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Review for World Neighbors, Oklahoma City, OK, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I have had the opportunity to see first-hand what a terrific job World Neighbors is able to do by taking a long-term approach to enabling villages in very poor regions of the world to solve their most important problems whether it be water, HIV-Aids, access to health, or food security. I visited villages in the Lake Victoria area of Kenya where villagers had leaned how to live productive lives with HIV-Aids, water sources had been purified, regional health centers had been build, and families not only produced enough food for themselves but also had enough to sell in the market. What is so remarkable is that it is the people who identify their most critical problems, develop a plan for solving them and provide the leadership to implement the solutions. World Neighbor's staff guide the process and identify the technical knowledge that is needed but they don't "do it for the villages." The result is that after a few years, World Neighbors can move to other villages and the work that has been accomplished continues because the local people own the solutions and have the knowledge to continue the work. The work is remarkable!

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Role:  Board Member

Review for World Neighbors, Oklahoma City, OK, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

In July 2010, my wife and I had the opportunity to observe the work of World Neighbors direction in East Africa. I was emotionally moved by the testimony of the people in the villages in Kenya and Tanzania where World Neighbors works. To witness three projects in three different phases of development was an incredibly valuable look at how World Neighbors works with local leadership to create the capacity for long-term and sustainable community renewal and development. The "guide by the side" work that I saw illustrates the power of the World Neighbors' work.

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On a personal basis, World Neighbors has rekindled in me a passion for supporting organizations that enable long-term development as contrasted to relief or short-term work.

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Role:  Board Member & I visited project sites in Kenya and Tanzania to observe how World Neighbors works and its impact on people's lives.