Annual Report 2017 – Message from the President & CEO

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Message from the President & CEO
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The past year has been a real joy for me as I have had the privilege and opportunity to get to know our PCI staff, donors and community participants. What I have witnessed makes me even more excited about our future and the ways in which we can deepen our impact in the communities we serve.
I have known this organization is special ever since I became a consultant for PCI in Indonesia in the early 1990s. Working with street children in the early days of the HIV/AIDS epidemic there, I saw firsthand the respect and care PCI extended to at-risk youth and their families, empowering them to identify and lead their own solutions to HIV in their community.
It is that same approach to care that has collectively enabled us to impact the lives of nearly 12 million people last year.
That’s a huge number to celebrate – and behind each of those numbers is a real person, like Sarah, whom I met in Malawi during my first trip with PCI.
Sarah is a member of one of our 35,000 Women Empowered, or WE, groups. Sarah and her fellow WE group members in rural, food-insecure Malawi pooled their savings and purchased a simple pump irrigation system for their fields. In just one growing season, the women were able to grow three full crop cycles of vegetables and maize, as opposed to the previous year when they had only been able to grow one.
With the profits from her vastly increased yields, Sarah was able to put her 11-year-old daughter back in school, build a new brick house with a tin roof for her family and buy four goats. All of her four children are now in school, their family is eating a much more diversified diet, they are healthier, and Sarah and her fellow WE group members are considered real leaders in the community.
That’s the difference we are making 12 million times over, thanks to your support. I hope you will take the time to read through our annual report to learn more about the lives you have empowered.
Thank you for making our work possible and for partnering with us to enhance health, end hunger and overcome hardship now and into the future.
Carrie Hessler-Radelet, President & CEO
Carrie Hessler-Radelet
President & CEO
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