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Review for Norwalk Sister City Project, Inc., Norwalk, CT, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I volunteered to lick envelopes for the NNSCP after reading about it in the paper and right away had the chance to meet the President and Executive Director bc they are so deeply involved in this organization. They are passionate about the program, working tirelessly to support the cause and even traveling regularly to Nagarote at their own expense. It turned out that most of the board is just as invested. I was hooked. Every penny - except for one staff person in Norwalk - goes to the program in Nagarote and is managed by an unbelievable field manager, with close financial oversight from Norwalk. The accomplishments include a beautiful new community center (I attended its grand opening) chock full of programs and smiling kids of all ages, the eradication of gangs in the Jeronimo Lopez barrio, an organic farm around which a number of programs are being developed and kids attending school and college thanks to grants from the program. There are also regular "delegations" that travel from the US, providing a chance for other people - especially kids - to see first-hand what is being done and how their contributions matter, hopefully creating new generations that will want to give back. Having seen this board in action and having been to Nagarote to see the results of the program, I've become an enthusiastic donor and participant myself.

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Role:  Board Member