I was honored to serve as a bilingual public health educator and triage nurse in latin America on the USNS Comfort in 2007 AND 2008. I visited seven countries and provided care to thousand of people. The compassioin and kindness I witnessed but moreover was given in doing this important work was life changing. I remember a young man who had suffered a severe brain injury in a motor vehicle accident being brought to our clinic in Guatemala . he had already gone through rehabilitation in Guatemela City but his parent had driven seven hours to see us oping we could give them information on how to further help him. We worked for hours tring to make contacts. We all were so moved by his parents hope in us. Eventually we did make contacts that woud eventually provide him some further treatment back in the capital. I family walked two days from their mountain village to see us about a speciic issue. We did provide care and as they started to leave for the two day walk back to their home the mother turned to me and gave me a big hug.. She said thank ou God bless you in Spanish and it was so heartfelt i cried when she left. The mothers and childen, all who came to us demonstrated such courage and such strength. I was honored to be there. It is difficult to describe what it is like to ride into a medical site whee 600 people are waiting for the medical team and as our bus arrives the entire crown breaks into cheering because we have come to help them. Little do they know how mch they give to us. It is about great hope and great faith that hearts and minds come together to share our humanity. That is what the PROJECT HOPE cause is all about.....our shared humanity.
I was about to make a donation to Project Hope after reading the evaluation here, but then I remembered to check what the CEO makes. To my surprise he makes over 600K a year ! No employee of any charity should be enriching him/herself to the tune of 600K a year. When I donate to charity, I expect my money to go to those in need not in a CEO's pocket. My money will go elsewhere.
Review from CharityNavigator
Have you ever seen Carter Hall where the Project Hope Offices are located? It is one of the most extravagant and historical mansions in Virginia. Why would a charity have their headquarters in such a extravagant, luxurious and historical place? I believe if you dig into their books you will find something fishy.
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I was included in a group that toured Project HOPE's projects in Wuhan, Shanghai, and Beijing China in 2008. I saw first-hand the grateful appreciation of Nursing students at Wuhan University, AIDs patients, the parents of children injured in the Sichuan Province earthquake, the parents of heart patients at the Shanghai Children's Medical Center, and the pleas from the Minister of Health in Beijing.
I too struggle with giving to this org. and others like it where the CEO receives a salary that seems excessive. on one hand i know that non profits like any body else need to hire competent people to run their organizations and also need to compensate them well to keep them. I know hat they devote a lot of time work and effort on behalf of the org. and probably do a lot of traveling too. however on the other hand they are working for a charity whose goal is to.help people and the more you pay out in salary and administrative expenses is less $ for the mission of the org. also since this is a Charity should not the leaders be expected to make some sacrifices on the matter of salary and benefits vs working for a private company