A New Adventure

"The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams.” ~ Oprah Winfrey

Twenty years ago, I traveled to Mexico as a member of a humanitarian missions construction team. I don’t know what I was expecting but I found myself, homesick, damp, cold, and bewildered. The level of poverty in the community where we were serving was beyond anything I had ever seen or experienced. Somehow, by the time I returned home, I was ready to repack my bags and travel to another country. Since then, I have traveled to sixteen different countries on thirty-five mission trips.

Topics: Health Medical Mission Packs medical relief Medicines

10 of the Best Charities Everyone's Heard Of

Charity Navigator, the nation’s largest and most prestigious charity monitor, has not only rated MAP International as a 4 Star charity once again, but has also given MAP a PERFECT 100 score! Today, Charity Navigator released the following ranking calling MAP "one of the 10 best charities everyone's heard of".

Charity Navigator says MAP executes our mission in a “fiscally responsible way while adhering to good governance and other best practices that minimize the chance of unethical activities.”

MAP earned perfect scores in Financial Health, Accountability and Transparency. We are 100 percent committed to bringing health and hope to children and families with the most need in over 100 countries around the world.

Topics: Health Medicines Relief MAP’s Charity Rating Charity Rating Financial Accountability Charity Navigator

Helping Special Children Lead a Full Life

Living with a disability isn’t easy. As a child in Korea, I contracted polio and lost my ability to run and play like other children. But because I was later adopted by an American family, I received excellent health care and today live a full life.

Topics: Health Medicines

Ebola, Two Years Later

Two years ago, as Americans were celebrating our independence with hotdogs and fireworks, West Africa was nearing the peak of the most deadly Ebola outbreak the world has ever faced.

Topics: Health Relief Ebola Liberia

The Philanthropic Side of Pharma

It’s easy to get the wrong impression about the pharmaceutical industry. Greedy entrepreneurs like Martin Shkreli make headlines for shamelessly inflating the prices of life-saving drugs. Politicians campaign on reducing the high cost of prescription medicines.

Topics: Health medical relief Medicines Global Health

World Refugee Day 2016

World Refugee Day 2016

Monday, June 20th, on the UN’s declared World Refugee Day, there are over 50 million refugees around the world.  Many of them are women and children, struggling to survive after fleeing their homes amidst conflict, famine, and natural disasters.

Topics: Health disaster relief medical relief Medicines Relief Partners Global Health

The Modern Mission Trip

This summer, thousands of Americans will use their hard-earned vacation days to visit some of the neediest countries in the world. They will join volunteers from their church, school, hospital or community organization to venture out on a “mission trip.”

While the term may sound somewhat old-fashioned, today’s mission trips provide much needed volunteer help to some of the most resource-poor communities in the world.  Instead of Americans going to direct others how to live, most trips are directed by local leaders who tell the volunteers where they are needed and how they can best help based on the community’s needs.

Topics: Health Medical Mission Packs medical relief Medicines

PRESS RELEASE: MAP International Awarded Perfect Score on New Charity Navigator Rating Service


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One Simple Pill: Deworming the World

 Helminthes.  It sounds like a character out of a poorly written book that wants you to struggle with the pronunciation. 

Worms, now we all know what that means.  Or do we? 

Topics: Health worms Medicines deworming

BIG Data for a Small NGO: Monitoring and Evaluating our Success

MAP International is celebrating 60 years of service to impoverished and at need people across the globe. While the mission and the heart of the organization has changed very little over the years – MAP International has evolved and is still evolving to remain a relevant player in humanitarian work.

One key area of evolving has been in the collection and sharing of data – the numbers and the stories. Who we are impacting, how are we doing it, where are the dollars going, what are the real changes in the lives of people… these questions must be answered for MAP and for you.  MAP, like many other NGOs, is working to constantly improve the way we collect data in the field through improving our internal and external monitoring and evaluation (M&E) process. This process is based on establishing expected impacts and outcomes with clear and measurable indicators of success and well planned activities that set us up to accomplish our goals within a given time frame. 

Topics: Health big data ngo monitoring