My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for SERES Global, Oakland, CA, USA
I first learned about the innovative work of SERES from their Board Chair, Sherry Miller, on a consulting trip to Guatemala. Their commitment to education for sustainability, youth leadership skills, and ground-up development struck me as unique within Guatemala and internationally. Then, in 2015, they were recognized by UNESCO as a leader in their field and they have only become more sophisticated and exceptional in the years following.
While living in Guatemala during 2015, I attended one of their three-day Actívate workshops where I witnessed youth coming together to form action plans that would transform their communities. On the third day, local government representatives came to hear presentations from participants on topics ranging from clean water and air to reproductive health. In this public format, the local government representatives responded to the project ideas with interest and invited these youth participants to join formal governing bodies in the town. It was clear to me that SERES was on to something big and, when invited to be on their Board of Directors, I humbly welcomed the opportunity to support this dynamic organization.
Since 2016, it has evolved in intentional ways, responding to experiences, data and feedback from their primary stakeholders all the while maintaining true to their core values. I encourage anyone interested in innovative and comprehensive programming related to youth leadership, regenerative design, sustainable development, and education and training to check out the website, learn more and to support this remarkable organization.
Review for Avivara, Seattle, WA, USA
Avivará is an exceptional NGO working towards higher quality education in Guatemala. In a world where many think they have the answer and show up to deliver the solution, Avivará centers their work on an active consultation process with locals to co-design programs that make sense for each unique context.
Beyond their work in Guatemala, they also make a significant effort to educate their supporters about the complex dynamics of poverty in Guatemala. This includes sharing stories from their participants along with newspaper articles and inviting people to visit and participate in their work first-hand.
I highly recommend this organization for donors, volunteers, and those generally interested in education in Guatemala.
Review for Guatemala Human Rights Commission USA, Washington, DC, USA
GHRC has consistently provided in-depth research on pressing human rights issues in Guatemala and cultivated the growth of a worldwide community of individuals and organizations committed to speaking out against egregious human rights violations in Guatemala. Their work is of high caliber, their staff is professional and dedicated and their information is consistently reliable and informative. Kudos to the GHRC staff and Board for your courageous work to expose human rights offenders, protect those who speak out against violations and share your passionate belief that a more just Guatemala is possible.
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