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Welcome to Friendship Outreach International!

Friendship Outreach International is a registered U.S. 501 (c) (3) faith-based nonprofit organization that provides humanitarian crisis assistance and educational opportunities to those who are in great need.

FOI was created with a partnership of South Sudanese Americans and their American friends in a response to the great needs of South Sudanese citizens who were forced out of their homeland, South Sudan. FOI also helps in other identified refugee camps globally.



July 29th, 2017 Friendship Outreach International celebrates the good work we are doing in South Sudan and Uganda and the 30 year reunion of the Lost Boys of Sudan.

Executive Director for SCYMI, Peter M. Biar will be with us to share the good work he does in South Sudan.

This year, we are focusing on the following areas:

-Peace Building Initiative
-Trauma Healing Initiative
-Clean Water Initiative
-Education Initiative

Tickets for the Gala are $25.00

Sudanese and American Food, Music, Guest Speakers from Sout Sudan and MUCH MUCH MORE!

Buy Tickets HERE!


The Lost Boys of Sudan - 1987
photo courtesy of BBC



Stay 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.

Thank you.


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 sanitation conditions".

 -"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".

(UN Water).

 -"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 Organization)

 -"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

Friendship 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 updates. 

 
News Update May 2015
 

In April 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.

One team 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.

Friendship 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
 
We'd 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:
 
We 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 for everyone in the camps, while ensuring that our efforts make the highest possible impact.  Please pray for a safe and fruitful trip!
 
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 soon.
 
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/onedollarkindnessDonations 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. Donations welcome!
Contact Phillip Deng at : 717-341-4042 or awandit@juno.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!

Friendship Outreach International
1147 N. George St.
York, PA 17404

717-341-4042

info@friendshipoutreach.org





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