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Review for Humanity For Children, Columbia, MO, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

In January 2018, I had the fortunate opportunity to join a small group of women who travelled from Columbia and St. Louis, Missouri to East Africa as ambassadors and volunteers with Humanity for Children (HfC). We visited many of HfC’s projects and local partners throughout the villages of Rwanda and Northern Tanzania.

Upon arrival at each project, we were greeted with celebration, singing, and great gratitude for what Humanity for Children has helped them to accomplish. We sat with the members of the projects /associations and listened to them report on how they have used the funds, helped each other and even helped other villages. They told us about their challenges and their success and sometimes proposed ideas for additional ways to sustain and grow their business. Bright Lights - the solar light program has helped 5th grade students study at home to pass their National Examination which is required in order to proceed to the next grade. Funding for a goat generates more goats and leads the way to a sustainable income that can be used to put windows on a house, buy equipment or school uniforms or start a hair salon. HfC has supported the Maasai tribal women in their beautiful beadwork, which results in an income and empowers their voices and abilities in the family.

One of the many things that impresses me about this organization is their
commitment to economic empowerment and sustainability. Since 2006, they have taken the time to develop relationships with individuals, organizations, village and government leaders in order to understand the needs, challenges and successes of each area. HfC stays focused on their projects, which allows for a greater impact in the health, education and economy of each community. They partner with local representatives and organizations to ensure effective monitoring, development and sustainability.

HfC’s Kathryn Morgan and Bob Hansen have cultivated relationships with a variety people throughout the U.S. such as college students, soccer teams, church groups, Rotary Clubs and other charitable organizations, in order to bring volunteers for HFC’s projects and sustain financial support.

I am so grateful to have gotten involved with HfC and to have had this experience with my Missouri friends. We look forward to sharing the stories we heard and to expanding the support for the efforts of Humanity For Children.
Maybe another trip is in my future ??

Role:  Volunteer