The Outreach Blog – Community Developments2023-09-07T13:52:00-05:00

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What Is Poverty?

Poverty is a condition in which people don’t have enough money to pay for their basic needs, like food and shelter. Learn exactly what it is and what causes it.

World Conference 2023

Outreach International hosted an event celebrating courage with our partners at the Community of Christ World Conference 2023.

Eileen Humphrey

Eileen Humphrey was an Outreach International volunteer like no other. Read our short remembrance. We promise you’ll be inspired.

Meet Bayardo

Years of steady effort and focus on helping others empowered Bayardo to grow his own prosperity, empowering himself and his family as he worked to empower those around him.

Outreach Event Space Party!

The Outreach Event Space threw a grand reopening party celebrating major renovations on August's First Friday in the Kansas City Crossroads District.

Meet Liezl

As a part of our #womenwhowow series in celebration of International Women's Day, meet a renowned community leader from the Philippines.

Malawi Mask Making

Here’s something extraordinarily cool: during Spring/Summer 2020 Outreach community members started mask-making en masse; keeping themselves and their neighbors safe (and stylish!).

Isolation Motivation

What’s easier than getting motivated? STAYING motivated! Outreach donors Brenda and Dan set up their very own 18-week “Isolation Motivation” program for a good cause!

What’s an HDF?

What's an "HDF"? Short answer: "Human Development Facilitators"! For a slightly longer answer, check out this informative blog post!

A Virtual Zoom-a-Thon!

Our friends at Shawnee Drive Community of Christ usually host a big, in-person luau each year. But this year, they hosted a virtual Zoom-A-Thon and still raised big bucks!

Zambia Community Center

After contributing a lot of collective brainpower, strategic planning and elbow grease, our community partners from Kayowelo, Zambia celebrated the grand opening of their brand-new community center!

Celebrating Augustin

Our friend Augustin, who worked as Outreach’s in-country representative in Haiti from 1994 until his recent passing, oversaw the effectiveness and efficiency of all the details of our work there.

Meet Aurelia

Every day, Aurelia and her husband Norberto have one job: Support their family. It’s a humble goal made ambitious by the number of seats around their dinner table — seven children, and two sets of in-laws with no other sources of income.

Meet Chev

For the first few years of her life, Chev's family collected their supply of potable water from an uncovered, unfiltered communal well. The reliability of the water’s source was countered by the ongoing uncertainty of its safety.

Meet Antonio

When Antonio first began to attend Outreach-facilitated meetings in his community in the Philippines, he did so with an eye toward resolving his own personal problems.

5 Ways to Fight Poverty

More than half the world lives on less than $2 a day. It's a startling truth that can sometimes make us feel helpless. Yet poverty can and must be fought.

Global Hand Washing Day: Stories

Community partners in the Philippines harnessed funding from the successful partnership between Outreach and Dial from Global Handwashing Day 2016 to jumpstart a community-wide water system. We love it when a plan comes together.

One, Tube, Three

Tube wells: Explained! Community-led implementation for community-wide benefit: Explored! Sustainable solutions to previously persistent issues: Achieved!

Get Wells Soon | Clean Water in DR Congo

How do you bring clean water to 1,800 people in DR Congo? Start with some facilitation from Outreach, and stir in planning, teamwork, dedication and a generous gift from Dial in celebration of Global Handwashing Day 2016. Spoiler: It turns out, uh, well.

Congrats, Dennis Labayen!

Our dear friend and colleague, Dennis Labayen, retired from his official capacity with Outreach at the end of last week, after serving for more than 36 years.

M-bracing MPATs M-plementation

MPAT, or the Multi-Dimensional Poverty Assessment Tool, is the most comprehensive method to measure poverty's presence in a community, then quantify and assess the results of the efforts and methods employed as all parties work toward building a stronger, more prosperous future.

Shatto Milk and Ronald MacDonald House

KC-based Shatto Milk Company has teamed up with Outreach International and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City for the dual deliciousness of selflessness and Chocolate Peanut Butter — two great tastes that taste great together.

This is Not a Joke

Q: Knock-knock. A: Whos there Q: Outreach. A: Outreach Who Q: Outreach Nepal, where we just expanded to bring our unique, proven approach to resolving chronic poverty to a whole new part of the world.

Speaking Voluntarily

To celebrate National Volunteer Week, Outreach is proud to share a few examples of our volunteers' extraordinary grace and ingenuity. We couldn't do any of this without you! Literally! We're donor-supported!

The Ripe Stuff

You say "tomato;" partners in the Philippines say "another sustainable symbol of community-led development."

Beginners’ Luck

Tess and Badet get some goats and bring order to their lives, your life, and the nature of the universe itself.

Meet Lumu

Reaching out and making new connections with a mobile literacy class in Nepal.

Remembering Lorna

Outreach International announced today that Lorna Labayen – physician, humanitarian and most recently Outreach International Senior Field Consultant – passed away at the age of 65 on April 10, 2012 in Independence, Missouri, after succumbing to cancer.

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