“I’m praying we get another hurricane so the people in my village will get food.”
-Woman in Nicaragua referring to handouts they’ve received from NGO programs.
“Now when I look for solutions, I see myself.”
-Woman in a Malawi village reflecting upon Outreach International’s work in her community.
When an NGO donates pencils, supplies last only two weeks in schools before parents have to buy replacements–a luxury few can afford.
In Malawi, a community builds a mud-brick school house themselves. The building becomes a monument for community pride and ownership.
An NGO donates rice to an impoverished community, but the supply unwittingly destroys the market for local rice-growing farmers.
In DR Congo, a village creates a local rice mill. Today, the community-run mill generates thousands of dollars in annual profit.
An NGO donates a water source to a community in need. After 8 months, the NGO is long gone and the well breaks down with no one trained to fix it.
In Bolivia, a community builds a water well with infrastructure to create running water to each house. Village members are knowledgeable of the repair process and are able to protect it.
An NGO provides a village with bikes for transportation to a local hospital. With poorly maintained roads and no regard for infrastructure, the donation results in flat tires and rusted bike frames.
In India, a community builds better roads to get in and out of their village. Building sewers and repairing tunnels, they address the root of the problem.