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Fount of Mercy
March 29, 2011

I have loved working with FOM and being a part of such a fantastic growing organization. The philosophy they operate from is one that I feel very strongly about and that is teaching and empowering the people to help themselves, creating sustainability, rather than just relief aid. The programs they have initiated, have shown that the philosophy works. For instance the Bread Basket program, Sewing Hope and other programs that teach the women to produce a product that is usable, and needed, thereby giving them the capacity to make an income and sustain the means to make that income. The Community Health Initiative gives them knowledge about ongoing health issues that are specific to them, and helps them learn ways to prevent and treat medical and health issues, that without that knowledge, could be part of the death or decline of a society. It was so exciting to witness the women's excitement about new knowledge, new skills and new friends! And to know that beyond a shadow of a doubt, a difference really is being made in their lives!

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

Witnessing the growth of women in the villages. Growth in sustainability, knowledge about themselves, their health and surroundings, skills, social interaction and empowerment in the all these areas, in the women of the villages I participated in.

Ways to make it better...

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

Be sure each and every individual that volunteers is thoroughly evaluated and placed according to his or her strengths and capabilities. Not that I saw it as a fault, by any means, but just by the way I was screened and used, I felt like it made a huge difference in what I was able to contribute. So in a sense, the process used with me was a plus and if it is done on every volunteer, it would be a bigger plus!

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I helped with Community Health assessments of about 150 woman and teaching regarding those specific issues. I also participated in jewelry making classes with the women.