My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for CHRISTIAN MEDICAL & DENTAL SOCIETY, Bristol, TN, USA
It is with a heavy heart that I leave a negative review for this organization which exists, ostensibly, to provide medical and dental services to the world's poor. Our staff and partners hosted a team of more than a dozen doctors and dentists from GHO in Yangon, Burma. For 14 days our personnel provided transportation, lunch, and guide services for the team at considerable expense of time and money. Our staff of national leaders operate on a shoestring budget as they provide a home and education to 33 abandoned and orphaned children. Imagine our surprise when this large team of professionals from America left the country after 14 days and provided only $850 to their hosts. This amount was not even enough to cover the expenses of food and gasoline, to say nothing of the man-hours involved in hosting them and, which is more egregious, to say nothing of the shameful act of refusing to participate in the daily ministry of providing for the needs 33 orphans! We felt used and exploited to provide touristic services for the benefit of a wealthy American nonprofit at the expense of their in-country hosts.
I feel sure that the doctors and dentists involved would be horrified to learn that the little orphanage they visited actually lost money on the GHO team and footed some of the expenses of their trip. The orphanage is in dire need of so many things and yet none of the team members or any of the leadership from GHO cared to even ask. Their purpose seemed focused on getting served, not serving and to pay as little as possible for those services.
I hope the leadership of GHO will reevaluate the exploitative nature of the paltry remuneration and support they offer to their hosts. For out part, we are developing a "minimum support policy" to protect our partners and friends in Myanmar and elsewhere from being exploited by team-sending organizations in the future.