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Fount of Mercy
March 21, 2011

I recently spent 3 weeks working with Found of Mercy in Jinja, Uganda and was so excited to finally be a part of the life changing work they have been doing for some time now. I loved the idea that you can bring the skills and expertise you have in your own field of work and share it in a meaningful and practical way with the people of Uganda. So many of Fount's connections are focused on empowering women, a group that particularly needs a helping hand AND is very responsive. The change in these women's lives as they begin to acquire new skills, put them to use, and gain confidence as a provider, business woman, artist and important member of their villages is immeasurable. I plan on continuing to support Fount with my time and money and hope others would consider it as well. This is more than building a house. It is raising a community.

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

participating directly with the planning and implementing of various health outreach initiatives in Uganda as well as planning and participating in many of the fundraising events they have here in New York City each year.

Ways to make it better...

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

give them more money so more of the staff could be full time. They use the donated money, equipment, etc incredibly well already. As it grows, I see a need for more time devoted to expanding their outreach, organizing group volunteer trips, fundraising, and day to day logistics. The changes are already beginning. By empowering local organizations and people there, they are creating self-sufficient results which don't rely on constant funding. This will make them last.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

One extra staff person to be in completely in charge of volunteers and related logistics.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

It showed me how few possessions/things I need to live. I also got to use different facets of my professional skills that I haven't used before.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Grateful for what I have, for the opportunity to give, and for the friendships I made.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & helped write, direct and present skits on AIDS education, Peer Pressure with sex, and other important issues. We presented them to groups of students in many local villages.