Our ability to implement a high-quality humanitarian project is dependent on the partners we work with. We seek to partner with local organizations that share our goals. A primary goal is to help people help themselves by building skills, competencies, and attitudes to care for themselves and their families. We seek to involve individuals who receive help by including them in the project design and implementation. This increases their sense of ownership in the project and their investment in its success. The object of our projects is sustainability, meaning that the positive results will continue after the project has been completed. For all of our projects, we also seek organizations that have a “champion”—a leader with vision, determination, and commitment to succeed.
When we partner with organizations with the same goals, we see the most success. We seek to build relationships with organizations that have strong community support and an established record of success.
We enjoy relationships with a number of organizations around the world dedicated to relief efforts and to humanitarian efforts that truly help strengthen families and communities.
Examples of our partners include:
- Asociación Dominicana de Rehabilitación (ADR) in the Dominican Republic: Over ten years, we have organized seven projects with ADR in the Dominican Republic, resulting in the donation of 3,434 wheelchairs and the initiation of training programs for disabled individuals seeking employment. The founder of this organization has been dedicated to serving the disabled holistically and has been a model of a champion in making efforts to meet their needs. Our partnership thrives on the broad community support given to this well-established organization since its formation in 1986.
- Islamic Relief Worldwide (IRW): We have partnered with IRW and its associated organizations since 2004. Together, we have helped relieve suffering in 15 countries with supplies and equipment needed in response to disasters and for other basic needs. Following the 2004 earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia, we worked together to build ten schools and three health centers.
- L V Prasad Eye Institute (LVPEI): We have been working with the L V Prasad Eye Institute in Hyderabad, India, for several years to help establish rural eye clinics in India. The institute’s director had a passion for benefiting the rural poor with an extensive plan. Recognizing a common goal, we provided the institute's rural clinics with the equipment necessary to treat and diagnose their patients. As of 2012, we predict that our assistance with equipment and supplies will help the institute provide eyeglasses, screen diabetes patients, perform general eye screenings in schools and villages, and train technicians, affecting a total of more than 150,000 individuals.