Our Impact

One of the best ways to change a community is to change the lives of the people living in it.

IDEAS celebrates success in two strategic areas: the first is progress on the journey towards true and lasting hope. The second is sustainability and local ownership of transformative projects that will continue to multiply long after IDEAS professionals have left.

At IDEAS you do not have to leave your profession to have an impact. IDEAS projects are designed to use your gifts and skills in real and practical ways that embody, inform and offer true and lasting hope. If you are ready to say “yes” to the calling to go where God is at work, and want to continue working in the profession you have been educated and trained for, we invite you to join us.

Here are some stories from a few IDEAS Associates. Could your experience be the next one we read about?

Scroll down to view our impact stories!

Education

  • 2,000+ book donations distributed to libraries, families, and literacy and refugee projects in the Middle East.
  • 1500+ students receiving high-quality education in the Middle East, Asia, and North Africa.
  • 200+ children participating in English classes in Central Asia.
  • 100+ Indian college students taught in English and now working as teachers and community development workers in India.
  • 60 students in remote China mountain communities receiving scholarships, allowing them to stay in school.
  • 6 Cambodian village school teachers trained in effective teaching methods for students impacted by poverty and trauma.
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"As a Dalit, I never thought I would speak English. Now people respect me." - Indian student

"Thank you so much for changing my son's life." - Parent, Middle East

"Jordan is not going to be the same with the orchestra that my teacher and I will build together in [this community]." - High School Student

"You are changing the lives of people through your teaching and training."            - Egyptian librarian

"'Little Tiger' graduated college just over a year ago and has been working with a township government office managing the various poverty alleviation projects in surrounding villages. He frequently tells me how our help kept him in school." - Project Director, China

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Community Development

  • 24,000 residents of 7 remote mountain communities in China received clean, reliable water supply from spring water at their homes.
  • 10,000+ residents in rural China received improved education, disaster relief, agriculture skills training, and medical assistance.
  • 8,000+ people in need in the Middle East impacted through development initiatives.
  • 1500+ refugees in the Middle East have received life and language skills to help integrate into society.
  • 300+ children in the Middle East and Asia participated in youth activities in the Middle East designed to facilitate social development.
  • 100+ at-risk women empowered in North Africa through life skills training.
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"I feel relief, and my troubles are lifted. I am stronger. I'm less lonely now. This center has changed my life." - Refugee, Cyprus

"I did not feel that my disability was a weakness but, rather, a source of strength that enables me to defend my rights."          - Seminar Participant, North Africa

"Your activities enhance my son's development physically, cognitively, and emotionally. You really care for the whole person." - Mother, Middle East

Agriculture

  • 150,000 kg vegetables produced and delivered to adults and children in need in the Middle East.
  • 1500+ farmers and their communities directly impacted by agricultural training program in Central Asia.
  • 200+ skilled workers trained in fruit orchard management.
  • 65 new orchards started for small-farm families in Central Asia.

"We are harvesting 3 times a week in a 6-month season, and all the vegetables are shipped to Community Based Organizations, who distribute it to vulnerable families. In this way, we are supporting about 500 vulnerable families a week with fresh vegetables!" - Project Manager, Jordan

"I studied in the 10-month program and learned all about pruning, grafting, and other orchard skills. Now I can earn money from pruning other people's orchards." - Agriculturalist, Central Asia

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Healthcare/Wellness

  • 11,000+ patients served through new health clinic in Myanmar, where 25+ local Karen students are in the Physician Assistant Training Program.
  • 10,000+ treated and diagnosed of complicated diseases and received health and nutrition training through our partnering project in Bangladesh.
  • 2,000+ people in Bangladesh trained in nutrition education.
  • 1,000+ wheelchairs delivered to Kenya to provide a new way of life for individuals with disabilities and their families.
  • 500+ expatriates in North Africa served through coaching and counseling practice.
  • 100+ staff members of anti-trafficking organizations in Thailand trained in aftercare assistance to survivors of human trafficking.
  • 70+ patients per week in the Middle East receive eye exams.

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"We travel globally to help organizations build their ability to address health issues that arise in their communities. The staff we train are usually locals who lack knowledge and confidence in treating even some of the most basic health problems but also have to deal with complicated issues as well – all this in the context of a low-resource healthcare environment. On two recent trips, we helped train organizations that reach out to local women in the sex trade, foreign nationals who are trafficked for sex work in Asia, and street kids who are homeless, abused, and exploited. The work ranges from workshops for staff, to individual health consultations, to drop-in, nighttime clinics." - Physician & Global Trafficking Health Consultant

"I want to see my people healthy and would love to share my medical knowledge with others." - Karen Medical Student, Myanmar

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Business

  • 150 staff employed in Central Asia, plus 120 jobs created through clients.
  • 20 full-time, highly-trained orchard management and staff provided competitive jobs and contributed to renovating the orchard industry infrastructure in Central Asia.
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"Our software development and business processing company continues to grow by leaps and bounds. The work we do supports and augments the overall work of our local partner organization. We process their child sponsorships that provide opportunity for the most at-risk children in this country, and a top-quality English education that also teaches the values of freedom, equality and human dignity. The overall operation of our partner is enhanced through our expertise in technology. Through job creation initiatives, we employ mostly national workers and managers in our business."    -  Businessman