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10 July 2008 :: 15:07:56 pm 20661

IHF Strives to Educate the poor

In a world obsessed with money-making, crime, disasters and death, it is truly refreshing to see an organisation that is devoted instead to helping the poor, undernourished and deprived in developing countries.
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This organisation is the International Humanity Foundation (IHF), whose declared mission is “to educate the poor and the other half is to educate the world about the poor.” IHF is a non-religious, non-political, non-profit organization that strongly believes in an equal opportunity for all and in preserving the cultures, traditions and beliefs of the marginalized communities it works in.

To this end, IHF has started 6 programs to fundamentally change the public conception of poverty and to “strive for a world of leaders and citizens who have interacted with, and are truly knowledgeable about the world’s poor”. These programs are: the Education Program (TEP), Class Sponsorship, Orphan Sponsorship, Famine Feed, Survival Program and Tribal Peace Farm. Through these they are able to provide educational assistance, orphanages, emergency relief, medical clinics, and farming assistance

IHF is a charity, registered in the US, funded by subscription and staffed by volunteers, worldwide. Their main focus currently is among the deprived children of Kenya, Thailand, and Indonesia, with the expressed intent of providing an education and in these countries where free education is not available and so the poorest children often miss out entirely. Consequently, they are forced to work in sweatshops and rice fields, perpetuating the family’s poverty. Sponsors are encouraged to communicate with each child thereby forging links between people of varying cultures to learn about each other and grow together.

IHF’ TEP program embodies IHF’s “Pass It On” philosophy, which encourages those who have received a free education to pass it on to others. For only USD $10.00 per month a TEP sponsorship allows a child to attend school with 100% of the money going towards the children’s school expenses, which include the costs for tuition, books, uniforms and graduation ceremonies.


Another key concept is the Chain of Inspiration:
“If one person can INSPIRE another person, and that person can inspire another person, how far could that inspiration go to reach more people while also creating positive change?” IHF asks.

The IHF founding principles are different than any other organization. Carol Maisara Sasaki, the founder and CEO, apparently has decades of experience helping the poor and needy, and has a vision of these principles being applied in other organizations. So far, IHF has been tremendously successful in almost every area, with the exception of fundraising, which is why we PDN are appealing for both donations and volunteers on their behalf.

Volunteers are required to work in the following fields: building schools, community development, childcare/children, culture, curriculum planning, disability issues, economic development education, English teaching, health, health care, health education, homelessness, hospital, housing, human rights, literacy, marketing, medicine, nutrition, orphans, popular education, primary education, street kids, teaching, women, water, writing, youth, youth development, academic reinforcement, AIDS/HIV, appropriate technology.



Typical Volunteer: A typical volunteer has a passion to be immersed in different cultures. S/He typically ends up working in an orphanage or school assisting with teaching English and working with the children. Special projects constantly arise where physical help is needed. For example, moving food during famine feeds and monitoring children during breaks. The volunteer has a lot of say in what s/he does as long as it is approved by the director and follows the mission of IHF.Available to Participants: Worldwide
Typical Living Arrangement: Group living
Participants Travel: Independently
Typically Participants Work: Independently or in groups, depending on site

Those either wishing to volunteer or donate to this worthwhile cause should check out the following website at www.ihfonline.org ?to learn more about their successes in helping the world’s poor. Alternatively email IHF at sponsordrive@ihfonline.org ?for more information.


Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Society

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