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

  • 1500+ students receiving high-quality education in the Middle East and North Africa.
  • 60 students in remote China mountain communities receiving scholarships, allowing them to stay in school.
  • 200 children participating in English classes in Central Asia.
  • 5 school libraries organized and 12 librarians trained and mentored in the Middle East.
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"So far, I have had about 15 different students visit my apartment for my weekly English meetings. All of them are previous students. This is the highest number of returning students I have ever had. The students come to practice speaking English and there is no set agenda, so you never know what sort of conversations will develop." - College Professor, Asia

"With a book in hand, students trying to learn English will not only learn English, they will grow in curiosity to learn more about the world. All this curiosity results in transformed hearts and minds!" - Global Library Assistant, Middle East

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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.
  • 5000+ people have been impacted through development initiatives in North Africa and the Middle East.
  • 1500+ refugees in the Middle East have received life and language skills to help integrate into society.
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"I don't know what I would have done if I hadn't found you. I was so depressed but found hope and a way out!" - Refugee, Cyprus

"I am so grateful to build my life up again, even if it is in prison." - Prisoner, North Africa

"You gave us time to express ourselves, to see our dreams of recovering. We now see so many results with the trees, water tank, new plants, and protection to our land." - Farmer, North Africa

Agriculture

  • 1500+ farmers and their communities were directly impacted by our agricultural training program in Central Asia.
  • 65 new orchards started for small-farm families in Central Asia.
  • 100+ skilled workers trained in fruit orchard management.

"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." - Agriculturist, Central Asia

"Now when I go into my orchard I can identify all the pests and diseases. Before I didn't realize I had all those issues!" - Agriculturist, Central Asia

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Healthcare/Wellness

  • 18 human-trafficking intervention centers in SE Asia received expert medical training, developing a more robust health component in prevention, outreach, and/or aftercare for abused, exploited, and trafficked people.
  • 10,000+ treated and diagnosed of complicated diseases and received health and nutrition training through our partnering project in Bangladesh.
  • 500+ wheelchairs delivered to Kenya to provide a new way of life for individuals with disabilities and their families.
  • 43 families with autistic children and 9 professionals received practical training in parenting autistic children in North Africa.
  • Villages in Myanmar are receiving healthcare training.
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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, vulnerable transgender people, 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." - Global Physician and Health Consultant

"We’ve established an optical lab within the main government hospital. The lab optician is able to make eyeglasses more quickly and less expensively than the few optical shops in town. This is a significant opportunity for the poor and those who travel from rural locations for ophthalmic services. Six optometrists have also been trained to assess needs and create prescription lenses in the lab." - Optician, Middle East

"After I finish my studies I plan to open a clinic in a remote area where there's no healthcare." - 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