1. We believe in accountability and individual responsibility. Our method of mentoring empowers people to take action, to accept and act upon constructive feedback and to grow in greater self-reliance. Those who receive assistance, including those we mentor, then have a responsibility to help others.
2. We work in international areas of extreme poverty where resources are limited and in geographies close to our trusted network of leaders and support. We will expand only prudently from those geographies as our leadership and funding can sustainably support expansion without diluting our offering.
3. We believe in developing sustainable and trustworthy networks of international leaders and partners to further our mission. We endeavor to maintain deep roots in each area of operation.
4. We are a faith-friendly organization. We believe in the role of God and faith in making the personal changes necessary to rise above poverty. We partner with religious and faith-based groups to accomplish our work. We are not an extension or promoter of any particular religious creed.
5. We develop, train, and support in-country mentors and leaders with minimal U.S. staff. We believe in and trust the people we serve. We work with small operational teams that are fully accountable to deliver optimal results with the resources we have.
6. We focus on operational and impact excellence. Though we will promote our efforts, we are biased toward doing excellent work which speaks for itself.
7. In addition to support from generous donors, we will utilize sustainable operations that themselves generate significant, reusable funds.