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Review for Lifewater International, San Luis Obispo, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I not only had an extraordinary opportunity to do a fundraising climb for Lifewater up Mount Kilimanjaro in 2016 with my son, Max, but I got to travel to Ethiopia to see first hand the work that Lifewater volunteers and Lifewater's African staff are achieving in remote Ethiopian villages. I got to speak with several Ethiopian residents of these remote communities who told me that the incidence of water-borne diseases in their communities has greatly declined as a result of Lifewater's efforts, which include hygiene education as it pertains to everything from proper hand washing to dish washing (and having the dishes air dry in direct sunlight) as well as the installation of safe water wells. Lifewater staff has also been working with these communities to raise awareness about the importance of proper sanitation, which evolves everything from the installation of latrines next to homes as well as the installation of corrals to better contain animal waste. I also got to see some of the school latrines, which Lifewater constructed, providing privacy and sanitation, which is important, particularly for young girls, who often stop going to school in their late adolescent or teen years if secure latrines are not available. I left Ethiopia with a great sense of pride in what Lifewater is achieving and the difference the organization and its volunteers are making in people's lives.

Role:  Volunteer
 

Review for IMAHelps, Rancho Mirage, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I have donated 10 years of my life as a volunteer for IMAHelps and plan to continue volunteering as long as I am physically able to do so. In a nutshell, IMAHelps organizations medical humanitarian missions that bring healthcare and hope to people who have little of neither. The organization is completed operated by volunteers. And since the volunteers on the missions pay for their own travel expenses, all of the donations are used to purchase medicines and supplies for the missions. IMAHelps provides statistics on the numbers of patients treated on each of its missions as well as the value of the services provided. IMAHelps just treated its 100,000th patient during its July 2017 mission to Itaugua, Paraguay. I know IMAHelps will continue to make a positive difference, not only in the lives of the poor, but in the lives of IMAHelps volunteers.

Role:  Board Member
 

Review for Lifewater International, San Luis Obispo, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I have volunteered with Lifewater for several years to support the organization's work. I have been so convinced about the value of Lifewater's work that I asked my 17-year-old son to join me on a climb up Mount Kilimanjaro in 2016 as a fundraising effort for Lifewater's water, sanitation and hygiene education projects in Ethiopia. It was an incredible experience. There were a dozen other hikers from across the U.S. on our fundraising climb. Lifewater and its staff and volunteers are very committed to making a positive difference in the lives of some people in remote communities in Africa and Southeast Asia. I have been impressed with this organization and wholehearted support their efforts.

Role:  Volunteer
 

Review for Tangible Hope Foundation, San Francisco, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Tangible Hope is a very worthwhile organization that is delivering on its promise to help impoverished girls in Ethiopia by providing them with healthcare, after-school tutoring in safe settings and other services to help them succeed in school. I have known Lily Yosef for three years and visited Ethiopia in 2016 so I know how important Tangible Hope's work is over there.

Role:  Volunteer
 

Review for IMAHelps, Rancho Mirage, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

IMAHelps is comprised of the best group of people I have every worked with. Every year we travel to Central and South America and the team literally works miracles, bringing healthcare and hope to those who have little of either. The organization always makes it a priority to see as many patients as possible. On our latest mission to Zacatecoluca, El Salvador in August of 2015, we had over 5,500 patient consultations provided by specialists in internal medicine, pediatrics, gynecology, physical therapy and orthotics. We also had an eye doctor and four dentists and several surgeons specializing in maxillofacial and plastic surgery, orthopedic surgery, and general surgery. The organization has a dedicated board of directors, all of whom are volunteers and receive no compensation for their efforts. I can't think of any organization with people as dedicated and committed to helping others as IMAHelps.

Role:  Board Member
 

Review for IMAHelps, Rancho Mirage, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Volunteering with IMAHelps has been a life-changing experience for me. The medical missions are always very well organized and the people who participate in these missions are the best people I've ever met. We always focus on providing as much medical care to as many people as possible. With this approach, we typically are able to treat several thousand patients on each mission. I plan to continue volunteering on as many IMAHelps medical missions as I can for as long as I am physically able to do so. I can't think of a better way to make a positive impact on people's lives.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Role:  Volunteer