Partners in Sustainable Development International

Eradicating Poverty One Family at a Time

aka PSDI   |   Saint Louis, MO   |  www.psdintl.org

Mission

Mission Statement: Partners in Sustainable Development International's (PSDI) mission is to support and promote the eradication of extreme poverty through a combination of integrated and independent programs that empower the poor. PSDI exclusively supports the work of our sister organization, PEP (Poverty Eradication Program), who implements a holistic model of poverty eradication in Bangladesh that meets all the needs of the extreme poor as they begin their journey out of extreme poverty. This model has proven to be effective and efficient and has documented the lifting of 67,572 families out of extreme poverty - so far.

Notes from the nonprofit

PSDI is revolutionizing the way families can help themselves out of poverty. We are knowledgeable about the issues affecting the rural poor in the areas we serve and we stay up to date on current events in those areas.We genuinely believe in self-determination and hard work to preserve the dignity of each and every individual we serve. We demonstrate transparency, integrity, and accountability in all that we do. We have high standards when it comes to outcomes and evaluative processes, both in the field and in the office. We work hard every day knowing that we have the power to change the lives of hundreds of thousands of families.

Ruling year info

2005

Executive Director

Mrs. Nancy L. Jernigan

Main address

5200 Shaw Ave, Suite 1S

Saint Louis, MO 63110 USA

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Formerly known as

IIRDnorthamerica

EIN

20-1718533

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (P12)

Primary/Elementary Schools (B24)

Employment Training (J22)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

There are hundreds of thousands of extremely poor families living in rural areas of Bangladesh where access to much needed services and resources is impossible without adequate transportation or resources for adequate transportation. This is the population we serve - the underserved poorest-of-the-poor living in extremely remote rural areas. Our work helps to lift these families out of extreme poverty to a place where they have enough food for their family, a safe and secure place to live, ability to afford healthcare, and enough income being generated to be self-sufficient and grow their assets to continue their economic uplift. We do this through our efficient, effective holistic model of poverty eradication, serving all the needs of a family as we provide training and resources for their economic development.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Social Workers

PSDI's model to eradicate poverty is proven and measurable and empowers the rural poor to work their way out of poverty. Our innovative and holistic approach provides vital resources to families and assures financial independence and sustainability. The success of the model is a direct result of the relationship the family has with their social worker who is recruited from the village they serve and trained to implement all programs. Social workers visit the families they serve twice a month to review their progress and help them troubleshoot any barriers they encounter along their journey out of extreme poverty. They share information and resources and provide motivation and encouragement to the families they serve. Our social workers are vital to our success.

Population(s) Served
Families
Widows and widowers
Single parents
Economically disadvantaged people
Self-employed people

PSDI provides funding for 41 primary schools to support the education of children in extremely poor families living in the rural areas of Bangladesh we serve. These children cannot attend government schools in the 1st and 2nd grades due to their extreme poverty. The village provides the hut for the school and the funds are used to pay a teacher, purchase books and other materials needed, and to provide a meal or snack for the students each day. The students go to school for a half day, six days a week, year round and learn Bangla, English, math and social studies. Each day also includes dance, music, exercise, and art. A committee of mothers is established to assist the teacher, prepare food for the students, and keep the school clean. All parents meet monthly to discuss the importance of education and the needs of the school and students.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

The health of an individual is important in their ability to work and care for their family. PSDI and PEP have worked collaboratively with the Japanese Embassy and local government in Netrokona to open the Hajigong Rural Hospital in 2015. The hospital serves the local population of 25,000 individuals. A sliding scale fee structure helps make health care affordable for the extremely poor. We have served many other areas through rural clinics set up in each of the Districts we operate, however, lack of funding has caused these clinics to close. Reopening clinics is a high priority.
PSDI and PEP also have established a relationship with Vitamin Angels, a nonprofit that provides multi-vitamins and Vitamin A for children and pregnant and lactating mothers as well as Albendazole to help prevent blindness in children with poor nutrition. These vitamins are currently reaching 62,900 individuals in Bangladesh.

Population(s) Served

Once a family is stable and strong enough, our social workers discuss with them various income generating activities to begin bringing income into the household. The activities vary by location and the abilities and interests of the family. We provide resources, education and training to help them get started and continue to walk alongside of them along the way in the case of a family emergency that could derail their escape from extreme poverty. Examples of income generating activities are raising livestock, sewing, operating a small business or cottage business in the home, growing vegetables, land leases for small agriculture plots, and caring for fruit and timber trees or fish ponds. Our social workers visit families twice a month to check their progress and provide any additional resources.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Widows and widowers
Extremely poor people

Once a target family is identified, their situation is assessed and they are provided with food, water, clothing, and housing assistance to stabilize the family in preparation for the next steps of the program. In addition to personal development, community development is an aspect of the program through the installation of wells and latrines for use by members of the village.

Population(s) Served
Extremely poor people

Where we work

Awards

Global Development Network's Top 10 "Most Innovative Development Projects" 2001

World Bank

Global Development Network's Top 10 "Most Innovative Development Projects" 2005

World Bank

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

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PSDI's goals for the next 1-3 years are to increase our fundraising substantially through targeted fundraising strategies and to increase the awareness of the organization and it's work in Bangladesh through social media and other PR strategies.
PEP's goals for the next 1-3 years is to sustain their operations through new and innovative approaches to their work. They strive to serve more of the extremely poor population in rural areas of Bangladesh and to lift up entire villages through collective work to improve local economies.
Both organizations are finalizing their strategic plan to develop well-defined goals and strategies to move the organizations forward and ensure the continued success of serving the poor.

At PSDI in the U.S. we will continue to educate individuals and work toward heightening the awareness of the extent of poverty in areas of the world. We will work to increase the number of presentations done to people in the St. Louis area, develop a robust communications plan to include traditional and social media outlets, and enhance our development plan with engagement strategies, effective "friendraising" and fundraising events and other tools available to us.

At PEP in Bangladesh the strategies used to meet their goals are to continue implementing the holistic poverty eradication model and to strengthen existing partnerships while creating new ones with other NGO's, government agencies, businesses and organizations to create an efficiency to our work and offer even more options to individuals to uplift them out of poverty.

Our work with the Model in Bangladesh will continue to be successful due to the relationships established since the work began in 1987. The PEP organization's Bangladeshi staff have gained the respect and trust of the people there, both those they serve and other authorities within government and other NGO's. Social workers from the area are experienced and loyal to the program and will continue to work with us for many years to come. As economic development programs are established, they can continue to expand the be easily duplicated in other areas.

Increasing our organizational capacity in the U.S. will allow us to increase our ability to raise funds. Our plans are to add fundraising staff, increase the number of individuals serving on our Board, establishing a Jr. Board of young adults to become engaged in our work and to expand speaking engagements in area schools. We will also continue to search for grants to support our work, both here and in other parts of the world.

There is a heightened sense of awareness of poverty in Third World countries due to 24/7 news coverage, the popularity of the messaging being shared by Pope Francis, and the increase in charitable work worldwide. This is creating a sense of urgency to address poverty as a moral responsibility to our fellow man.

PSDI has successfully reached our goal of decreasing the number of families in poverty by 50% in 75 of the areas where the Model has been implemented. Over 56,000 families have been uplifted out of poverty since 1987. This is a significant accomplishment.

More families in Bangladesh could be reached with more funding. All partner families have a trained social worker that visits them biweekly. All partner families are first served with food, any repairs needed to make their home safe and dry, and any immediate short-term health issues are addressed. All families are provided with the resources necessary to implement an economic development plan designed specifically for their family. All aspects of the plan require resources.

We also want to promote our Model to others throughout the world in hopes to impact other poor populations. The holistic nature of the Model is unique and has yielded significant results. Individuals from throughout the world have traveled to Bangladesh to see the model and learn how to implement it in their country.

Financials

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Partners in Sustainable Development International

Board of directors
as of 07/11/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Robert Scanlon

Retired

Term: 2019 - 2023

Myles McCabe

Retired

Arham Chowdhury

Student

Riaheen Farzana

Converse Univ.

Jeff Basler

Spectrum

Fariha Chowdhury

Student

Andrew Wuellner

Retired

William Genova

Retired

Marvin Borgmeyer

Retired

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 6/16/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 06/16/2022

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  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.