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Review for Arlington Academy of Hope Inc, Arlington, VA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

We have been sponsoring two students at the Arlington Academy of Hope (AAH) for many years and have also contributed to the funding of the experimental farm at the school. Students at AAH primary school in Bumwalakani have achieved high scores on the national exams to be admitted to high school and to university. The experimental farm is a relatively low cost project where students grow vegetables to be consumed in the school and in the village and where they learn farming techniques which they can share at home or with others. Aside from the school and the farm, AAH has been successful in setting up health clinics where thousands of people have been able to get care annually. AAH has also been instrumental in getting small loans to women entrepreneurs. This has enabled the women to earn income and increase family income for their food, housing, education and health expenses.
AAH has been able to run all these projects for many years with an overhead not exceeding 6% of annual contributions. Its founders, John and Joyce Wanda, as well as their families and the local staff in Bumwalakani have been the exemplary driving forces of this non-profit. Also exemplary have been the Board Members and the volunteers to AAH.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Rather than making changes, I would like to suggest that AAH does not add more projects to its 2013 portfolio but continues to focus on education, the experimental farm, health clinics and assisting women entrepreneurs.

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