 20s. They had come because family members suggested it would be a way for them to earn their own livelihood in a way not understood by their fathers ands grandfathers. For Hosea, Julian, and Pedro it was a way out of the past. They were the poorest of the poor and many of their friends had joined the army. Those three guys now have families of their own though I have long since lost track of them. Yet I learned something that I will never forget. World Neighbors trainers have taught me that it is here among the poorest of the poor that the opportunity for improvement is the greatest and where we can be a catalyst for change that comes from within the heart. Pedro said to me one evening, please don't leave me. And we didn't for almost six years, on his own land with corn and bean production exceeding 400% greater than his ancestors.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
I have visited program areas in Guatemala, Honduras, Peru, Philippines, Indonesia, India, Nepal, Kenya, Mali, Burkina Faso
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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
With the 60th anniversary this year, I'd go back to some of the program areas like southern India, Nepal, Guatemala, Burkina, where we have worked for years. I'd make several teams and interview 2000 people during the year to find out if what they learned in their training made a difference. How do community members measure change? Much of what we share with communities entails behavior change, did it work and how do they know it did?
Volunteer & I've been a volunteer for the past 15 years. Prior to that served about ten years as a staff team member.
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