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Review for Arts Education International, San Francisco, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

AEI is an up-and-coming nonprofit with a unique approach to promoting education in the developing world. In my experience with NGOs, I have never seen an organization that is so resourceful in their use of funds, so culturally sensitive to the needs of the communities they serve, or so lovingly tailored to the strengths of individual students. By working closely with local artists, AEI is able to sponsor arts, drama, dance, music, writing and handicraft classes that are culturally relevant and valuable to the community in many ways. AEI provides for the personal and professional development of youth, reconciliation within post-war communities, employment for local artisans, and a forum for cultural exchange. The director and staff have an unwavering commitment to both the letter and the spirit of their mission and I'm honored to be a small part of the amazing work they do.

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

Sierra Leone and Ghana. The boys' and girls' enthusiasm for the arts and for AEI, the dedication of the educators, the demand for expanded programs, and the accomplishments of youth given access to educational resources were overwhelming. To witness firsthand the impact this organization has already had was a powerful experience.

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

double their budget! Visit to make a donation

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Role:  Board Member & Program development assistant.