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Review for Appropriate Technology Collaborative, Ann Arbor, MI, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

ATC is a great organization! I’ve worked with them as a volunteer for over a year. The work they do is life-changing and fascinating.

As an engineer, I’ve been able to get involved with designing and optimizing solutions for poor people in developing countries – treadle pumps, clean stoves, solar vaccine refrigerators. Technology that makes a real difference to people’s lives AND allows some to create their own income-generating situation, a key opportunity to take them out of poverty.

As a volunteer, I’ve been able to travel to Guatemala and work on natural building projects to help communities at their schools and, in the future, a medical clinic. It’s been amazing to be able to make a concrete difference with my own hands and effort.

As a donor, I have seen the workings of the organization and feel confident giving money where so much of it is being used for its mission and not absorbed as too much overhead. Further, the designs that ATC develop are kept as open-source information so that the lessons learned in Guatemala can not only be spread to Africa, Asia, South America, etc., but can also be locally built and maintained, another key element in helping people by giving opportunity and employment rather than just charity. This principle allows ATC to make an even wider difference in the world.

I will continue to stay involved in this organization and to support them.

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Role:  Volunteer