Thank you International Samaritan for this grand blessing you’ve given us, because as a single mother I don’t have the resources needed to provide for my children right now. I am thankful for your organization, your donors, and each participant of your organization. I bless you in the name of all powerful Jesus.
Senora Chavez, September 2020
816 SCHOLARS around the world
are currently being supported through our Paso a Paso scholarship program. Our scholarships are not only academic: they cover clothing, materials, and transportation, as well as feed the scholar’s entire family so the scholar doesn’t feel pressured to leave school to work. We have also put the majority of our grade-school scholars into private school, giving them the best education possible. Our scholarships follow students from as early as pre-kindergarten through college or trade school.
Over 200 service immersions completed
International Samaritan was founded after a service immersion experience. To honor this, we have conducted more than 200 service immersions for the next generation over our 25 year history.
But we won’t stop at service immersions.
To promote sustained solidarity between our partner groups in the U.S. and our communities abroad, we’re shifting our model starting in 2021: No longer are our partnerships limited to a one-week service immersion, but now all of our partners are engaged in a year-round partnership curriculum called Learn, Serve, Grow, where service immersions are just one facet of cross-cultural engagement. This new curriculum is geared at creating closer bonds between our partners and our international communities. Learn more about Learn, Serve, Grow here.
over 10,000 medical patients served
In the past 10 years, International Samaritan has provided care through both medical missions and partnerships with local medical clinics. We have served over 10,000 patients through our medical missions alone. Our initiatives have offered needed emergency medical and dental care to many individuals, as well as nearly eradicated certain pervasive medical conditions in our communities. For example, at the beginning of 2020, the community of Chinautla reported a 94% reduction of their major scabies outbreak after our work in their community.
But COVID has changed our model.
The Coronavirus pandemic has shown the overwhelming need in our communities for aid that goes beyond medical missions and partnerships. In 2020, we expanded our health and wellness initiatives. Our model now encompasses:
medical missions & telemedicine
building & partnering with local clinics
clean water initiatives
Nutritional aid & education
Sanitary aid & education
mental health initiatives
Above and beyond in emergency relief
In 2020, International Samaritan turned our entire focus into providing emergency relief for our communities, completely revising our budget to offer as much assistance as possible. We’re continuing to offer relief through 2021 as well. Our emergency relief efforts include:
technology for distance learning
In October 2020, we raised over $100,000 for tablets and stable internet for scholars whose schools switched to distance learning.
comprehensive aid to shelter in place
Aid packages have been delivered monthly to every scholar’s family since April 2020 and will continue through December 2021.
In the wake of hurricanes Ita and Iota, we are working to restore the homes harmed or destroyed in our Central American communities.
Thank you to all of our donors, supporters, and volunteers who made all of this possible. We couldn’t have done any of this without you.
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International Samaritan is a nonprofit organization with the designation 501(c)(3). Our headquarters is located in Ann Arbor Michigan.