About our programs

Through our poverty and education programs IHF creates person-to-person communication links between the voiceless, at-risk populations and the ordinary everyday people of all walks of life. This facilitates the exchange of more accurate information on global poverty thereby educating each other and creating a world that is better prepared for effective problem solving.

The creation of these long lasting relationships is a learning experience for the poor and marginalized children as well as for the educated volunteers that participate in our programs. IHF policies and programs are firmly routed in a pass it on philosophy. This philosophy is a part of all our programs, and is embedded in the belief that all knowledge ever learned is gained through communication with others, thereby it is a responsibility for our children, staff, volunteers and sponsors to exchange this knowledge to reduce global misinformation and develop informed leaders for tomorrow.

IHF has four locations in Indonesia, one in Kenya, and one in Thailand.

We established the centers in Kenya because we wanted to work in a country where famine existed but that was also relatively safe for our volunteers to work in, so they could visit famine stricken areas to personally see what the effects of hunger on society are, to learn what the signs of malnutrition are, and to help those who face malnutrition.

The Thailand location in Chiang Rai was established as a preventative measure against the trafficking of children as sex slaves, which has been a major problem in the region since the Vietnam War. According to the UN, human trafficking is the third largest portion of the black market in developing nations after the trade of illegal arms and narcotics and this fact is unfortunately prevalent in Thailand, a country where sexual slavery has started incorporating into the tourism industry.

Indonesia has IHF centers in Jakarta, Bali, Aceh, and Medan. These centers primarily focus on educating children through the TEP and Class Sponsorship programs with some centers teaching over 400 students. The centers provide an informal place for children from lower economic classes to work with volunteers, which teaches the children to feel comfortable with people from different backgrounds at a young age.

IHF has many different programs, sponsorships, and opportunities to help:

Opens homes around the world to the most vulnerable and marginalized children from slum areas and nomadic/tribal villages who cannot be placed with relatives. At the IHF orphanages, children find a personal, permanent family-one that preserves the values and traditions of their culture in an informal, supportive environment conducive to growth and learning.
Finances expenses for education in countries where public education is a luxury and most of the poor cannot afford to send their children to school. Sponsors can provide the costs for tuition, books, uniforms and graduation ceremonies for one child.
Encourages class-to-class sponsorship and builds connections between students in the West and the poorest students overseas. In addition to English and computer skills, we teach math, leadership and life-skills, all designed to enhance our students’ problemsolving and teamwork abilities.
Provides emergency relief for the severely malnourished nomadic tribes of Kenya during periods of extreme drought. Our volunteers and local staff distribute enough food monthly to feed more than 500 malnourished tribes people (mostly women and children) who often walk all day to receive several handfuls of food.
Funds the purchase of chickens, goats and camels for the poorest starving families in rural nomadic tribes. Because they are often unable to farm the land they inhabit, many East Pokot tribes depend on these livestock as a reliable source of sustenance and self-sustainability.
Funds a basic medical facility staffed by one full-time nurse to provide free or low-cost health care to the children and surrounding community, as well as to our local staff. Medicine and first aid are IHF priorities in Kenya, and our vision is to provide a much larger range of medicines and services.
An extension of our orphanage and brings people together from surrounding tribes. Its 20 acres in the fertile Rift Valley of Kenya is a group effort of peace, development and sustainability. Children assist in tending it, and crops from this land provide income for the orphanage. Plentiful harvests are shared with the poorest tribes in the surrounding desert areas. We have programmes worldwide. . .

19 Comments Add yours

  1. Les says:

    My wife and I are coming to live in Bali for 12 months from December 2011 and I have just stumbled across this website. I was wondering (a) where I can get more details of the IHF programmes in Bali (b) if we have any skills to offer during our stay there or (c) are you mainly just looking for donations.

    1. Les, IHF is completely run by volunteers. We are constantly looking for more volunteers and the skills they have to offer. While donations and sponsorships are important, the volunteers (both at home and on site) keep IHF running. Our volunteers teach classes, work on community programs, as well as many other projects. Our Bali center is a little unique from the rest of our centers as it is solely and education center. You can read more about the Bali program here: http://www.ihfonline.org/manuals/BaliCenterManual.pdf

      And you can email volunteering@ihfonline.org to ask more specific questions.

      Thank you so much for your interest in our programs.

  2. Neni says:

    I am a housewife, a grandma of two who has been for sometimes wanting to have an activity to fill the pass time.

    I’m interested in educate children and may be not enormous but a little donation I can donate for IHF activities.

    What I have been wondering was Time Table, the location and how would be the committments or ‘rule of the game’ for a volunteers to work and dedicate themselves in taking part of solving poverties in Indonesia. What is the requirements to be accepted by IHF as a volunteer.

    Looking forward to your reply and thank you for the attentions.

    1. Thank you so much for your interest! We have 4 centers in Indonesia, one in Aceh, Bali, Jakarta, and Medan. We welcome volunteers year around from all over the world. You can find more information about the requirements and how to apply on or website at http://www.ihfonline.org/volunteering.php There is an application at that link. We would love to hear more from you, and hope to see you at one of our wonderful centers.

  3. James Kabiro Karuru says:

    kudos for the good work you are doing to bring smiles on desperate faces.I have just learnt that you have a centre in Kenya Nakuru.I am a young psychological counselor and i finished my studies(diploma) last year.I have a big desire to volunteer my services in one of your centres.Please let me know if it is possible.

    1. Hello, thanks for your comment, for volunteering questions please write to

  4. kyle swayze says:

    i was just wondering how i can learn more about these programs or if there is someone i can talk to personally. I would like to know how i would get started in something like this. thanks

    1. Dear Kyle,
      Thanks for your interest in our organization.
      Please get in touch with our recruitment team if you would like to get involved. volunteering@ihfonline.org
      For sponsors and contribution, please check http://www.ihfonline.org

  5. Connie says:

    My husband and I retired last year. We have an interest to help the children in Kenya, Thailand or Indonesia site. My husband was an ambulance officer before retired. He is a qualified trainer in some rescue related training. I worked in international human resources field for many years and have experience in expatriate management. Not sure if we can have chance to offer our help.

    1. Dear Connie
      Thanks for your interest in our organization.
      Please get in touch with our recruitment team if you would like to get involved. volunteering@ihfonline.org / hiring4@ihfonline.org
      For sponsors and contribution, please check http://www.ihfonline.org

  6. ann says:

    I’m indonesian, and i’m just graduated from university here. I found this blog few days ago and i’m interesting. I have no experience, but i do wasnt to be a volunteer.

    1. ann says:

      Sorry, i meant “want” not “wasnt”

    2. Hi ,
      Thanks for your interest in IHF
      Please send your CV to volunteering@ihfonline.org

  7. Lam Rita says:

    Hello, This is Rita. I am a chinese and i am interested for your program.
    I want to be a volunteer but i have no experience about this.
    Can i join? Thanks

    1. Hi Rita
      Thanks for your interest in IHF
      Please send your CV to volunteering@ihfonline.org

  8. Jill says:

    i’m a student, and i just found this blog and want to know more about the volunteer in jakarta. where can i got more information (i already check the official website, but still have no idea what’ll we do there) or maybe i can visit the center to see how’s it going (if that’s okay)..
    please pleaseee let me know…
    thank you very much~

  9. KCManejero says:

    Hello there Sir/Ma’am. I am Kyle from the Philippines but I am residing in Turkey. I am an undergraduate student. I find this blog and the website itself so interesting. I am also passionate about fighting poverty and promoting education to other people. I am very interested to participate and become a volunteer in your program. I need more inquiries about the programs. Thank you. 🙂

    1. Dear Kyle, Thank you so much for your interest on volunteering for IHF. Please, contact volunteering@ihfonline.org and they will detail to you all the steps to become a volunteer!Kind regards, Esther

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