My Nonprofit Reviews
Michael Earth Net Foundation
Review for Multinational Exchange for Sustainable Agriculture (MESA), Berkeley, CA, USA
We , Earth Net Foundation, have been the Thai global partner for the MESA programme for a number of years, sending young Thai farmers and aspiring farmers on the program to live and learn and share their own knowledge on organic farms in America. We have also organized one hosting program here in Thailand last year. Most everyone we have sent has come back enriched. Many have taken experience and ideas to apply here, and are now playing leading roles in the organic movement of Thailand. Being a legal J 1 visa program, it can provide access to those from developing countries to an American farming experience. As the stewards, both learn from and contribute much in labor and skills to the host farms, the net cost is very low, making the program viable for young farmers from developing countries to join.
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
I feel this organization is doing great things at a very low cost (very efficient impact verse investment), however they really deserve to get a bit more financial support and should work towards finding this. They also could benefit from a couple more employees or full-time volunteers. Such a change would reduce their stress, open new opportunities and help release their full potential.
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