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129 W. Lexington 2nd Floor Independence MO 64050 USA


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.


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


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  

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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Outreach International is a great organization because it uses a community's talents and gifts to learn to change their lives. The education received gives hope and giftedness is enhanced. Outreach is worth our support.

Arkansaw, WI

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Outreach International builds confidence in people living in poverty to solve their own challenges and teaches them the skills they need to improve their lives! As a volunteer Board member, I've seen smiles of pride on the faces of community members building safe, concrete homes and meeting together to wrestle with their problems of water availability in Nicaragua. High on the pampas in Bolivia, I visited some of the poorest communities in the country where families were learning to grow fresh fruits and vegetables in green houses they had built themselves and were learning farming techniques for growing trees to sell for lumber. Outreach International truly stands for sustainable good!

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Rating: 5 stars  

Peace and Justice are not just words spoken at a church service. Peace and Justice require action. Outreach International is an organization of action. We are called to uplift the worth of all persons, lift each other out of poverty, promote communities of peace. This organization does just that. They do not just throw food and medicine at people or villages. The members of this organization help people to help themselves be self sufficient, help communities work together to build economies that are self supporting. I highly encourage all who want to invest in the future of Earth to donate funds, time, sweat equity through Outreach International. You will not be disappointed. In fact you will be a blessing to others and help them to be a blessing to even more people...

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have supported Outreach International for about ten years and agreed to be a regional advisor two years ago. I continue to support the mission of Outreach International because of its mission to help communities become self sustaining. The opportunity to fund carpentry tools; sewing machine; chickens or a water buffalo; school supplies blew my mind. The catalog is fun to go through. It provides a meaningful gift alternative when shopping for that person who has everything, or as a fitting memorial to a loved one who has passed on. I used the Advent Stable materials last year and will do so again this year. The congregation loved the information contained in bulletin inserts provided by OI. We made the four animals highlighted last year and are looking forward to crafting the gifts for this year's Advent Stable.

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Rating: 5 stars  

If you believe in Peace, you can believe in Outreach International. One way to have peace among peoples is to give them hope, give them the necessities of life, give them education. Fathers want to support their families, mothers want to feed their children, kids want to feel safe. Outreach works towards those issues. This brings peace to a family, peace to community, peace to the world.

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My husband and I have donated to Outreach International for a number of years and recently I have been privileged to be a volunteer in the home office. The staff are great to work with and I love hearing the stories of the impact that Outreach has made in the lives of people around the world. The Outreach philosophy of sustainability to eliminate poverty assures me that my contributions are used where they will do the most good.

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Rating: 5 stars  

My husband and I have been supporters of Outreach International for many years, and in recent years it has become our charity of choice. We are especially drawn to OI's model, as it is one of the few that seems to provide a realistic process for self-empowerment and sustainability in its efforts against poverty. OI seems to really embrace the idea of abolishing poverty rather than just ameliorating it. One way we have enjoyed incorporating OI into our Christmas traditions is to use their gift catalog to make donations in the names of loved ones, and then to create Christmas ornaments representing the contribution. For instance, OI catalog donations may be used to purchase livestock, plant trees, build wells or cooking stoves, etc. and making a little ornament to represent how the donation may have been used to further a community's prosperity make the gift special and tangible. Regardless, I always feel our money is being used well when we make donations to OI.

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Traveling with Outreach International on a site visit to Malawi, Aftica showed me how the money I contribute really impacts those in extreme poverty. Many charities can advertise their work well. But I got to have the experience of seeing Outreach's unique process truely work to eliminate poverty.

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I love this organization and have often offered it up to people looking for a place to help. I appreciate many things, but the general public looking to make a difference can be confident that the funds go to the needy, as this organization keeps the administrative costs below 15%. Also, this organization helps people help themselves in a sustainable way - no one shot deals! I contribute by means of an automatic monthly withdrawal from my bank, as I don't want to forget this important work.

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Rating: 4 stars  

Donna, Helen and I went to Los Fresno for Outreach International. We went down to teach new skills to approximately 30 women that could be used in their everyday lives. Donna taught canning......she used local vegetables and fruits......made some salsa for one example and demonstrated the process. Helen taught sewing.....each of the women made a denim purse......it was fun and enjoyed by all. I taught decorating of cakes and cupcakes......the ladies seemed to enjoy their creative side. We all learned and hopefully everyone was able to take something from the classes.....if nothing else....self worth. Would do it again in a heart beat!!!

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