In terms of community outcomes, we saw many M-LISADA children safely reunited with their families. Many GoPhil supported students went on to pursue careers in music or attend and graduate from higher education. Every time we visited M-LISADA in-person, we were met with joyous music and healthy, happy, and thriving children.
Internally, M-LISADA became much stronger and sustainable over the course of our partnership. When we first met their team, they were using a pen and paper for all their accounting. By the end of our partnership, they were confidently using accounting software and working with detailed budgets and strategic plans. Furthermore, the staff developed clear roles and responsibilities and became a much more efficient and effective team. New income streams such as the van rentals and a thriving garden full of fresh, nutritious food allowed them to become less reliant on external support for critical needs.
Though our formal grant partnership with M-LISADA has come to a close, we remain in contact with the M-LISADA team. Several GoPhil donors continue to support students who are well on their way to graduating from university and becoming the local leaders of tomorrow.