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Review for Building New Hope, Pittsburgh, PA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I've been involved with Building New Hope since I went to El Salvador with them in 1994 and helped set up a solar-powered clean water system for the small village of Nueva Esperanza (New Hope). I was hooked from the start with their people-to-people focus and high energy.

Since then, I've participated as a volunteer in many ways, including as a board member. Currently BNH runs two innovative supplementary schools serving the poorest neighborhoods in Granada, and also an animal clinic that has alleviated the public health problems associated with Granada's large stray animal population as well as increased the health and welfare of the working horse population of the city. They also support Granada's only lending library (which also serves 14 public shools) and a worker-owned coffee cooperative of about 50 families.

BNH also began a music program in public shools in Granada and outlying areas that has since become its own nonprofit organization.

This organization does incredible work, almost entirely with volunteers.

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

Seeing the faces of the children there, as they really enjoy learning, and as they thrive and move on to high school and university.

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

Provide more human and material resources so it could do even more good.

Role:  Board Member & I helped set up a solar-powered clean water system in a Central American village.
 

Review for Global Links, Pittsburgh, PA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

This charity does fantastic work in terms of recycling surplus medical supplies that would otherwise go into landfills. But it does SO MUCH MORE! Using volunteers, it sorts and organizes these materials and matches them with the needs of specific hospitals in the world's poorest countries, shipping them off to save lives there.

I am proud to be a volunteer and donor of Global Links.

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

Seeing photos of the moms and children who were able to receive treatment because of these medical supplies. I have also personally talked to a physician here who visited these hospitals and saw the great results.

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

Get them more money, and enable them to reach out to more medical institutions to donate their surplus medical supplies. I would start chapters in other cities. There is need nationwide for such an organization.

Role:  Volunteer & I have spent many saturday mornings (and a few evenings) sorting medical supplies.