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Nirmala Manandhar

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Review for Outreach International, Kansas City, MO, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

It’s been almost 5 years that I have worked with Outreach International (OI) in its Participatory Human Development Program (PHDP) here in Nepal, and the experience is incredibly awesome and very inspiring. Being a development graduate, I was always inclined to join an organization that aligned with transitional models and addressed the real time needs of people living in poverty. Outreach is that organization, and I am very proud to be associated with them.
Outreach International keeps people at core, its premise being that communities can drive the development process themselves by identifying their needs, taking collective decisions, and mobilizing for sustainable issue resolution. This response to challenges creates local social improvement and economic development. Throughout that journey I have found people able to unleash their own potentials as individuals and a group to mobilize their existing but unnoticed resources and learn how to explore new opportunities.
When I as an HDF can ignite that spark of consciousness in people that they are enough to solve their own issues to better their living conditions, that’s where the satisfaction and beauty of using the PHDP process lies for me. In making that happen, OI has been an enormous support and guide, in witnessing the transitional journey of people who are not spoon-fed but encouraged to take steps themselves. This makes all the hard work we do to create sustainable communities worthwhile.
Being a development practitioner, working with Outreach has provided personal development and the continual evolving of my professional skills. It is the relationship of passion and compassion with community people that lifts my willingness to keep traveling with them, and the pats I keep getting on my back from very positive and encouraging Outreach mentors have been a source of motivation even in the face of adversities. I am grateful to Outreach for providing me a genuine opportunity to be a part of a healing process where I can walk together with people to lessen their sufferings and help uplift their lives!

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m.penrose (Nonprofit Staff) wrote:

Thank you for creating that spark of hope and possibility in the communities where you work, Niru! We appreciate all your efforts to mentor, support, and encourage people as they discover their own potential to create a new future for themselves.