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Review for Foundation for Sustainable Development, Oakland, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

FSD allows individuals to engage in hands on work with sustainable development in other countries. Through FSD I went to Kenya and worked with KOMAZA (, an amazing organization that uses sustainable agro-forestry to improve the standard of living in impoverish communities. Because the climate in Kenya is arid and rainfall is undependable, KOMAZA uses a species of Eucalyptus which grows without much water, providing farmers with a dependable source of income. KOMAZA provides farmers with the inputs on credit and training on each step of the process, allowing the farmers to learn the skills which will increase their standard of living. While I was with KOMAZA, I worked to create, edit, and test health and economic baseline surveys to evaluate the farmers' quality of life. These surveys were vital to the organization in order to ensure that we were achieving our objectives. My experience opened my eyes to the world of sustainable development. It taught me the importance of capacity building and ensuring that you are constantly empowering others and the organization to function without you. It also showed me the innovative ways that organizations can use natural resources to improve individuals' quality of life. My time with FSD was really a life-changing experience. I continue to use what I have learned on a daily basis, ensuring that I follow the same sustainable principles with the organizations I work with at home.

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

Teaching individuals about the challenges of sustainable development and how organizations can be structured to accomplish their objectives.

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

It fully immersed me in the culture and thought be culturally sensitive ways of working with people in a different culture while improving their lives.

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

Improve the lives of countless individuals around the world.

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Role:  Volunteer & I worked to create, edit, and test health and economic baseline surveys to evaluate the farmers' quality of life.