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Review for Friends Of Alouette International, Pennington, NJ, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

This nonsectarian, local and directly giving charity is one of a kind. Conceived by Ms. Browne when she wanted to help in the most maximally efficient way, it has grown over 4 years to include very deducated volunteers of all races.
First of all, the concept of direct giving has been totally followed by the organization. All travellers to the Philipiines go there using their own funds for fares, and help marsha actuallly buy distribute, and meet the beneficiaries as well as the actual hands on organization A totally arms length and professional way of handling the finances, the programs and the planning of the giving away, mostly of goods that the founder and the organization directly buy- are done. Because results have produced kind adults from children that have been helped and cared for because the inspiration and the mentor comes every year int he form of the teacher and philantorpist founder, the ideal identification, and the role model effect on the children, are indeed tremendous. Each penny is accounted for, and no pressure is exerted on any of the donorswho are work for the organization, mostly, to be happy themselves.
Money has not come easy, and yet when pictures are shown every year of how the problems are met, and followed up, and each recipient is known by name almost always to the donors- such is personal, constructive, and very effective.
With a little money that is obtained from golf events, speeches to the donors, dinners at nice homes- the happy smiles of children as well as the growing gratitude of those ethnic, barefoot, and simple students- come very very appreciated by all the donors. I believ that the FOA is my favorite charity.

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

The thanks that the school children give, each trying to speak English while in their native costume, and thanking us for the bookbags, the refrigerator,t he books, pens and supplies. They sing and dance, and they show what they did with the gifts we give them, up in the mountains of bontoc or the squatter shaties of Manila, or int he porr sections of NJ and flood stricken areas of New Orleans.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

expand it to be a public chartiy.

Role:  Volunteer & wrote letters for donations and described the work we carry on in the field.