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Outreach International

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Nonprofit Overview

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

Mission: Outreach International facilitates community-led development, worldwide. Our local staff facilitate community-led groups to identify issues and work collectively toward positive, sustainable outcomes. We equip communities with the tools they need to act as the engines of their own empowerment. Our methodology of authentic participation equips communities with confidence, skills and resource networks. We empower people to be the engines of their own success.

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 facilitating 504 community-led projects and issues in 155 field program locations within 10 countries throughout the world.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 62,724 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 Bolivia, Cambodia, DR Congo, Haiti, India, Malawi, Nepal, Nicaragua, Philippines, and Zambia.

Community Stories

147 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I was started working with outreach international from 2010 to till now through MGS India. Outreach have working many of the poor communities to help the people to work together to bring change in their lives. outreach has helping to the people how they develop their knowledge, capabilities, empowerment themselves and resolution to their problems. By this working people creating sustainable solution to end the poverty in the lives of the poor. I am the blessed to work with this organization, because we able to work with poor people in communities.
I am not working just for earn, how to develop and sustainable to the development works by the empowering of people.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am working in Outreach International field program since 1992 up to present because I love to work in community development. And I am very proud that I am part of this program.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Love OI and their work! They don't mess around and transform lives everywhere they go!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

It is a great blessing for me to work with outreach International. Outreach international working in the poor communities to transform the people’s lives. Through the process of Outreach international people help themselves. Through this process people get awareness, develop their skills, knowledge to resolve their issues and they get empowerment and capable to act themselves in making sustainable community. People who are getting tangible or intangible benefits from outreach international are not confined with them but they are helping others to improve their lives and to come out from the poverty. Outreach International impacted many Indian communities

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Working with Outreach is a great blessing, because OI work for sustainable development of the communities. OI empowering the people to act and make their situation better. I like the process that they do not provide/distribute the people tangible things/cash according their need but teach them to access the things/cash from other resource agencies. I think that is wonderful job, if we give a man one T-shirt he will wear minimum 6 month. if we teach a man how to get a T-shirt and he can buy many times. Outreach international is a great organization, which is providing skill, knowledge and capable to the people to sustain themselves.

2 Nancy271

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Working with Outreach is a great blessing. It makes me feel and realized that the poverty that I have been is nothing compare to what the poor have been experiencing. I am blessed to be an agent of change in the lives of many in the poor communities. How I wish others could also experience and see first hand how people work together to bring change in their lives, how they utilize their indigenous knowledge and capabilities to empower themselves and create sustainable solution to their own problems. The work of Outreach is contagious that is why it is growing, people are growing, partners are growing.. and that means we are creating sustainable solution to end poverty in the lives of the poor.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As soon as I graduated from the university with my degree in Social Sciences, I started working with this organization. From the 2 organizations that they support in the Philippines where I was and is employed, I've been with them for more than 9 years combined! With my degree, I was offered by other agencies for teaching position, social work jobs, etc but I decided to stay and work with this organization. Why? Here, I work not just to earn for a living but is deeply appreciative with how this organization push for sustainability of community development by empowering the people to act and make their situation better. They encourage the rich and empower the poor to negotiate for sharing of resources. In every community that they work in they radiate hope and genuine love.

2 Doris C.

Donor

Rating: 5

We continue to support this great non profit, and believe in its mission to educate people to improve their lives rather than give handouts. We have joined their site visits to Philippines, Malawi, Bolivia and Nicaragua to see first hand how their dedicated in country facilitators help villages learn to make a difference in their lives by working with and training them to learn to help themselves improve their lives. I am a volunteer coordinator of church congregations in my area.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have had the privilege of seeing Outreach International and their facilitators working in the field in Philippines, Malawi, Bolivia and Nicaragua. Their facilitators work in villages of poverty around the world, teaching them organizational skills to make them more self sufficient, and helping them see their value as leaders within their community. After a few years of learning, they can sustain what they have learned. I have seen villages whose standard of living was raised to the point where neighboring villages noticed, and they were able to help teach them what they had learned from the Outreach International facilitators. We have supported Outreach as donors for many years, and believe their approach works.

2 SisterSusan

Donor

Rating: 5

The old adage about 'give someone a fish and they'll eat that day - teach them to fish and they will be able to provide their own food' is so true, and Outreach International really epitomizes that wisdom.

When Outreach International sends a team to a village/town, they meet with the people and learn what the locals feel is their most important need, a learning experience in itself as they arrive at a consensus. Then the team teaches and empowers the local people to take the steps necessary to reach their goal. That way, when the Outreach International team moves on, they can be assured that the village/town knows how to set and reach goals independently, having had a positive hands-on experience. The best kind of mentoring!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband and I contribute financially to Outreach International because we strongly believe in their mission. The model of sustainability is a highly effective system of support. The Outreach International helps others to help themselves. We are more than happy to give our support to this top notch non-profit. Kudos to OI!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

McAdamson Nkhoma/Malawi:

The Outreach International from 2012 till now it is able to source ore funds for funding poor people in the communities of Malawi particularly in the 12 partner communities that Malawi staff are working.
The time when we invited government staff from the department of agriculture to give awareness of how to take care, replace/plant trees and about the causes of deforestation through unnecessary fires (bush burning and cutting trees without its purpose into the partner communities that we work, at first the community members were not understanding about this ideology from ODP and government, But when we explained/facilitate about the effects of cutting trees without real purpose and burning the bushes, that these two things if not taken care it brings land degradation and the soil will not produce bumper yield to the crops that the farmer may grow.

The community people from the communities we work are now able to protect their lands that they inherited from there parents and the laws/polices are made within the villages that protects the burning of the bushes and cutting trees without a purpose. In additional to this the members have been able to submit proposals to different NGOs and GOs demanding tree seeds as well as polythene tubes for good germination of seeds, the most encouraging this is that OI when observed these people replacing trees in their own villages through facilitation from its workers, it provides funds that are meant to food for work while these members of groups are planting trees during the lean months from December to April this has happen for three times in different villages that ODP works. Outreach International is also providing more support to its field staff/HDFs financially in order to implement the PHDP work efficiently the community members has been able to plant acacia and eucalyptus trees and other trees that replaces the fertility of the soil . As a result in five years coming the 12 villages will have more to benefit from these trees when it comes at the time of selling because one acacia or eucalyptus pole of 5 inches thick and 7 to 15 feet long is sold at $3.70 USD as of now. each partner village has more than 1,000 growing trees.

Thats why Outreach International is rated meets the expectations of the poor people.

McAdamson Nkhoma - Malawi Field Program

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Donor

Rating: 5

My wife and I have supported Outreach International for many years. We love getting the feedback on how our donations help others move ahead with being self sustaining and having a healthier life. I have always thought the participatory part of the program was very important to the long lasting effects. When the local people come together and use their own giftedness and effort to prioritize, plan, and implement the final outcome they have new expectations for their future and what is possible within their own community.
I also appreciate how volunteers are actively involved and how much of the funding goes directly to the projects rather than overhead.
Thanks Mel Crowley, Urbandale Ia.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My family and I have been donating and supporting this organization. It is dedicated to empowering local communities to help themselves in ways most helpful to each unique local village or city. I am a professional social worker. I have worked with a large variety of nonprofit organizations during my career. I have been impressed with the values expressed and implemented by this organization. I have also been impressed when I have met people from villages that have been helped by Outreach International. They have made great contributions around the world including Haiti and The Phillipine Islands.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Outreach International engages the collaborative energy of the whole village to sustainably address poverty. Instead of dependency ("giving a man a fish"), the Participatory Human Deveopment Process of Outreach International facilitates lasting change and capability ("teaching the village how to fish together"). This approach is both efficient and effective, as it only requires one trained facilitator to organize and equip the village to transform itself. I have seen this success in dozens of villages in m trips to Bolivia, Nicragua and the Philippines.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am proud to be associated with Outreach International by being a donor. Outreach doesn't just give handouts. Handouts diminish pride and create dependency. Outreach works with communities to help themselves, to prioritize their own needs, to develop leadership among themselves, to work together for common good. I believe Outreach makes a lasting difference in the world.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Outreach International is a great organization because it uses a community's talents and gifts to learn to change their lives. The education received gives hope and giftedness is enhanced. Outreach is worth our support.

Arkansaw, WI

2 Jennifer158

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Peace and Justice are not just words spoken at a church service. Peace and Justice require action. Outreach International is an organization of action. We are called to uplift the worth of all persons, lift each other out of poverty, promote communities of peace. This organization does just that. They do not just throw food and medicine at people or villages. The members of this organization help people to help themselves be self sufficient, help communities work together to build economies that are self supporting. I highly encourage all who want to invest in the future of Earth to donate funds, time, sweat equity through Outreach International. You will not be disappointed. In fact you will be a blessing to others and help them to be a blessing to even more people...

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Advisor

Rating: 5

I have supported Outreach International for about ten years and agreed to be a regional advisor two years ago. I continue to support the mission of Outreach International because of its mission to help communities become self sustaining. The opportunity to fund carpentry tools; sewing machine; chickens or a water buffalo; school supplies blew my mind. The catalog is fun to go through. It provides a meaningful gift alternative when shopping for that person who has everything, or as a fitting memorial to a loved one who has passed on. I used the Advent Stable materials last year and will do so again this year. The congregation loved the information contained in bulletin inserts provided by OI. We made the four animals highlighted last year and are looking forward to crafting the gifts for this year's Advent Stable.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband and I have donated to Outreach International for a number of years and recently I have been privileged to be a volunteer in the home office. The staff are great to work with and I love hearing the stories of the impact that Outreach has made in the lives of people around the world. The Outreach philosophy of sustainability to eliminate poverty assures me that my contributions are used where they will do the most good.

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Donor

Rating: 5

My husband and I have been supporters of Outreach International for many years, and in recent years it has become our charity of choice. We are especially drawn to OI's model, as it is one of the few that seems to provide a realistic process for self-empowerment and sustainability in its efforts against poverty. OI seems to really embrace the idea of abolishing poverty rather than just ameliorating it. One way we have enjoyed incorporating OI into our Christmas traditions is to use their gift catalog to make donations in the names of loved ones, and then to create Christmas ornaments representing the contribution. For instance, OI catalog donations may be used to purchase livestock, plant trees, build wells or cooking stoves, etc. and making a little ornament to represent how the donation may have been used to further a community's prosperity make the gift special and tangible. Regardless, I always feel our money is being used well when we make donations to OI.

2 Deb_40

Donor

Rating: 5

I love this organization and have often offered it up to people looking for a place to help. I appreciate many things, but the general public looking to make a difference can be confident that the funds go to the needy, as this organization keeps the administrative costs below 15%. Also, this organization helps people help themselves in a sustainable way - no one shot deals! I contribute by means of an automatic monthly withdrawal from my bank, as I don't want to forget this important work.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

Donna, Helen and I went to Los Fresno for Outreach International. We went down to teach new skills to approximately 30 women that could be used in their everyday lives. Donna taught canning......she used local vegetables and fruits......made some salsa for one example and demonstrated the process. Helen taught sewing.....each of the women made a denim purse......it was fun and enjoyed by all. I taught decorating of cakes and cupcakes......the ladies seemed to enjoy their creative side. We all learned and hopefully everyone was able to take something from the classes.....if nothing else....self worth. Would do it again in a heart beat!!!

Donor

Rating: 5

I have supported the work of Outreach International in providing funds to improve education in Haiti. As an elementary teacher I know the importance that education plays in improving children's' lives and the future of their communities. I appreciate the emphasis Outreach International places on sustainability.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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!

MsPacoRN

Donor

Rating: 5

I've been a donor for years, had the opportunity to go on a site visit to Malawi, and have seen their work in-person in many other countries. Having spent years of my life traveling and working abroad for, with, and next to various NGOs, I can definitely say that OI exceeds the others by leaps and bounds. They do what they say, when they say they'll do it. Not only do they have good intentions (as I believe most NGOs do), but they have the professional knowledge and capacity to implement them in a sustainable, efficient, effective manner, all without racking up huge overhead costs.

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Donor

Rating: 5

As a nurse who's lived in quite a few developing nations, I've spent much of my adult life working for, with, beside, and in conjunction with a variety of NGOs. Although I do believe that they all have great intentions, most of them fall incredibly short on sustainability, with minimal if any lasting impact. Having had the chance to travel to Malawi to see OI at work, and having seen many of their projects in other countries, I can honestly say that they're the only NGO I've ever experienced that really does what they say they'll do, and does it incredibly well. Their projects are well thought out, locally implemented, and truly sustainable. If more organizations had the mission, motivation, and mindset of OI, the world would be much better served. From the bottom of my heart, I would like to thank OI for all that they do...keep up the good work :)

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Elaine39

Donor

Rating: 5

I have enjoyed giving to Outreach over the years because of their long-term commitment to communities. They help people help themselves with projects that the communities themselves get to help choose. Some choose farming, and Outreach teaches them sustainable techniques and provides everything they need to get started, then continues to help and monitor until the community becomes self-sufficient. I cannot think of a better way to reach out to those in need.

Ramona S.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been donating to Outreach for many years. Their philosophy of helping people help themselves has intrigued me from the start. I made a visit to Zambia with Outreach and saw the work they do first hand. I donate to other organizations, but none can compare with Outreach and I donate to them on a regular basis.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have recently returned from an Outreach International sponsored site visit to Malawi where we visited seven villages to see the work the people are doing to improve their lives. Members of the village committees who were running the projects reported to us on how life was before the Outreach International facilitator began working with them, how it is now, and how they hope it will be in the future. You should have seen the look of pride on their faces. Several of the leaders were women.

I was extremely impressed with the four Human Development Facilitators I met who work with the people in these very poor outlying villages and live in the same area of Malawi. In a country that appears hopeless, these people have hope because of Outreach International.

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Donor

Rating: 5

WOW. I can't tell you how much the process that Outreach International employs empowers the poor to help themselves make changes in their lives and the life of their communities. I just returned from a trip to Malawi, where Outreach is assisting the poorest of the poor villages to learn the skills and take the steps to learn communal decision; setting goals and prioritizing,,,,and learning how to submit proposals to many NGOs as well as their own govenment (when applicable). And the process is SO empowering for the women. The difference in the pride and joy and forward looking spirit in the villages where Outreach has been for 10 years, vs 3 years, vs a new village is amazing. The "soft skills" of the in country, local Outreach staff are phenominal.

Donor

Rating: 5

Outreach International is an organization that really makes a difference in the lives of those who live in poverty. On a site visit to Nicaragua, we could see first-hand how people work together to meet community needs. I will continue to support Outreach International through personal donations and through the group efforts at our church.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

On a site visit to Nicaragua, I was able to see first hand how the sustainable aspect of Outreach International has made a very positive impact on the lives of people in the communities where it has a presence. The people in these communities are guided to decide for themselves what it is that they need to improve their quality of life. By working together, so much has been achieved.

Donor

Rating: 5

I've been a donor to this organization for over 30 years. They are one of the first nonprofits that I know of that based their mission on sustainability. Their mission is to develop long-term, sustainable programs based on the needs identified by members of the community in which they are working. They work very hard to keep their administrative costs low so that most donations go to their programs and not overhead. I will continue to be a monthly donor and have included them in my will at my death.

Terry44

Donor

Rating: 5

Great organization that uses the resources effectively.

1 Glenn7

Donor

Rating: 5

I'm a small donor and I've donated to hundreds of different charities over the years. Outreach International is at the very top of my list. Number One. My reason for this stems from the development philosophy that this organization pursues. There are many excellent organizations that provide emergency aid, but Outreach International focuses on fixing the underlying problems through an approach that is often summarized in the phrase "Sustainable Good." I truly believe that a donation to Outreach International has a multiplier effect because it doesn't just save a life in an emergency, my donation supports an effort that will invest in development efforts guided by a Participatory Human Development Process (PHDP) that is sustainable and will save lives over and over again. You can read more about it here: http://outreach-international.org/about-us/our-approach/our-method/

Donor

Rating: 5

Outreach international supports people in countries with services that help promote self sufficiency as well as clothing and goods needed for their survival. This is an excellent organization for donations.

Donor

Rating: 5

my churches youth group raised money to buy some items of are choice

Donor

Rating: 5

Outreach international is a great program that actualy helps people forever. I like the fact that they dont give the people things but actualy teach them. I think that is a wonderful idea and is a great non-profit program. I heard a saying that goes like this: "If you give a man a fish he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he will eat for a life time." Outreach international is a great place where they really help people for a lifetime.

Donor

Rating: 5

At my church the youth(4 of us) choose to do a fundraiser for Outreach International. In the magazine they had a packet of items that we could purchase and send over to third world countries. We picked items like water sanitation kit, shots and other medication, eye exams, chickens, shoes, and other stuff along those lines. I like Outreach International because they help people rather than just giving them food. they might teach someone how to build a house instead of building a house for them. They have the mentality of "Give a man a fish, and he will eat for a day, give a man a pole and he eat for the rest of his life." I think that is a better mentality then to just give people food or shelter.

Client Served

Rating: 4

As Human Development Facilitator in Zambia, assigned to Muchinshi community in particular, and having been part of the groundbreaking work in Muchinshi for the past 11 months, I have interacted with many families whose lives are being changed by the Participatory Human Development Process.
Their stories include Florence Sanene’s, whose 3-year old son Richard Kababa’s life was changed from an almost disabled to a playful little boy through a locally managed feeding program. Severely malnourished and lacking strength, Richard was unable to walk despite his age. When a community group facilitated by Outreach International decided to start a feeding program for severely malnourished children using locally available legumes and cereal grains mixed into a ‘super flour’ called Chimamu in the local language, Florence joined in with four other mothers, seeing a ray of hope for her son’s growth. Little did she know that it was going to dramatically change both her and her son’s life –and in a short period of time.
After only 3 months of being on the regimen, i.e., 4 feedings per week using the ‘super flour’ as a supplement to family meals, much to the astonishment of everyone involved, Richard, whose starting weight was 9.500 Kg, was able to gain 1.400 Kg, to gain strength and to start walking. The feeding program started on June 7, 2012 and on August 12, 2012 Richard made his very first steps and has been improving steadily since.
Florence said, “the condition of this child was a source of concern for me and his father Dickson. We suspected it could have something to do with our poor living conditions, especially feeding but there was little we could do to improve it. So, when Richard was selected together with 4 other children to be the first on the feeding program, we accepted and supported it. We could have felt embarrassed but the facilitator was there to help, not to embarrass us. He led our community to look objectively at our situation, analyze our most critical needs and identify workable solutions. He further motivated us to start doing things for ourselves as we planned.”
“I become involved with the other ladies in the feeding program while my husband joined the vegetable growers’ group. We are active in both the farmland ownership and the clean water committees. Today, Richard is walking just as any other child, and I am hopeful that he is going to catch up with his age mates. This feeding program is a road to total recovery. Yet we use just corn, rice, beans and sometimes soya beans all locally available and even grown in our gardens. Just the mixing of the formula taught to us by Outreach International made the difference. We are looking forward to making the formula available to more kids in Muchinshi.”

Jon H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Outreach International is a unique nonprofit. Rather than being a "handout" organization, it is a "hand up." Outreach's philosophy is one about empowering people and communities to have skills that are self-sustaining, rather than being dependent on others for your livelihood. It is through their approach of helping members of these communities discern what they need and finding their own solutions that lives are truly changed. I can think of no other organization that has had the kind of impact on me that Outreach has. It has been an honor to be a part of such a powerful, life changing organization.

Donor

Rating: 5

At the birth of my first child I felt so fortunate--she was perfect and we were able to provide for all her needs. I became accutely aware of the plight of children in other countries whose parents were not able to provide the basic necessities such as clean water, food, shelter, clothing or education. I checked into many charities at that time and did not feel that their funds were used wisely or that their methods of addressing problems would really solve the problems. Years later we heard about Outreach International. Wow!, their pie chart of how donations are used is to us a wise distribution of funds. And their approach -- Participatory Human Development -- hits the bullseye! Those in need are very much involved in identifying their need/problem. They participate in the plan and they enthusiastically work the plan. And then, many times, they teach neighboring villages how to do the same. Danny and I give joyfully to Outreach International every month. They keep us informed about and involved in their (OUR) projects!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

As Country Coordinator for the field program in Zambia, and having been in the field for the past 16 years, I have worked with many families in several villages of the Luapula and the Copperbelt Provinces of Zambia whose lives have been changed by the Participatory Human Development Process.
Their stories include John Mashilipa ’s from the Luano community in Chingola, Copperbelt Province, who was able to change his life from a desperate jobless poor and food beggar to a net food producer and market gardener/ vegetable supplier and says that: “I had no employment and no way to support my family. There were many days that we went without any food at all. When Outreach International began working in our community, I quickly saw that this was something I wanted to be part of to be able to help my family and myself out of our desperate situation. It was suggested that we who were out of work could farm the land around our community. Outreach International helped me negotiate a fair price and loan rate for farmland, farming tools and good quality seeds. They showed us how to use chicken manure to fertilize the soil and helped me develop simple irrigation techniques. Today, I grow enough vegetables and corn to sell some at the local market. I even supply some schools with food for their lunch programs. At the market, many people prefer organic vegetables. So, I can charge a little more.”
“I have managed to save US$350.00 and even have my own bank account, for the first time in my life! Outreach International has made all the difference. I have been able to pull myself and my family out of poverty. We enjoy three nutritious meals every day, and our children are less vulnerable to illness. They are much healthier. I have repaid my loans, but that’s not all. I have built three homes for my extended family. I am also sending the youngest members of my family to school as I am now able to pay for their school fees.”

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started working with an Outreach International site 16 years ago and continue to this day. From that point I have been committed to Outreach International and the work they do. We took 11 Jr. High youth to work in a community with families living in poverty and afraid of outsiders coming in yet all of these years later their lives have improved and we are welcomed with open arms. I have seen the changes the trip has made with the kids that go and serve. I have also seen the changes that have taken place in the lives of the families we have worked with. One of the comments made by one of the adults will always stay with me. "If these kids can accomplish this much work in a few days think how much we (community) can do for ourselves." We have tried to be an example to the community of what it means to work together to improve our lives through hard work and striving to build relationships with people that are different than ourselves. One of the biggest lessons the kids walk away with is that the families are really no different than theirs. We all desire to be safe, fed, have shelters over our heads, receive an education and most importantly know that others care. There is a ripple affect that takes place when we leave. The communities work together to improve their lives and our kids come home with a new perspective of what it means to live in poverty and how to serve others.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My relationship with Outreach International has literally changed my life. Traveling with Outreach International to Nicaragua during college and seeing their on-the-ground work first-hand had a tremendous influence in leading me to change majors and study nonprofit management. I have worked with Outreach International in many capacities. I am also a monthly donor to this wonderful organization because I believe so strongly in the work that they do.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been interested in OI for many years but recently I have realised more and more how the work they are doing is making such a difference in so many of the lives of the worlds poor, not just providing help but teaching them how to help themselves long term. You find out so much through Facebook, their website and the blogs that are written regularly and where the money you give is being used. Well done OI

Kathy83

Donor

Rating: 5

I am very proud to have been associated with Outreach International since its beginning in 1979, and privileged to serve on the Board of Directors, back during the 70's and 80's. Over all of that time, Outreach has focused on working with impoverished persons around the world... providing the support and training of the people to empower themselves to bring about positive and sustainable change in their lives. When I was the President of the Board, I was very fortunate to travel to the Philippines twice to visit and live among the people in rural villages. The first time I went, a group of villagers were just beginning to meet together with an Outreach worker to identify their priority life concerns. The Outreach worker functioned as an active facilitator, encouraging the input of the people. Three years later, I returned to the same village - and saw the results of the people's work: there were now village leaders (leading the meetings and their daily efforts), they had worked together to increase their livelihood, were close to assuring a close-by source of fresh drinking water, and had a meeting planned with local government officials to resolve land ownership issues. WHAT A DIFFERENCE YOU COULD SEE IN THE PEOPLE! They were taking the leadership in their lives, making noted improvements, and very proud of what they had and could achieve. THIS is what Outreach achieves through a "participatory human development" process and what they mean by sustainable results! 30 years later Outreach is working with people in 13 countries and continuing to support those earlier villages. I will continue to be a supporter and donor to Outreach International - they have proven that they can achieve long-term people-changing and sustainable results! Kathy Robinson

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have known about Outreach International for many years but only during the last three years have I become a committed donor and supporter of this incredible organization. Reading about their philosophy and success inspired me to go on a "site visit" to see firsthand the way Outreach International works with poverty. Many of my stereotypes about "people in poverty" were challenged as I visited villages in Malawi where the villagers, themselves, were allowed to define their situations and solve problems. Experts from "the outside" were not telling the villagers what they needed or who was going to lead. The people were empowered! Women began to be seen as legitimate, strong, creative, dedicated problem solvers when allowed to work side by side with village elders. I saw villagers who created feeding programs for their children, built a pre-school and used local women to teach the young children, planted acacia trees to provide firewood and a cash crop, and even created a drip irrigation system to enable citrus trees to be grown to provide Vitamin C to the children. I came home proud to say that my contributions were being used so effectively to make a difference in the lives of the warm and friendly people of Malawi.

Donor

Rating: 5

A year and a half ago I was able to go with Outreach International to see the work being done in Malawi, Africa. (No organization funds were used to pay for this trip.) I was amazed to see the results of the work being initiated by OI facilitators in the villages we visited. The improved state and increased role of women in the villages were impressive. The many agricultural, educational, and social programs generated by the villagers, facilitated by OI, and run by the village members were excellent examples of the work of OI and its "sustainable development."

Terry30

Donor

Rating: 5

I am fortunate to have seen the work of Outreach International firsthand. In its early days, I witnessed both a community well project in the remote areas of Haiti and a nutrition and agricultural center in action in the rural Philippines. As part of a film crew, we captured the process of a Haitian village, led by one of its own members, organize and complete - with some technical assistance - a project that positively transformed both the physical and economic health of that community and the surrounding area who would be able to use potable water for the first time. I know that there are thousands of such stories that have occurred through the last nearly forty years. What's more, my daughter now works for this wonderful organization, helping add to the stories of participatory community and human development.

Donor

Rating: 5

My husband and I have been donors to OUTREACH INTERNATIONAL for many years and have been touched by the way OI helps those who are in need. We appreciate the "give a man a fish and he is fed for a day, teach him to fish and he then can take care of himself (and his family)" philosophy. It is good to know that more of each dollar we donate is used for the benefit of others rather than overhead expenses. As friends and relatives have passed on, we have taken to donating to OI in their memory, rather than sending flowers that die quickly. OUTREACH is what a charitable organization should be and we shall continue to donate to this wonderful organization. Ed & Georgia

MamaKatie

Donor

Rating: 5

I support Outreach International because I believe in their mission to help folks around the world by investing in their communities to create "sustainable solutions and long-lasting change". I am confident that the money I give each month is put toward bringing sustainable good to the impoverished communities OI serves.

Jeff R.

Donor

Rating: 5

Outreach International's focus on sustainability, their commitment to accountability and their ability to attract and retain talented and highly effective staff and volunteers assures us that our support is with the right organization. We know the impact of each dollar donated lasts for generations as witnessed through projects we have supported and personal testimonies of site-visit volunteers.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked with Outreach International in Haiti in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake of 2010.
It is in this collaboration at the tough, sharp end of disaster recovery and reconstruction that I have come to value the work of Outreach International.

Outreach International are acutely aware of the need to strike the right balance between providing important aid to those in need and building a community’s long term capacity to support themselves. It is this long term capacity building approach to international development that delivers sustainable good. And it is through this strategically smart work that we can all help communities build a strong future, a future free from dependence on outside support.

By combining the strongest ethical values with the highest levels of professionalism Outreach International delivers powerful results for their beneficiaries and donors. I have been privileged to work with OI over the last 2½ years and I intend to continue supporting their work long into the future.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

1 Robert66

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Of the nonprofit and charitable organizations that I have been affiliated with I am the most impressed by the management and professionalism of OI. We have been long-time donors/supporters and have been on three of their site visits. The model and process that they use for their sites seems to work very well with having only local staff working in the communities. The presentations that are given by the people involved in the efforts are very impressive and want to make you want to be more involved. We are looking forward to the next site visit.