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Outreach International

Rating: 4.97 stars   66 reviews 2,103

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129 W. Lexington 2nd Floor Independence MO 64050 USA

Mission:

Outreach International helps the poor help themselves. Our purpose is to help people overcome the effects of poverty and to develop the capacity to create a new future for themselves and their community. We provide responsible ways for people with charitable hearts to help the poor to a better life.

Results:

Have assisted 350,750 people in their fight against poverty since 1979, and impacted thousands more. During that time, we have facilitated 8,952 community-led projects that helped people organize and communicate ideas to find lasting poverty solutions, saving lives and restoring dignity.

Target demographics:

The poorest of the poor. We are currently facilitating 335 community-led projects in 48 communities within 10 countries throughout the world.

Direct beneficiaries per year:

More than 49,000 people

Geographic areas served:

Bolivia, DR Congo, Guatemala, Haiti, India, Malawi, Nicaragua, Philippines, South Texas-USA, Zambia

Programs:

Human and community development programs including literacy, child survival, food, water, electricity, medical access, small business, and more in areas of extreme poverty in Haiti, Bolivia, Malawi, DR Congo, Zambia, India, Philippines, Nicaragua, Guatemala, and USA (South Texas).

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

We continue to support this great non profit, and believe in its mission to educate people to improve their lives rather than give handouts. We have joined their site visits to Philippines, Malawi, Bolivia and Nicaragua to see first hand how their dedicated in country facilitators help villages learn to make a difference in their lives by working with and training them to learn to help themselves improve their lives. I am a volunteer coordinator of church congregations in my area.

 
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I have had the privilege of seeing Outreach International and their facilitators working in the field in Philippines, Malawi, Bolivia and Nicaragua. Their facilitators work in villages of poverty around the world, teaching them organizational skills to make them more self sufficient, and helping them see their value as leaders within their community. After a few years of learning, they can sustain what they have learned. I have seen villages whose standard of living was raised to the point where neighboring villages noticed, and they were able to help teach them what they had learned from the Outreach International facilitators. We have supported Outreach as donors for many years, and believe their approach works.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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The old adage about 'give someone a fish and they'll eat that day - teach them to fish and they will be able to provide their own food' is so true, and Outreach International really epitomizes that wisdom.

When Outreach International sends a team to a village/town, they meet with the people and learn what the locals feel is their most important need, a learning experience in itself as they arrive at a consensus. Then the team teaches and empowers the local people to take the steps necessary to reach their goal. That way, when the Outreach International team moves on, they can be assured that the village/town knows how to set and reach goals independently, having had a positive hands-on experience. The best kind of mentoring!!

 
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My husband and I contribute financially to Outreach International because we strongly believe in their mission. The model of sustainability is a highly effective system of support. The Outreach International helps others to help themselves. We are more than happy to give our support to this top notch non-profit. Kudos to OI!

 
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To those who live in poverty, Outreach International is their ticket out! It is a slower process than handouts, but because it teaches reliance on the community, the team and the individual, it builds programs that are sustainable and lasting. These programs come from within the community or team where they empower and build confidence. We have witnessed the joy and pride in the people who are living and working within the communities and we have seen the end result (gardens, wells, houses, etc.)! These communities are vibrant, children are attending school, people have jobs, families have food and life is good!
Outreach also realizes that there are times of natural disaster such as the recent typhoons in The Philippines when time doesn't permit the process to unfold, in which case a handout is necessary. They are on top these situations also.
With a low overhead budget, dedicated volunteers and a nine-step process (Participatory Human Development Process) that is proven (and sought out by other organizations), we know that Outreach International is exemplary and a Great Non-Profit!

 
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As a hand up rather than a hand out organization, Outreach International's approach is to teach indigenous leaders to help their community identify and prioritize their needs and then find a sustainable way to meet the most urgent needs while, at the same time, training new leaders. Education of community leaders and schools for children are a top priority for Outreach. It has been my husband's and my privilege to serve nearly 20 years as either regional advisors or local representatives, sharing the story of the amazing work of OI. We have, as we have traveled, visited various communities where the testimonials of positive impact have been eagerly related as well as visually apparent! Peace corps service was our first face to face exposure to the terrible plight of those living in poverty. Vaguely aware of but not a contributor to or volunteer for Outreach International until our first hand encounter with poverty, we returned from Peace Corps and became active supporters and contributors. We love that they build confidence, instil dignity, promote the worth of persons, teach sustainability and believe education and justice is the path to peace!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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McAdamson Nkhoma/Malawi:

The Outreach International from 2012 till now it is able to source ore funds for funding poor people in the communities of Malawi particularly in the 12 partner communities that Malawi staff are working.
The time when we invited government staff from the department of agriculture to give awareness of how to take care, replace/plant trees and about the causes of deforestation through unnecessary fires (bush burning and cutting trees without its purpose into the partner communities that we work, at first the community members were not understanding about this ideology from ODP and government, But when we explained/facilitate about the effects of cutting trees without real purpose and burning the bushes, that these two things if not taken care it brings land degradation and the soil will not produce bumper yield to the crops that the farmer may grow.

The community people from the communities we work are now able to protect their lands that they inherited from there parents and the laws/polices are made within the villages that protects the burning of the bushes and cutting trees without a purpose. In additional to this the members have been able to submit proposals to different NGOs and GOs demanding tree seeds as well as polythene tubes for good germination of seeds, the most encouraging this is that OI when observed these people replacing trees in their own villages through facilitation from its workers, it provides funds that are meant to food for work while these members of groups are planting trees during the lean months from December to April this has happen for three times in different villages that ODP works. Outreach International is also providing more support to its field staff/HDFs financially in order to implement the PHDP work efficiently the community members has been able to plant acacia and eucalyptus trees and other trees that replaces the fertility of the soil . As a result in five years coming the 12 villages will have more to benefit from these trees when it comes at the time of selling because one acacia or eucalyptus pole of 5 inches thick and 7 to 15 feet long is sold at $3.70 USD as of now. each partner village has more than 1,000 growing trees.

Thats why Outreach International is rated meets the expectations of the poor people.

McAdamson Nkhoma - Malawi Field Program

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

1999

 
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1 person found this review helpful

My wife and I have supported Outreach International for many years. We love getting the feedback on how our donations help others move ahead with being self sustaining and having a healthier life. I have always thought the participatory part of the program was very important to the long lasting effects. When the local people come together and use their own giftedness and effort to prioritize, plan, and implement the final outcome they have new expectations for their future and what is possible within their own community.
I also appreciate how volunteers are actively involved and how much of the funding goes directly to the projects rather than overhead.
Thanks Mel Crowley, Urbandale Ia.

 
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My family and I have been donating and supporting this organization. It is dedicated to empowering local communities to help themselves in ways most helpful to each unique local village or city. I am a professional social worker. I have worked with a large variety of nonprofit organizations during my career. I have been impressed with the values expressed and implemented by this organization. I have also been impressed when I have met people from villages that have been helped by Outreach International. They have made great contributions around the world including Haiti and The Phillipine Islands.

 
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Poverty has no simple or easy solution. Outreach International has a validated process that teaches people how to drastically improve the quality of their lives by focusing on problems that most need solving. Outreach teaches empowerment so that villages can solve current, and future problems. Data supports these conclusions, Outreach rigorously tracks progress across key measures and has many years of supporting data showing the success of this approach. Outreach makes a sustainable difference and richly deserves your support.

 
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Outreach International engages the collaborative energy of the whole village to sustainably address poverty. Instead of dependency ("giving a man a fish"), the Participatory Human Deveopment Process of Outreach International facilitates lasting change and capability ("teaching the village how to fish together"). This approach is both efficient and effective, as it only requires one trained facilitator to organize and equip the village to transform itself. I have seen this success in dozens of villages in m trips to Bolivia, Nicragua and the Philippines.

 
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I am proud to be associated with Outreach International by being a donor. Outreach doesn't just give handouts. Handouts diminish pride and create dependency. Outreach works with communities to help themselves, to prioritize their own needs, to develop leadership among themselves, to work together for common good. I believe Outreach makes a lasting difference in the world.

 
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