IFED is an amazing partner organization. I work with a small Paraguayan NGO and IFED has provided consistent and competent assistance since the beginning. They have donated a huge number of books to multiple libraries and schools across the country. Their help has facilitated the growth of our Eco-Leadership program which is now establishing itself as a groundbreaking program in the country. Beyond their amazing fund-raising ability, IFED also serves to mentor young institutions towards a brighter future. We have loved every minute of working with them and look forward to future collaborations soon!
I work as a teacher in Primary School in Croatia. Struggling with recesion, education is least investerd branch in our country. There is never enough understanding for teachers and schools here. IFED came and hepl us establish English Corner in our school library. They also helped us with books for required reading, with maps for our history and geography classrooms, balls for our gym. They showed us that there is still hope.
I work in a childrens library in Varaždin, Croatia. IFED helped us establish an English corner for toddlers. This section of our library soon bacame most visited section of library so our founder realised how important and needed English language is. Soon we started with english workshops for jungest and now we teach more than 60 kids weekly. IFED also sponsored our summer art classes. 8 workshops where kids learned about art dealing with ecologicaly friendly materials. Patricia Sullivan and IFED bacame our angels and very good friends. Her energy, spirit and faith in education, people, is truly inspiring. Thank you!
As the librarian in charge of a remote, rural library in the Peruvian Amazon, my greatest challenge is helping our young users and their families discover the enormous potential that is offered by education. An ally in such a task is not only essential, but also morally supportive and encouraging in a way that helps us persevere towards our initiatives. This is the sort that the CONAPAC Amazon Library has received from IFED over the last five years.
Thanks to IFED, our library has a computer laboratory powered by solar energy, providing young people their first approach to modern technology and training in commonly used software like MS Office. In 2017, IFED added sponsorship of a chess workshop as well, in which Amazon children and youngsters open their minds to logical and abstract thinking.
We have graciously received this support with a note of warmth, trust, and friendship. The great personal concern that the IFED board members show to the people living along the rivers in the Amazon rainforest has been motivating and has evolved our library activities. Pat Sullivan in particular has shown tremendous encouragement, and has offered us a true gift of friendship, and has opened to share life experiences during her visits. Fernando Saavedra (CONAPAC Amazon Library).
IFED helped fund one of our projects to provide a better learning environment to students. Over the past few years chalkboards have deteriorated. Classrooms and teachers do not have the ease to demonstrate and instruct without a chalkboard/white board or on defective chalkboards. The desired goal was to provide a better avenue for educating to the children that live in the mountains and attend a rural school. These children do not have the access or ability to commute to the main schools in the neighboring village. With their help, we were able to provide white boards to 15 classrooms and 125 personal white boards for kinder kinds to learn to read and write.
My wife, Barbara, and I frequently have been disappointed about how nonprofits have used the contributions we made. We've seen funds wasted on incessant additional fund-raising solicitations, excessive salaries for administrators, and lavish events. Then we met Patricia Sullivan and discovered IFED. It is so refreshing to see all contributions go toward worthy community programs in developing countries around the word. IFED's projects are superbly conceived and expertly executed, thereby producing the maximum beneficial impact. IFED is the model of what an effective nonprofit organization should be.
Ted Galen Carpenter
IFED came to support us for the first time this year, and we were very impressed with what they do from start to finish. Initial email communication helped us to organize what we needed and they brought us everything we asked for. In a remote location, where access to resources is difficult, this was an amazing feat and wonderful surprise! Throughout their visit IFED had a profound effect on our staff and our project and we hope our relationship will continue long into the future.
The Carlotta Centre is very grateful to IFED having purchased for them the bookshelves, books for the library. The library is being used by children and adult as well. To share knowledge and educate people to go upward, higher and higher, there can not be any option that work for education. Recently we opened a day care for the children of working mother in the slum. 30 mothers can work now keeping their children aged 6 months to 6 years. If you want to donate some furnitures and children books we would appreciate a lot.
With gratitude and prayers,
Carlotta Centre House-121, Road-6 Block-B,Bashundhara Dhaka-1229. Phone-019 4296 5372, 016 8651 8839
Two years running IFED has bought essential textbooks for the School of Hope, a charity school in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Not only has IFED provided funds for the textbooks, but also ensured correct and transparent purchasing by accompanying the school principle to buy the books. We from the School of Hope Board are extremely grateful to IFED for the generous donation of essential supplies and for the manner in which the donation was provided. Wilhelmina Van Beers
I have known Patricia Sullivan for last 10 years and am amazed at her vision to help improve the world. For the last few years, I have volunteered to help with nurtrition and education projects from behind the scene, the results have astounded me. It is so nice to work with an organization that is visonary and produces such good results. I would highly recomend learning about IFED and their projects. Get involved. Marcia Landau.
We were really impressed with IFED. Their representative here in Dhaka was helpful and efficient. After a brief meeting and a visit to the hospital by the representative we were lucky enough to get funding for 16 bedside which we were immensely grateful for. We went ahead and ordered the bedside tables and the funding followed immediately. Thank you, a well run operation.
IFED is such a great organization, it not only provides children with books and other educational resoursces, but more importantly, it creates all kinds of opportunities to help children across the world to engage in more activities and exposures, which encourage children to learn and become a better person, for themsevlves as well as for the rest of the world. Xue Xiaoming from China
Having the opportunity to be on-site with the IFED team for a number of its good works, I have come to realize two things. First is that as much as people are alike (our similarities far outweigh our differences), educational opportunities are far different in various parts of the world. Children get their schooling in simple one-room structures with little materials available, yet they still yearn to learn. Secondly, it takes so little to make a difference at the local (and even sub-local level) and that through IFED's efforts that difference can have positive and far reaching results. IFED is very results-oriented and accomplishes much with each pebble of well-thought-out effort having a ripple effect.
I am very much involved with two other non-profit organizations in addition to IFED and am privy to their financial information and internal workings.
All three are excellent organizations; however, IFED, under the stewardship of Pat Sullivan, is exceptionally prudent in all aspects of spending related to its mission. This ensures that donor money goes where it can provide the most proverbial bang for the buck. I am often amazed at how much is accomplished with a minimum of expenditure and respect for the donors and the funds they have elected to provide.
I have been a supporter of IFED for about 13 years and an active volunteer (since I retired) for the last three. I love two main things about the organization. First, the niche it fills. Larger non-profits or governmental entities provide the physical structures--a school, library or orphanage--and then leave. IFED makes those structures useful, by providing the books, posters, solar panels and batteries to provide electricity and other supplies to make them useful. Second, IFED operates with little overhead and minimum waste by providing materials, rather than money and only working through vetted NGOs on the ground who administer and safeguard the supplies IFED provides. By carefully targeting its projects, keeping its own costs to a minimum (under 5%) and carefully vetting the on the ground managers of its projects, IFED maximized the impact it achieves for every dollar spent.