The secret of People in Need Partnership is that it provides as much to those who help as those who are receiving. It is we who are in need, in need of meaning, suffering from the emptiness that comes from living in a world of over-abundance.
→ Learn the truth about another person and another culture
→ Take account of the meaning of your own life
→ Participate in a global movement for living into being the world we envision
→ Get to help in a way that really matters!
How do you differ from sponsorship organizations?
People in Need Partnership focuses on understanding, self-development, responsibility, accountability, and direct action. We create an active, reciprocal relationship between partners. Using the Internet, you have many tools to cultivate your relationship.
How do you ensure that my support will reach my partner?
Because there is a direct relationship with your partner, you will have direct feedback from them about what they have received and what they are doing. Furthermore, People in Need Partnership is committed to transparency in all of our programs (except where this could endanger participants), including financial openness.
What percentage of my support goes for the care of my partner?
Two hundred percent. Your fee of $10 per month covers the cost of sending your partner to the mini-center, and literacy classes. Facilities, staff, and administrative costs are paid by Qupqugiaq Inn, in Anchorage, Alaska, a founding sponsor of People in Need. In other words, your money is doubled.
Will I be the only person sponsoring the child I am helping?
How do I pay?
Our secure online payment system allows you to pay with a major credit card. Funds are charged automatically each month. A one year term is required.
What benefits will my partner receive?
Your partner will come to our mini-center at least once a month for four hours, where they will have classes, workshops, messaging stations, and a creative activity, and will receive a hot, nutritious meal. They will also have the use of our PINP center in their neighborhood, for literacy training and other community activities. In addition, you may purchase Optional programs.
Through this process, and in the context of your partnership with them, they will be expanding their horizons and building the personal qualities needed for direct action to improve their life and community.
What are your future plans?
We hope to expand to more regions in Haiti, and to other countries.
How else can I help?
The main way you can help is by cultivating an active relationship with your partner. Optional programs are also available. Proposals for larger scale community development are being developed, and you can help with these. You can help spread the word about People in Need Partnership. You may also contribute any amount to our general funds.
May I become the partner of more than one person?
Yes. There is a limit of two partnerships per person.
Background and History of People in Need Partnership
People in Need Partnership is a creation of Visionary Society, a non-partisan, not religious organization designed to connect what lies under the surface with practical action. People in Need Partnership is an example of that process. In 2005 and 2006 it published a monthly newspaper called Alaska Humanity News, with News of the real - the personal and meaningful origins of everyday events.
All administrative costs are covered by our primary sponsor, Qupqugiaq Inn, a small, unique hotel in Anchorage, Alaska.
Laura in Cite Soleil school
Our collapsed office after earthquake
Our new office in Port-au-Prince
Wherever a person is crying out for help, and no one hears them, another person is waiting for the call. That is why our first stop is Haiti, an abandoned country just south of Florida, a world of hungry and neglected people, a country with the third lowest calorie intake in the world.
Our Haiti locations
Our main office is located in the capital of Haiti, Port-au-Prince. We have a staff of 5 full-time and several part-time workers. We are working in several neighborhoods in Port-au-Prince, including the notorious slum of Cite Soleil (and also in Jalouzie, Citron, and Delmas). Our U.S. offices are in Anchorage, Alaska and Portland, Oregon.
Background information on Haiti
Haiti is the poorest country in the Western hemisphere. Seventy-six per cent of the population lives on less than $2.25 a day, and 55 per cent live on less than $1.13 a day.
Haiti is home to about 50,000 street children, and another 250,000 children who work as restaveks or child slaves.
Severe or moderate malnutrition and stunting affects 42 percent of children under five. Preventable sickness like malnutrition and diarrhoea kill 28 percent and 20 percent of children under five years old.
Haiti ranks along with Afghanistan and Somalia as one of the three countries of the world with the worst daily caloric deficit per inhabitant (460 kcal/day). Some 2.4 million Haitians cannot afford the minimum 2,240 daily calories recommended by the World Health Organization.
Our partners live in four slums in Port-au-Prince, Haiti This is Cite Soleil
PINP staff member conducting interviews after earthquake
Collapsed building after the January, 2010 earthquake
A million people are still sleeping in tents or sheets in Port-au-Prince