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  • You Look Nice Today. Before you walk a mile in anyone's shoes, you should slip on a pair of Outreach-branded socks! Just like Outreach's work in communities around the world, these socks are high-quality, long-lasting, flexible, a great fit for any style' and also a unique way to let everyone know they should follow in your footsteps.
  • All Heart, Fewer Sleeves. Turn some heads and change some minds. Show your commitment to Outreach's brand of goodness by looking the part—our teams in the field, as well as everyone at HQ, wear these regularly as we work with communities to create a sustainable end to poverty. Unlike this shirt, you'll never fold. Grey Medium is currently out of stock! We apologize for the inconvenience.'
  • Lookin' Good. What's the world look like through Outreach-colored glasses? Beautiful, hopeful, and free of strain. Even better, while your eyes are most certainly protected by these sunglasses, your view of the bright future our work ensures will never dim.
  • Fill 'er Up. It's hard to improve on the bucket. A time-tested means of conveyance, it remains the most sensible, effective means to transport most liquids and many solids. With water collection such a central part of daily life in Outreach-affiliated communities, buckets are on every list.
  • Student Bodies.'Most kids giddily splash around in mud puddles and engage in contests to determine by taste who among them has the dirtiest hands. We can't blame them for their enthusiasm, but we can educate them on the steps they can take to wash up for their own well-being. There's nothing wrong with a lot of good, clean fun, either.
  • Dish It Out. Bring families together and help them fill their tummies with nutritious, home-cooked meals, while they fill their hearts with memories of the time they spend together.
  • Community-run art classes are more than just a great way to keep kids engaged in otherwise-empty hours, they're a framework that nurtures empathy, a context for intuition, and a universal language to share beauty with others as they grow, finding inspiration everywhere along the way. Art is a perfect field guide for an uncertain world.
  • Duck, Duck, Choose. In an uncertain world, you can count on ducks. They're here to help! As self-starters, they give eggs regularly and without complaint, and their fastidious nature minimizes upkeep costs. They hold up their end of the arrangement. Any incidental costs? Just put it on their bill.
  • A salad with only one ingredient isn't a 'salad,' it's an 'ingredient.' Provide a variety of seeds for our partners' gardens, and you'll provide an agricultural buffer against potential pests, inhospitable weather, and a greater earning income at market after harvest time. Around the table, you'll ensure that families' diets are more varied and nutritious, and that every meal is as filling as it is fulfilling.
  • Look, there on the ground! It's a basin! It's a dispenser! It's a—jar? Sure, why not? Whatever you call it, the function and benefits are the same for our partners: A trustworthy, in-home, refillable means of storing and dispensing clean water that keeps contaminants out while saving time and effort. Plus, it sort of looks like a nose, which is fun.
  • Soup's On (and On, and On...) Plates and forks and stoves, oh my! Not just flatware—flat-everywhere. Let's stock some cabinets.
  • Espress Your Support. HopeBlend's crisp citrus flavor is complemented by delicate, full floral notes, finished with a light, sweet, caramel-apple body, made from beans sourced in Asia, Africa, and Central America, all blended by The Roasterie, a Kansas City-based company. It's 10 ounces of whole-bean, Fair Trade Certified inspiration, and part of the proceeds goes directly to Outreach. Take a mighty, empathetic swig of it from your mug every morning, and feel the jolt of all the good for which you're responsible. Powerful stuff.
  • Literacy unlocks the world. Beyond providing instruction and information, it's a foundation for innovation, inspiration, and introspection in readers. Adult literacy classes are perhaps the most fundamental, practical means of empowerment for our community partners, as they learn to demystify the written world and find meaning in the words around them.
  • What's the difference between knowledge and understanding? Empathy. Regular tutoring is an opportunity for struggling students to cement fundamental facts, rack up study strategies, refresh slippery concepts, and expand their understanding alongside instructors primed to serve as experts, as well as mentors.
  • Trees are models of generosity in the natural world. Here, have some shade. How about some wood you can sell at market or use for heating and cooking? Plenty you can do with these leaves! Might as well make this air cleaner and sweeter, too. Trees show all the other plants what it's like to be better than bush league.
  • Why did the chicken cross the road? If it's a chicken in one of our partner communities, it was probably in mid-celebratory strut, proud of its role as a delicious, egg-producing, income-generating asset to its owners. Outreach chickens always have great self-esteem, and they always look both ways for safety— no joke.
  • Show and Tell. Thrill to the ethical adventures of Guarda the Motmot Bird and his vibrantly colored set of ani-pals as they team up to save each other's homes from scary storms in Outreach's own beautifully illustrated children's book! Find a kid you love, cuddle close, and enjoy the same sort of happy ending toward which we all strive, through our support for our community partners.
  • They Can Dig It. If you're a farmer, you're going to need some tools if you plan on growing more than weeds and ferns. Outfit a farmer with shovels, rakes, pitchforks, hoes, and a litany of other instruments to make the soil sing.
  • Lavaplatos Sinks, Hope Floats. Lavaplatos, the Spanish word for "dishwasher," provides the most basic, effective means of draining excess water used for bathing, laundry and food preparation away from homes. The basin's strikingly sensible design, ease of installation, and hygienic efficacy definitely make it a life-changer, if not a life-saver. Recipients share a portion of the cost for each basin, which has been modified from its original design to better suit our communities.
  • Malachite Necklace
    Green and Bear It. Handmade in an Outreach affiliated community in DR Congo, each piece of malachite is utterly unique, dappled with swirling spirals, banded stripes, and sparkling spots in every shade of green. Wearing one serves as an opportunity to share stories of Outreach's work, as well as standing as a symbol of the lasting impact in communities worldwide.  
  • Spread Generosity, Not Germs. Bad news: Poor hygiene is one of the most persistent, ruinous issues facing those in impoverished communities. Good news: Hand-washing stations are a simple, social way to promote hygienic habits, so the only thing going viral is the news of how to stay healthy.
  • Sure, you can save some money building a house out of sticks or straw. But for real, lasting shelter, you're gonna want to invest in something more resistant to heat, cold, rain, and the huffs and puffs of pushy wolves. Just like all of Outreach's work, the right materials, expertly applied, last a lifetime.
  • Thanks to the innovative determination of a number of women in Outreach-affiliated communities, addressing basic healthcare needs no longer demands a long trip to a distant clinic and a stack of unexpected expenses. Visiting mobile clinics are an affordable, convenient, professional way for women of all ages to get well, stay safe, and feel great. From screenings to checkups to all the treatments in between, visiting nurses and doctors ensure that patients avoid preventable issues, lead longer, healthier lives, and are treated as equals, not numbers.
  • A more educated world is one more apt to solve the problems facing it. Give girls and young women access to education, and you'll equip them with the ability to take active roles in the tomorrows we all share.
  • Think about your first bike: It was likely your first taste of freedom, and your first tug of responsibility. Whether or not you had a plan–or even roads–you were ready to roll. For kids in Outreach-affiliated communities, bikes are a both a practical means of navigating unpredictable road conditions and a nice metaphor for our approach to empowerment: Combining human-centric determination, effort and balance to build inertia and blaze a path toward whatever destination they have in mind (once they're home from school).
  • That's Some Pig! From their curly tails to their twitchy noses, pigs are uniquely suited to providing barnyard benefit. They represent a cost-neutral source of fertilizer, as well as an ever-fattening value at market. They're so ingenious, they even found a use for all that mud that would otherwise go to waste.
  • Farmer Fund-amentals. Agricultural practices evolved over thousands of years, so new farmers have some catching up to do. Forget about teaching a person to fish—teach people to farm, and you'll equip them with valuable skills, as well as giving us a more expansive metaphor for sustainable success we can use in our future marketing materials!
  • Piglet + Pedro the Pig Piglet + Pedro the Pig
    That's Some Pig! Pedro's just as charming as his biological counterpart, but twice as cuddly. Buy a real pig from our catalog, and we'll send you Pedro, who arrives prepped and ready for your affection. This purchase includes a plush toy piglet named Pedro, who measures 7" long from tip to tail.
  • Ask the pros: Stars are the best vessel for wishes. This year's Outreach Ornament is a celebration of the people who make up our constellation of supporters, volunteers, staff and partner communities, as well as a dangly reminder of all the hopes we fulfill and empowerment we inspire in each others' lives. Just like Outreach's methodology and rationale, this year's ornament has a lot of excellent points, and a well-rounded support structure.
  • Duck, Duck, Choose. In an uncertain world, you can count on ducks. They're here to help! As self-starters, they give eggs regularly and without complaint, and their fastidious nature minimizes upkeep costs. They hold up their end of the arrangement. Any incidental costs? Just put it on their bill.
  • Full Tummies, Hungry Minds. Passing notes, watching the clock, doodling in margins' school has enough distractions. Hunger shouldn't be another one. Provide students with three nutritious meals daily, and give them the energy they need to succeed in their studies and get the most out of every recess.