Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Mission Statement

Finding Freedom through Friendship, Inc., was established to meet the needs of single mother's and elderly women in the villages of rural Guatemala. The chronic stress of poverty, illiteracy and high birth rates have created an acute need for support services for indigenous women in the highlands of this Central American country. Recent crop failures are resulting in historically high food shortages.
Our goal is to assist participants in FFF with nutrition, social services, economic freedom and basic health care needs. By networking with long-term volunteers in rural Guatemala, we will strengthen our ability to make a significant and long-lasting difference in the lives of women who we identify as having critical domestic issues.
The women of Guatemala are resilient, and they each have a story to share. Through the sharing of resources, knowledge and friendship, we hope to travel with them in their journey to self-reliance. Each donor will receive a photo and short history of the woman who is the recipient of support. FFFvolunteers will oversee the delivery of food and support services in Guatemala. Our eventual goal is to partner in the development of a product that will be produced and sold by the indigenous women we have in our program.Our hope for each client we serve is that they will eventually be self-sufficient and able to rotate out of our program. Each single mother is required to educate her children and give back to the program in whatever way she is able.
Finding Freedom through Friendship has secured NP IRS status. Funding is received via the gift of beaded key chains (below) and individual donations of financial support.
Each key chain is made by hand by FFF board members, using only the highest quality beads. For each twenty-five dollar donation to Finding Freedom through Friendship,the donor receives a key chain of their choice as a thank-you for helping us help others. While creating each one, we like to think of the women we will connect with using the funds from this project.

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