I've been the volunteer webmaster for Build a School in Africa for a few years now, so my review may not be totally impartial and unbiased. What this organization does is inspiring. A full 100% of all donations go directly toward the costs of building schools in Mali, West Africa. This is possible because ALL of the work of the organization is done by volunteers. I'll admit that I was somewhat skeptical about the impact of just doing building projects like these. What about all the other needs of the community and the school children? After visiting 2 of the schools in February 2012, I left with the impression that these projects are what one could call "necessary while not sufficient" and play an important role. The new school buildings are always built at the request of the local community, and with their assistance. The new buildings are durable, bright, and well-ventilated, unlike the old ones they often replace. The schools have latrines and water wells, which really does help keep kids in school. The communities take a great deal of pride in the schools that we help build, and are incredibly grateful.
Review from Guidestar