I have been a consistent supporter of Finding Freedom Through Friendship since going on a medical mission to Guatemala and meeting some of the board members. I continue to be impressed by the value of this organization. Board members donate their time and expertise, they have established trusted workers in country, and the woman and children in the program are assisted in such a way as to take care of the basics so they can see a hopeful future for themselves. I admire Jody and all the board members for their unfailing energy and the way they have grown this organization. I love seeing the updates on Jody's blog and watching how supporting this organization can impact the lives of a forgotten segment of the population, woman and children.
I worked with members of this organization originally on medical mission to Guatemala. In this day , it is not always easy to know what becomes of any donation you choose to make to an organization. Having volunteered with board members I can tell you that everything you do or donate goes directly to the woman and children this organization assists. It brings tears to my eyes when I read the stories of the impact , what we would consider a small donation, can make in the lives of a "forgotten" population....woman and children in rural Guatemala. I have met these woman and children and seen what little they have. I now make a monthly donation that I know goes directly to a family. When I say family, it is a widow in a country that provides no assistance of any kind. This amount, that to me seems small, gives a family of four, a meal and 3 girls the chance to stay in school. As a mother and medical professional , I am grateful for the education and ability I have to provide for my children. That I am safe in my home, that I do not have to worry about the physical safety of my children. I cannot imagine how painful it must be to have NOTHING to feed your children. to know that they must stop school and work at ages we would not consider letting our kids even go out alone!
I believe that there is a place for the impact of large organizations, but I also know that one person can make a difference. If you want a personal connection to helping woman and children I highly recommend FFF. I have worked beside the board members in a medical setting , I have volunteered with the organization providing supplies to the families and I now am a donor. I plan to continue to help in any way I am able. There are no finer people than those who serve this organization.
Made a documentary film for this nonprofit and was blown away by how much work and effort they put into the charity. All funds collected go directly to the people in need and there is little to no overhead. It is amazing to see a group so dedicated to their work and not only in just donating goods to those in need but actually helping them to become self-sufficient.
What hooked me to Finding Freedom through Friendship is that the program addresses the three dimensions of poverty: Health (nutrition & child mortality), Education and living standard (fuel, sanitation, water, electricity, flooring & assets). The two to three-year holistic journey transforms a family from poverty to self-sufficiency. It was significant to witness the transformation across multiple generations – that is the women household heads and their children. After nine years of operation, many mothers own their home, run a small business and best of all their children attend school, operate businesses and some have even enrolled in obtaining higher degrees such as nursing and law.
From dirt floors, leaking roofs, starvation, disgrace, shame and abuse to self-sufficiency. A journey of freedom and friendship to hope, security and dignity.
Without a doubt, the holistic approach of FFF’s program works and any donation becomes part of a journey, a rescue and a liberation.
Finding Freedom Through Friendship is so successful because it is run by dedicated, passionate, selfless individuals who genuinely care for Guatemalan women and children who need help. It is heartwarming to read the updates from FFF regarding those in the program: the food, shelter, education and emotional support provided really do change lives. It is easy to get discouraged as we face global crises and change- how can we make a difference? But FFF proves that making a difference doesn't have to be all-encompassing. It's making your small corner a better place.
I have watched as FFF has grown over the years and I must say that I'm impressed. Jody Greenlee is compassionate and committed, reminding us all through frequent emails and updates about the importance of assisting those impoverished women and children in Guatemala. Having volunteered with Jody through another organization, I have seen the need for change firsthand and know that FFF is actually DOING something to improve quality of life as opposed to simply raising awareness. I know this organization will go far and continue to change lives for the better.
Finding Freedom through Friendship is a non-profit organization that has helped many women in need in Guatemala. Their work towards building houses for many single mothers so that they and their children can have a roof over their head is heartwarming. The people involved in this organization put so much time and effort into helping others who don't have the resources to help themselves. Finding Freedom through Friendship is full of compassion!
The work that Finding Freedom Through Friendship does is truly amazing. They have just built 25 houses that house 150 Guatemalan women and their children who previously did not have housing.
I have been moved time and again by the intimate stories of the women and children this organization helps in rural Guatemala. The overhead costs are so minimal and all resources go directly towards the families in need. FFF is run by the most compassionate people who believe every life has great value.
More and more we all hear of the huge amount of donations to other charities that are siphoned off by leadership as "Administrative expenses". Not so with FFF, Inc.! The amount of money used for administration of funds is miniscule---an extremely high percentage of donations go directly to help the poorest of the poor.
Many kudos to Jody Greenlee, RN, and others in this organization for keeping expenses low, and help to the poor high. What a wonderful group of caring, giving people!
Finding Freedom Through Friendship is a good way to help those who can't help themselves(i.e., abandoned women and children in Guatemala). And your money goes a lot farther than most other charities, because our administrative staff, President, Vice President(me), and Chief Executive are unpaid volunteers! Talk about a bargain!
If you want to see real, positive change in someone's life, visit freedomthroughfriendship.blogspot.com to see it!
I have traveled to Guatemala twice with FFF, volunteer stateside, and continue to witness first-hand how dedicated and wonderful the volunteers are in their tireless efforts. Continuing to watch the organization grow and develop while always keeping in mind their purpose of helping single Guatemalan mothers and their families has been an amazing experience!