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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Community Improvement & Capacity Building, Human Services, International, International Development, Leadership Development

Mission: Outreach International empowers communities to create lasting solutions to the issues they face. 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 over 350,000 people in their fight against poverty since 1979, and impacted thousands more. During that time, we have facilitated over 9,000 community-led projects that helped people organize and communicate ideas to find lasting poverty solutions, saving lives and restoring dignity.

Target demographics: Empower communities to create lasting solutions to the issues they face. We are currently facilitating 447 community-led projects and issues in 159 field program locations within 10 countries throughout the world.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 60,966 beneficiaries

Geographic areas served: Bolivia, Cambodia, DR Congo, Haiti, India, Malawi, Nepal, Nicaragua, Philippines, Zambia

Programs: Human and community development programs including food, water, literacy, electricity, medical access, small business, reforestation and more in areas of extreme poverty in Haiti, Bolivia, Cambodia, Malawi, DR Congo, Zambia, India, Philippines, Nepal, and Nicaragua.

Community Stories

115 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

scruffysaint

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve been a supporter of Outreach International for many years now. I’ve also had the opportunity to visit some of the fields where they work and feel proud to be associated with them. They have a unique way to ending poverty, I have seen first hand how incredibly effective this approach is. I whole heartedly recommend them and will continue to be a supporter.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Over the years, I've had the opportunity of seeing several charities working in areas of poverty but none have impressed me as much as Outreach International. I truly believe that their approach is unique. Many organizations are happy to simply provide short-term handouts which I know from experience has few sustainable benefits. Outreach International on the other hand works very closely with the community, helping them identify their core issues and then works as a facilitator to assist them in overcoming these issues. I have seen with my own eyes how community members have become empowered to make permanent changes to their situation. The process takes a while but the long term benefits are astonishing. I am now an avid supporter of this charity and will continue to donate to this worthy cause in the future.

Nancy139

Donor

Rating: 5

I cannot speak more highly about the impact Outreach International has and continues to have on the lives of those our contributions touch. Through sustained support of through funding and education, lives are being changed. I am a proud supporter of this organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Sustained commitment and dedication are words that are accurate and true for Outreach International (OI). The programs initiated in countries and villages across the globe are created with long term sustainability and support from OI. Through this type of commitment and hands on training with the people directly affected by the programs, individuals lives are being enriched and enhanced in ways that were not possible before. Knowing that OI continues to support and sustain these needs is what sets OI apart for me. I've been a donor for years and plan to continue to support this wonderful nonprofit for as long as possible.

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DSadler

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I first learned about Outreach International thru a children's education program called 'Caribbean Kids,' where the goal of helping others to help themselves was expressed so clearly, and was such a new idea, that I and the kids' group I directed, took to it right away. We loved the idea of villages, families, and individuals expressing their need, planning for it, teaming up to make it a success, and realizing their vision with Outreach's help. I volunteer there, I've worked there for some years, and I believe in their approach to making the world a better place. Yay for a great organization!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

G Scott Lacy

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started my relationship with Outreach International 25 years ago. What I love most is their motto to help people help themselves. Teach them how to grow, build, create community. I’m my opinion, they are one of the greatest non profits ever created and I’m honored to continue my support of this extraordinary organization!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have had a relationship with OUTREACH INTERNATIONAL since I was a teenager. I was given a $5 bill to take and multiply to help raise money for OI. I promptly took the $5 and put it in a drawer for about two years. Then something happened. I started really paying attention to what OI does as an organization. I decided the best way to raise money for OI was to perform. It's what I do. It's who I am. So, I organized a benefit concert. 20 years has past since that first concert and I am still in relationship with this AMAZING organization. Here is what impresses me most. They don't simply drop the things that people need to them. They go. They teach. They live. It's called SUSTAINABLE GOOD. They leave behind the tools that the people and communities need to succeed and continue long after OI's time there. They literally are changing the world and people's lives for the better. It's not just about being charitable. It's about giving and teaching and leaving HOPE for the people they touch. I have raised money for many charities during my professional career as a performer and musical director. NONE compare to the work and passion that is OUTREACH INTERNATIONAL. They are MY charity. They are MY HOPE for this world. They are SUSTAINABLE GOOD.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love my volunteer work and the wonderful people I work with, both employees and other volunteers, while volunteering at Outreach International. Probably my favorite thing about Outreach International is that this organization works to try to eliminate poverty in the world by helping others help themselves. The clients that Outreach helps have a sense of worth and accomplishment in whatever project they are working on, whether it be digging a new water well, or organizing a small business to be able to sell their homemade items. It's wonderful to volunteer for a world-class organization that is making a profound difference in our world. I whole hardheartedly support this organization by volunteering for them, as well as supporting them financially!

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Outreach International, since their early years back in the early 1970s, as a board member, a donor, a volunteer - and I can say with great enthusiasm that they have gotten better and better at what they do over the years! They are committed to helping the poorest of the poor (now in 10 countries around the world) learn how to help themselves...by prioritizing their main needs and finding ways to meet those needs (from sources of livelihood, to clean drinking water, to schooling for their kids, to improved shelter/housing). Outreach International is more than a community development organization – it is an organization of hope for many people!

dmarieper

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer for OI for many years. I believe in the work and vision of this non profit and will continue to support this organization in any way I can.


Anna Graybill B.

Donor

Rating: 5

We are so impressed with the consistent regard for people, in the activities initiated by Outreach International for relief of sanitation, health and poverty in the world. It is heart warming to participate with their efforts, by contributing to Outreach International as a tribute to loved ones instead of funeral flowers or at Christmas in memory of those we love, we are sure the money will be used to alleviate needs by worthwhile projects focused on people's needs.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked with Outreach International since 2006 and have seen firsthand the significant change of Outrech International's work in people living in extreme poverty. I have seen the people living in poverty become empowered, I have heard the voice of the most deprived saying "I can change my situation with community organization".
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.

Elvies Gabrielle Abaya G.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Mabuhay Outreach International! (Long-live Outreach International!)
I am proud and humbled to be one of the Human Development Facilitators that Outreach International is supporting in the Philippines for 7 years now! Being a Human Development Facilitator is not an easy job. Aside from investing time much of my time with the community away from my family, it is also unavoidable not to be attached with the people I am working with, which I think is the hardest because reaching this stage means you value the welfare of the people more than your own. HDF is a one in a million job that really needs a heart to be successful. Over the years of working as HDF, I could say that I have developed my passion and genuine love for the poor people. I believe that this is not just me deciding to continue this job but it is God’s will.
I am thankful to Outreach International for giving me the opportunity to work with them and with poor communities in the Philippines. I am really honored to help many poor people unload their heavy baggage’s brought by poverty thru Participatory Human Development Process. Again, Mabuhay Outreach International!!!

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m.penrose 10/17/2018

You represent the heart and soul of our work, Elvis, and we are honored to work with you in in bringing hope and a better life to those in poverty. You make our work, work!

DanStifter

Board Member

Rating: 5

Outreach is expanding since our proven approach to alleviating chronic poverty works! We have added Nepal and Cambodia to our current 8 countries and now help thousands of people across 10 different countries. Outreach works!

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m.penrose 10/17/2018

Thanks, Dan! You play in important part in those efforts both at HQ and abroad as a Board member. Outreach works because you help make it work as well!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Solving the problem of poverty by asking poor people what they want, advising them on how to organize, and encouraging them to solve their own problems together. Community members providing the driving force to improve their own lives and those of future generations. The effect of contributions multiplied several times because community members themselves access resources to lift themselves up. And on it goes. Who wouldn't want to support this process?

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m.penrose 10/17/2018

Thanks to YOU for supporting this process and our mission through your involvement and Board leadership! You help multiply those efforts!

Peg B.1

Donor

Rating: 5

I love this Outreach International nonprofit organization. They provide necessary sustainable support to many communities around the world. They stay until the project is complete. An extremely worthwhile place to donate your money. Way to go, OI!

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m.penrose 10/08/2018

You continually make our days brighter with your likes and posts, Peg! Thanks for being our balcony person, always cheering us on.

sharonmcclain9

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been giving to Outreach International for over 20 years because they have the right approach to the abolishment of poverty: empowerment of the people they work with. For the last 8 years, I have been privileged to serve on the Outreach Board of Directors and I have visited several sites where Outreach is working at my own expense. I am amazed at the incredible results Outreach gets through working WITH local people to help themselves move out of poverty. I also know where every penny knows and not one gets wasted! You can't do anything better to abolish poverty than to give to Outreach International!

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m.penrose 10/08/2018

It's been a privilege and joy to work with you, Sharon! Your ongoing support and advocacy on behalf of Outreach is a real blessing.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.”

Lunda

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Rosemarie S.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

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.