My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Giving It Back to Kids, Huntington Beach, CA, USA
I have been friends with Robert and Dorothea Kalatschan for many years and have been involved with "Giving It Back To Kids" almost since its beginning. I was there when a little Vietnamese baby came into their lives. When they went to Vietnam to find a little sister for him, I saw their hearts captured by the many needs of the Vietnamese people. I taught public school in Southern California for 30 years and education is very important to me. I became a donor and when my husband passed away, I helped to start a scholarship program in his name for children that were graduating from the orphanages or for those who had no opportunity to further their education and make their dreams come true. Robert and Dorothea have created a charity that is relational, not just situational. They developed long-term relationships and have become like parents for many of the children and families they have helped over the years.They care deeply about the people, their needs, and ways they can give them a lift up, whether it be by life-saving surgery, providing a wheelchair, building a home, opening a home for unwed mothers, building kindergartens or providing a loving home for street children. I wrote to children in several of the orphanages and now am thrilled to see those little ones graduate from the orphanages and have the support to further their education which will lead to a good job in the future. I have watched the teams that go over to Vietnam with Robert and Dorothea learn what it means to give of themselves and develop a world view that will impact the lives of countless needy around the world.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
GIBTK has had a tremendous influence on my life as I began to look beyond myself to see the needs of others. My health has not allowed me to go to Vietnam but my heart goes with Robert and Dorothea on each and every trip. Their daily updates and pictures keep the needs of the Vietnamese poor in my mind and heart. I taught in Garden Grove and had many delightful Vietnamese children in my classes. I feel that this has extended my love for these people.
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
I feel that Robert, Dorothea and their board and staff have made very wise decisions as this organization has developed so rapidly. They are guided by love mixed with great wisdom. I really could not improve on what they have accomplished.