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Finding Freedom Through Friendship, Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Community Health Systems, Economic Development, Health, International, International Relief, Microfinance, Rural Economic Development

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

Results: We have built 34 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 moved 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. Twenty two women in Egypt.

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. Micro loans, and classes/supply procurement for micro business for women.

Community Stories

90 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Wendy Willes M.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I continue to be amazed by the level of care that our widows and children receive. During this pandemic, Jody has worked tirelessly to find solutions to critical food supply issues in Guatemala. Our facilitators there are working tirelessly to deliver food to families in remote areas. It is wonderful to see such work continuing during this COVID 19 crisis.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Finding Freedom through Friendship since it’s formation. The work that has been done to enhance the lives of women and children in Guatemala is amazing and the network of facilitators that has been developed is remarkable. Recently I have been amazed by the work being done in Egypt. I have learned so much because I’ve been spurred on to do my own reading on the sociology-cultural situation in rural Egypt. I’m amazed that these two countries are so well served by this group.

1 Rae H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

"I continue in my support to this worthy non-profit. I am proud and blessed to be a part of 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. In this past year, I donated a new, comprehensive website to help this non-profit grow. Even though I am unable to work in the field, I am able to do high level marketing for a non-profit where I actually can see a difference made to inspire, transform and sustain the lives of the recipients involved. Finding Freedom through Friendship is a much needed non-profit, and I feel so blessed to be involved with team members who offer such awesome support in a global market."

Matt S.10

Donor

Rating: 5

My God Daughter is from Guatemala. I have supported this organization for many years and have seen the wonderful work they do for the people in Guatemala. It is nice to be able to support such a fine organization.

2 Julia K.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am from Guatemala and seen first hand how severe poverty is down there. I believe this non profit is such a humbling way to help those on need. They work extremely hard for the mothers and children in their program with helping them provide education, food, healthcare, and building homes for them .

1 thekreminator

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been working with FFF for 9 years. The work they do in the highlands of Guatemala is amazing. FFF’s mission is to help women out of poverty and help them become financially independent thru micro businesses. They support medical needs and clinics, monthly food, educate their children and build homes. I look forward to working with FFF for the next 9 years.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Finding Freedom Through Friendship is a small non-profit. The work they do for single mothers in the highlands of Guatemala is impressive! To date they have built 29 houses, educated numerous children, provided much needed health care and delivered monthly food to over 10 mothers and their children.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Finding Freedom Through Friendship is a wonderful charity that I have donated to many times over the years. I love getting feedback on the specific projects and needs. I feel very connected to the people they partner with helping them with a hand up and linked hearts. Jody Greenlee, the founder, is receptive and quick with feedback and has a true passion for each person she serves.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The levels of poverty and despair in Guatemala can be shocking and discouraging. But I've seen firsthand how Finding Freedom Through Friendship has lifted up those in need through food deliveries, home building, and promotion of microfinance and independant living. It's amazing and heartwarming to see this kind of work being performed in such a difficult world---but FFF, Inc. gets it done, and changes lives!

Donor

Rating: 5

I have donated to this worthwhile organization because FFF is passionate about advancing women in their community through vocational training, micro-businesses and offering microloans. This success story is an example. A 32 year old woman with two young children took sewing classes and started making backpacks in her home. Within three months, she made and sold 1000 backpacks to a school. She has expanded her business to leather and vinyl purses and car covers and her husband and an employee are working in her store. From poverty to self-sufficiency is demonstrated as women open coiffures, makeup salons, sewing services and grain mills.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

After visiting Eygpt last year and seeing the conditions that those that live there face I have been profoundly impacted by watching the time and attention to the women and children they provide assistance for have been effected.

This is a great organization

Board Member

Rating: 5

In the current state of global crisis, FFF has been able to provide crucial essential needs to those on the lowest of the economic ladder.

I have never been prouder to serve on the board.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I continue to support FFF because each year more women are transformed from a state of poverty to one of self sufficiency. In 2019, 19 widows in Guatemala and Egypt were setup with small businesses. The most prominent microbusiness was small kiosks selling items such as hair products, flip flops, candy and often cold drinks. Other microbusiness included sewing shop, hair stylist, makeup artist, electric feed grain grinder, etc.,

Without this help, these women and their children would be on the edge of starvation. There are no social services such as food stamps or government housing

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

FFF built a Women's Development Center in El Minya, Egypt in September 2018.

Since then, 10 training courses were completed, 123 women graduated with a skill in either sewing or hair styling. 44 started their own microbusiness and are now supplementing their household income. Some have even expanded their business by taking out a microloan.

It is truly a success story. A $1500/class for 10-15 women to be trained in a skill makes an impact in reversing the yoke of poverty. More warm heartening is the confidence, empowerment, inspiration and sustenance gained by these women.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Una organización muy dedicada en su labor social, es hermoso ver a cada uno de sus miembros dando lo mejor de sí para ayudar a quienes más lo necesitan. El caso que más tocó mi corazón fue el de los hermanos mariposa, y cómo ellos han progresado gracias a la ayuda de la organización, par de angelitos que a pesar de su dura condición física se mostraban muy contentos por nuestra visita y de la ayuda que se les brinda para hacer sus días un poco más aliviados.
Dios siempre colme de bendiciones a cada uno de los integrantes de FFF y sigan adelante con este maravilloso trabajo.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is an exceptionally well run nonprofit, with momentum to grow, expand, and help more people in Guatemala and Egypt. Keep up the lifesaving work FFF!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

FFF has been a passionate force for improving the lives of single mothers in Guatemala for many years, and their recent expansion into Egypt is changing lives their as well. Beyond providing immediate relief to single mothers, FFF seeks to give them tools to improve their lives long-term. Through property ownership, education, and learning skills and trades, these women can go on to start businesses, support their children, and become pillars in their communities. Few organizations provide such direct and lasting change in the lives of those in need.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

Inspire. Empower. Sustain. A powerful logo.
And it is not just a logo, it is FFF core mission.
Here is a remarkable heartwarming story.
Last month, 6 poverty women completed a sewing class at the Karma Women Development center. Together, they decided to take out a microloan and open a store to sell products they are going to make.
The store opened and it is thriving. The women cannot keep enough products in the store.
Success. These women got inspired, motivated and made a difference to their families and the community.
That is what FFF is all about!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

amendie23

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

FFF is a special organization. While a lot of it's heart and overall awesomeness has to do with Jody Greenlee, every volunteer and board member make this nonprofit great. There is a legitimate concern for single Guatemalan mothers, and a real push to help. I am astonished by the stories of these women, and by the change in their lives after FFF takes charge.

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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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is an amazing organization with very caring volunteers, members, and donors all who have a great passion to help better the lives of Guatemalan women.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was fortunate enough to go to Guatemala with FFF this year and got to see first hand just how incredible an organization this is! So much good work is being done there! Lives truly are being changed for the better because of this organization!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The FFF organization empowers women to be be the best mothers, entrepreneurs and community members they can be. The work they do provides knowledge, materials and inspires women to take charge of their lives .

Board Member

Rating: 5

Having been a part of FFF since its inception, I can say without reservation that this organization has changed the lives of so many women and children for the better in both Guatemala and Egypt. Jody and Marguerite have such passion for our causes and such great love for the participants in our programs. I have also observed that FFF is a careful steward of each donated dollar it receives. It has been an honor to be associated with this nonprofit that does such exemplary humanitarian work and extends the hand of friendship to so many women who truly need it.

katgrammy

Volunteer

Rating: 5

An organization with volunteers and local Guatemalan contacts who develop real relationships with the clients—year after year.
Finished my 11th trip to Guatemala and will continue working with FFF to improve the health/welfare of single mothers and their children.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

Devin6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked closely with this nonprofit and am amazed at their dedication to the cause. They are always looking for better and more cost-efficient ways to help those in their program.

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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.

betsrn

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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!!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

"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."

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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.

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.

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 Azuralex

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 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.

3 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!

1 Shawn Tyler P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

In the fall of 2014, I had the opportunity to travel down to Guatemala with Finding Freedom Through Friendship Inc. There I met some of the most kind and generous people I have ever met. These people really have dedicated their lives to serving others. They are on the ground, in the homes of every family they help, learning about who they are and what they've been through. With better understanding, they were able to make the best decisions about how to help most effectively. It was a privilege to serve alongside such caring individuals who are so passionate about improving the lives of the less-fortunate.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Love this nonprofit organization very friendly and a great place to work with.

R.Phillips

1 Janinne J.

Donor

Rating: 5

I love this organization that is so passionate and personal about helping women in Guatemala. It is amazing to see the changes in the lives of these families with whom Jody and others have become involved.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Worked closely with this non-profit and experienced their passion and dedication first-hand. Just as important, I witnessed their shrewd use of funds, nothing is wasted and everything goes to the women they are helping (and their families). Their devotion and intelligence in regards to their charity is second to none. Because of their small unit they are able to put as much money as possible to the actual helping of these families, they are not bogged down by red tape and corporate finagling. A great charity well worth the time and money, whether you are looking to volunteer or donate or both!

Donor

Rating: 5

Finding Freedom through Friendship truly lives up to it's name. 100% of the funds I donated went directly to widows with small children to help these Famlies break the cycle of poverty. Education, food, shelter and friendship for single mothers in need. I was there, in the villages in rural Guatemala and saw families lives being changed, hope and a better future granted by Finding Freedon through Friendship.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am 15 yrs old. and I live in Guatemala with my family. My parents are volunteers and board members with FFF. I know that this organization is doing very good works for mothers and their children who have no help from anyone else. I hope FFF will continue to work in Guatemala doing more wonderful things.
R

Donor

Rating: 5

This nonprofit is run by Jody Greenlee. Her many years of experience has proven results. Many women and children have experienced life saving help through her great gift of caring for those with little or no resources. Her endless work, travel and tireless contributions are simply remarkable.
Your contribution will be well served. I know of no one who can help the helpless to help themselves more than Jody

Board Member

Rating: 5

Having 3 grandsons adopted from Guatemala made my decision an easy one when choosing an organization to donate to. Four years later, I now volunteer and travel with this team assisting single mothers and their children who have been widowed, abandoned or abused and in need of someone who cares. FFF continues to care and execute much needed and beneficial work in a country forgotten by many. FFF follows these women in their growth and the children in their education to see small, but significant progress. Please take a look at this non-profit and know where your money will be used.
Kathy

LynnAnn M.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have the privilege of living and working in rural Guatemala and have seen firsthand the amazing work being done in this country through FFF. Jody Greenlee and her team of volunteers are quite literally saving the lives of some of the most vulnerable people here--indigenous women and children. FFF is the real deal. You can give with confidence, knowing that your donations are handled with integrity and are making an impact.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The problem of poverty in Guatemala is such a long-standing one with seemingly no end in sight that oftentimes the temptation is to do nothing. The task is so overwhelming that all of our efforts seem to be a mere drop in the bucket. But as a person who lives and serves here in Guatemala, I can honestly say that while Finding Freedom Through Friendship is not a huge operation, they have RADICALLY changed the lives of the 86 people they serve. Because of them, some of the very weakest and most vulnerable among us—single mothers with children—can rest a little easier, not having to battle quite so hard every day just to survive. If ever there was a non-profit that I would love to see be able to grow, it’s this one. We are so very desperate here for the kind of hope and help they’re bringing!

Julie241

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful small organization that is making a big impact on rural Guatemalans. I volunteer occasionally throughout the year and have traveled with them 2 times to Guatemala to meet some of the single mothers they sponsor. Truly amazing people, both the volunteers and the recipients of the donations, and the impact of the donated supplies, food, schooling, and occasionally houses goes a very long way for the cost

Donor

Rating: 5

I can't say enough good things about this organization! This is one place where every penny that you donate truly makes an impact on the lives of women and children. It is run with true dedication to improving the lives of those they serve.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

FFF has made a big impact with a small group of hardworking volunteers in the US and several dedicated facilitators in Guatemala! The choice of projects to initiate and support has led to lively discussions among the Board. It is humbling and heartwarming to see photos and hear reports of the women now able to feed their families regularly and someday to own their own homes. FFF asks only that the clients "pass it forward" in some way.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I became affiliated with FFF during my senior year of college at Lipscomb University in the Mechanical Engineering program. FFF partnered with my advisor and helped fund our senior design project which included designing a production process for biomass charcoal briquettes. These bio-briquettes as we called them, would improve the state of health immensely if they could be implemented in the rural areas of Guatemala. We were successful in designing the bio-briquettes but found that to use them, cook stoves needed to be built in every house first. Over the past few years, I have been designing and researching about cook stoves in Guatemala. I hope to continue the relationship I have with FFF toward this project and I have thoroughly enjoyed working with them thus far. They are a committed and passionate group that brings happiness and hope to those who feel so far away from it. I'm so happy I could be a part of their work in Guatemala specifically with widows and single mothers.

Ministerios V.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It is an honor to be part of this wonderful organization ... Through FFF many women have regained hope for the future and their children feel safer. They have health, food and education! Are really doing a great job and we are delighted to see transformed lives and full of joy because their hope has been renewed!

Bob and Barbara Buss

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Having the opportunity to meet many of the families served by Freedom thru Friendship in Guatemala, I have seen the faces of the Mothers begin to relax as they know there is food for the next meal. They are so proud to show you their safe home. The children so proudly bring their report cards to share. To be invited into these homes is such a humbling experience! The need of Guatemala is so great, it would be easy to just throw up your hands and do nothing. This organization has touched so many lives in the only way possible - one life at a time. They also provide hope for the next generation , all because someone cares!

Erin67

Board Member

Rating: 5

As a twenty something middle class woman in America, I have endless opportunities in front of me. After learning about Finding Freedom through Friendship via a brief information session, I couldn't help but notice the stark contrasts between my life and the lives of the women this organization serves. Here I was stressing about school and these women were worried about the most basic essentials of life. While I fuss over which professor to take my next class with, they worry about feeding their children the next meal. Education is a gift to them, while for me it was a source of stress and worry.

FFF takes this strength and perseverance that never seems to falter and invests it for positive change. Through the food donations, scholarship and community support FFF is able to make major differences in the lives of many women and their children, which will only continue the cycle of independence. It is a true joy to be a part of this investment.

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Advisor

Rating: 5

While neighboring countries have progressed from past woes and developed better communities and living conditions for their citizens, Guatemala's rural inhabitants are still mired in abject poverty and victim to extreme weather. The women and children within this group are often abandoned and/or abused, often showing medical anomalies not seen elsewhere. Initial medical interventions for these anomalies necessarily turned into social interventions in order to properly and holistically address this group's malaise.

FFF provides much needed shelter, food, and essential equipment in exchange for an educational, job training and entrepreneurial commitment. The items improve living and welfare conditions for the women and children, and the knowledge transfer transitions them from complacency and hopelessness. The vetting process is thorough and the women know in advance they have three years to turn their lives around with assistance at each step along the way. The FFF team does an incredible amount of great work on a shoestring budget - a great feat considering that the group has only been in around for three years!

1 Jennifer227

Donor

Rating: 5

Finding Freedom through Friendship provides assistance to some of the poorest women and children on the planet - the "forgotten ones" who would otherwise have no help at all. FFF offers basic necessities like food, housing, medicine, education, and micro loans. Mothers and children are treated with love and dignity. The long term goal is to help each women to become financially self- sufficient. All are impoverished single mothers who have been abandoned or widowed, and are completely on their own. For them to know that someone actually cares enough to help seems miraculous, and they are exceedingly grateful. A small amount of money can make a huge difference in their quality of life! 95% of all of the money raised thru FFF goes to help the women and children. All the people running it are unpaid volunteers. It is very difficult to find a charity like this, and hat is why I am such a strong supporter of their work.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Finding Freedom through Friendship is a wonderful organization that does everything possible to empower and assist women and children in Guatemala. Whether it is through the educational scholarship for children or the micro business program for single mothers this group is truly making a difference. It is exciting to watch board members put in time and energy to make Finding Freedom through Friendship such a powerful group that has ability to impact many lives.

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Donor

Rating: 5

This organization provides hope to famlies that struggle daily for their survival. Their efforts to insure education for the next generation and economic opportunities address the foundational problems that trap these individuals in their present state. I challenge anyone to find another organization where their financial gifts would have a greater impact.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

For us it is a privilege and an honor to be part of FFF!
It's wonderful to see lives transformed through the help given to mothers and their children ... We have shared so special and significant moments with these people in need ...
FFF brings life expectancy, new expectations for their future! Children can go to school wearing uniforms, school supplies, shoes and socks ...
It is beautiful to see the face of a fearful and anxious mother, transforming in a face full of peace and hope... that after not having a place to live she and her children, having a place of their own which nobody will take them away!
See the faces of children receiving food ... Milk, cereal, eggs, food they had not eaten for a long time, making them among their small arms and embrace these things with such joy!
Thanks to FFF and generous donors, for without these funds would be impossible to bring hope, food, shelter, joy and peace to so many people! God bless you abundantly!

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Donor

Rating: 5

A charity that provides important services to those in need. The people who make up this organization work tirelessly to assure that your contributions are spent wisely.

My mother has even begun knitting again and selling toboggans and donating 100% of the money to this charity, including her own costs for materials. My sister has donated school supplies.

This organization, though small, changes lives.

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Donor

Rating: 5

FFF is a wonderful organization. On the COTA 2010 team a midwife came to the clinic and told us about doing deliveries with insufficient equipment. She requested some specific items. Through FFF many widwifery kits were assembled and delivered to Guatemala.
A single mother caring for 4 children also found her way to our group. She is now in a new home with running water and electricity donated and built by FFF. FFF also enables the children to attend school. Clean water is also provided.
The administrative costs are minimal, making the donations really count to serve the people's needs.