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Review for Proyecto Itzaes, Palo Alto, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Proyecto Itzaes fulfills a much needed role in the Yucatan. From library books to computer literacy to varied educational opportunities, PI works hard to serve thousands of families in the Yucatan. Other projects include education about the environment, including reforestation and beach clean-up. I am the board chair of Mujeres de Maiz Opportunity Foundation and can attest to the uncountable hours, untiring effort, and total devotion to her cause that Cindy Wilber, founder and executive director of PI, invests in her organization.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Role:  Professional with expertise in this field

Review for Mujeres De Maiz Opportunity Foundation, Sequim, WA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

As Board Chair of Mujeres de Maiz Opportunity Foundation, there are a number of things that make me very proud. One is the fact that the women with whom we work assess their own needs and make proposals to us. This enables us to help them in the ways that will have the most impact. Another is the fact that we can see the changes over the past 7 years in the ways that the girls and women relate to each other and to us. 7 years ago there was little eye contact, little expressing of opinion, extreme shyness, almost no opportunities for life choices and feeling valueless. Now, especially in those who have continued their education through scholarships funded by us, we see assertiveness, decision making, eye contact, literacy teaching, and an ability and desire to express opinions. Moreover, the two continuing Saturday Children's Programs are in their 3rd year and flourishing, as it our adult literacy program. More women and girls are getting eye exams and wearing glasses. A new project provides the education and building materials for 28 families to have composting toilets. And, our supporters are the best!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Role:  Board Member

Review for Alternative Gift Markets, Inc., Lucerne Valley, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Alternative Gifts International, based in Wichita, promotes and supports the gift markets that support over 30 non-profit organizations which share the yearly catalog. In this age of materialism, the work that AGI does to encourage "alternative gift-giving" is laudable. As the board chair of a non-profit that has had the honor of being in the AGI catalog for 4 years, I am aware and appreciative of the commitment that the AGI staff shows. Working with such caring individuals is a pleasure. Mujeres de Maiz Opportunity Foundation has benefited greatly from our association with AGI.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Role:  Client Served

Review for Mujeres De Maiz Opportunity Foundation, Sequim, WA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

This year was amazing for Mujeres de Maiz OF. Seventeen girls received scholarships this year and two of our long standing scholarship recipients will graduate from university in December, 2012. The two Saturday Children's Programs are flourishing and serving about 55 primary school children. Not only are the children strengthening their academic skills, but they are learning to write their Maya language, They have the chance to express their creativity in various art and theater projects and are becoming stewards of the environment by learning about recycling, composting and planting trees. When we visited the community of Crucero, we found a new structure that the parents of the children had built to house the program. It demonstrates how much the parents value this program. The programs are in their 3rd year. The adult literacy program in Altamirano is also in its 3rd year and the 27 adults will complete their primary school education this year. We hope very much that funding will allow us to continue funding for these dedicated students and their instructor. Mujeres continues to fund workshops and eye exams, glasses and laptop computers. Three new valuable projects have been proposed and we are actively seeking grants and looking at more ways to fundraise because at the moment we are unable to take on more projects.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

How did you learn about this organization?

I am a founding member.

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

Providing education in its many forms.

What is its top priority in the long run?

Empowering poor, indigenous women so that they may lead fuller lives, have decision-making opportunities, and be role-models in their communities. Education is the key.

Role:  Board Member & I am the Board Chair. I go to Chiapas twice a year and visit communities and take care of Mujeres' business with our coordinator. I listen to women's assessments of their needs and work from there. .

Review for Alternative Gift Markets, Inc., Lucerne Valley, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I am the Board Chair of Mujeres de Maiz Opportunity Foundation. We provide access to education to girls and women in a cooperative in Chiapas, Mexico Three years ago we applied to Alternative Gifts International to be in their catalog and were accepted. We were amazed that AGI would accept a small, grassroots organization because some of the names in the catalog are very well known and established. But AGI saw how much we had grown and developed since our inception. They saw that we had a dedicated working board, that the women with whom we partner assess their own needs, and that service learning is an important component of the work we do. AGI works with its client organizations. I attended their conference in April 2010. As a result, we 1) shortly thereafter produced a video showcasing our work for a minimal investment. (see the video at www.MujeresDeMaizOF.org); 2) followed AGI's suggestion and posted a page on Facebook and Facebook Causes; and 3) were able to network with The Nature Conservancy and their representative in Chiapas gave a workshop to the women in the cooperative about climate change. The staff at AGI is supportive and personable. Our experience with AGI has been nothing but positive.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

How did you find this group?

Through their catalog.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

Role:  Client Served & I wrote the three proposals that resulted in our being accepted to AGI. I also am the main contact and am personally responsible for all communications with AGI.

Review for Mujeres De Maiz Opportunity Foundation, Sequim, WA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I have been the Board Chair since we formed Mujeres de Maiz OF in 2006. At the beginning we were thinking only of scholarships to the indigenous women in the cooperative in Chiapas, Mexico, but what has transpired has been amazing. Soon we were funding workshops and eye exams and laptop computers. Then full year children's programs and adult literacy classes came into being. We also take toothpaste and toothbrushes every 6 months, have donated 100 children's backpacks and each community received a solar lamp. Now we are involved in helping the cooperative purchase a facility of their own. What we love is that while we provide access to education, the women assess their own needs and make decisions about the paths they are taking.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

How did you learn about this organization?

I'm a founding member.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

Role:  Board Member & I have worked steadily for over 6 years, at least 20 hours a week, all volunteer. I have been involved in every facet of this organization from the very start.