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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 27 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. 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

78 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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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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Donor

Rating: 5

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

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thekreminator

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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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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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."

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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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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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.

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!

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!