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.
Outreach International is the only poverty-fighting organization I know that takes the time -- the patient, long-term view-- to ensure lasting change. They combine research, experience, and fundamental one-to-one relationships in the field to foster independence and self-reliance. Then, each generation in the village models that behavior for generations to follow. So the resulting change stays there, for good.
Why am I still with Outreach International when I've been here for 19 years already? It started with the need to be employed for income, followed by commitment when my work context and direction deepened. Now, it's about passion. Passion that sustains me - making me happy, proud and fulfilled as the impacts of participatory community development work are manifested: people's projects are earning, their consciousness and capabilities are intensifying, participants are increasing with neighboring communities joining. Even families of the staff were benefiting with the positivity and capacities that staff were sharing. We were "tooled" enough to carry out what we need to work on. Isn't it too rewarding?