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Our Approach


In order to build trusting relationships with each individual living in poverty, our indigenous staff spends months, and in some cases years, integrating themselves into the communities we work in.


Our staff encourages individuals to openly discuss concerns for their villages and families. They begin setting priority issues, establishing goals and developing a plan of action. Women are at the forefront of the discussion.


Now communities put their plans into practice. When individuals find their voices, work together and become self-reliant, they are no longer dependent on handouts. They are able to access the resources they need—whether those resources come from us directly, or from another source.


When individuals begin to see themselves as the solutions, they are able to fix a problem and move forward to solve the next, helping friends and neighbors do the same. Learning from each action they take, they are able to continually learn and grow as a community.

Our Process

Our work is effective because of a process we use called PHDP (Participatory Human Development Process). This inclusive nine-step process uses extensive firsthand research and involves community participation that bolsters confidence and invokes action in the impoverished people we work with in the field.

Our goal is to help impoverished communities become completely self-reliant rather than dependent on NGOs. And it works!

Here's more about our process.

“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.

School Supplies

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.

Years of handouts trap those in poverty, causing them to continually rely on others for answers.

When villages organize, identify needs and communicate problems, it brings a brighter future for generations to come. The community becomes the solution.

How To Help

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