Outreach International

Rating: 4.97 stars   66 reviews

Address:

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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888.833.1235
www.outreach-international.org

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Rating: 5 stars  

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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Rating: 5 stars  

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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1 person found this review helpful

I was fortunate enough to work for Outreach for a few years, and was overwhelmed by how much good work so few employees accomplish around the world. It was amazing to watch their energy, dedication, and professional skill. During summer and winter terms, college students compete to intern at Outreach, to travel to places where they can learn about authentic participation, to teach the next generation about poverty that can be overcome, and to create new resources that appeal to all ages. Elderly volunteers are regular as clockwork, filling the back offices with laughter and long hours, preparing mailings and special products.

Since working at Outreach, I have used Outreach's children's program and catalog to teach large groups of kids from around the country about Outreach's message of making a difference by partnering with others to make sustainable change. Children are easily engaged in this message and purpose using Outreach's well-designed resources, Shop, and Catalog.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Wish I could double the number of staff and volunteers to extend their good work in the world.

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?

2013

 
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I have worked with Outreach International in Haiti in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake of 2010.
It is in this collaboration at the tough, sharp end of disaster recovery and reconstruction that I have come to value the work of Outreach International.

Outreach International are acutely aware of the need to strike the right balance between providing important aid to those in need and building a community’s long term capacity to support themselves. It is this long term capacity building approach to international development that delivers sustainable good. And it is through this strategically smart work that we can all help communities build a strong future, a future free from dependence on outside support.

By combining the strongest ethical values with the highest levels of professionalism Outreach International delivers powerful results for their beneficiaries and donors. I have been privileged to work with OI over the last 2½ years and I intend to continue supporting their work long into the future.

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?

2012

 
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