International Humanity Foundation (IHF)

IHF envisions a world in which leaders and citizens alike have interacted with and have an astute knowledge of the world's poorest and most marginalized populations. We believe that education should be freely available to all to all those who seek it. 

International Humanity Foundation believes in absolute transparency and functions almost entirely through efforts of a hundred plus unpaid volunteers from around the world giving their time, skills, energy and love to help our family in Kenya, Thailand and Indonesia. IHF is led by Carol Sasaki, who founded IHF 30 years ago. IHF has offices in Indonesia, Kenya, Thailand and a small part-time volunteer office in San Diego, California. But our true workplace is online and around the world, consisting of people interested in learning about the world's varied cultures. IHF is a training ground for those hoping to learn leadership skills in reducing poverty and abuse. We believe the best teacher is honestly shared experience, especially among new and veteran volunteers alike. IHF has been run for many years only by Carol and locals around the centers who learn through trial and error. Recently however, volunteers worldwide have also joined in and gained knowledge through personal experience.

IHF is a non-religious, non-political, non-profit organization that strongly believes in an equal opportunity for all and in preserving the cultures, traditions and beliefs of the marginalized communities it works in. Our volunteers agree, and wish to "pass it on" by interacting, teaching and learning while at our centers in Thailand, Indonesia, and Kenya. With just a few hours a week, our volunteers, children and sponsors are changing the world we live in.

Through our poverty and education programs IHF creates person-to-person communication links between the voiceless, at-risk populations and the ordinary everyday people of all walks of life. This facilitates the exchange of more accurate information on global poverty thereby educating each other and creating a world that is better prepared for effective problem solving.

The creation of these long lasting relationships is a learning experience for the poor and marginalized children as well as for the educated volunteers that participate in our programs. IHF policies and programs are firmly routed in a pass it on philosophy. This philosophy is a part of all our programs, and is embedded in the belief that all knowledge ever learned is gained through communication with others, thereby it is a responsibility for our children, staff, volunteers and sponsors to exchange this knowledge to reduce global misinformation and develop informed leaders for tomorrow.

 

Locations

IHF has four locations in Indonesia, one in Kenya, and one in Thailand.

We established the centers in Kenya because we wanted to work in a country where famine existed but that was also relatively safe for our volunteers to work in, so they could visit famine-stricken areas to personally see what the effects of hunger on society are, to learn what the signs of malnutrition are, and to help those who face malnutrition.

The Thailand location in Chiang Rai was established as a preventative measure against the trafficking of children as sex slaves, which has been a major problem in the region since the Vietnam War. According to the UN, human trafficking is the third largest portion of the black market in developing nations after the trade of illegal arms and narcotics and this fact, unfortunately is prevalent in Thailand, a country where sexual slavery has started incorporating into the tourism industry.

Indonesia has IHF centers in Jakarta, Bali, Aceh, and Medan. These centers primarily focus on educating children through the TEP and Class Sponsorship programs with some centers teaching over 400 students. The centers provide an informal place for children from lower economic classes to work with volunteers, which teaches the children to feel comfortable with people from different backgrounds at a young age.

 

Programs

IHF has many different programs, sponsorships, and opportunities to help including:

ORPHANAGE/SAFE-HOME PROGRAM
Opens homes around the world to the most vulnerable and marginalized children from slum areas and nomadic/tribal villages who cannot be placed with relatives. At the IHF orphanages, children find a personal, permanent family-one that preserves the values and traditions of their culture in an informal, supportive environment conducive to growth and learning.

THE EDUCATION PROGRAM
Finances expenses for education in countries where public education is a luxury and most of the poor cannot afford to send their children to school. Sponsors can provide the costs for tuition, books, uniforms and graduation ceremonies for one child.

CLASS SPONSORSHIP PROGRAM
Encourages class-to-class sponsorship and builds connections between students in the West and the poorest students overseas. In addition to English and computer skills, we teach math, leadership and life-skills, all designed to enhance our students’ problem solving and teamwork abilities.

FAMINE FEED PROGRAM
Provides emergency relief for the severely malnourished nomadic tribes of Kenya during periods of extreme drought. Our volunteers and local staff distribute enough food monthly to feed more than 500 malnourished tribes people (mostly women and children) who often walk all day to receive several handfuls of food.

SURVIVAL PROGRAM
Funds the purchase of chickens, goats and camels for the poorest starving families in rural nomadic tribes. Because they are often unable to farm the land they inhabit, many East Pokot tribes depend on this livestock as a reliable source of sustenance and self-sustainability.

MEDICAL CLINIC PROGRAM
Funds a basic medical facility staffed by one full-time nurse to provide free or low-cost health care to the children and surrounding community, as well as to our local staff. Medicine and first aid are IHF priorities in Kenya, and our vision is to provide a much larger range of medicines and services.

TRIBAL PEACE FARM
An extension of our orphanage and brings people together from surrounding tribes. Its 20 acres in the fertile Rift Valley of Kenya is a group effort of peace, development and sustainability. Children assist in tending it, and crops from this land provide income for the orphanage. Plentiful harvests are shared with the poorest tribes in the surrounding desert areas. 

 

Duration / Dates

- Minimum commitment of 2 weeks (Voluntourist Program).
- The duration of the Work Study Program is 4 weeks (fixed).
- Long Term Work Study Program is 3 months (fixed) in Bali and 2-12 months in Kenya.
- Co-Directors are truly long term volunteers, and donate a year of their lives to IHF's cause.

Costs / Pay

Cost/payment will vary depending on the volunteering experience you choose.
- 150$ per week, voluntourist.
- 75$ per week, work-study volunteer.
- 75$ per week for the first 4 weeks and 55$ per week for any subsequent weeks, long term work study volunteer.
- co-directors don`t pay for their stay, they receive a small stipend instead.

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