My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for FNE International, E Weymouth , MA, USA
Should be 6 stars, as I cannot tell you of all the incredible Projects/Work FNE Int has done in our communities surrounding the greater Leon, Nicaragua region and BEYOND, including our beach community of Las Penitas. The founder/Director Michael Cipoletti has brought to my tiny resort a multitude of Volunteers for a little R&R after sometimes spending the past week or two in some desolate rural areas bringing sometimes running water to those who never had it. The FNE Int. Volunteers have NEVER given me a thumbs down concerning their experience with helping this 2nd poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere (Haiti being #1) build houses, hospitals, schools, clinics where there were none. One said "I dug, he dug, we dug and dug and then there was water, and wow, a well was built". RNE Int has been around since my wife and I started our little ocean front resort, Playa Roca Beach Hotel see: playaroca.com, in 2005, with just a few volunteers from Michael's school days to a expanding network of young students (normally college age) and professionals (Doctors and other health professionals i.e. physical therapists, etc) ranging in the hundreds throughout the year. With FNE Int's experience they've created a learning environment for young people to learn to reach out to those without and to professionals an opportunity to share their unique skills in remote areas that never get, the medical care that they offer, from life saving vaccinations they need to performing or teaching surgical procedures to Nicaraguan patients and doctors.
I am so proud to be an American when FNE Int is showing American values that aren't from the government but by it's own citizen's desire to help our 3rd world Nicaraguan families. Not just talking good will or giving money that who knows where it goes to these Volunteers actually out there in the communities getting downright dirty with them, sleeping and eating where they do, and with FNE Int's leadership share the smiles and gratitude when they see a house built with their help where there was only a shanty. THAT is what helps, helping them help themselves and as a offshoot teaching our Volunteers the value of giving when it's rewards aren't measured in dollars and cents, but by the heart and building of character. You don't have to be an American to Volunteer, but it's spirit of good will is the ticket to join in. From Nicaragua to reaching out to other countries in need i.e. Peru, FNE Int has established itself as a bonafide gift to humanity.
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
Nothing they could do that I know of, but I could get more involved in the needs they have that I can help provide.