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Training feedback & testimonials

We regularly gather feedback on our courses, to help us keep our training high-quality and relevant. Here's what some recent Mango participants had to say...

Mohamed Abdiwahab, Finance Officer, Save The Children International,  'Planning for financial sustainability' eWorkshop participant

“... the training facilitators have done everything to make the training sessions real and with the same standard as those training held by Mango all over the world. They have shown an extensive experience, deep knowledge of the subject matter and high skills on training people with different countries and backgrounds.  I thank Mango team in general and Terry and Jo in particular for their valuable and remarkable contribution, ideas and the knowledge and experience they shared with us and wish you all the best in the future.”

Rajesh Kumar Reddy, Finance Delegate, German Red Cross - Bangladesh, 'Taking the fear out of finance - training for finance trainers' participant

"The Mango training was a really great experience. And probably the only training which I will remember for long time due to its uniqueness and interesting contents. How complicated things were explained in simple, easy and interesting ways was really commendable.  As a facilitator, I am more confident and organised now. I know what to expect from participants, how to keep them alert and busy throughout the training and most importantly how to achieve my goal.

After Mango experience, I conducted my fully fledged finance training on 8th of June in Hatiya Island-Bangladesh for 25 participants. I got so many compliments at the end of it. One of my colleagues said, ‘I am pleasantly surprised to know that finance people can also deliver such informative and  interesting trainings, well done!!’ and one of my other colleagues said, ‘it was just simply awesome’.

BIG THANKS!! Ms Sareta Thomas for making me a much better facilitator. You are great!"


Aneeva Shakya, Oxford University Clinical Research Unit, 'Getting the financial management basics right' participant

“This was by far the best finance training course I have attended. All the sessions were very interesting and the facilitator had the ability to back up theory with significant practical experience and understanding.

The material was very applicable and I got much more out of the class than I expected. Without doubt, my work, and in particular the quality of my financial reports, has improved. The course has opened my eyes, giving me new topics for reflection and new ideas.”

Oxford University Clinical Research Unit works with Patan Hospital and the Patan Academy of Health Sciences to build a strong body of young Nepalese clinician scientists, who can help build Nepal’s scientific and clinical future. 


Amir Hayat, Financial Manager, Sightsavers, ‘Planning for financial sustainability’ and ‘Taking the fear out of finance’ participant

"When I was working with a national NGO,  every member of the board and management team were struggling for sustainability of the organisation. As Finance Manager I have to guide the management on how can we create reserves for rainy days.  Mango’s Planning for financial sustainability training really made a difference to my financial thinking and perspective.

When I joined Sightsavers, I felt that training partner programme and finance staff on financial management was not an easy task.  Having the knowledge of financial management tools and concepts is not a guarantee that you are a good trainer- the way you deliver it actually matters. When I attended Taking the fear out of finance I learned the CPR model which really made all my training designs more disciplined, participatory and inspirational."

Sightsavers is an international organisation that works in more than 30 countries for prevention and control of blindness and promoting Social Inclusion since 1950s.


Steve Furaha, Awards Assistant, Save the Children Somalia Program, ‘Keeping your donors happy’ participant

"The Mango training was very interesting, interactive and practical. I have put to use some of the tools shared during the training e.g. the grant work plan to mark the key milestones for the grants we implement and to ensure the activities are carried out in a timely manner.
The sharing of experiences with fellow trainees was also very helpful as it gave me practical solutions to some of the day to day challenges I face in my job. After the training, I feel more confident in my work and I believe I’m giving more value to my organization."
Save the Children Somalia work in areas including health, nutrition, education, hygiene and child protection. Their vision is a world in which every child attains the right to survival, protection, development and participation.


Tha Zin Kyaw, Finance Officer, DanChurchAid Myanmar, ‘Planning for sustainability’ participant 
“I was delighted with Mango’s training method and it inspired me to train our partners on financial management in new and interesting ways. The training has also benefited our organisation’s sustainability in helping us create new ways to secure future funding.” 

DanChurchAid works with partners and networks worldwide to strengthen the world’s poorest people in their struggle for a life in dignity. Its work is based on a Christian view of humanity that respects everyone’s equal worth.


Ni Ni Win, Finance Officer, Pestalozzi Children’s Foundation, ‘Taking the fear out of finance’ participant

"The Taking the fear out of finance course has hugely supported me in training the staff of our partner organisations. It has improved my confidence and I have learnt to prepare course designs and session plans to deliver relevant and effective training. When giving grant management training, I have prepared sessions that communicate effectively what grant management is and how to manage institutional donor funds."

The Pestalozzi Children’s Foundation in Myanmar works with local partners to create educational opportunities for all primary school children who, for a variety of reasons, are struggling to make it to school.


Harriet Asomani, Finance & IT Director, Marie Stopes International Ghana, participant in various courses including 'Taking the fear out of finance' & 'Keeping your donors happy'

"I just love Mango’s participatory approach of impacting knowledge. The pictorial and colourful style keeps the imagery imprints forever. The tools employed are easy to understand and to relate to your own organisation. It makes you eager to replicate and implement in your organisation.

Through the grant and financial management courses, I am better able to manage and report donor funds. Field staff have become better in their judgment on the use of funds and  are being more accountable. "

Marie Stopes International, Ghana(MSIG), a branch of Marie Stopes International(MSI) exists to bring quality family planning and reproductive healthcare to the Ghana’s poorest and most vulnerable people. We’ve been delivering family planning, safe abortion, and maternal health services for over 8 years in Ghana.

Tin Moe Aye, Finance Director, KMSS Myanmar, ‘Taking the fear out of finance’ participant

“The training at Mango has provided me with a lot of technical support that I can use to upgrade the financial capacity building amongst the finance staff of our organisation. I now know how to design and plan the training I will give, as well as tips and resources I can use so that it is not boring and all my participants are actively involved.

I have received good feedback on the training I have given from my participants.  I am now more confident in my financial management role, I clearly understand donor compliance and I have the vision and strength to establish good financial practice in our organisation.”

Karuna Myanmar Social Services (KMSS) is a faith-based social network that works for the Catholic church of Myanmar to serve the poor and needy. It focuses on holistic human development, realization of justice and peace, environmental protection, humanitarian assistance and emergency relief services.