Partners In Development, Inc. (PID) was founded in 1990 by James and Gale Hull of Ipswich, Massachusetts, as an organization committed to the education and economic advancement of the developing world. Partners In Development works in direct partnership with those living in some of the most impoverished conditions in Haiti, Guatemala, and the United States. PID provides material, financial and educational resources, which enable the poor to construct and implement their own programs for development.
PID began its mission by offering a child sponsorship program. It has expanded from sponsoring a dozen children, when the program first began, to sending hundreds of children to school. Families who had children in the sponsorship program reported they needed help finding work. The result was our small business loan program, which lends participants capital to start or further develop a business. Since then, PID has provided hundreds of small business loans.
Squalor living conditions then prompted the beginning of the housing program, which moves families from inadequate housing to sturdy homes with bathroom facilities, clean water and a yard.
In an effort to provide whole life improvement, a medical program was established in 2002 to provide basic medical treatment, preventive care and health education services. The clinic quickly grew to treating 6,000 patients per year, and we now average 32,000 patients annually at our clinics in Haiti and Guatemala.
Late in 2013, PID announced that we would be expanding our impact by starting programs in the U.S. As the first step in our next chapter, we have been invited to work in the Mississippi Delta region.
PID hosts service trips to Haiti, Guatemala and Mississippi throughout the year. Trip attendees can learn how to build a house by hand or help with a children’s program, and licensed health professionals can volunteer their services in our medical clinics.
PID is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, tax-exempt organization. All donations are tax deductible.