We have been so very impressed with JBFC. Our two high school daughters visited their campus in Tanzania this past summer and it was life-changing. JBFC's mission to end poverty in rural Africa by providing education, sustainable food, and medicin, to some of the world's most needy and vulnerable children is both noble and pragmatic. Everything we have seen out of JBFC has been top notch. The organization is responsibly run with integrity and transparency. The staff is a compassionate and friendly "family." If you ever doubt how much good ONE PERSON can do in the world, I urge you to learn more about Chris Gates, and his founding and nurturing of JBFC. We are wholly impressed, and look forward to continuing our association, as donors, volunteers, and friends of the JBFC family. Just can't say enough good things about JBFC!
Ever since I heard about JBFC, I've always been wanting to travel to the campus in Tanzania. When I was able to go, it was a dream come true and was more that I could've ever imagined. Prayer time every day was so memorable for me, hearing all of the girls' beautiful voices and worships. Everyday I think about the bright smiles of pure joy from those grateful girls and nothing could make me happier. My experience with JBFC , and the girls at JBFC impacted me greatly in such a positive way. I can't wait to go back!
I have been to JBFC four times, and will continue to go back at every opportunity time gives me! The structure of volunteering at JBFC is a combination of giving the volunteer a life changing experience while actually helping the community. Living conditions are definitely do-able, food is AMAZING, and the girls will change your life. Being apart of the JBFC family is a huge part of my identity and I pray that everyone who has a hunger for helping others and seeing the world gets the opportunity to go to JBFC!
My involvement with JBFC began near its inception. I must say, the vision Chris Gates (JBFC CEO) had at that time seemed, at least to me, almost unattainable. It was a grand vision - to provide a home for orphaned girls that would give love and care to children whose lives were often shattered, to build a school to bring education and life skills to the girls at JBFC and the wider community, to become self-sustaining in terms of farming and permaculture, to bring medical services for the health and well-being of the girls and community, to give the girls at JBFC a bright future. Fast forward to now, all that has been attained and much more. It is a privilege to be on the Board of JBFC. I continue to be amazed at the vision cast for JBFC and thankful to be a small part of making that happen. Lindsay Hurley Fick
My experience with JBFC began with my son's desire to volunteer for JBFC. As I researched the organization, met with the staff, and helped my son prepare for his summer experience, I found this organization to be all that is says that it is. The impact on my child has been remarkable. He is forever changed by his experiences and he fully intends to return to JBFC again. I have since spent time volunteering for JBFC here in Tulsa. I continue to be impressed with this organization. They are doing amazing things in Africa and throughout the world.
I'm a two-time summer volunteer with JBFC. I am unbelievably confident that the work JBFC does is worthwhile and truly impactful. I must say that I most respect JBFC for its unwavering commitment to its mission and its absolute dedication to the people it serves. Further, I am impressed by how much the organization has grown in the past 5 years or so.
JBFC is completely committed to their mission and is an extremely well run non-profit organization. I am always hesitant about international volunteer programs because the opportunity for people acting like tourists in someone else's oppression is very real. However, JBFC mitigates the risk of this happening through educating volunteers and openly discussing expectations for volunteers coming to their campus in Tanzania. Furthermore, their goal of sustainability and their conscience effort to engage the surrounding community in their work shows a cultural sensitivity and a self-awareness that many NGOs lack. The organization highly values and respects their volunteers and provides many volunteering opportunities both for groups and individuals with specialized interests and expertise. The staff members, both in the USA and in Tanzania, are welcoming, knowledgeable, and helpful.
I have recently returned from my third visit to JBFC. My experience with the girls, the students and the organization have changed my life. I never expected that this would become an annual pilgrimage for me but now I can't imagine it not. The girls are incredibly grateful, respectful and passionate. To watch them grow over the years has been a true blessing for me, and they have voices of angles when they sing - moves my heart! The students are awesome, whether working one on one, in the classroom or serving breakfast and lunch their smiles are infectious and their gratitude felt. For the organization, I haven't see anything like it! Their holistic and self sustainable approach to life on campus not only has a positive impact on the girls but the entire community. What JBFC has done and is doing I simply remarkable. I am proud to be a part of such an incredible family. Thank you for the opportunity! xo
I spent a month at JBFC during college and was blown away by the girls, the mission of the organization and JBFC's leadership team. They are an amazing group changing lives in Tanzania. I volunteered at the Joseph and Mary School and saw firsthand what Chris and his team are doing in the community. They are giving these children the gift of an education.
It was a blessing to volunteer with JBFC. The group is well-organized and strategic about its work to help the children of the Foundation. I hope to always remain connected to my friends at JBFC and am counting down the days until I go back!
I have been involved as a volunteer and ambassador for JBFC since 2011. My first experience was a six week trip to the first campus in 2011. At the time, I was relatively blind to the work being done by the organization. Over the past 5 years, I have witnessed incredible growth by the organization which has already made a positive impact on the surrounding communities. I think this has been accomplished because Chris started by understanding the culture and the resources available.
Chris Gates has been able to execute a vision that is creating a platform for real change in Tanzania. The donations received by this organization are used in a way that invests in the future sustainability to ensure they make a meaningful impact long term. As the organization continues to expand, I remain impressed by the execution of the JBFC model by the leadership and staff of the organization.