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.
Having followed FFF from its inception to now, I'm continually moved by how this charity changes the lives of those in need. In a day when so many charities spend fortunes on administrative costs, FFF directs every dollar directly to the source of greatest need, the single mothers who struggle every day to feed and house their families. Every mother and child in the program is personally selected, cared for, and followed for years to come, and FFF plays such a powerful role in alleviating the most primal of fears experienced by a mother...the fear that they cannot feed their children. What the FFF mothers can do with a new home, stove, and food gives the gift of freedom and a future for their children that could never have excited before. Each gift given by FFF echoes throughout multiple storylines in the lives of those they help each day.
It's great to see the success stories of the women and children being helped by FFF. The hard work by the dedicated staff is truly inspirational. Their four tiered process is designed to great a long-term sustainability for women and children in impoverished countries. It's really terrific to see this great work expanded and continuing to grow in Egypt!
One of the things I love about FFF is their ability to help women develop skills and start their own businesses. I recently traveled to Egypt and met Safaa Isaac, a woman who now is making linens and getting paid by selling the finished products to the surrounding small businesses.
With a donation from FFF of a sewing machine and material, Safaa is a success story. This is one of many warm hearted stories of women empowerment of becoming independent and self-sufficient.
Safaa's smile tells it all - a sense of security and happiness. And it is contagious because I have a big smile too!
Working with this nonprofit 6+ years and continue to be inspired and impressed with the work done through them. A nonprofit dedicated to improving lives and education in Guatemala.
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.
FFF is an amazing organization that strives to help single mothers in Guatemala better their lives. I have seen firsthand what assistance with food, education and loving support can do.
I am so happy to be able to support single mother's and their children in Guatemala. By purchasing a keychain or coffee, you are able to feed someone for 2 weeks. I give the keychains away to friends as gifts or thank you's. People really appreciate being apart of helping others. Guatemala is very special to me, I travel there yearly with a medical mission. I think FFF has filled a much needed void and I have the utmost confidence that my donations are going to support those who really need help!!!
Poverty is one of the horrific challenges facing the world today. The impact of poverty propagates into other areas such as illiteracy, unemployment, violence, malnutrition and health diseases. Women, especially widows are most vulnerable because of prevailing patriarchal culture depriving them from equal opportunities, security and safety. Finding Freedom through Friendship (FFF) recognizes empowerment is necessary to reduce destitution and decrease the gap of gender and social inequality.
In August of 2017, FFF expanded into Egypt. Of the 4 women enrolled, one especially touched our heart – Eman Mahrous. Eman is known as the “bridal suite” mom. Eman lives in the slums of Cairo, Egypt. Eman was struggling with inadequate nutrition, poor health and no education for her or her two young sons. Her small 3-room lodging had a non-working hole for a toilet and a bucket for cold showers. The family was at risk for pathogenic illnesses, exacerbated by the intense interior heat of the apartment. A third child was past due on the day we visited as no hospital would perform a C-section due to lack of funds.
On the spot FFF paid for the safe delivery of baby Batul – it was first Egyptian baby girl in the program! In the help provided, FFF delivers monthly food, tutors the children, pays for medical care and has refurbished the apartment. Eman named her “new” home the “bridal suite” and thus Eman is referred to as the “bridal suite” mom. FFF is currently establishing a microbusiness for her to sell grains for chickens and other small animals. She will graduate from the program in 2019 with the ability to sustain her living standard. Moreover, Eman has gained freedom, confidence and dignity.
Indeed FFF breaks the yoke of poverty. Inspire, Empower & Sustain
"My acquaintance with Jody Greenlee lead me to this beautiful non-profit. I was so inspired by the crucial need for assistance to single mothers and their children of Guatemala and Egypt, and the love and support this group provides to them, that I decided to join her as the marketing entity to help create their brand identity, collateral materials, website presence, etc. Since that time, this non-profit's exceptional custodial care and dedicated team support have made a real difference in the lives of these mothers and their children, and is much evident by their exemplary execution. Finding Freedom through Friendship is a much needed non-profit. I feel so blessed to be involved with team members who offer such awesome support in a global market."
Finding Freedom Through Friendship is a wonderful and well respected charity. I have known the founder for many years and value her heart and hard work. She has a true passion for giving a "hand up" to the underserved and forgotten. She has amazing follow through and is very trust worthy.
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!
FFF is a group of devoted, hardworking volunteers and contributors. They help single mothers and their children become self sufficient. They provide basic needs and care for struggling families in different countries.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Excellent experience. It was a true blessing to see each individual get helped. Many tears of gratitude were shed.
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.
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.
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!