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Review for Right 2 Thrive, New York, NY, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Having just completed my taxes, I am reminded of just how many charitable organizations and non-profits to which even someone of my modest income can end up donating in the course of a year. I happily give to a friend's walk to fight cancer, a few dollars to my college, a museum, a church appeal... all sort of given blindly with the hope my gift will make a difference. And while I am sure it does make a difference to those organizations, I couldn't say exactly how. That's where Right 2 Thrive is different. It's personal.

From the moment I was introduced to this organization through a friend on the board, I knew exactly how my money would be making an impact. I had the opportunity to meet the executive director, Janet Patry, and hear of the hands on work R2T is doing for the children of Neemaland orphanage in Kenya. I got to know these children through pictures and stories and fell in love with their hopeful, joy-filled faces. Right 2 Thrive offers a chance to contribute to real projects that make a real difference in the quality of life for these kids: from providing new shoes to kids who have never seen a new pair of shoes in their life, to helping maintain their clean water supply, to raising the floor of their dormitory so flooding is not a constant problem and health concern. R2T does a great job of keeping the donor informed of their progress on various projects through social media and e-newsletters. And there is no better thanks for your gift than to see the gratitude in the faces of these children.

In addition, Right 2 Thrive is working within communities in Nairobi to provide empowerment and skill-training workshops for the residents there, which speaks to their broader mission of building self-sustaining communities. I think it's such an important part of the work they are doing, to not just distribute money and goods to people in need, but to provide them with the resources and skills to sustain themselves and build a better future. I am excited for the potential there is in these programs and hope Right 2 Thrive is able to broaden it's own resources to expand and enhance this effort.

I am proud to be a donor of Right 2 Thrive. And I deeply respect the people behind the organization who are truly making an impact in people's lives.

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