informed about the work we do and services we provide by checking our
News and Updates section, where we make updates on a regular basis!
Education Outreach - January 2017
Friendship Outreach International has been providing education assistance since its inception in 2014. Millions of children do not attend school annually in East Africa due to outrage school fees. This year, we are planning to help more children gain access to education mainly in East Africa.
Your generous one-time or recurring contributions make our mission possible and we are forever thankful.
Water Crisis in East Africa - January 2017
This year, Friendship Outreach International is planning to focus
on providing Clean and Safe drinking water to millions of people in East
Africa. It has been reported that Global Water Crisis claims over three
millions lives annually. To us at Friendship Outreach International, that is millions of
reasons to work hard each day.
We have teamed up with local and International Organizations to
deliver our promise this year.
Water4 Organization reported that....
-"In developing countries,
about 80% of illnesses are linked to poor water and
-"1 out of every 5 deaths under the age of
five worldwide is due to a water-related disease".
-"Diarrhea is more prevalent throughout the developing world
largely due to the lower levels of access to safe drinking water and
sanitation, along with poorer overall health, hygiene, and nutritional
status". (UNICEF, WHO)
-"It is estimated that nearly 10% of the global disease
burden could be reduced through improved water supply, sanitation,
hygiene, and water resource management". (UN Water)
-"88% of global cases of diarrhea are estimated to be
attributable to unsafe drinking water, inadequate sanitation, and poor
hygiene". (World Health Organization)
-"90% of the deaths due to diarrhea diseases are
children under 5 years old, mostly in developing countries".
-"An estimated 4,100 children under the age of five die
each day from diarrhea globally. Malnutrition, due to dirty water,
inadequate sanitation, and hygiene, is estimated to lead to death in an
additional 2,350 children under the age of five each day". (World Health
-"Diarrhea is the second leading cause of
death among children under five in the world. Around 1.5 million deaths
each year - nearly one in five – are caused by diarrhea. It kills more children
than malaria, AIDS, and measles combined". (UNICEF, WHO)
These are alarming statistics. Your one-time or recurring contribution can make huge difference
in people's lives.
Thank you for your support.
Fundraising Event - August 8th, 2015
Outreach International will be holding the first annual fundraising event on
August 8, 2015 from 1-4 p.m. at Living Word Community Church in Red Lion,
PA. The event will feature live music,
speakers from South Sudan and traditional South Sudanese food.
The President and CEO of Friendship Outreach
International will be sharing pictures and speaking about the recent trip to
Uganda and South Sudan. We hope that you
can join us. The church is located at
2530 Cape Horn Road, Red Lion PA 17356. Please visit our website for more
News Update May 2015
2015, Friendship Outreach Team of two traveled to Uganda. While in Uganda the team met with the office
of the Prime Minister to discuss the logistics of shipping a container of
clothing and soap. The team also traveled to the Nyumanzi Settlement Camp in
Adjumani, Uganda. This is where
thousands of refugees from South Sudan are currently living.
The team met with the camp manager, UNHCR and
church leaders to assess current needs. The
team was planning to build latrines while there but the weather was not good
for building. The team visited a primary
school that serves over 1,000 children.
School supplies, soccer balls and T-shirts were distributed. Needs for the school were also assessed. Seeds were purchased and distributed in
Nyumanzi and 10 families were identified by camp manger and 3 months’ worth of
food was provided.
member then traveled to South Sudan.
While in Bor, the team member met with the commissioner and other local government
officials and discussed working with them to bring clean water to South Sudan. The
government was interested but is lacking funds. Friendship Outreach
International formed a partnership with Sudan Christian Youth Ministries
International (SCYMI). This is great partnership because our two organizations
will be able to work together to help meet the needs of South Sudanese. A team member also visited mass grave of over
1,000 South Sudanese, mostly women and children.
Outreach International is excited to get other projects started in the near
future and be able to provide ongoing support in South Sudan and Uganda.
News Update January 29th, 2015
like to thank William Watters Memorial United Methodist Church of
Jarrettsville, MD for their beneficent gift of $3,120, and all of our
recent individual donors who have brought our One Dollar Kindness Campaign
to a total of $14,637! We are humbled by and grateful to everyone who
has helped! This not only exceeds our initial goal of $10,000 but has
also enabled us to make the next exciting announcement:
have officially made plans to deliver your donations and get to work in
the refugee camps this spring! Founding president Philip Deng and his
wife, Amanda, will be traveling
to the refugee camps in South Sudan and Uganda on March 28th. They will be spending 2 weeks distributing donated
items and purchasing non-prescription medications and other necessities
to share among individuals and families in need. They will also be
enlisting the help of local people with oversight, future
deliveries, gathering of resources and organizing the construction of
latrines. This will be a HUGE step
forward in improving sanitation, living conditions and quality of life
in the camps, while ensuring that our efforts make the highest possible
impact. Please pray for a safe and fruitful
Philip Deng will also
attend the annual World Leaders' Conference in Washington, D.C. next week
with his friend and colleague, Dr. Richard Niemeyer, M.D. Dr. Niemeyer, a
member of Doctors Without Borders
, Youth Outreach International
and Project Peanut Butter
is currently leading an effort to build a factory in South Sudan that
will produce ready-to-use therapeutic food (RUTF) for malnourished
children in and around the region. Phil is now working with Dr. Niemeyer
to help realize this worthy project. The conference will be attended
by politcians, cultural and spiritual leaders, and diplomats from all
over the world, including the President of the United States, former
president of Malawi Dr. Joyce Banda, and the Dalai Lama. In addition to the open conferences, Phil is scheduled to meet
privately with the South Sudanese Embassy, several diplomats and even
the Dalai Lama! We are proud of Phil's untiring work to heal and
empower those in need, and pray that this opportunity brings the project a crucial step closer to becoming a reality.
News Update January 12th, 2015
The clothing drive event hosted by Living Word Community Church in December was massively successful, bringing in an entire box truck load of clothing and soap! Check out our photo gallery for pictures. We are currently sorting the donations and preparing for shipment to the refugee camps. In addition to the collected items, Living Word has donated $10,000 to cover shipping costs and logistics. Thank you again to the people of Living Word. Your love and generosity are overwhelming, and a blessing from God. Any funds left over along with other donations received through our One Dollar Kindness Campaign will be put to use to construct latrines and build long-term distribution systems for our ongoing efforts to provide relief to the refugees. Founding President Phillip Deng is solidifying his plans to travel to South Sudan and Uganda with his wife Amanda, to
personally oversee distribution and planning, identify current and future needs, and to build relationships with
local leadership and other humanitarian organizations.
We have also expanded our fund raising efforts by partnering with AmazonSmile. It is now easier to donate than ever! Every time you shop Amazon.com, you can support our cause at no cost to you! All you have to do is click here
and sign into your Amazon account to select Friendship Outreach as your charity of choice. That's it! Amazon.com will donate 0.5% of your purchases to Friendship Outreach. The link is also accessible on our home page
. Please spread the word! Every penny counts!
News Update December 14th, 2014
Living Word Community Church, located at 2530 Cape Horn
Rd., Red Lion, PA 17356, has graciously extended the December 14th fundraising event to collect additional donations of clothing and
personal care items all this week (December 14th to 21st). The church
will also be holding a special offering on behalf of Friendship Outreach during
the Christmas Eve services.
We are also happy to share that our One Dollar Kindness Campaign has so far
raised $1447. Please continue to spread the word! We still have a
long way to go to reach our $10,000 goal! Thank you to all who have donated!
Founding President Phillip Deng is planning a February 2015 trip to Uganda to
deliver and distribute donations as well as set up long-term distribution
systems and partnerships with local leaders and other relief organizations, and
begin working on our goal to build latrines. More details will follow
Friendship Outreach is now on Twitter! Follow us @FOI_cares for news, updates and other info related to our cause, relief efforts and current events in Sudan and Uganda.
ONE DOLLAR KINDNESS CAMPAIGN
The One Dollar Kindness campaign was started to raise funds needed to construct three public toilets at the refugee camps in Uganda and South Sudan, transport the clothing and other donations collected to the refugees and to purchase over-the counter medications and other necessities for distribution in the camps. The World Health Organization reports that diarrhea is a leading cause of death for refugees worldwide. Your assistance is very important, and every dollar makes a difference! We are also working on partnering with local efforts to help provide education to both adults and children. With your help, we can improve sanitation and living conditions in the refugee camps, and save lives! Please consider donating, and spread the word. It's easy! Just visit http://www.gofundme.com/onedollarkindness
. Donations can also be mailed directly to F.O.I., P. O. Box 399, Mt. Wolf, PA 17347. Thank you!
FUNDRAISING EVENT, DECEMBER 14th
On Sunday December 14, 2014, Living Word Community Church, located at 2530 Cape Horn Rd., Red Lion, PA 17356, will be collecting donations of clothing and personal care items during the 9:00 and 10:45 am services.
News Update November 17th, 2014
Founding President Philip Deng has been invited to speak on November 30, 2014 at 6:00 pm, at Mt. Nebo United Methodist Church, located at 962 Flintville Rd., Delta, PA 17314. He will be sharing his recent trip to Uganda, the founding of F.O.I and our current efforts to bring aid and relief to refugees. So far, our One Dollar Kindness Campaign, which launched in October, has raised $832 of out $10,000 goal. Thank you to all who have donated!
FUNDRAISING EVENT, OCTOBER 11th
Please visit our stand during MyRuralRadio.com's Fall Fest XI event at Naylor Wine Cellars on October 11, 2014. We will be there all day, sharing our mission and collecting monetary donations, as well as gently used clothing and personal items for men, women and children of all ages.
FUNDRAISING EVENT, AUGUST 16th
Join F.O.I. on August 16, 2014 at Tree of Life
Lutheran Church, located at 1492 Linglestown Rd., Harrisburg, PA 17110
from 12noon till 3:00pm. Phillip Deng is going to share his recent trip
to Uganda and the birth of Friendship Outreach International
Organization. This is the first official public fundraising event for
F.O.I. There will be guest-speakers from the South Sudan Embassy to the
United Nations and South Sudan Embassy to the United States.
Refreshments/South Sudanese famous dishes and drinks will be served.
Contact Phillip Deng at : 717-341-4042 or
email@example.com with questions/concerns. Refreshments and drinks will
be served. Come and listen to this exciting trip. Invite your friends
and neighbors. Elizabeth Kuch will be our Moderator.
News Update August 11th, 2014
Friendship Outreach International will be collecting "Property Donations" of clothing, shoes, personal hygiene and more at the MyRuralRadio.com Fall Music Festival on October 11th, 2014 at Naylor Wine Cellars.
For more information, please go to: http://www.myruralradio.com/myruralradiofallfest.asp
News Update August 9th, 2014
The NEW WEBSITE IS LIVE! Thank you to Sunken Treasure Design for assisting us in building the new site and for inviting us to Fall Fest Six!