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Review for Operation Safe Drinking Water, Camarillo, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Functioning as a volunteer RN at first-aid clinics at several indigenous village sites permitted an opportunity to observe the OSDW staff interacting with the population of these villages. While clinics were being conducted, OSDW staff checked function and usage level of previous rain catchment installations. Equally important as the OSDW physical safe drinking water installations are the relationships developed with the native residents. Many smiles and much humor all demonstrated a mutual concern for well-being as well as mutual respect for individuals of vastly different cultures. There are NO monetary rewards for the OSDW staff...only the deep and meaningful reward that comes from knowledge of a job well done and doing work that MAKES A DIFFERENCE. AS a volunteer and as a nurse, this was the MOST rewarding experience of my life. I look forward to making more trips to assist in whatever role required.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Remote villages in the Bocas del Toro region of Panama

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

Send them enough volunteers to continue installing safe drinking water systems until the entire population has access to clean drinking water.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

meeting the people - OSDW staff as well as those they serve.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Varied in age and background... and WONDERFUL!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

continue doing the good work they do without worrying about being able to purchase supplies OR transport the supplies! Perhaps assist with education aspirations of indigenous students.

Ways to make it better...

I had been less popular with the "bug" population!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Having enough volunteers to meet the installation needs.

One thing I'd also say is that...

it is an honor to call each of the staff members "friend". What a privilege to know I will visit with them in person again.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

Role:  Volunteer & Participated in First-Aid Clinics at indigenous village sites (am a retired RN).