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Mission: Humanity for Children is committed to improving the quality of life of children in remote areas of East Africa through community-based, sustainable initiatives that empower individuals and positively affect health, education, safety, and economic conditions.

Programs: Medical Clinics - Humanity for Children is committed to providing basic health care such as vaccines, examinations, and medicines to children around the world that do not have access to basic medical needs. Humanity for Children has projects in the areas of health care, microfinance, community partnerships, and more.

Community Stories

89 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

Advisor

Rating: 4

I am Stanley Solomon and i have been working with Humanity for children(HFC) for two years as driver when the team is doing their activities in Simanjiro, Tanzania. This Organisation has been providing a great help for women and the children who are living in remote areas, by giving women martenal education/seminars on how to
help a baby and a mother during delivering but NGO is also
providing some equipments for them to during delivering a baby.

Humanity for children also has been helping the girls in different schools for proving them a washable menstrual pads that they can use for several months, and this has been an amazing help because some of the student cannot afford to buy their own menstrual pads.

Thank you so much.

1 Lincoln S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This small organization does big work in some of the poorest, but hardest-working, communities in the world.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been working for Humanity For Children for seven months now and I have had an opportunity to learn new ideas and skills from talented and inspirational people there. Today, I am more aware of the problems in the health and education sectors among underprivileged communities in the world and able to find a way to contribute back. I believe I have grown as a compassionate person and, therefore, would like to thank Humanity For Children for bringing this positive change in me.

1 IsraelKioki

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Its working in East Africa in two countries in particular Tanzania and Rwanda. In Tanzania in Simanjiro district ( Loibor-Siret and Kimotorok villages ) HFC run maternal health project that deal with reducing number of mothers and babies dying during childbirth and pregnancy. HFC run aleo menstrual hygiene project or day for girls which aim to retain girls in school on their days and avoid them from being vulnerable to early age marriage and get pregnancy at early age before their bodies get ready (mature enough ) to carry a baby hence increase the risk of death. Its trying to mitigate if not to solve health pertaining issues in the area. HFC conducted several economic empowerment projects in Rwanda and Tanzania. HFC together with WellAware implemented Clean rainwater catchment project in Kimotorok primary school & clinic in (Tanzania).

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

In last seven years i get to know Humanity for Children, an amazing humanitarian organization that is offering humanitarian helps to the marginalized communities of East Africa( Kenya, Rwanda and Tanzania) in the way that i have never imagine, HFC current is implementing a life saving project in Maasai local communities of North Tanzania, that aim to reduce mother and new born mortality rate in this part of the country, through providing health education and placement of basic health facilities to local people. HFC trained 60 traditional birth attendant from the really needy and unprivileged communities and provide them with safe birthing kits, solar lumps and other birthing assist requirements, that is to ensure poor a mother or a newborn are saved in time.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A Light Of Hope In The Remote Dark!

“Without doubt Humanity For Children’s (HFC) focus in remote areas to help children and improve maternal health is what captures my heart. I myself grew up in a rural village in East Africa (Eritrea). Going to school was never easy and I had to walk about two hours daily to attend school in a nearby village. My mother passed away while giving birth when I was only four years old. I am volunteering with HFC to help the kids and mothers who live in the remote villages of East Africa who are still experiencing what my family and I went through. Volunteering with HFC is leaving me with a renewed sense of hope and life, which comes from the children and mothers.”

Henok G. Woldu

1

Donor

Rating: 5

As a member of the Rotary Club of Fulton, Mo., I am a member of an international organization whose areas of focus include disease prevention and treatment; water, sanitation and hygiene; and maternal and child health. Our local club had not been strong internationally until we learned of Humanity for Children and found an organization addressing the kind of issues on which we should be focusing. We have been able to help with the establishment of a health clinic, training traditional birth attendants and supplying kits to provide a clean setting for home births as well as HFC's other efforts over the past decade. HFC researches needs and tries to help supply solutions which mesh with the communities' culture. Then HFC efficiently delivers its services in Rwanda and Tanzania through the dedication of its volunteers. We are able to provide funding which we are confident will be well used by people who know what they are doing without excessive administrative costs.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

Humanity for Children is not only improving the lives of children and their parents in places like Tanzania and Rwanda, it is improving the lives of those of us who have been associated with it through our local Rotary Club in Fulton with the projects this group has undertaken.

I appreciate how the group works with the local people and cultures to integrate the work they do so the women and men being helped fell it is a joint effort that can be sustained after the projects are implemented.

1 bigfan

Donor

Rating: 4

I am grateful to Humanity for Children for expanding my world. Their work with our local Rotary Club has given us a direct link on the other side of the world to a culture I had never been aware of.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It is a privilege to be associated with Humanity for Children. HFC cares for the world's most vulnerable---and our future---the children. As a past president of the Rotary Club of Fulton, Missouri, I have witnessed firsthand the life-saving changes made via partnerships with HFC. I witnessed firsthand the extraordinary talents brought together with the humanitarian project "Mother and Newborn Survival Among Massai of Northern Tanzania." This project is reducing mortality rates of mothers and newborns during pregnancy, delivery, and the mortality rate of infants in their first 1,000 days of life. HFC is literally saving lives...Such a blessing to many!

1 amandawstevens

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The volunteer work performed by Humanity for Children is sustainable and addresses those "upstream" public health issues for real change. I appreciate that the organization works with local leaders to create solutions to health challenges that impact children. I have been fortunate to volunteer for their projects in remote Tanzania that are improving the lives of mothers and babies. Humanity for Children is supporting the work done by the area health clinics, local leaders, and traditional birth attendants to provide a multi-layer impact for sustainable change and preserving the culture of the indigenous Maasai population.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the privilege to work with Humanity for Children and their work in Tanzania (Summer 2016). Humanity for Children is working with traditional birth attendants in remote villages to improve birth outcomes. I was very impressed with the partnerships that they have formed in this area. This project was truly a community-based, sustainable approach. I was fortunate to experience this with a great group of volunteers and enjoy the beautiful country and people. I hope to return again and continue to work with this amazing non-profit.

1

Advisor

Rating: 5

I am Jules Gahamanyi, Executive Director of ARAMA, a social justice and human rights organisation based in Rwanda. I have known Humanity for Children (HFC) and the different projects they have been funding in Rwanda for the last 10 years. HFC has been hosted by ARAMA for the past two years as both organisations strive to change the lives of individuals, of families, and of villages.
Since 2007, HFC has worked in Ngoma District on other projects in different areas including access to education and healthcare. HFC has worked with partners to build two health facilities and, in Gashanda, to facilitate children educational advancement through a solar study light project (The Bright Light Campaign).

In all of these projects, HFC holds “listening sessions” with the village groups that ensure that they understand HFC’s mission and values, and how HFC projects are developed and sustained. These “listening sessions” have led to creative income-generating and educational advancement projects.

One such “listening session” led to the support of the Kazo Futbol Club – a mechanism to keep children, particularly boys, in school. For the past two years, HFC has brought university Futbol players from the United States to hold skill-building “clinics” for a number of villages in Ngoma District.

HFC has also facilitated partnerships between U.S. schools and Rwanda schools, and between U.S. churches and Rwanda churches.
HFC use a rights-based approach and a bottom up approach, participatory approaches which put the rights of the citizens on the center of the livelihoods.

1 Pfifer D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Humanity For Children is a great nonprofit because they are dedicated to making a positive impact in Eastern Africa, specifically for the children of Eastern Africa! They take the time to do extensive research on their own and through the people living in the areas they help to make sure they minimize any negative effects. I had the opportunity to travel with them to Rwanda and Tanzania and am so thankful I was able to go with an organization as great as Humanity For Children.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My trip to Africa with HFC was the most rewarding thing I have ever done. I made amazing friends over their they I am still in contact with and have every intention of retiring with HFC if possible. More importantly I realized just how lucky we are to live in a place where food, water, education and medical care to name a few are so easily accessible. I cant take things for granted anymore. This trip and HFC has inspired me to apply for a grant to get back to Africa and also to start a donations drive for shoes cloths pencils and other items.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was fortunate to be invited to join a group of women traveling to Rwanda & Tanzania as representatives for Humanity for Children. Our January 2018 trip gave me the opportunity to see HFC’s good works firsthand. In Rwanda, HFC has given grants which provided a women’s group with sewing machines so they can produce vital school uniforms, 5th graders with solar lights so they can study at night, women in a joyous “dancing village” in Gahima with livestock, and women of Tumenyane with a financial grant so they could form a cooperative which supports individual economic ventures for self-sustainment. We didn’t just visit these ongoing projects, but we also had the chance to talk to these women & students. We heard stories of struggles & hardships, but today, because of HFC, these stories are ones of hope & change, but, most of all, empowerment. HFC’s grants have made these women stronger, more financially secure and afforded them equal respect among the men in the villages. The students are so hopeful, full of sheer joy & an unparalleled enthusiasm for learning. They have all been empowered by HFC to reach their potential, to be their best selves. It was beautiful to see. Likewise, the women of the Maasai Village in Longido Tanzania have gained respect from their husbands & equal footing in the village because they are producing jewelry & crafts which yield financial gains. HFC has changed lives. It may be small, but it is mighty. It vets all projects before approving funding & carefully monitors results. I am proud to support this charity. It is a great nonprofit!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I visited several of Humanity for Children's (HFC) Projects in Rwanda in January, 2018. HFC is unique in that it gives grants (not loans) to community associations, thus making the people in the association responsible to eachother. I saw first hand how successful this approach is. We visited two craft associations and two agricultural associations. HFC provides money for sewing machines and knitting machines, for example, and the association can then make clothes and other things for sale. HFC provides funding for beans, pigs, and chickens to the agricultural associations and they are then able to become a sustainable business. We went as a group of 6 women on a "woman to woman" trip to talk to the recipients of the grants about how their lives have changed since receiving the grants. Most of the messages were similar; that now that they are bringing an income home, their husbands respect them more and they have more of a voice at home. Through its grants, HFC is empowering women and helping them support their families. They reported that they can now send their children to school because they can afford to purchase uniforms and they are able to buy health insurance for their families. It was amazing to talk with these women and hear about how they support eachother inter-personally as well as through their shared endeavors. We also visited a primary school where HFC gives solar lamps to all students the year before they take their national exams (grade 6) so that they can study at home. The students have no electricity and these lamps have had a wonderful impact. It was reported to us that ever since HFC has been providing the solar lamps, the students' scores on the national exam have increased. It is hard to put into words the impact that visiting these HFC projects impressed and inspired me. The baskets that I purchased from two of the craft cooperatives are a beautiful reminder of my trip. Everything we visited and everyone we met was viewed in the context of the 1994 genocide, which impacted everyone we met in some way.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have traveled to Rwanda and Tanzania two times with Humanity for Children. My first trip in 2011 was with a group of four students from Westminster College in Fulton along with two other adults. The second journey was a “Women to Women” trip in January of 2018 with the mission of connecting with women and children in various villages and associations. In both cases, I experienced an intimate and powerful interaction with the joyful people of East Africa. There was singing and dancing, reporting of progress on projects, and sharing of our needs as women raising families.

Because of the language barrier, we had an interpreter with us at all times. This person not only helped with the language, but also gave us critical information about customs and about the projects (Bright Light, Craft Association sewing machines, livestock projects, etc.). Our guides quickly became our good friends and teachers. HfC prepared us before the trip and that preparation continued on the ground through our guides and the people we met.

The Humanity for Children organization LIVES its mission of respect for the culture and support for sustainable projects. Volunteers run the organization with only a few paid staff in the African villages to oversee the ongoing projects. Humanity for Children is a small organization with a big heart for helping children in East Africa. It is truly making a difference!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

When you hear the words "life changing", it is difficult to imagine what it really means. For me, it occurred on my Humanity for Children trip to Africa. To intimately interact with children, mothers and community leaders left me feeling differently about all things and yet struck by how much all people want the same things - stability, good food, education, dignity and joy. Humanity for Children impacts thousands of lives with improved health, education and appreciation for other cultures. I cannot thank HFC enough for allowing me to travel to Rwanda and Tanzania with a committed group of volunteers with big hearts and infectious humor. Thanks for changing my life - for the better.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

In January 2018, I had the fortunate opportunity to join a small group of women who travelled from Columbia and St. Louis, Missouri to East Africa as ambassadors and volunteers with Humanity for Children (HfC). We visited many of HfC’s projects and local partners throughout the villages of Rwanda and Northern Tanzania.

Upon arrival at each project, we were greeted with celebration, singing, and great gratitude for what Humanity for Children has helped them to accomplish. We sat with the members of the projects /associations and listened to them report on how they have used the funds, helped each other and even helped other villages. They told us about their challenges and their success and sometimes proposed ideas for additional ways to sustain and grow their business. Bright Lights - the solar light program has helped 5th grade students study at home to pass their National Examination which is required in order to proceed to the next grade. Funding for a goat generates more goats and leads the way to a sustainable income that can be used to put windows on a house, buy equipment or school uniforms or start a hair salon. HfC has supported the Maasai tribal women in their beautiful beadwork, which results in an income and empowers their voices and abilities in the family.

One of the many things that impresses me about this organization is their
commitment to economic empowerment and sustainability. Since 2006, they have taken the time to develop relationships with individuals, organizations, village and government leaders in order to understand the needs, challenges and successes of each area. HfC stays focused on their projects, which allows for a greater impact in the health, education and economy of each community. They partner with local representatives and organizations to ensure effective monitoring, development and sustainability.

HfC’s Kathryn Morgan and Bob Hansen have cultivated relationships with a variety people throughout the U.S. such as college students, soccer teams, church groups, Rotary Clubs and other charitable organizations, in order to bring volunteers for HFC’s projects and sustain financial support.

I am so grateful to have gotten involved with HfC and to have had this experience with my Missouri friends. We look forward to sharing the stories we heard and to expanding the support for the efforts of Humanity For Children.
Maybe another trip is in my future ??

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My name is Delaney Loprieno. I am a Women's Soccer Player at Northern Illinois University. Some of the players on our team along with the men's team, have been working with Humanity for Children (HFC) since August 2017. We are part of a group that HFC has just started to use soccer as a way to help keep the children of Rwanda in school. We collected large amounts of gear, sent videos and created a plan to use the sport that we love to give hope and determination to these young children. This past May (2018) we got the opportunity to travel with Bob to Rwanda and meet the children we had been working with. We taught soccer clinics and visited many schools in the different villages spreading joy and sharing our love for soccer. On this trip we also learned about the history of Rwanda and their culture. The trip was an incredible/ eye opening experience that I will take with me forever. Bob has such great relationships with the Rwandan men and women that we visited. Humanity for Children is helping and supporting so many local businesses to help the lifestyle in these villages. Bob and HFC make it very clear that the money and items that they give to these people is used for good and to better the lives of as many people as possible. It was very clear that the work Humanity for Children does has made an impact on these people and I am grateful to be apart of it and cannot wait to see what other experiences I can have with this organization.
Thanks Humanity for Children!

2

Client Served

Rating: 4

Since 2012, I have seen HFC transforming lives of many families in villages of Ngoma District in Rwanda. Humanity for children has been to to my knowledge one of the prominent non profits making a great difference to the betterment of lives bringing about emotional, social and financial transformation among many East African families.
I have always loved collaboration with HFC volunteers coming along. The HFC really brings about people with human heart with cheerful smile and resilience to penetrate into remote areas in order to meet those inn need.
Dieudonne

Client Served

Rating: 5


Moringe Laizer
I would like to take this time to acknowledge HFC in my community. I met with HFC four years ago, when our small local CBO known as loiborsiret sustainable education Forum send letter of partnering with them. Short time after that they visited us and saw many challenge that our community facing. Currently HFC and Local CBO implementing a project known as Traditional birth attendants in two marginalised maasai Villages (Loiborsiret and kimotorok) which have a population of 10 thousand resident. My community was experiencing about 70-80% mother and new born mortality rate due to lack of hospital and birth facilities. Our community lives about 150km from big cities with hospitals and facilities which are very difficulties as an outcome of bad roads and transport facility. Since HFC engaged in our community and implementing traditional birth attendant project the community experiencing the big differences by trained 60 traditional birth attendant from two villages and equipped them with full health facility like safe birth kit, solar lamps and basics of health care’s education. We experiencing many success stories in our community by helping delivery mothers and newly born to be safe during that process.
My heart fail to believe that our community get such an amazing support from HFC because they have enough to provide but hope that their ending less spirit and strong heart to bring differences in marginalised Communities like ours.
Now HFC fixed big tanks in school and small dispensary as their motives of solving the water problem in Kimotorok Villages while they are still working closely with the community to find better ways of obtaining clean and safe water in the entire Community. Since 100 years of life in Kimotorok our people consume very unsafe water from small wells together with their herds. I see like this a miracle to us and hope our community will be in better life in the near future with the support from our loved friends HFC.
Personaly,I have nothing to provide to you but I know and I believe in the end of this life Our God will crown you internal life because you provide to the need people like ours.

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

I appreciate what the HFC does in my community because it is a community oriented organization which aims at women's empowerment, gender equality, and promotion of basic human rights. my favorite projects are health centers in rural and remote places and futbol academy. I mostly recommend a futbol (football academy) academy because it helps our children to build their cultural values and to prepare their bright future. I wish that the HFC would be able to start the similar projects in the different parts of East African countries. Please a donation of $5 to the HFC can save many lives.

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Board Member

Rating: 3

Dear friends of Humanity for Children organization,
HFC helped the community of Ngoma district to connect and share experience with people from different cultures (cross-cultural experience) through sport activities and other social activities and through different skills which were not yet available in our community. Through this partnership, one health post was built in Gashanda Sector which is a remote area in Ngoma district and it is only health center ever existed in that big area. This Health center rescued people who used to walk more than ten miles to get medical services. Imagine if a woman travels that far after the labor starts; and also one Karama health center is under construction which will serve more than 80 000 people once it is completed.
In economic development, HFC supported many micro projects of both men and women in many parts of Ngoma district. There are groups of women who buy, keep, and sell food products when they are needed; there is bee-keepers project, many people benefit from livestock’s project initiated and supported by HFC. In brief, through different projects such commercial projects or economic activities, livestock’s projects, and agricultural projects, HFC transforms life of Ngoma Community to the extent that homeless people have bought their own homes, they send their children to school, they buy medical insurance for their families, and above all they have food to eat. As I write now, each family has at least a pig or got, even some of families bought cows for milk.

In education, I would like to highlight solar lamps’ project and school library. This project impacted the people in Gashanda who need lights in night. Providing a solar study lamp to students in Primary 6 grade they increase their joy and skills in reading before they take their national exam at the end of the year. The statistics are positive that the students’ scores and interest in reading are improved. These lamps help children improve their education, because they can do their homework, read while at home; and it also helped the local people to start a new Rotary Club—Mount Gisaka.

I would like to take this opportunity to honor and acknowledge the great changes Ngoma district has been experiencing in all areas of life since the presence of Humanity for Children in Eastern Rwanda where Ngoma district is located. I appreciate the time, resources, and skills that Humanity for Children is using to develop my community. HFC has challenged me with its dedication and courage which I have ever seen in my life.





ntibimenya

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My name is Emmanuel NTIBIMENYA from Rwanda, Eastern province, Ngoma District , i'm a coordinator of Kazo soccer academy which is the project of focusing on keeping children to school, Giving good education about HIV/AIDS, conflicts resolution , Gender based violence,...in youth to help them prepare their future and building a good society and good relationship in societies through sport of youth.

I first worked with Humanity For Children in 2014,where they completely improved the life of children and their families via helping them to make the funds for small projects (hand craft makers, bee keepers,cultivators and formers ,youth soccer sport,....) to help the families getting the money to pay for school fees, heath insurence and food for children.

The best thing is that since i started to work as volunteer with this Organiztion of Humanity For Children no one payed them ,all activities,support and funds they do everything for only their love, they come in Africa every year to meet with the project members and other people in general and no one pay them ,it's all about love.

I thanks so much the board members and leaders of this organization HFC for thier commitment and i request then to keep up their good job of funding, supporting and care to the life lives of children and thier families.
Thank you so much.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm Ntibimenya Emmanuel (Emmy) from Rwanda, i was very excited and lucky to meet Humanity For Children four years ago, i have been experienced how HFC improved and saved the lives of children and their families in Kenya,Tanzania especially in Rwanda. HFC improve the life of many families in the way of helping and funding the small projects of groups or cooperatives in agriculture ( buy and selling products) ,HFC help the association members to get goats and pigs which help the families to get money for health insurance, pay school fees for their children and improve lives of children in everyday life, i was very appreciate for health post which can provide service of healthcare to hundred of people live in GASHANDA sector region, the solar lamps given to student in order to improve their performance to school where they live in the region whithout electric power ,those solar lamps help them to study at night time, i was also excited to talented women groups in hand craft makers helped by HFC to get a big market of their products there in US.
The very special and amazed thing is that in HFC no one payed for their hard work ,it's only for the love .
About my owner part, i'm a volunteer director of youth soccer academy in Rwanda,Eastern province ,NGOMA district ,KAZO sector,we use football in the way of putting together the hundred of youth both girls and boys to keep them in schools,education about conflict resolution in communities ,no gender based violence,fighting against drugs and alcohol ,HIV/AIDS,health,.... , before HFC we hadn't any direction because we hadn't even two balls to play in number of more than 100 children, after HFC we started new life with good direction with many programs in academy like providing school materials for children, health care ,sport materials ,...HFC changed the shape of youth in whole village by funding the programs of academy .
A huge thanks to HFC especially Dr.Bob ( member of board ) who travel and meet with the different associations in East Africa face to face every year.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was very fortunate to be able to travel with other Humanity for Children volunteers on a trip to some of their funded partners in Rwanda and Tanzania in January, 2018 and experienced first hand the warmth, hospitality, and good will extended by these partners as they engage in community-building projects that empower women to improve the lives of their families. I heard personal testimonies from many women who spoke about how their participation in the projects funded by Humanity for Children had transformed their lives by providing them a means of income not previously available - and this income had allowed them to better fund their children's' education, secure stable housing, and strengthen their agency within their marriages.

In brief, HFC provides small-scale grants to community associations who bring forward projects that will be sustainable (in 5 years) and improve the lives of women and children. By way of example, some of these economic empowerment projects have included livestock projects, beekeeping projects, and the provision of sewing machines for producing school uniforms. HFC has also funded health related projects including the constructing regional health clinics, engineering safe water supplies, and training traditional birth attendants in safer birth practices. In each case, HFC works to help realize vision of local stakeholders who want to to build stronger communities by empowering women.

Witnessing this first had was an amazing, uplifting experience that is beyond anything I've ever experienced - and I'm retired from a very satisfying career as a physician. I can't say enough about the good work of HFC!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

HFC came to our community as a catalyst of local development through micro projects of both men and women in many parts of Ngoma district. What strikes me is how HFC is community oriented organization, it works with least people in the community such people who buy, keep, and sell food products when they are needed; bee-keepers , and many other people who benefit from livestock’s project. In another words, what fascinated me is different commercial projects or economic activities, livestock’s projects, and agricultural projects that HFC uses to transforms life of Ngoma Community holistically--homeless people have bought their own homes, they send their children to school, they buy medical insurance for their families, and above all they have food to eat. As I write now, each family has at least a pig or got.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Humanity for Children helps and empowers women in Ngoma district through small generating income projects. I appreciate how women's projects transformed their families and the community in general. Now one can tell a big difference between periods before and after the arrival of the HFC in the area. May God bless HFC

Claire Marie

2 Matthew C. R.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As the Spouse of someone deeply involved with this particular nonprofit, I can confidently describe what they do as nothing short of amazing. The time and effort spent to enrich the lives of others is phenomenal. My perspective is unique in the way that I hear and see things form the inside...a perspective that many don't get. I'm really proud to have a nonprofit like Humanity for Children here locally, and even more proud my amazing Wife is as involved as she is. It's truly awe inspiring.

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

I'm continually amazed at the quality of volunteers that give up their time, talents, and treasures to HFC. Nurses, midwives, doctors, teachers, students, professors/teachers, business people....and so many more. I'm proud to be part of this organization and look forward to meeting new volunteers and contributors. Thanks to everyone who has stepped up to make a difference for this organization and for the people of East Africa.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I am so proud to be working with Humanity for Children. Most people don't realize that nobody in the organization's leadership gets paid for their time and that all of us pay our own expenses when we travel to Africa. The only paid staff are three on-the-ground workers in East Africa.

When asked about our administrative overhead, we can be very truthful when we say that almost 100% of our contributions go directly to projects in Rwanda, Tanzania and Kenya. We are a lean and transparent organization that is always seeking to improve.

On behalf of our board of directors, I want to thank our Executive Director, Kathryn Morgan, for her efforts and commitment to our work, and to all of our volunteers who serve the organization with great passion and enthusiasm.

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

Dear friends of Humanity for Children organization,
HFC helped the community of Ngoma district to connect and share experience with people from different cultures (cross-cultural experience) through sport activities and other social activities and through different skills which were not yet available in our community. Through this partnership, one health post was built in Gashanda Sector which is a remote area in Ngoma district and it is only health center ever existed in that big area. This Health center rescued people who used to walk more than ten miles to get medical services. Imagine if a woman travels that far after the labor starts; and also one Karama health center is under construction which will serve more than 80 000 people once it is completed.
In economic development, HFC supported many micro projects of both men and women in many parts of Ngoma district. There are groups of women who buy, keep, and sell food products when they are needed; there is bee-keepers project, many people benefit from livestock’s project initiated and supported by HFC. In brief, through different projects such commercial projects or economic activities, livestock’s projects, and agricultural projects, HFC transforms life of Ngoma Community to the extent that homeless people have bought their own homes, they send their children to school, they buy medical insurance for their families, and above all they have food to eat. As I write now, each family has at least a pig or got, even some of families bought cows for milk.

In education, I would like to highlight solar lamps’ project and school library. This project impacted the people in Gashanda who need lights in night. Providing a solar study lamp to students in Primary 6 grade they increase their joy and skills in reading before they take their national exam at the end of the year. The statistics are positive that the students’ scores and interest in reading are improved. These lamps help children improve their education, because they can do their homework, read while at home; and it also helped the local people to start a new Rotary Club—Mount Gisaka.

I would like to take this opportunity to honor and acknowledge the great changes Ngoma district has been experiencing in all areas of life since the presence of Humanity for Children in Eastern Rwanda where Ngoma district is located. I appreciate the time, resources, and skills that Humanity for Children is using to develop my community. HFC has challenged me with its dedication and courage which I have ever seen in my life.





Sireen T.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I interned with Humanity for Children (HFC) and researched on the Safe Birthing Kit initiative that HFC is doing. Throughout the research process, I learned a lot about safe birthing kits, clinical training, maternal and child health and the important role organizations like HFC has been playing in the lives of people in remote communities. HFC also focuses on what the community really needs rather than just implementing a project that may not necessarily be impactful. They also make sure that their projects are sustainable and can be led by the locals. I really loved working for Humanity for Children as it made me feel good that I was contributing to such a great organization that truly cares. I hope I can join HFC in the future to visit the remote communities.

Roewe13

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I traveled to Rwanda and Tanzania this past summer (June 2017) with Humanity for Children. It was a rewarding, unforgettable experience. I was given the opportunity to learn and experience a new culture and it exceeded my expectations. Humanity for Children not only helps improve the lives of children and families in remote areas, they create a strong, continuing connection and relationship with the communities they visit. Humanity for Children truly knows the people in the communities and their families. The sustainable projects they have created are successful. People can provide health insurance for their families, and children have solar lamps so they can read at night which has shown to improve the children's grades and increase their passion to stay in school. I am very blessed to have been able to experience first hand such a great organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is my most favorite organization! I have volunteered for other ngo's working in Africa but this organization is by far one I am happy to have been affiliated with and work for. HFC does not have its own agenda, rather it responds to requests for assistance and education and problem solving. Leadership carefully evaluates any aid requests for direct response to their mission, for sustainability, and most impressive and important, they are there, on sight several times a year to follow up, evaluate, advise and LISTEN. They realize that basics like health care (I was involved in training the traditional birth attendants), clean water, educational support, youth services, and micro loans impact the children in these often forgotten village populations, and their elders are then able to make changes for their well being. It's about relationship, community and hands on response to self identified needs. HFC is a loving, realistic, and responsive non profit staffed by volunteers who willingly give of their time, resources, and many talents. Their success and longevity speaks volumes. This is a really great organization (and I know because I have seen so many others try and not meet the mark) that people can be sure their donations are 100% on target. Volunteer with them for the experience of a lifetime.

1 Jakob S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Working with Bob on the back end of things has been a great and rewarding experience. The most important part is the love and care that HFC gives, and that the donations 100% go to help those in need. I really like how we don't assume the needs of those we help, but we ask them what they need or want.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the opportunity to opportunity to do an internship with Humanity For Children, an experience that has shaped the way I think of non-profit organizations. I come from Uganda, Africa, and have noticed that most NGOs that work in such places come in and go without making any tangible change. Humanity for Children's continuous efforts to engage with the community that it serves, its creative and innovative ways of finding solutions for people especially women in East Africa is unmatched. Dr. Bob Hansen's dedication to serve the people of East Africa, and constantly going back to see that programs are being implemented as planned is astounding and something that i truly admire about the leadership of the organization.

4 Eva_16

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This summer, I went to Rwanda and Tanzania with HFC. What I experienced and what I got out of the trip completely blew my expectations out of the water. HFC is unlike any other nonprofit organization. The ways in which they help people are not temporary, but sustainable. You leave knowing that the impact you made and the things that you did will continue to grow and stay in effect long after you leave. The people that I met, the friendships that were created, and the experiences that I had are invaluable and something that I will cherish forever. The group I went with was also amazing. The president, Dr. Bob Hansen, is one of the most loving and compassionate people I know. I would do it all over again and 10/10 would recommend it to anyone thinking of going. HFC understands that volunteering is not about telling people what they need, but asking them for what the people want and need. It is an incredible organization and I had an incredible experience volunteering for them!

3 saskiachaskelson

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first became involved with Humanity for Children 5 years ago as a volunteer. I spent 9 months working in the dispensary supported by HFC in Rota, Kenya. To say the experience changed my life would be an understatement. I witnessed first hand the impressive impact HFC is making across the globe. Each person involved in Humanity for Children is a volunteer which speaks volumes about the character of these individuals as well as their passion. Next year, I will be traveling back to Africa to support HFC's newest project in Tanzania. I am extremely excited for this upcoming endeavor and am extremely honored to be working with such a phenominal non profit.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I consider Humanity for Children one of the best of the best. I spent 9 months volunteering with HFC in Rota, Kenya and the experience changed my life. Since my return, I continued to volunteer with the NGO and am impressed and humbled by the great work that they do. I have experienced first hand what a difference HFC has made in the lives of others and am moved beyond words. I can not thank them enough for the impact they have made in this world.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Humanity for Children is a life changing non profit organization. I have known HFC for a more than 4 years and ever since , everything is coming up roses. I have learned from them life skills such as organisational ans team building that are useful to my daily activities. Most importantly, with HFC I have discovered that transforming people's lives is not all about giving people fish rather teaching them how to fish. Listening to people, putting first their needs first, empowering women and educating children are the drives of any nation's growth! That's why I am proud of the changes being made by Humanity for Children in my country - Rwanda!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was once a volunteer for humanity for children, and it was a life changing experience for me. I have never in my life worked with such tender and caring people. The board members and volunteers are so welcoming and graceful with everything they do. They treated everyone we met along the way as though they were family. I highly suggest them if you are looking for an NGO to volunteer for. Beautiful experience, that will change your life.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Hello
My daughter was a part of humanity for children volunteers this past year, and it was a wonderful experience from what I have heard. The volunteers and board members are nothing short of outstanding human beings.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My sister was a volunteer for Humanity for Children in 2015. In my eyes, the experience has changed her life completely. She cam back very humble (not that she was not before). But something about her changed for the better. From what I heard from her, the groups that are picked to go, are selected carefully. Everyone that I she has told me about was an outstanding human being, it restored humanity to be honest. They are able to make a huge difference in communities by finding innovative and smart ways to keep their project sustainable and running for a long time. This organization is a wonderful organization to get involved with.

3 MadisonRybak

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I traveled to Rwanda and Tanzania this past summer with Humanity for Children and it was an amazing experience. I experienced a different world and culture that truly opened up my eyes. I was constantly introduced to new things and people which forced me to work outside of my comfort zone to help others around me. I witnessed Humanity for Children carry out effective and sustainable projects in these countries through working with different communities as equal partners with the understanding that the community members were the experts and we were there to listen to them. This is not only an amazing nonprofit organization, but this is friendship that has been built between the people of Humanity for Children and the people of the different communities visited over the past 10 years.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been blessed to be able to travel to Africa with Humanity For Children the past two summers. The work the group has done in the past and continues to do in both Rwanda and Tanzania is just awesome! Seeing the lives that have been touched and helped has impacted my life in so many ways. I hope to be able to go back again!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I just returned from my first of what I pray is many trips to Africa with an amazing team from Humanity For Children! Seeing how they have positively impacted so many lives in Eastern Africa has given me a much broader idea of what this nonprofit is all about! They are not there to provide a one time fix or band aid for the people they meet. They are there to help in providing support for projects that will help the people become self-sustaining and thrive. Humanity for Children really takes the time to get to know the people of each village and listen to what their needs are. Then they can work with them on their projects and be sure the projects will support what their needs are. I am truly blessed to have been able to go with them! I look forward to the next trip!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My name is Haliyamutu Jean Fiacre, The Founder and the President of International English Language School from Rwanda. I am writing to congratulate HFC on his dedication, efforts and support, not only by getting learning and teaching materials that have dramatically brightened up the future of Rwandan students but also by changing lives of hundreds of farmers in Eastern province of Rwanda. Your courage to live our Rwandan harsh conditions each year, is the drive that aspires children and underprivileged people that you have been supporting and it is a proof that each day is different!. HCF is a trusted nonprofit I have ever known!

2 McKenna P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I went to Rwanda and Tanzania with a group from HFC this summer and it was the most amazing experience. The way they do things is to efficient and every project is sustainable. Not only are they smart about how to help but the people who run the organization are so kind hearted and have so much compassion. It's truly an amazing organization and group of people and I'm blessed to have gotten to work with them.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I think Humanity for Children is doing a great job not only by establishing projects in Eastern Africa; but more, through providing integrative and encouraging voluntary opportunities for people who want to travel and make a difference. These voluntary opportunities allow ordinary American people to get to know other cultures and expand on their knowledge about the world outside. Such opportunities are great tools to create humble ties and diminish the gab between people of developed and less developing countries.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered with Humanity For Children in June of 2015 to Rwanda and Tanzania. This was a great experience, HFC is really doing it right, to make changes where it is most needed by going to different villages building relationships and getting to know what the people need. One thing that HFC focus on is listening to want they want and need not what we think they need.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered for humanity for children one summer, it was a life changing experience. I've never worked with such tender, caring people. We worked with so many women and children, and the patience and tenderness of the hand picked groups that volunteered was unbelievable.

2 Tony52

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Hi my name is Tony Mitchell and I am student/ staff member at Westminster College. I attended the trip with Humanity For Children this past summer. Visiting Rwanda and Tanzania was a surreal experience. As an economics major, I have had the opportunity to read numerous articles about the challenges that these exact countries face. Reading articles to understand the well being of millions of people is one thing, but to actually travel to the countries of Rwanda and Tanzania brings the words to life and allows a shift in my perspective, as one learns about the complexities surrounding the challenges. The biggest impact the trip had on me, was being an Black American and traveling to countries where people saw me as their equal and even a native.Also with my father being an Haitian emigrant, I could have been one of the millions facing the same day y to day challenges . It makes me appreciate the many privileges I have from being born in the United States.Traveling to these countries has been the highlight of my life but has also laid down a foundation for something even greater to be achieved. Hopefully one day I can establish polices and regulations that will help eradicate the poverty traps plaguing developing countries.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My wife went to Africa with Humanity for Children this past summer and the work they did was amazing. The way they are touching so many lives is awesome. They are not there for a one time fix, but to help the people become self-sustaining and thrive as a community. I know it changed my wife's life and I hope to someday be able to go with her and work with HFC and the people of Africa as well.

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Donor

Rating: 5

My connection is through a fellow faculty member who knows the Dr. in charge. I have seen the fantastic work they do for people in dire need. From nite lamps to food to education, this organization is beyond words.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Humanity for Children is a fantastic non-profit for the following reasons:
1) The organization is committed to making a change for those less fortunate in a way that is a sustainable. Teaching someone to fish is much better than bringing them fish. Their methods invests in people to create a better life through their own efforts, not the non-profit's. This provides a since of responsibility, pride, and confidence in how they can keep on improving their life through their own efforts and commitment.
2) Once the seeds of progress is sown, others learn these basic tenants and the process/benefits are multiplied.
3) The groups commitment is outstanding. The members of HFC are humble and energized to making a difference. The commitment to making it happen and follow up is key the to success.

The combination of the right people, the right process, and humbleness makes this group one that I will keep investing in.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

What I enjoy about HFC is the emphasis on team building, the focus on culture, and the priority of helping parents help their children. It is a simple but clear model that empowers everyone involved in the mission. I can't say enough about the Leadership, volunteers, or the people of Rwanda and Tanzania that we work with.
Blessings to all!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Our 2015 Project Team just returned from East Africa where we monitored existing projects and explored new ones. It was a great team -- Bret, Kaitlin, Meredith, Tony, Azza, Bernard, Luca, Big Poppi (Dan) and me. Our economic empowerment projects in Rwanda and Tanzania are exceeding our expectations and we look forward to our second year of the Bright Light Campaign at Gashanda Primary School. We thank our partners -- Ernest, Dieudonne, John English, Emmanuel, Jean Claude, Toto, Israel, Robin, Daniel, Ndinini, Mayor Aphrodise, and so many more. Although we have no paid administrative staff, HFC continues to make a difference in the lives of people, particularly children, in East Africa. Please join us as we work with our partners in Rwanda, Tanzania and Kenya. Bob

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Advisor

Rating: 5

Humanity for Children supports the villages and clinics of East Africa by helping those areas support themselves and become independent. Their clinic support has helped many thousands of people in the Kisumu region of Kenya and is helping to expand health services in Rwnada. Through their micro finance projects, they are helping individuals break out of the cycle of poverty and sustain themselves and through their partnerships communities flourish. I cannot recommend them enough to anyone looking to make a difference.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am really proud of this organization for the work that they have been doing internationally, especially in Rwanda, Eastern province, Ngoma district. I am glad to say that my family, friends, neighbors and community members of Gashanda were able to get a health post that takes care of their basic medical needs due to the partnership and collaboration with Humanity for Children. In addition, Humanity for children has reached out to the women that are passionate to use their talents, skills and experiences to starting their own micro income projects. The amazing thing about this organization is, no body gets paid for the life changing work they do, it's all about love and commitment to blessing other people with who they are and what they have.

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Client Served

Rating: 4

I can't express enough with my words what HFC has been doing to change people's lives particularly in Rwanda, Kibungo city. I have been working for HFC as an interpreter, translator, advisor, guide and assistant since 2007 and I have seen with my own eyes where dreams came reality, and where projects, ambitions, goals and humanitarian passions get implemented. It is so impressive and humbling experience to get to see mothers and children lining up at one of the most needed HFC health center (Gashanda) to see a nurse/doctor. How awesome, inspiring and rewording is to see micro project groups get together and sit under the tree to share the progress of their own income activities! Personally, I would say that without HFC, I wouldn't be able to come the States to pursuit graduate school. Anyway, there are a lot to say about this nonprofit organization; I wish all international NGOs can learn from HFC such effective and cross -culturally sensitive approaches to serve the world.

Valens

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My late husband had a heart for Africa from the time he was area director for Europe, Africa and the Middle East for Junior Chamber International in the early 80s. Through Humanity for Children he was able to fulfill his dream of returning to Africa and working with the people there to help them help themselves. His passion inspired other people, including me, to work with Humanity for Children. It is a small organization, run completely by volunteers, but it accomplishes big things: a clinic for women and children, micro-financing projects to help Rwandans obtain self-sufficiency, solar lights to allow young students to do their homework at night in a home without electricity, to name a few. Through their connections with Humanity for Children, three young African men have come to the U.S. and completed their master's degrees at the University of Missouri, and one is working on his Ph.D. They will be able to return to Africa and assume leadership roles, working for a better life for all Rwandans and Tanzanians. I can't say enough about this wonderful organization that manages to accomplish so much without any overhead or administrative costs.

4 NancyMc

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Humanity for Children supports by helping people help themselves. When an Association of farmers is given a pig, one baby pig is given away to a farmer who does not have one. Then from his baby pigs, a pig is given to someone else. That way the people are given a way to make a living or send a child to school. There is a sense of pride and togetherness in the community that is invaluable. It is money well spent. I have personally witnessed this project when I traveled to Kibungo, Africa. The smiles on their faces are worth more than money can buy. This organization sends all the money donated for projects. Their only outlay is the native African who travels to each project to make sure it is running well. And this employs a person in the countryside, not someone from a western country. What a great organization!!!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I found out about Humanity for Children through my dear friend Kathryn Morgan. I'm passionate about health and education in many contexts and capacities. Their mission and work is inspiring and I wanted to support their efforts. I volunteered at one of their fund raising events. I also helped organize a team to complete the Rock N Roll 1/2 marathon and we raised money for Humanity for Children. They are a great organization and its wonderful to watch the positive impact they're causing expand and grow.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have had the privilege to see how Humanity for Children has developed over the years. My husband, had always wanted to travel to Africa and contribute to making the lives of the people he met better. Through this organization I have seen how the lives of many people have been changed including his. He and this organization amaze me with their dedication and commitment to helping and improving the lives of the people this organization is dedicated to serving. Not only does this organization help change the lives of people they work with, but I have seen the students return from working with this organization changed and inspired to make a difference in the world.

4 calliedidion

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the incredible opportunity to volunteer with Humanity for Children starting early on-- traveling to East Africa for 8 weeks in 2007. What an humbling process it all was--a big vision with little funds, few but dedicated volunteers. Although, because of this, I was able to see first hand the development of this small, but passionate organization. I saw friendships strengthen and community cultivated, I saw empty lots turn into health clinics. I have witnessed people of different cultures, ages, races working together to improve education, health care and empower communities--learning from each other and growing as individuals along the way.

To see the impact of this small, but dedicated organization for the past 7 years has been remarkable, and personally I have come to see many fellow volunteers are part of my family- and for that I am so thankful. As my husband finishes up his residency to become a physician, we are already brainstorming ways we can continue to volunteer and travel back to East Africa with Humanity for Children.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am blessed to have had the opportunity to volunteer with Humanity For Children. It was amazing to travel to East Africa to be a part of the difference this organization is making as well as the incredible impact the experience had on me. Not only will I continue to help support this organization but I will also work to find another opportunity to travel back to Africa to be a part of the difference first hand.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Humanity for Children is an organization that, despite its small size, makes a huge impact in every east African community it decides to engage in. Humanity for Children is faced with monumental challenges(opportunities) in striving to improve the quality of life of children in east Africa. While volunteering with this organization I was overwhelmed by the amount of work that there is to do with the wonderful people in Rwanda and Tanzania. The organization is very deliberate and strategic in its relationships, always seeking to leverage the limited resources available to create the most positive outcomes for the children in east Africa. This is an international NGO that is conscientious and uses clear, predetermined guidelines for engaging with communities in service activities.

I was most impressed by the quality and depth of the relationships that this organization has cultivated with servant leaders in Rwanda and Tanzania. These relationships of trust enable Humanity for Children to have a clear advantage when looking to accomplish projects/plans that will further it's mission.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The impact that Humanity for Children has made in Kibungo, Rwanda is incredible. Through dedicated volunteers, board members and donors - the organization is able to truly make a difference in the lives of women and children. Their commitment to continue to reach out, help and support the villages and communities in Rwanda is simply amazing.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the honor and pleasure of volunteering for HFC for three (soon to be four) summers. The passion and mission of this wonderful organization has inspired me, my family and friends to see the world from a new perspective and to realize that everyone is our "neighbor".

I have received so much from from the people in Rwanda and Tanzania, far more than anything I have given.

Sincerely
Dan Harms
Dean of Students
Lutheran High School South
St. Louis, MO.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

HFC was a life changing experience for me, my family and my school. The two trips to Rwanda and Tanzania have taught us how the power of ordinary people working together can affect permanent change-through micro-loans, education and husbanding of resources.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

So many non-profits garner recognition less from their work and more for their panache, so when I was first introduced to Humanity for Children I had expected much of the same. It was quickly apparent to me, however, that that was simply not the case with HFC.

When traveling in Rwanda and Tanzania with HFC's project team in the summer of 2011, I was struck by the organization's approach to their work. Humanity for Children and its directors have built real relationships with the people in the communities in which they are active. They go to a community, observe it, talk to the people who know it and its needs best, and then set out to implement their projects. This means that whether they are raising funds for solar study lights for Rwandan school kids or constructing health facilties in remote areas of Maasailand, HFC is having a profound impact.

I'm so proud to be involved with this organization. It's through the opportunities I have had to work with its volunteers and meet the people whose lives HFC's projects affect that I'm reminded why we all need each other, how we can help one another, and how we challenge each other to be better versions of ourselves. HFC pours such passion and joy into all of their efforts, and I'm excited to see what they do in the future.