The International Humanity Foundation (IHF) is a non-religious, non-political, and non-profit organization that was founded by Carol Sasaki in 1987. Our mission is to educate the poor and to educate the world about the poor.
We believe in a “pass it on” philosophy. Those of us who have received an education pass on the gift of knowledge through teaching or sponsoring a child. In doing so, we envision a place where citizens become truly knowledgeable about poverty.
The “pass it on” philosophy also defines the way we run our organization, which functions almost entirely through the efforts of volunteers and sponsors from all over the world. We are changing the world one child at a time.
This policy is maintained year after year in order to keep its mission statement:
To educate, through real life experiences, not only our impoverished children, but also, equally, to educate many global citizens about the reality of impoverished communities and other cultures and to teach global leadership skills needed in the multi-layered realities of running an NGO (non-governmental organization) in such environments.
IHF owns its own buildings, which were bought at local rates by Carol Sasaki and her friends. IHF is an all-volunteer organization, with all long-term and short-term volunteers paying their own airfares. Due to this, IHF has very few administrative costs. All our sponsors’ money goes directly to the projects, none to advertising and large salaries. Our money is never used for eating out and fancy conferences or anything similar. Money donated for the children in need of help is simply used for that purpose and that purpose only.
The ongoing costs of the Centers and programs are funded by other means like the volunteers’ fees and general donations for that purpose. To use funds granted by many normal, everyday people from all religions, backgrounds, and cultures around the world for anything but basic needs would be unfair to many of our donors and sponsors, and at odds with our particular mission.