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Mike H.

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Review for Ochan Self-Help Alliance, Inc., Baltimore, MD, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

The Ochan-Self Help Alliance was created by William and Bonnie Boto to enable a village composed of Ugandan refugees to sustain itself. You can give a person a fish, and they will eat it and not be hungry until their next meal. You can teach someone to fish, and they will never be hungry.

Ochan teaches and assists the refugees to sustain their lives. They have learned to farm a cash crop, sunflower seeds. They have been taught how to market this cash crop in a way that they receive the maximum benefit. They have learned how to build and maintain appropriate sanitary waste disposal. They have built and created a safe, clean, and sustainable water supply, and the village has created and maintains a health clinic.

The true beauty of this foundation is that what is given to it is utilized to sustain a village of Ugandan refugees who are dedicated to recreating their lives. Administrative and staff costs are negligible, as Bonnie and William, two retirees, and the volunteers they have recruited have dedicated their lives to creating and sustaining this effort. Another great facet of this organization is that small contribution can lead to the sustenance and sustainability of a number of these refugees.

This organization is more than worthy of your time, talent, and treasure.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have personally talked to the Boto's who have shared their incredible work through Ochan with me.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

This organization is a labor of love by the Boto's and its volunteers, who truly understand Ochan's mission and village's needs to reach sustainability for its residents. It would be inappropriate for me to suggest change, as the villagers and this organization are far better equipped to fulfill its mission than I .

Role:  Donor & I have donated funds to this organization.