Project Concern International

Project Concern International
Founded: 1961

To prevent disease, improve community health, and promote sustainable development worldwide.

About the Organization:
Founded by James Turpin when he was a young doctor volunteering in a clinic in Tijuana, Mexico, Project Concern International (PCI) envisions a world in which resources are shared, communities can provide for the health and well-being of their members, and families can realize hope, good health, and self-sufficiency. The organization works with vulnerable communities to address the cultural, environmental, and socio-political causes of poor health and poverty; listens to and works with those who are most affected by poverty to leverage their assets, ambitions, capabilities, and leadership to create sustainable community solutions; implements holistic, integrated, person-centered programs that recognize the interrelated nature of the issues people and communities face; and cultivates relationships and networks that connect stakeholders, multiply impact, bridge global, regional, and national interests. PCI also has developed a number of unique tools to measure the long-term impact of its work.

Current Programs:
Working with local partner organizations, PCI operates programs in the areas of women's empowerment and poverty, children's health, food and water, disease prevention, and disaster relief and recovery. The organization's Women, Children, and Youth programs include maternal and neonatal health clinics in Guatemala, food security programs in Liberia and Bangladesh, projects to protect and promote women's rights in Ethiopia, outreach campaigns to prevent rape and domestic violence in South Africa, and youth leadership programs in Bolivia. Its global Women Empowered (WE) initiative promotes the economic and social empowerment of women through self-managed and -sustaining savings groups. And its Water, Sanitation and Hygiene programs include the Babati Health Through Water and Sanitation (BAHEWASA) project, which provides rainwater harvest systems, low-cost latrines, and education around better sanitation and hygiene.

Web Site:
Visitors to the site can read about the organization's programs and their outcomes, watch videos about its work and volunteers, browse the latest news by issue area, and sign up to receive e-mail updates and/or make a donation. The site also offers information about internship opportunities, how to get involved in advocacy and fundraising efforts, and how to volunteer and/or participate in events designed to raise awareness about poverty and community health issues.

PCI is supported by individuals, foundations, corporations, and government agencies.

Contact: George Guimaraes, President and CEO
Phone: (858) 279-9690