My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Natik Esperanza, Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA
I have served with Natik in a variety of roles since first visiting Guatemala on a Natik-sponsored trip in January 2014. Seeing the organization in action was a powerful introduction to the work Natik does and, more importantly, the way it does it. That is to say, Natik is all about integrity-filled relationships and working in collaboration to support the community-identified goals of its partners. Natik exists to provide foundational support for its partners to foster local leadership; promote educational opportunities in multiple contexts; and develop pathways to economic, sustainable, and socially just futures. I saw with every artisan we visited and every student we learned from, all of whom talked about their agency within their communities to make positive change, with the respectfully catalytic support of Natik.
Following this trip, I immediately joined Natik's Education Committee and became a donor. I joined the Board a few years after that, and am honored to lead the Board as its current chair. Natik walks its talk--and that's the kind of vision, mission and values I want to be part of.