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Review for Land Empowerment Animals People, Oakland, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

In just 4 years, Cynthia Ong (executive director) and LEAP have made a huge difference in the conservation communities of Malaysian Borneo. With a scope of work that includes facilitating partnerships and exchanges between grassroots oriented conservation NGOs, indigenous communities and progressive members of local government, the vital bio and cultural diversity of this ecological 'hotspot' has seen a revival of efforts and change provoked by LEAP's encouragement and ability to make sustainable connections and fill the gaps between the issues and resource deficits that commonly divide the global north and south.

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

their ability to connect resources, people and ideas in a way that empowers from the grassroots level.

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

the people I've met and the knowledge that hope exists for the biodiversity of this ecologically threatened land.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

excited, engaged, open and willing to listen.

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

ensure that funds would be channeled through to the people, projects and conservation efforts with the most need and ability to make sustainable change on behalf of the earth.

Ways to make it better...

large, bureacratic, inefficient NGOs that do more to get in the way of conservation efforts by green washing their nominal efforts than they do to actually engage the communities in which their work takes place.

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Role:  Volunteer & I helped to cofound LEAP 4 years ago and continue to serve in various support roles.