Hello my name is Juan López Chamorro, I have worked for 12 years with Outreach International from Nicaragua, experiencing a change on a personal level mainly, promoting a change of attitude in people from communities living in chronic poverty.
Through the implementation of the Participatory Human Development Process methodology, I have gained access to families from communities that live with a series of problems that affect them, making them identify the problems in order of priority, seeking alternative solutions, being They themselves are the protagonists of their efforts before local and international institutions and NGOs. As people are doing, learning and experiencing work in their community, they are raising their level of consciousness, empowering themselves and solving problems from simple to complex scales.
I can assure that Outreach International uses a powerful tool called PDHP (Participatory Human Development Process) that becomes even more powerful when it is facilitated and implemented by the people of the communities themselves.
Since I started working with Outreach International as a human development facilitator, I have learnt so many things, which are of benefit to me, my family as well as the communities I have been with. I like the approach/ strategy that Outreach International use as a tool to resolution of the issues, Participatory Human Development Process which involves those who are affected to participate, which also justifies that no one knows everything. I also learnt that provision of skills is the best way to prosperity rather than provision of material help. So Participatory Human Development Process is the best tool to resolution of issues because it fits in all situations, raises the people’s consciousness to develop trust in themselves.
For almost 14 years, I have worked with Outreach International. This organization uses a participatory approach of organizing affected communities in solving their own issues, which is not observed in many organizations’ interventions. During my career in development with Outreach, I saw people find their smile, their hope, their confidence, and above all, a positive meaning to their existence and lives.
Outreach leads the poor to believe in their own ability to transform themselves and their environment, and helps them realize that they are the only ones to be at the center of their own success.
I would like to share the following experience from my own community where I work:
At the beginning of 2017, a borehole was financed, finalized, and equipped with a hand pump to provide residents with access to more water. Given the large number of individuals needing water, the pump failed to meet community needs due to the time required for pumping. The community analyzed the problem by itself and decided to sign an agreement with a solar pump supplier. Soon the solar pump will be installed to allow a large number of people to be served in record time. This demonstrates that communities are now able to analyze a problem and propose a solution without the intervention of outsiders, and is also a clear sign of their independence. With just the income from the installed pump, the community is paying for the realization of this project.
LUNDA KINE KINDA Abdon Michel
As one of the Human Development Facilitator based in Lubumbashi, DR Congo and assigned to the wide community of Kalebuka in the rural Southeast part of the city of Lubumbashi, I have the privilege of seeing first hand people’s lives transformed by the Participatory Human Development Process. You should see how proud they are to share their stories with visitors. Amongst them, maybe Phiri and Boni had the most tremendous change of their lives. Both are active members of local groups we organized in Kalebuka I and Kalebuka II. They are married and fathers of 7 and 5 children respectively. None completed his primary education.
Here is what Phiri said recently:
"Initially, when we started to get involved with Outreach International’s program, I thought that was as always, but things began to take shape for my life." Working on the project of clean water supply as a community, I had the opportunity to be trained in the repair of hand pumps with my friend Boni. I am now a craftsman repairer, with a certificate that proves that I can repair the hand pumps. At least Outreach International with its program gave me the opportunity to have qualifications. I was a mere hunter and casual farmer. Apart from the three hand pumps we receive from Outreach International that we maintain regularly, we receive more and more demands in addition, to repair many other hand pumps in our community and even in neighboring communities. I have started to feel that I am also being appreciated and valued as a worthy person, as compared to the time when I was without qualification. These people (Outreach International) came to help me develop; today I am also proud to help my community by repairing their hand pumps and by training others in the repair of pump. It is in this way that I participate also in the supply of clean drinking water to my community. Our training allowed us to have very good tools kits for the repair that many do not have.
Outreach International helped the two of us to have qualifications, with the possibility of getting employment in drilling companies.”
In February of this year (2017) I was in Nepal and witnessed the passion, dedication and skill of Outreach's in-country staff as they begin the transforming work of helping communities utilize their own abilities and resources to resolve issues that cause poverty.
This is such an awesome charity! It brings out the best in us -- not just in far away places, but here where I live as well as I am tangible reminded of the power of working together for a greater good.
If I would die today and given a chance to live again, I would always choose to work with Outreach International (OI). This organization has given me the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of many people trapped in the vicious cycle of poverty. With my work as Human Development Facilitator (HDF), I have personally witnessed how the less fortunate and hopeless people were empowered to act collectively to resolve issues of poverty affecting them for a long time. My heart was filled with joy! It was such a fullfilment to see how they successfully resolved their issues, which according to them are not for themselves but for the future generations. This was made possible by Outreach International's powerful approach/methodology, which is the Participatory Human Development Process (PHDP).OI's investment is to empower people in the community; these people in return also empower other communities. The touch of OI starts a ripple of empowerment with the hope of attaining sustainable development and eradicate poverty in the future.
I love the way Outreach International helps people to help themselves in a sustainable way. They aren't about band-aids, but cures. And they teach problem solving as they always facilitate within communities instead of delivering solutions. I
Enjoy giving to Outreach even more than my church.
This NGO is amazing. They have made such a difference in so many lives primarily by listening and then teaching local folks ways to change systems in their own community. I am impressed with their website. their enthusiasm and gentle caring humour. They really change everyday life for people.
I am a new board member, but my husband and I have been Outreach donors for decades. We prioritize Outreach in our giving because it has long modeled what leaders in the field now consider "best practices": learning from those we collectively seek to help, and from other thoughtful individuals and organizations, to develop break-through ideas, systems, and technology. Outreach has demonstrated its approach creates lasting solutions to poverty. Join us in supporting this important work!
I am a new board member to Outreach and so excited to be involved in an organization that has a clear and measurable track record of doing what they say they will do. The leadership of this organization is one of the best I have ever been involved with, not only in a non profit but in a for profit organization as well. I am so looking forward to working closely with the board and the leadership to continue the great things this organization does around the world.
I have been a volunteer and donor for Outreach International for many years. Their work helps people around the world help themselves through education, initial donations and continued support. Their motto of Sustainable Good typifies their mission of helping people and improving their lives. Projects such as providing clean water, lunches & supplies for school children and animals & seeds for farming all work towards sustaining people and making it possible for them to support their families and become more independent. OI manages their budget and projects very well. I'm very glad to continue to support OI for the coming years.
Ghandi said "Poverty is the worst form of violence." Which means that billions of people are experiencing violence on a daily basis. Outreach has a proven methodology that eliminates poverty. We have solid, scientific data that clearly demonstrates the soundness of our approach. The approach takes time and diligence, but relatively few resources and provides a foundation for villages to become self sufficient, self directing, and self supportive. I know of no more powerful approach. Outreach deserves your support. Stop the violence.
I was looking to get involved with a charity that made a meaningful difference in helping people take control of their lives to build their own better futures. Outreach International "teaches" villages how to get things done to improve their circumstances. We have better long term data than any other group I'm aware of that demonstrates that our villages are legitimately better off and that those changes stick. We embed highly trained locals that guide villages through what is essentially a change management process. For the first two years a lot of hand holding is required, but that quickly phases out as teams learn how to improve on whatever their most pressing need is, whether that's food, shelter, sanitation, medical care, education, it doesn't matter. Outreach teaches how to work as a team to build long term solutions. We typically are involved with a village for roughly 5 years, after that they are able to make progress independently. If you teach a man to fish...
Outreach International encompasses everything you would want in an organization. From the volunteers to the board members to the PHDP they use to create incredible and sustainable project work, OI continues to exemplify the best of outreach in an international setting while maintaining the highest standard of care and empowerment of the individuals and communities they work with.
I have traveled to site visits with Outreach International in the Philippines and Nicaragua, and can easily say that the work they are doing there is incredible. Not only are they able to integrate the community in their project work, but the community members themselves are in the leadership roles. By actively listening to the needs of the community and facilitating life-changing project work OI is truly changing the world.
Outreach International is a unique charity that creates sustainable good in communities around the world. They "build community" and in doing so, empower the poorest of the poor with the ability to help themselves. This raises their self worth and puts them in a position of power over their own lives. I have visited Outreach International work sites and have seen the pure joy in the lives of those who are emerging from the binding ties of poverty and low self worth. It's miraculous!
I have supported the wonderful work Outreach International does for over 20 years! I've had the privilege of volunteering as a Board member to attend two trips to the field (at my own expense) to see the work of empowerment in action in Nicaragua and Bolivia: new homes, latrines, and clean water in Nicaragua and smokeless ovens, greenhouses to grow fresh vegetables, and trees planted for harvest in Bolivia. It was an amazing experience to hear the local people in both locations talk about THEIR accomplishments as they worked together to better their lives. What a wonderful gifts were developed beginning with the work of Outreach: a sense of pride in new found abilities, a culture of consciously working together in community toward a common goal for the good of all, and, the realization that extreme poverty does not have to be a continual way of life.
The method used by Outreach International is one of the most uncommon ways of resolving community issues, and as such it has not just impacted the community residents where we are working but even us as facilitators. For instance, the method of PHDP has greatly changed me the way and how I look at other people and even the way I look at myself. PHDP has empowered people to realize and appreciate their potentials.
Outreach is a program that helps others to help themselves by teaching them how to grow food for themselves. Show others how to run a farm. Build a well and maintain it.
They are a great organization that has grown by helping others help themselves.
In my 20 years of association with this Organization working in the field in 4 different countries with teams of 4 -8 field staff, I have had the privilege of hearing so many testimonies of changed lives and of seeing so many lives radically transformed by the work of Outreach International: entire communities getting access to more clean water and sanitation; producing enough food for themselves and even an excess to sell thanks to treadle irrigation; starting to make enough income to improve their houses and send children and grandchildren to school and college; creating, building and managing their own schools and kindergartens; feeding the malnourished, elderly and orphaned children; learning to use and erecting hand-washing stations and water-sealed and even flushable toilets; creating and managing their own clinics; changing from fishermen to fish farmers; planting thousands of trees; starting to have a voice and to be be heard and become visible to local and central Governments, etc.
It is not the kind of intervention that continuously provide material assistance for a short-term relief or continuing dependency. No. It is a sustainable change that impact both the people's existence and psyche; the kind of transformation that improves material life alongside increasing consciousness and capabilities while changing people socially and mentally for a long-lasting good. It is the kind of actions and interventions that transform both the development staff and the beneficiaries in their journey together; the kind that let the people participate in defining collectively their own happiness and getting fully involve in its pursue, escorted by donors and operators along the paths towards that happiness with both the field staff and the beneficiaries getting transformed in the journey.
At Outreach International, we strive to end poverty while creating conditions for the poor to take charge of their destiny and create better communities for themselves and a brighter future for their children.
That is why I am still with Outreach International and choosing to remain.
I am a contributor living on a fixed income. I want my small donations to make a big impact. I know I can get that with Outreach International. They make the most of my monies. I have peace of mind knowing that what I can give is making a better world. ZJS
It's about creating PEACE! Worldwide peace. When people have their needs met, they begin to have hope about their future. They believe they can change their life for the better. That's when they begin to feel peace within themselves and their community. PEACE is what Outreach International provides.
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.
As a Board member I have personally seen the consistent results of Outreach International's work in Bolivia, Nicaragua and the Philippines. Sending only a trained facilitator (who is a local national) to teach cooperation and inspire hope, the power of community spirit and working together transforms poverty into prosperity and hope.
Too often we assume that poverty can only be changed by material things from the outside. Instead, it is an intrinsic thing on the inside that really changes poverty. Outreach International's "Participatory Human Development Process" transforms how a village thinks about themselves, others and the challenges that result in poverty, and provides a new way to address those challenges.
It is a joy to see the results and hear the stories of those who have together improved their lives for a better, sustainable future.
McAdamson Willinedi Nkhoma,
I am working with Outreach International, the process of PHDP that we use in facilitating people in the communities in Malawi it has changed me too in the living standard.
In the past I was just an ordinary person without making proper plans for our day to day work in our family mainly on farming, and I could make budgets for myself only without involving my wife with an aim of she cant contribute to the budget making, after I realized that PHDP needs participation of all members of the family, now a days my wife Dorcas is a farm manager while am concentrating to the work with Outreach Development Program doing PHDP in the partner communities.
We are earning more in the farm than in the past when she was not involved, Outreach International indeed has helped me have more changes through the process of PHDP.