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Vivian N.

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Review for Outreach International, Independence, MO, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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!

Role:  Volunteer
 

Review for Outreach International, Independence, MO, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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

Role:  Volunteer