Based in Union, IA….
The mission of the Outreach Program is to provide safe water, food, medical care, and education to those in need, at home and abroad. The Outreach Program is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) corporation that organizes food packaging events across the US, Canada, and supporting countries, to support carrying out its mission Nearly 580 million meals have been packaged to date.
The Outreach Program’s mission is also supported by individual and corporate donations and by the purchase of handcrafted baskets made by women in the Singida region of Tanzania, helping them build a future of self-reliance. The baskets are sold online through our web page and sent to churches and other organizations to be sold to supporters.
The Outreach Program conducted multiple medical missions to Tanzania. Since 2005, Outreach supported 23 medical missions, and coordinated the work of more than 1,200 medical volunteers in the Singida Region. During each mission, which lasted eight to ten days, doctors performed an average of 60 major surgeries (including pediatric and women’s health issues). Medical volunteers treated as many as 800 patients on each mission for non-surgical problems. These missions are temporarily set aside.
In 2005, Outreach developed the Porta-Doc Mobile Medical unit. The Porta Doc was shipped to Tanzania and installed on a specially constructed Toyota Land Cruiser. It was designed to serve the rural populations of the Ilunda Ward. Porta-Doc provides medical services and medical training provided by a Certified Medical Officer. It provides service every weekday to the multiple villages around Nkungi, where the unit is based. The Medical Officer provides in-the-field service to 800 to 950 patients each month. Childhood immunizations, as well as the HPV vaccine for teens, are administered by the Medical Officer.
Outreach, in cooperation with the Government of Tanzania and Village Leaders, has assisted in the construction of Gunda Secondary School, and designed and helped build its 120-bed girl’s dormitory (first dorm to have the Matron stay within the building). Outreach also helped in the development of an adjoining five-acre demonstration farm where students learn farming and animal management skills and provide agricultural products for food for the students and teachers.
Equipment to provide potable drinking water was installed at the Gunda Secondary school in 2007. This was a fully automated water treatment and distribution system utilizing a chlorination system powered by both solar and wind.
The first internet, called eGranary or “Internet in a box” was provided to the Gunda School by the University of Iowa. Outreach provided funding for the school’s rural electric supply.
The Outreach Program has constructed two Children’s Centers (the first in Singida and the second in Manyoni), where the Most Vulnerable Children (street children), are provided a school uniform and given school supplies. The children can attend their choice of one of five public schools in the area near the Center, and then come to the Center for a nutritious meal. Over 1,200 children are provided with: a safe place to enjoy a nutritious mid-day meal; academic tutoring; minor medical services; care by an experienced and dedicated staff; and a safe place to play.
In 2012, The Outreach Program purchased the registered company Shallom Farm and Plantation Ltd and its lease of 8,000 acres. Shallom is to be used as a means of support for the Children’s Centers and as a demonstration program to introduce new farming practices to local farmers. The farm currently has over 700 head of cattle. A well was drilled and a large water catchment was built to provide water for the cattle and income for the farm. Staff have been taught the Savory Method of Intensified Rotational Grazing land management; have implemented rotational grazing practices, and are teaching land stewardship to neighboring villages.