About Us

PCI’s mission is to empower people to enhance health,
end hunger, overcome hardship and advance women & girls.


Project Concern International (PCI) is a global development organization that drives innovation from the ground up to enhance health, end hunger, overcome hardship and advance women & girls—resulting in meaningful and measurable change in people’s lives.

Guided by the core values of integrity, accountability, respect and creativity, PCI envisions a world in which the most vulnerable people will have the power to lift themselves out of poverty and to create vital, healthy lives for their families and communities now and for the future.

Founded in 1961 by a young doctor from San Diego, California, who saved the lives of two small children while volunteering at a health clinic in Tijuana, Mexico, today PCI works in 13 countries across Asia, Africa, and the Americas, including the United States. Last year PCI’s programs impacted the lives of over 21 million people worldwide.

Global Communities & PCI Announce Merger

PCI’s nearly 60 years of impact reached a new milestone in April 2020 with the announcement of a merger with global development and humanitarian assistance organization Global Communities. As the organizations work together to integrate, PCI will be known as PCI, a Global Communities Partner.

Together, the combined organization will deliver sustainable change to tens of millions of people in over 35 countries. Both organizations share the same values and a mission of working side-by-side with communities at home and around the world. The merger will increase the impact of proven programs and leverage complementary but unique geographic footprints and technical expertise. Once merged, Global Communities and PCI will form one of the most dynamic U.S.-based international non-governmental organizations, working closely with the U.S. government, foundations, philanthropies, and corporate and individual donors who support programs that help transform the lives and livelihoods of families and communities.


Message from the CEO

Carrie Hessler-Radelet

Whether you are already familiar with our work or visiting this site for the first time, thank you for taking an interest in PCI’s ever-expanding story. We are a dynamic organization with an extraordinary culture and an incredible commitment to our mission. Our staff members have strong technical capability and deep roots in our communities that allow us to make meaningful, measurable and lasting impact in partnership with the people we serve.

Part of our common DNA is a sense of deep empathy; concern for others; intellectual curiosity and a dedication to learning, innovation and progressing our individual and collective competence.

We approach work with a sense of urgency because we understand the challenges we face as a global community. But we also approach our work with a sense of hope, optimism, and even unabashed idealism. We know – in our hearts and in our heads – that empowering our communities to lead long-term transformational change is not only possible; it is essential.

At PCI we strive to create a culture that honors the dignity of every individual. Whether an employee, volunteer, or local partner, we are all expected to act with the highest respect for each other and the communities we serve.

As you learn more about our organization and programming, I invite you to join us.

Carrie Hessler-Radelet
President & CEO, PCI

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