There are many organizations out there that have the desire to help people, but Mentors provides long term solutions. Microloans coupled with the business training courses can truly lift families out of poverty.
I am sitting at the annual gala for the 6th year in a row. I am amazed by the changes they are affecting in the lives of people around the world. All faculty costs are underwritten by the board and all fundraising goes directly to benefit recipient lives. - Shaylin L Peck
I became aware of Mentors International about 14 years ago. At that time I had personally experienced the opportunities that come when kind-hearted, hard-working, and generous people provide a chance for other hard-working people to self sustain--and beyond. With gratitude in my heart for my benefactors, I began supporting Mentors. Over the years I have come to appreciate the way Mentors efficiently matches kind-hearted donors with the hard-working poor to develop the dignity that results from self reliance. Only the most compelling purposes on earth have held my attention for this long. If you desire the feelings that well up inside when one helps the poor and needy help themselves, you might seriously consider Mentors International.
I think what Mentors does is fantastic. They provide true and lasting change for those who want to get out of poverty but can't. They provide a small loan so that people can have pride in themselves and their ability to provide for their family.
What I like most about Mentors International, is that it is a hand up, not a hand out.
I spent 6 weeks in The Philippines interning for this wonderful company and I have never seen so many lives impacted in such a positive way. I interviewed countless Filipino clients of Mentors, who wept as they told me about this company and these people who have forever changed the lives of their families. Thanks to the loan program offered by Mentors, women who would typically be unable to feed their children are sending them through college.
It's a wonderful organization full of heart and soul and amazing people who just want to help.
Mentors International is one of the best run organizations out there. Contributing to others in the past and after much research, we found this to be the highest caliber and integrity Nonprofit team. The program they run is incredibly successful in teaching those they help to be independent, profitable and confident.
I have been involved with Mentors for several years helping them with their videos. Last September they asked me to go to Guatemala and I saw first hand the good that they are doing. For me it was an eye opening experience of the richness that we have in this country and the extreme poverty that is all over the world. I only wish I could give more. Mentors is a great organization!!
This is a great organization that helps people in developing countries improve their lives and financial standings. My parents have been involved with Mentors for many years and have traveled to Guatemala to see first hand the great work be provided through business loans. This teaches others how to take care of themselves, a true hand-up not a hand-out.
We contribute to Mentors International because it fosters self-reliance and gives opportunity and hope to people that truly have the hunger to work hard and succeed. With just a few hundred dollars the recipients create industry, support their families, and stimulate their local economies. Their stories truly inspire us. They repay their loans at a very high rate. It is a gift that keeps on giving. We only wish we could do more.
Robert and Christine Smith
The great thing about Mentors is that it doesn't just give handouts to people, it lends money and teaches people to work. That way people learn to rely on themselves, and teach their children that too. I would love in the future to go on a trip with Mentors to see their work firsthand.
I have been a financial supporter of Mentors International for the past 5 years. What an amazing cause with a mission to lift others from poverty. My wife and I have had the opportunity to visit clients oversees and have first hand listened to, served and cried with individuals who have had their lives completely changed because of Mentors. Their program is not designed to simply lend money to an individual, but to truly mentor the individual in how to become successful in using this money to not only change their life, but the lives of hundreds around them in creating employment opportunity. What a blessing it has been for our family to take a small part is such a great cause. Thank you mentors and may the Lord bless you in your efforts and successes.
I'm not sure what the background of 'nonprofitadvisorsgroup' happens to be, but the comments they made would lead me to believe they are a former disgruntled employee.
I have donated money to Mentors International. My wife and I visited many individuals in Guatemala who have been assisted by Mentors. These humble people of Guatemala are hard working mothers and fathers who want to make a difference in the lives of their children and fellow countrymen. Mentors allows them to get a boost in the form of a microloan. Yes, these people pay interest on the loan and are held responsible to pay the loan back. The fact is that the wonderful people of Guatemala have a 100% repayment record.
Mentors has programs in many 3rd world countries and has had success in all. I don't know where the money for the salaries of the full-time staff come from, but I am certain they deserve what they are paid and I don't think it matters considering the impact being made in the lives of tens of thousands of people in the world. That influence for good will simply grow as the children of those assisted grow up in a better circumstance due to the programs provided by Mentors.
I know the people of Guatemala very well having lived among them for more than a year and a half. These people know how to work and are proud of their country and especially proud of their families. They are willing to work their hands to the bone to help their children get a better start in life than they had. We should all be proud of Mentors and other organizations like it who go out in the world and do good. After all that should be the goal of all mankind, to go out into the world and do good to our fellow men, women and especially children.
God bless Mentors and those who work and serve with them!
A cursory review of this organizations published fiinancials statements show that they are diverting operational expenses to program related expenses to show that more money is spent on programs expenese versus operational expenses. They have at least 5 full time employees for 7 foudations and their operational expenses as per their financial statements were less than US 70,000. How is that possible?
They included in their audits "Notes Receiveable" from partner organizations yet these notes are not asset back nor are they worth even a fraction of the value booked in the audit. This is anohter attempt to hide the true nature of this company which is really to act as a fund raising organisation for the benefit of over-paid staff members.
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