Our Vision

A time when the garbage dumps of developing countries are no longer homes to human beings struggling to survive.

Stop and Change a Life

International Samaritan encourages everyone to follow the example of the Good Samaritan, who stopped, and changed a life. Garbage dump communities are filled with men, women, children, and infants who live their lives and scrap together an existence in the most horrific conditions. Displaced by war, civil unrest, natural disasters, and other circumstances beyond their control, they need us to stop and help. Annually, we serve over 25,000 individuals across the globe. The families that we partner with in garbage dump communities have higher incomes, greater safety, better health care, and higher levels of education due to our programs. Through the contributions of generous donors and the hands of volunteers from American high schools, colleges, and universities working with local partners on the ground, International Samaritan has helped tens of thousands of people on their journey from despair to dignity. We will continue helping thousands more until the garbage dumps of the developing world are no longer homes to human beings struggling to survive.


Food and Shelter

Your donations fund food programs so people are no longer hungry. Dollars also go toward building dignified housing.

Medical Care

Most garbage dump community dwellers have never seen a doctor. Your donations provide people the care they desperately need.


Schools you support are places of love, caring, and learning. Local teachers and International Samaritan volunteers help students learn.

Schools and Nurseries

The garbage dump is a dangerous place. Your donations help build schools and nurseries where children can feel safe.

Vocational Training

Your gift to International Samaritan helps people learn marketable skills so they can provide for their families.