HELP International

Health and Well-Being, Law and Justice, Economic Opportunity

Geography: Global

Founded: 1999


455 North University Avenue
Provo, UT 84601

About HELP International

The mission of HELP International is to empower people to fight global poverty through sustainable, life-changing development programs.

In an effort to relieve suffering caused by Hurricane Mitch in Honduras, several Brigham Young University faculty and students founded HELP International in 1999, as H.E.L.P. Honduras. The initial group of 46 volunteers raised over $115,000 and spent four months in Honduras conducting humanitarian aid work and providing microcredit loans to those in need. These initial projects affected the lives of an estimated 4,000 people, providing relief to many people who were left homeless by Hurricane Mitch.

Since then, HELP has grown to be a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization specializing in three core competencies: (1) public health, (2) education and (3) entrepreneurship/business projects. Though HELP has engaged in primary aid relief in the form of earthquake and tsunami aftermath relief efforts, its primary drive is to work more in the context of secondary development relief with training initiatives, and program partnering.

HELP currently runs programs in El Salvador, India, Uganda, Peru, Tanzania, Thailand, Belize and Fiji. HELP has grown and changed through the years and continues to focus on facilitating poverty alleviation worldwide by adhering to its mission to fight poverty and empower people.

Women's Programs

HELP International implements various programs including certain women-centric programs. HELP partners with individuals, schools, orphanages, and women’s organizations to develop business models. In addition, through their public health programs, 703 women were taught in breastfeeding, nutrition and menstruation cycles. Their various programs to promote sustainable living and to fight poverty have had far-reaching effects for the women in these communities.