Outreach International

Rating: 4.96 stars   55 reviews

Issues: International

Location: 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  

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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Coming from a financial background, I am most interested in organizations who address the problem of poverty with both financial effectiveness and sound, open financial stewardship of the gifts from their donors. Outreach International excels on both accounts. I have personally seen, in a self-funded site visit to the Bolivian Andes, how donor contributions change the current and future lives of men, women and children, with dignity and empowerment. I also pay close attention to how funds are being spent on administration, and again I consistently see personal responsibility and careful management of donations at all levels of the organization. Outreach International is a rare breath of fresh air!

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Outreach International is a truly unique organization in the way that it approaches the problem of poverty. Few organizations are patient enough to do it right -- break the cycle of dependence that so many of the world's poor have on outsiders, and create change within the hearts, minds and spirit of the poor themselves.

Through Outreach International, communities embrace a new life-view -- defined by solving problems for themselves, by themselves. Then, as the younger generation in these communities witness the success that comes from self-motivated change, they perpetuate the practice until it becomes a part of the culture for the long term.

There is nothing temporary about the impact of Outreach International -- the change is lasting, sustainable, and passed down through successive generations in the village.

This is the way to do it.

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I have worked with and served on the boards of a number of charitable organizations. Outreach International is made up of exceptional people doing very good work to produce REAL results in locations around the world where the needs are substantial. It is a classic "Teach A Man To Fish....." model - and it works.

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I have visited in many of the International locations where this organization has project work, and find the work inspiring and truly sustainable. Teaching people to truly help themselves by working together with their neighbor to identify and solve their community issues means improving their life situations.

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I have seen first hand (two trips to Nicaragua) how Outreach International has been able to organize and empower villages to address their own needs to lift themselves out of poverty. This is the "Participatory Human Development Process" that has been used by Outreach International for more than 30 years. Rather than hand-outs that result in dependency, Outreach International typically sends one field staff member to a village to help them realize their own abilities and power. This results in "sustainable good", as the change comes from within the village. It is a cost-effective and long-term way to alleviate poverty.

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Definitely

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

Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I've been associated with Outreach International for over 30 years. I've taken site visits to Haiti, Philippines, and Nicaragua and seen the work being done by the field staff, known as Human Development Facilitators. They are local nationals who learn about the process known as Participatory Human Development Process. Couldn't be prouder of the great work to help the poor help themselves, by learning how to work together in communities and speaking up on their consensus issues. The headquarters staff are the best group and dedicated to making sure every dollar possible goes to the work in the field locations.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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