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Finding Freedom Through Friendship, Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: International, International Development

Mission: Supporting single Guatemalan and Egyptian mothers and their children with critical needs of food, housing, and education.

Results: We have built 26 homes for indigenous, illiterate single mothers in Guatemala in the last 4 years. Eighteen widows and their 68 children who are clients in our program receive food staples monthly. We have four Mayan children in boarding school and two Mayan young women in college under our scholarship program. Finding Freedom through Friendship is moving into Egypt in August of 2017 to begin our work with widows struggling with endemic poverty issues.

Target demographics: Widows in rural developing countries, and their children.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 24 widowed Mayan women and their 68 children

Geographic areas served: Rural Guatemala and Egypt

Programs: Donations of homes to replace dirt flooring and leaking roofs for widows and their children. Scholarship assistance to assist with school fees, supplies and uniforms. Donations of daily meals to widows and their children.

Community Stories

57 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

FFF is amazing by helping women and children in education, food and health. The success of seeing helpless families become self sufficient is heart-felt.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Finding Freedom Through Friendship has big impact through small investments in impoverished families led by single mothers. Their outreach has a proven track record of changing lives with a small budget, minimal administrative expense and dedicated volunteers donating time and personal treasure. Supporting and growing FFF is a tremendous way to help additional deserving mothers and children become successful and independent while building the world community.

thekreminator

Board Member

Rating: 5

Finding Freedom is a small non profit working in the highlands of Guatemala. They build homes for single mothers and their children. They also provide monthly food deliveries, medical care and education for their children. Without the aid of Finding Freedom these mothers and their children would go hungry, not have a safe place to live or access to medical care. Finding Freedom is a wonderful non profit.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

FFF is a small non-profit working in the highlands of Guatemala. The work they do is amazing. Since inception in 2009 they have built 28 houses, provided medical care, beds, bedding to hundreds of single mothers and their children. FFF provides monthly food to over 12 single mothers and their children as well as educating their children. Last month FFF had a very proud moment when their first young lady graduated from law school. FFF has an extremely low overhead which allows for 96% of your donated money going directly to our mothers.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Having traveled to Guatemala several times with FFF, I've had the opportunity to see first hand the interactions with the families they serve. There is an accountability, a relationship with these families. The houses are built using local supplies and workers. The houses are not extravagant- are solid and safe. To see the joy on the faces of the kids in these homes is priceless. Thanks for letting me be part if this.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Excellent experience. It was a true blessing to see each individual get helped. Many tears of gratitude were shed.

Donor

Rating: 5

The founder of FFF has been traveling to Guatemala for many years. While working with another non profit that sets up clinics for the poor she recognized the overwhelming need of abandoned women and children in the mountains where services are non existent.
She started FFF to feed these families and her efforts grew to include replacing rotten, leaking, bug infested dwellings with block houses and sound roofs. Then she recognized that to move these families out of poverty education was needed for at least one family member. This organization is small but does big things. Some mothers have been provided the means to set up small local businesses. The goal is to provide a safe living environment , adequate nutrition and a route to a better life.
Due to the volunteers who run this they achieve great things.

katgrammy

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I will be making my 10th trip to Guatemala this fall, 5 of these working with FFF and the director, Jody Greenlee. The work done through this non-profit is powerful and so meaningful to many single mothers and their children. Jody Greenlee continues a work with kindness, compassion and love for them. As volunteers accompanying her, we have developed a long-standing, rewarding friendship in assisting with their freedom and independence. Please consider this non-profit in helping single women and many children to benefit through food, clothing, shelter, education and small business training/instruction enabling them in sustaining a better life.
k.k., volunteer/donor

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Serving others is a blessing for all involved. Some 14 million people live in Guatemala and FFF is able to turn their focus on a group of single Mothers and their children throughout this burdened country. It is a non-profit that continues to work diligently towards their goals, making life-changing differences in lives of people who love their country and want to be able to survive there!

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

1 Devin6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Finding Freedom Through Friendship is an organization that is full of volunteers who have a deep passion for helping women in Guatemala. The great thing about FFF is that you can volunteer in the states or even travel to Guatemala to meet and help the women and children in the program.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

Great organization helping women and families across Guatemala!

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

2 Mike M

Board Member

Rating: 5

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!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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!

Mike McNevin

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hello, Im from Guatemala and it has been a pleasure to help this great organization, thanks alot for all of you who has been helping as well, there has been a big change into the indigenus area where the organization work, there are no words to say Thanks alot. alot.

victor

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Donor

Rating: 5

Involved with this non-profit for many years as a donor and volunteer. It continues to impress with the efforts attempted and achieved working with mothers and their children in Guatemala. The focus is individual with the clients and follows alongside their progress and difficulties achieving it throughout the years. The director has the heart for helping!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have had a wonderful experience with this charity after regular interactions over the years. I find the financial accountability reassuring as well as the hearts of the volunteers who run this wonderful organization!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Finding Freedom through Friendship is a wonderful organization that provides a crucial safety net for single mother's and children. The homes help with stability while the food provides important nutrients for brain development. This organization is impacting children long term to help them think and grow. In a country where most people are barely making it, Finding Freedom through Friendship is giving people hope for the future. Priceless!