Project Concern International

San Diego, CA • PCI is a global development organization that drives innovation from the ground up to enhance health, end hunger and overcome hardship—resulting in meaningful and measurable change in people’s lives.

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Project Concern International


Project Concern International is a nonprofit focused on international development and relief services. With $76.7m in revenue and 165 employees, it is a relatively large organization. Founded in 1963, Project Concern International is headquartered in San Diego, CA. The organization is notable for its healthy financials, spending 89% directly on its programs. In recent tax filings, the organization reported expenses of $68.6m.

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Pci is a global development organization that drives innovation from the ground up to enhance health, end hunger, overcome hardship and advance women & girls-resulting in meaningful and measurable change in people's lives.

Food Security

$31.7m annual program spend • Pci takes a comprehensive approach to improving health outcomes by integrating its food security programs with nutrition, health, agricultural development, food aid, and disaster risk management interventions. Pci has implemented 21 usaidtitle ii food assistance projects since 1997 and is currently implementing projects in nicaragua and malawi. Through the njira program in malawi, pci is working to build pathways to sustainable food security in the balaka and machinga districts. Pci has overall responsibility for njira's program management, technical leadership, implementation, project monitoring and evaluation, coordination with partner organizations, commodity management, and reporting to usaid. Pci is currently implementing project crecer in nicaragua, targetingchildren 6-24 months of age and their caregivers providing supplemental feeding and early malnutrition prevention. In response to the rising food insecurity in guatemala, project amino addresses short-term food insecurity to the most vulnerable households and works towards sustainability through support to seedling nurseries and household gardens. Through funding from usda, pci has designed and implemented an additional 27 food aid projects in tanzania, indonesia, bolivia, el salvador, guatemala, honduras, mexico, nicaragua, and the central American region. In 2018, pci's usda funded school-based food security programs in tanzania, guatemala, and nicaragua directly benefited over 322,900 students and teachers.

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$12.0m annual program spend • Maternal and child health and water/sanitation projects: a hallmark of pci's work is the organization's commitment to implement community-based, holistic, integrated programs that are person centered and recognize the interrelated nature of the issues people and communities face. For example, women empowered (we) is a pci global initiative dedicated to promoting the economic and social empowerment of women through the formation of self-managed and self-sustaining savings groups. Global membership now totals over 500,000 members and has resulted in over $5 million saved and $4.3 million loaned to its members. In recognition of the critical role that women can play as agents of change in the health of their families, pci's programs related to maternal and child health integrate education on water and sanitation and disease prevention. This is reflected in pci's bill and melinda gates foundation-sponsored work in bihar, india, where nearly 9.9 million marginalized women are transforming their families' health by adopting key sanitation behaviors such as hand washing, early and exclusive breastfeeding of infants, and the intake of iron and folic acid for pregnant mothers, as learned through self-help groups. Pci recognizes the impact and importance of mental health on families and communities, and in the us, pci developed tailored curricula that improved by 40-55% the mental health of vulnerable pregnant women, new mothers, and women of reproductive age participating in support groups. Pci also leads the usaid every preemie-scale initiative, a program designed to support practical, catalytic, and scalable approaches to expand the uptake of preterm birth and low weight birth interventions in 23 countries throughout asia and africa. Every preemie is supporting implementation and learning research in four countries (bangladesh, ethiopia, india, and malawi) and convenes key global working groups to promote global learning, knowledge and collective experience with leading global professional stakeholders. A testimony to pci's long term commitment to the communities it serves, pci's four legacy programs in india, guatemala, mexico and the us/mexico border have been operating for a combined 68 years, during which time they have served nearly 1.5 million people with lifesaving access to care and services, including safe pregnancy care for mayan women in guatemala; access to health assessments and referrals for mexican immigrants in the us; well-baby clinics in remote urban settlements around tijuana, mexico; and support services for street children in new delhi, india. Finally, pci has many decades of experience in not only effectively engaging with local entities as partners in transformational development, but also in improving local capacity for sustainable, community-driven change at scale.

Disease Prevention

$11.1m annual program spend • As a recognized leader in the use of local programmatic platforms (uniformed services, schools, self-help groups, care groups, etc.). In order to reach the most vulnerable populations, pci has used innovative advocacy, communication, social mobilization and behavior change strategies to prevent and mitigate the spread of infectious diseases (such as polio, tb, ebola, and hiv/aids) and chronic diseases (such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer). Pci has been active in the hiv/ aids response since the early 1990s, and its current portfolio spans the range of prevention, care and treatment interventions in several countries. Pci has implemented or is currently implementing 16 major hiv/aids-related programs funded by pepfar through several usg agencies (cdc, dod, usaid, and dhhs), and in collaboration with hundreds of local, national and international organizations and partner agencies. Pci's overarching approach to hiv/aids programming is to leverage its community-based platform across different technical areas as an entry point to promoting effective approaches and improving service uptake. In botswana, with funding from usaid, pci is connecting orphans and vulnerable children and their caregivers to life-saving hiv/aids related services. In 2018, this program reached over 22,000 beneficiaries. Pci provides sub grants and technical support to six organizations across seven districts to strengthen community agency to seek, support and provide hiv/aids services. Additionally, as part of this portfolio and with funding from the us department of defense, pci provides technical assistance to the defense forces of zambia and malawi to implement, manage, and evaluate comprehensive hiv/aids prevention, treatment, and care and support groups. Through pci's collaboration with the us dod in these countries, pci has reached over 800,000 with hiv/aids support in zambia, malawi, and botswana. Working in partnership with the core secretariat in india, the government of india, the world health organization, numerous other international and national ngos, and local district authorities and communities, pci implements the core group polio project in three high risk districts in the state of uttar pradesh. Through pci's social mobilization efforts in uttar pradesh, india increased the number of children fully immunized against polio in pci's intervention areas from only 45.3% in 2010-11 to 73% in 2013. India was declared polio free in 2014, following three years without a single case. The core group polio project (cgpp), implemented by pci in collaboration with other partners, has played an important role in this success.

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About Us

PCI’s mission is to empower people to enhance health,
end hunger, overcome hardship and advance women & girls.

Project Concern International (PCI) is a global development organization that drives innovation from the ground up to enhance health, end hunger, overcome hardship and advance women & girls—resulting in meaningful and measurable change in people’s lives.

Guided by the core values of integrity, accountability, respect and creativity, PCI envisions a world in which the most vulnerable people will have the power to lift themselves out of poverty and to create vital, healthy lives for their families and communities now and for the future.

Founded in 1961 by a young doctor from San Diego, California, who saved the lives of two small children while volunteering at a health clinic in Tijuana, Mexico, today PCI works in 15 countries across Asia, Africa, and the Americas, including the United States. Last year PCI’s programs impacted the lives of 10 million people worldwide.

Whether you are already familiar with our work or visiting this site for the first time, thank you for taking an interest in PCI’s ever-expanding story. We are a dynamic organization with an extraordinary culture and an incredible commitment to our mission. Our staff members have strong technical capability and deep roots in our communities that allow us to make meaningful, measurable and lasting impact in partnership with the people we serve.

Part of our common DNA is a sense of deep empathy; concern for others; intellectual curiosity and a dedication to learning, innovation and progressing our individual and collective competence.

We approach work with a sense of urgency because we understand the challenges we face as a global community. But we also approach our work with a sense of hope, optimism, and even unabashed idealism. We know – in our hearts and in our heads – that empowering our communities to lead long-term transformational change is not only possible; it is essential.

At PCI we strive to create a culture that honors the dignity of every individual. Whether an employee, volunteer, or local partner, we are all expected to act with the highest respect for each other and the communities we serve.

As you learn more about our organization and programming, I invite you to join us.

Carrie Hessler-Radelet
President & CEO, PCI

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LA Maestra Family Clinic

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