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Emily M.5

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Review for Global Brigades Inc, Fresno, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

As a post-secondary education student studying human rights and international relations, I wanted to get involved with an organization that made a real impact in the world and see how an international non-government organization worked. My education has made me critical of NGOs and the potential harm rather than good they can do. I was pleasantly surprised to learn how GB worked through the holistic model to achieve sustainable development and empower communities. I was even more impressed when I learned how GB approached critiques of their organization- they welcome critiques and for their volunteers to think critically of their role and of the organization as a whole. GB takes into consideration any and all critiques to inform their work moving forward. The more I learned about GB, the more I have come to love it. My brigade experience with GB is something words cannot accurately express. I seen first-hand how GB works in partnership with communities to achieve the community's goals. I witnessed first-hand the stories of community members who shared with us how much GB has helped their communities and families. One of my favourite parts about GB is how they incorporate the SDGs into their work as well. Women are encouraged to become part of Committees overseeing the projects, such as the Water Committee. Women are empowered to become leaders in their communities, and the involvement of women in these projects is critical to ensure sustainability. Women in these communities are often the most impacted by the lack of access to water. This is just one example of how GB is making such positive changes in the communities they partner with. This is the type of organization I always wanted to become involved with. #MyGBStory

Role:  Volunteer