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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, Ukraine

Mission: Finding Freedom through Friendship, Inc. (FFF) is a 501© nonprofit organization focused on the holistic transformation of women and children in endemic deprivation to reverse the yoke of poverty by providing shelter, health, nutrition, education, and economic skills for long-term sustainability for the individual and the community.

Results: In Egypt: 28 Egyptian children are currently enrolled in our tutoring program. 375 Egyptian women have graduated from our Karma Women's Development Center classes, and 139 of them have gone on to start a microbusiness. 48 homes have been built or refurbished for Guatemalan and Egyptian women since 2009. 2,000 women and children were served in our health clinics in both countries. In total, 14,385 women and children have received humanitarian services from Finding Freedom through Friendship since the inception of our program.

Geographic areas served: Rural Guatemala and Egypt

Programs: FFF's current programs: 1. Widow Program (Egypt & Guatemala) - provides healthcare and , nutrition, lodging, and children's education and micro-business training 2. Karma Women's Development Center (KWDC) (Egypt) – empowers females to acquire a vocation in sewing, baking, hair styling, and cosmetics. 3. Microloan Programs (Egypt) - provides loans at lower rates to individuals whom financial institutions typically deny access to capital to finance a sustainable business. 4. Annual Health Events & Humanitarian Relief (Egypt & Guatemala) – Annually, FFF conducts free checkups that supply free medicine, eyeglasses, hygiene kits, etc. 5. Tutoring Program (Egypt) – Provides tutoring to low-income children ages 9-14 (6 grades: 3-primary and 3-preparatory) in English, Arabic, mathematics, science, and social studies. earn an income. 6. Scholarship Program (Egypt & Guatemala) – Scholarships for college or private schooling. 7. FFFShop - The shop carries fair trade items made in Guatemala, Egypt, and other countries.

Community Stories

113 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Finding Freedom is an example of what everyone should be doing in this world: finding, helping, and giving. This is the true way to achieve world piece, one loving step at a time. Finding Freedom finds women in need, helps them get back on their feet, and gives them skills that they can use for the rest of their lives. I can't think of a better charity to support.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been donating to FFF for many years now because I have remained extremely in awe of the sustainable ways that this organization truly impacts the lives of Guatemalan families for generations to come. The percentage of donated funds that goes directly towards their efforts is outstanding. Providing homes, jobs, and education gives these women and families the ability to make REAL change in their lives, without needing to face the risks of migration.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hello my name is Rudy Shaffer....It's my honor to share this message. I started my non-profit Water4LifeMinistry.org 11 years ago providing mothers in the world safe water to feed their babies/children and mid last year, I started our Guatemala Family Sponsorship Program and was Blessed with meeting Jody. FFTF is our main partner in Guatemala helping us help our families live better, safer and healthier lives. Victor, Jody's main man on the ground, who I met May last year, is amazing and like Jody, so Passionate about helping his people. Jody's caring heart, combined with Victor's drive and passion is critical in giving our families/children better lives ....I'm so very thankful for our partnership!!! Thank you Jody and Victor.... Blessings and Hugs Rudy

Donor

Rating: 5

This is an outstanding organization. My dear friend Carol Kremer is on the board and she adopted my god-daughter Julie from Guatemala. They do a wonderful job helping families and mothers in need. I could not be more proud of them. I have donated to them consistently over the years and never regretted it. BRAVO!

Donor

Rating: 5

Finding Freedom Through Friendship is a wonderful nonprofit organization. Over the years I have been amazed at their incredible efforts to support women in Guatemala. I am always happy to donate knowing so much goes directly towards their efforts. It's very exciting to see the new directions they are moving in and I know they will accomplish incredible things.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have experienced FFF in countless aspects that explaining all would take up more room that is provided so I'll try to condense them. I met them while they were purchasing Guatemalan artisan products from my nonprofit. I studied their website and was amazed. Seeing what they do and receiving comments from others in the nonprofit world in Guatemala motivated me to work more deeply with them. Their deeply committed and unselfish service to their constituents was certainly motivating. The deep and sincere relationships they develop with those in need that they support was overwhelming to see. The leadership in the US maintains a close and loving connection with those they assist. They don't simply throw money at the issue but actually work closely with those they assist. Then comes the personal mission to Guatemala with their team of Registered Nurses to be a feet on the ground service. So, in every aspect they come along side those they aid. Even through the personal tragedies the staff experience they are still serving those in need and work to raise more assets to aid more individual families. I have seen their work first hand and can testify that they do make a significant difference. I personally through my nonprofit are developing ways to raise more assets for them because I know that ALL the money will go to those they support. Now they have added Egypt and are making a big difference in the lives of those in need there.

Donor

Rating: 5

Finding Freedom through Friendship added the tutoring program in 2021. In its first year, the tutoring center was so successful with ALL 30 students in the program passing the mandatory Egyptian National Exam. The program's success is partly due to the social workers who address each child's psychological & emotional needs and build self-advocacy skills. They are also advocates between parents and children to create a healthy, supportive, and safe environment at home. Social workers are the heart and key to the program's success.
I support FFF because of their passion to marginalized women and children.

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Donor

Rating: 5

FFF stands out for me because of the broad spectrum of services they provide to women and children. Nutrition, health, housing, microbusiness, microloans, and much more.

Another important factor that keeps me donating is that their overhead is low. There are no employees and the entire board is volunteers who dedicate their time and money to serve others in the world.

Finally, during Covid last year, humanitarian food relief benefited thousands in Guatemala and Egypt.

FFF is a nonprofit with a heart where the funds directly help the poor.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Truly FFF goes beyond meeting the basic needs of widows and their families. Watch over education, health and many more needs. During the time of pandemic; extended to the communities to support many families too! It is a blessing for many families!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Unless you have witnessed the impacts of poverty in countries outside the North, you cannot understand the most outstanding work FFF does in Guatemala. FFF has been saving the lives of women and children for years. It takes a woman from the bottom lifts her to the top and only lets her alone when she graduates from the program, making sure this woman is sustained and needs no further help. The different work FFF does in Guatemala includes building homes for single women and their children, distributing food and medicines, educating the youth, and microfinancing, just to name a few. I travel a lot and have seen organizations saving lives worldwide, but the work FFF does stands loud reducing poverty in this part of the world. Without FFF these women in Guatemala and Egypt will either die of hunger or completely live ignored because they live in remote areas where other organizations don't reach. FFF, you are such an inspiration to me and to many. Thank you for the wonderful work you are doing, saving lives in Guatemala and Egypt.

katgrammy

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer with this non-profit, I see first-hand how a smaller organization can/does achieve good-through their consistent involvement working with single mothers/children. The consistent work of the director, board, and volunteers have impacted many.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

FFF-a small but ‘difference making’ nonprofit focused on serving single mothers and their children. Even though COVID has kept the volunteers home, the work continues there through Guatemalan contacts. . I have personally traveled/volunteered with this group since 2013 and look forward to being able to have my eyes on our clients once again when this pandemic leaves us

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Board Member

Rating: 5

"I have been on board with this non-profit since their inception. Crucial and lasting support is offered to help single mothers and their children of Guatemala and Egypt who otherwise would not be able to sustain themselves. More than just feeding, clothing and housing -- we empower these women and their children to sustain themselves for generations to come. We do this by offering training in business models to help them generate an ongoing income which ultimately leads to their success and the success of their family. In doing so, we help them to break the chains of poverty and give them hope and pride in themselves and their community — our purpose is to Inspire, transform, and sustain. Most impressive is that every board member and volunteer donates their time and energy without pay. By doing this, 100% of the money raised goes into the support these women, and we do it with dedication and love. Please join us in making a real and lasting difference in a global market. God Bless you!”

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am amazed at the caring, dedication, and hard work contributed by all of the women and men who run and support this non-profit. Their ability to grow and sustain this non-profit to the success it is today is nothing short of amazing. In their 9+ years of inception, they have addressed the crucial needs of women and children who otherwise would not make it on their own; needs such as poverty, health, nutrition, and education. And, they address so much more. Once the critical needs are addressed, further assistance is offered in training these women to help them self-sustain by running a small business. This awesome help allows their children to attend school; some of which have earned higher degrees in such fields as law and nursing. As a result, we have witnessed the miracle of self-sufficiency carried forward to their subsequent generations. FFF welcomes your help. Even if you are unable to donate physically, your monetary donation will offer real and lasting support in a global market. Most assuring is the fact that we have no paid staff, so all of the donations go directly to FFF for the benefit of its recipients. We invite you to join us.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

FFF is operated by a group of board members & volunteers who are driven by their compassion and empathetic hearts. Although it is completely not for profit, many board members spend countless hours working like it is their full time job. They do this to make sure the women in Guatemala & Egypt are set up for success in being able to provide for their children a home and an education. It is amazing to see and hear about a team who can work so smoothly together, whether it's the volunteers here in the United States, or the ones on the ground in Guatemala and Egypt delivering supplies or checking in on families. It is such a well run operation!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Finding Freedom Through Friendship continues to accomplish amazing things in Guatemala and Egypt. What I love about this organization is that they ensure that their donations go directly to the women and children in need. They continue to check in on the women in their program to monitor that the women have what they need to provide shelter, education, and food to their children and that the proceeds from FFF are being used for just that. The hardworking board members work full time for zero profit of their own to make sure the single mothers in Guatemala and Egypt are equipped to care for their families.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have joined FFF to lead and develop a new STEAM program in Egypt. In a short time, I have been impressed with this organization. FFF is made up of some very talented and giving people that all have a big heart and spirit to help at risk individuals in Guatemala and Egypt. Also, I have been pleasantly surprised on how efficient this organization operates and how wisely they use the funds donated to them and has exceeded my expectations.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am working with FFF as an intern and I have loved the experience so far. Jody, the executive director is so kind and a pleasure to work with, her dedication is inspiring. I am filling the role of Social Media Coordinator and it has been so fulfilling to become intertwined with FFF and the businesses that have contributed. I am looking forward to my future with FFF.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have had the honor of partnering with Jody and her team at Finding Freedom Through Friendship with the company I am with, Water4Lifefilter.com.

Her heart for Mothers and their children far exceeds any that I have seen at any nonprofit organization. So often I encounter those who have a lot of talk and 'intention' that fall short with no action at any site of work.

FFF not only has heart and intention, but initiative. They have partnered, not only with Water 4 Life Filter to get mothers and their children safe drinking water, but also Water 4 Life Ministry, the non profit, to bring tangible aid water, food, shelter, medicine) to single mothers who are working to feed their children.

I have seen more action done from this small nonprofit than I have seen from the multimillion dollar non profits who are not willing to spend a penny on something that might mean effort.

I am wholeheartedly in support of Jody and her team.I am honored to have worked personally with one of her amazing team members, who, took the initiative upon himself to FURTHER our efforts and get more safe drinking water to families in an entirely different village.

Obviously I could go on and on about this organization, I am more than impressed and again, beyond honored to have the opportunity to know and work with them.

thekreminator

Board Member

Rating: 5

It has been an honor to serve as a board member of Finding Freedom Through Friendship. (FFF) In the past 10 years FFF has continued to grow and expand. While being a small NP, FFF has done amazing work. Caring for the critical needs of mothers and children in Guatemala and Egypt. Building homes, granting micro business loans, providing food, education, health care and desperately needed food during the pandemic. There is no greater feeling than the feeling you have when a mother is able to “graduate” from our program. Graduation means the mother has self confidence in herself and the fact that she is now able to provide for her family. Hopefully we can continue our work for another 10 years!

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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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The heartbreak of seeing our Guatemalan friends go through COVID and other tragedies is somewhat softened by seeing the great work FFF, Inc. does for the people of that country. Giving shelter, food, and education to the women and children there is just part of the noble and challenging work FFF does.

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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 been following this charity for some time and continue to be amazed at what they have been able to accomplish & the projects they continue to fund. In a relatively short period of time they have been able to make so many Egyptian women & their families self-supporting. They also assist children with their education while holding everyone accountable & increasing their responsibility for their individual lives. This is a hard working charity that I think does so much to directly help poverty stricken individuals be able to sustain a better life for themselves which in the end helps us all.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I was honored, earlier this year, to be called upon to serve on the board of this great beacon of hope organization that serve the poorest of the poor in Latin America and the Middle East. I appreciate the dedication, the energy and the imagination that flow from all who serve, particularly the executive director and the rest of the team serving with partners in Egypt and Guatemala. I am planning my first trip with FFF to visit the expanded field of services in Egypt this coming October and very much looking forward to, not only hearing but seeing the progress made in the last few years in the area of socioeconomic development in support of the isolated and marginalized, and "the least among us!"

Thank you all for your commitment and support to FFF. Please, know that whatever contribution you made or will make, has been and will be wisely and fully utilized to not only reduce sufferings, but also to create lasting impact through programs of socioeconomic human development in these two parts of the world God so loved!

Maddy P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The leaders behind FFF are filled with unbelievable compassion, kindness, and deep desire to spread equity in order to uplift those in underserved areas of the world. It is an organization operated by women, for women, propagating the belief and virtue of equality for all. It has been a pleasure getting to work with Jody and Marguerite, and I am in awe of all that they aspire to do and what they have accomplished so far. I am so happy to be a part of this incredible organization!

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 .

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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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.

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.

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

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

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.
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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