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Review for Afya Foundation, Inc., Yonkers, NY, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Much of what makes a nonprofit good is the core mission, but what makes a nonprofit great is how the core mission permeates all areas of humanity around it's core.

Afya does just this.

Afya's core mission is simply to collect unused medical supplies from around the nation (mainly New York Tri-Sate Area), and grant wishes to health centers in Africa and Haiit. This mission has been fulfilled on spectacularly, with over 3,000,000 lbs of medical and humanitarian supplies shipped since it's inception in March of '08.

Then magic happens. The environmental impact is undeniable, repurposing 3,000,000 lbs of materials destined for landfill or incineration into usable much needed supplies. Then, with over 400 volunteers coming to Afya every month Afya's Executive Director draws from several at risk populations to fill these much needed spots. Danielle Butin won the Eli Lilly Award in 2010 for her work in this area, helping at risk populations to regain confidence and reenter the work force through giving back.

Finally, after doing work in Haiti ling before the earthquake, Afya responded to the tragedy with mush needed supplies. While in Port Au Prince 1 week post earthquake, Danielle Butin realized the desperate need for rehab services. As an occupational therapist, Ms. Butin worked to assist people with post earthquake injuries and amputations to regain mobility. Afya's Rehab Project in Haiti now employes 30 Haitian Rehab Techs and Builders who are self sustaining, treating the poorest communities in the western hemisphere.

This organization is amazing! I've only scratched the surface with this review, and I implore anyone with a heart to investigate it's mission and work to date. I'm proud to have volunteered there.

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Role:  Volunteer