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suzanne-skees

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Review for Freedom From Hunger, Davis, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Freedom from Hunger changed me, the day I first heard of their work in providing adult education along with microloans. This was not charity, but a chance for families to study and work their way out of systemic poverty; and it was not a top-down smug attempt at development, but a 64-year history of asking what is needed in specific global communities, listening, and adapting programs and services to fit real people's needs. I'd been working as a writer and just gave birth to my first baby, Benjamin. I wanted all moms and dads to be able to give their babies nourishing food, vaccinations, books and school, a safe warm home, and a shot at living their dreams. Now Ben just started at his first-choice college, and I work in development and write about innovative solutions to poverty. Freedom from Hunger started small too, with 100 women in 2 countries (Thailand and Mali); they now serve over 2 million clients in 16 countries. Somehow they manage to combine a legacy of care, deep research, and tested methodology, with cutting-edge innovations in how to deliver services to the poor. For example, FFH brings savings circles ("Saving for Change") and health education to geographically remote areas; and malaria, HIV, maternal and infant health training and services ("Microfinance and Health Protection") to areas hardest hit by disease. The first to link loans with education, FFH now provides training and curriculum materials to local partners all over the world, so that families can work smarter and advance faster out of poverty into opportunity.

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

Three ways: 1. Reading the DATA on the freedomfromhunger.org and ffhtechnical.org -- programs and metrics evaluations. 2. Knowing the STAFF well, over many years 3. Interviewing their CLIENTS on site visits with FFH

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

Role:  Volunteer & Writing stories about a few of the over 2 million women they serve, traveling to program sites with them, financially supporting their respectful service of global families since I met FFH in 1992.