Vincent Ferrer started the Vicente Ferrer Foundation in 1969 with his wife, Anna Ferrer, in Andhra Pradesh, Anantapur. The foundation has funded three hospitals, an AIDS clinic, a family planning center, 14 rural clinics, 1,700 schools, some 30,000 houses and the planting of over 3 million trees. The work of the foundation has improved the lives of more than 2.5 million people. This is as of 2009.
Why I donate here
- Trust and personal connection
- Belief in structures
- Similar beliefs
I grew up in Anantapur and have seen their work first hand for 20 years. I went to their hospitals for care and took part in sport activities they organized. Everyone in the community trusts them and hold them in very high regard.
Every person can make a difference individually, but an organization can make big structural changes, think big, take leaps of faith and make a huge difference in entire community. Basically, economies of scale.
The foundation has been going strong for more than five decades, two generations and I see no signs slowing down. I know donations here will make a long lasting impact.
I strongly believe education is the solution to all problems humanity faces. Good education is taken for granted in the circles I am part of but a lot of people are stuck in the circle of poverty and illiteracy. Breaking the chain is very difficult and VFF has a good track record of doing that.
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