Jim and Jean Bird
Investment Consultant on Wall Street (Donor)
We lived in the New York area for 40 years and currently reside in London, England. I worked on Wall Street in various investment and financer positions including positions as portfolio manager, pension fund advisor and investment advisor. I have a master’s degree in Business Administration. My wife, Jean, has a publishing business for over 10 years and has a degree in communications.
We have known Marlin and Beth Dearden, the founders of World Link Partners, for over 30 years. We have been aware of their interest in humanitarian work and closely associated with it since it was initiated in 1997. My wife and I were initial financial supporters and have continued to provide financial support on a yearly basis.
The Deardens have lived and worked in Guatemala for the past 5 years. My wife and I have visited on two occasions and witnessed first-hand the work that funding World Link accomplishes. They and those projects that World Link funds are providing health, educational, humanitarian and financial opportunity to the poor people of Guatemala. We have also met with project directors that World Link is providing support for. We are impressed with the commitment and dedication of the Deardens to the people of Guatemala. We have never had a reason to question their honesty and trustworthiness.
In addition to being committed to World Link’s support for small quality projects, we donate through World Link because of their integrity, honesty and because they have minimal overhead expenditures.
If anyone would like additional information regarding World Link or to discuss the types of projects we have assisted in funding, feel free to e-mail us at email@example.com.
Sincerely, James and Jean Bird
Director: NARU Nutritional Project
I first met Word Link Partners in Antigua in 2004, having not long decided to stay in Guatemala in order to work on a fresh water system for one specific and remote community.
Beth and Marlin in turn introduced me to a US group sending their first dental expeditions to the country. The group spent a week in the village and went on to support a nutrition programme that now helps 300 of the region's most malnourished children, often making the difference between surviving and not.
Word Link connected me to private donors too, acting as a conduit (free of charge) for all funds from the USA, to which I would never have otherwise had access. They made supervisory trips to the region, even when it meant an arduous 13-hour dirt-road return in a pickup. They completely inspired me with their commitment, integrity and professionalism.
At the outset I knew little about development, let alone family health among the Mayan rural poor. (I am British and my background is in communications.) World Link's expertise and their willingness to share, encourage and just listen whenever things went awry, were often the only support I had.
Today Narú is a registered Guatemalan association working with health centres and local NGOs to bring health education, nutritional support and fresh water to some of the most impoverished people in the country. Hundreds of people's lives have been improved, and many saved as a direct result.
None of it would have happened had Word Link not been there to nurture a tiny beginning.
Founder, Asociación Narú, Guatemala firstname.lastname@example.org
(Note: After this letter was written our director Lauren Foulger worked with Yvonne on-site in the remote areas of Alta Verapaz for two months and the Sabin Children’s Foundation currently provide the major funding for the NARU project.)
Program Director for Choice Humanitarian
I have worked with Beth and Marlin Dearden for many years now and have appreciated their level of integrity, thriftiness and commitment to principles of sustainable development.
One of the important roles they have played with us is in providing direct support for our teacher salaries and teacher training. WLP put us through a challenging process to qualify us for their funding. Part of the requirements included that 100% of their support goes directly to programs, not administration. Once we agreed to that and could demonstrate our commitment to sustainability, WLP’s stepped up with their support and always delivered on what they promised.
I have a great amount of trust and respect for this organization and particularly with Beth and Marlin. I have no doubt that they will absolutely honor any promises made or conditions placed on your support to them.
Chris Johnson, Choice Humanitarian
Founder and Director of the
Let’s Be Ready preschool project
My name is Fred Zamboski and I have worked in Guatemala with World Link Partners for the past 3 years.
I love working with Beth and Marlin Dearden and Lauren Foulger. They save me a lot of administrative work in the process of accepting donations and sending out tax deduction receipts. I appreciate too that they stay in close contact, visiting often as well as emailing often.
They provide and invaluable service to small NGO's like ours. Their service allows me to concentrate on managing and expanding our program. I am not sure I would have stayed with our program for the last 6 years without their offer of help. I appreciate their friendship as well.
Fred Zambroski, Let’s Be Ready Project, Antigua, Guatemala