AR2015 2017-01-08T14:07:59+00:00




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CEO’s Message

2015 was the most successful year in PCI’s history as we helped transform the lives of more than 19 million people around the world and expanded our program reach not just in terms of size, but more importantly in terms of quality.

True to our mission, PCI continues to make a significant difference in some of the world’s most vulnerable communities by strengthening families and communities to transform their own lives and achieve their full potential.

Over the past year, we were a leader in the Ebola response in Liberia; kicked off our largest program ever in Malawi to improve agriculture yields and maternal/child health and nutrition in the most rural areas of the country; received a second round of funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in India to empower even more women to care for themselves and their families; and expanded programming in many other countries.

PCI is also playing a very important role as a thought leader in the global development community with innovative commitments at the Clinton Global Initiative, a congressional briefing on Capitol Hill for World Prematurity Day and a rigorous discussion on public-private partnerships with the prestigious Brookings Institution.

PCI is poised to do even more in the years to come, rolling out our most ambitious strategic plan ever with a goal of deepening our impact to help transform millions more lives by 2020. Our theme is Innovation for Impact.

But none of this would be possible without the hard work and dedication of our staff and volunteers, strong collaboration with partners and the support of our donors. Thank you for making our work possible and for partnering with us to work with communities to enhance health, end hunger and overcome hardship around the globe.


PCI is poised to do even more in the years to come, rolling out our most ambitious strategic plan ever with a goal of deepening our impact to help transform millions of more lives by 2020. Our theme is Innovation for Impact.

Image: George Guimaraes, Tanzania, Stephanie Gaffney

Chair’s Message

This year represents a turning point for PCI as we updated our mission and vision as an organization to focus our work and redouble our efforts to ensure the results of our programs continue in the communities we serve long after we have gone.

Over 50 years ago, a young physician in San Diego was called late one night to an emergency in Tijuana as a three-year-old girl and her one-year-old brother were dying of pneumonia. With no proper medical equipment, he made a steam tent with a kerosene burner and saved the lives of those two children.

PCI was born that night as our founder, Dr. James Turpin, saw the impact he could have in meeting the needs of children in the developing world. Over the years, PCI has stayed true to that noble cause and today we are working in 15 countries around the world, impacting the lives of millions by fighting diseases like HIV/AIDS, teaching mothers the importance of nutrition and helping families survive and prepare for natural disasters.

Innovation was at the heart of Dr. Turpin’s invention that night, and it has remained a cornerstone of PCI’s work since 1961. This past year was no exception, and that is why I am pleased to present our 2015 Annual Report, Innovation for Impact.

This year represents a turning point for PCI as we updated our mission and vision as an organization to focus our work and redouble our efforts to ensure the results of our programs continue in the communities we serve long after we have gone.

On behalf of the Board of Directors, thank you for your partnership and support of our work this past year, and we look forward to continuing to impact our world with you in the years to come.


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

In the coming four years, PCI aims to significantly increase our impact, our influence and our resources to help transform the lives of the poorest and most vulnerable people in the world every year.

How will we achieve this?

Together with our partners, PCI is advancing how we create, measure and scale meaningful change for lasting impact. We’re driving innovation that sustains real and measurable change in the lives of people who face the greatest needs. And, through rigorous measurement, we ensure that solutions can grow with communities and remain effective long after we leave.

Achieving PCI’s vision, mission and 2020 goals will be directly linked to five key drivers of transformative change:

1. Innovation in Programs and Operations
2. Strengthened Community Capacity
3. Economic and Social Empowerment of Women
4. Sustainable Impact, Rigorously Measured
5. Program Quality

Our 2015 Annual Report demonstrates how we are integrating these drivers into our country programs throughout the world.

And as the global landscape continues to evolve, we have realized our need for renewed focus on what we do and why we do it.

This year, we have refreshed our mission and vision to match our core strengths. Building on the inherent potential within communities:

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

This statement better aligns and strengthens us for the future and will guide us as we work to achieve our vision:

The most vulnerable people in the world 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.

Our mission and vision are a continued promise to the communities we partner with and to our donors to ensure individuals and families have the tools they need to tackle their greatest challenges today and tomorrow.


Image: Ethiopia, Rudi Dundas


Innovation in Programs and Operations

Many brides in Bangladesh start their married life sharing a home with not just their husbands, but also their in-laws. As the newest additions to their families, these women most often have very little say in making decisions about their health, their nutrition and their own motherhood.

To improve health, nutrition and food security in Bangladesh, PCI helped form Care Group Trios through a USAID-funded program. This innovative model adds father and grandmother Care Groups in addition to mother groups to provide a more supportive and holistic approach to improving health of the entire family.

Sultana and her family are actively involved in our Care Group program in Bangladesh, where they learn about health, nutrition and hygiene. She became a Mother Leader, and her family members were so supportive that her husband and mother-in-law became a Father Leader and a Grandmother Leader. The three now work together to help their community and have grown stronger as a united team.

Sultana’s mother-in-law has become very involved in the Care Group program and works closely with the other Grandmother Leaders in their community. She also helped Sultana during her pregnancy. When her son grew ill, Sultana, her husband and her mother-in-law jointly decided to take the baby to the hospital. The little boy got better thanks to his three caregivers working together to make the best decisions for his health.

Over the life of the program, we found a 45 percent decline in the prevalence of underweight children when their families were involved in Care Groups.

More than 43,000 households participated in Bangladesh, helping to achieve food security and improved nutrition in the communities. The innovative approach of Care Group Trios enables all key decision makers in the household to have a voice in the family’s health and ultimately strengthens entire communities.


Image: Bangladesh, Wendy Stone


Strengthening Community Capacity

West Africa experienced the largest outbreak of Ebola ever last year. From the earliest days of the spread of the disease, PCI’s goal was to stop the epidemic in its tracks at the community level and strengthen Liberia’s health system to handle future shocks.

To do so, we worked hand-in-hand with local Liberian health partners and communities to fight the disease.

With generous support from USAID’s Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance, we managed the Ganta Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU) in close partnership with the Liberian Ministry of Health and Social Welfare.

PCI’s work slowed the spread of the Ebola virus through Nimba County, isolated existing cases, provided high-quality medical care, and supported ongoing outreach programs in the community to families like Fatu’s.

When Fatu’s father got sick, she took care of him. But as his symptoms worsened, he was sent to a local hospital. Fatu learned that her father had Ebola. Two weeks later, she developed the same symptoms as her father. She immediately called the county health team, and they took her to the ETU, where she received life-saving care and treatment.

Fatu’s experience with Ebola motivated her to become part of PCI’s community outreach team. She then helped community members understand Ebola and trust that a cure was possible so survivors were welcomed back into their homes and neighborhoods.

Our commitment to support the Nimba County health team never wavered. Over 2,300 people were screened for Ebola and the ETU directly and indirectly benefited over 200,000 people in the region.

Our ETU was the only one in the country staffed fully by professionals from Liberia. The staff trained personnel in every health facility in the county on infection control and prevention, leaving Liberia with a well-trained and prepared cadre of medical staff who can be called on in the case of another outbreak.


Image: Liberia, Janine Schooley


Economic and Social Empowerment of Women

Women are effective agents of change in their communities, and through our Women Empowered (WE) program, we have seen firsthand how important economic empowerment is. But looking beyond dollars and cents, advancing social capital and opportunities for women is as critical to alleviating poverty and improving lives.

In collaboration with Solar Sister, a partner that empowers women entrepreneurs to sell solar powered lights and cleaner cook stoves to their communities, PCI is applying WE’s Wealth Generation Pathways to improve women’s standing in communities.

Wealth Generation Pathways integrates our WE savings-led groups with private organizations to create access for women entrepreneurs to multiply their income at a greater rate. Higher income equals a better quality of life and a stronger social standing for these women, their families and communities. At the same time, clean energy leads to better health and education.

Zuhura is a WE member and social entrepreneur in Tanzania who purchased portable solar lights and energy-saving cook stoves through her local Solar Sister who is also a WE member. The savings by switching to clean energy is helping Zuhura expand her personal business selling secondhand clothing and provide for her six children.

Zuhura replaced the family’s old kerosene lights and stove, which produced toxic smoke, so her family can now breathe easier.

For Jovina, her 12-year-old daughter, having a solar light at home also means being able to finish her homework. The solar light produces reliable, brighter light, and Jovina can focus on her studies and her future, even after dusk.

Our WE program has doubled over the last year, working with 18 local partners in 19 programs across 12 countries. Globally, WE groups – with over 438,000 members – surpassed $3.5 million in cumulative savings and over $2.9 million in loans issued.

The confidence, leadership skills, higher self-esteem and social cohesion women gain through WE groups, combined with economic access through partners like Solar Sister, result in real and lasting impact.


Image: Tanzania, Solar Sister


Sustainable Impact, Rigorously Measured

PCI has a rich legacy in achieving and measuring sustainable results to strengthen families and communities to provide for themselves. Ensuring local ownership and sustainability readiness are key in all of our programs.

In partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food for Education (FFE) program, we ensure more than 200,000 school children in Guatemala, Nicaragua and Tanzania receive a nutritious daily meal so they can concentrate on their studies, and not on their empty stomachs.

A school meal is often the only guaranteed source of nutrition a student receives and acts as a big incentive for parents to keep their children in the classroom.

Consolata is one of the nearly 100,000 children participating in PCI’s FFE program in Tanzania. This 11-year-old lives with her five siblings, father, mother and grandmother. Four days a week, she receives a nutritious meal of rice and beans at school to help her concentrate on her studies.

PCI goes beyond simply providing a meal though. We teach families and communities how to provide for themselves with more effective farming and food storage techniques, as well as share how to increase crop yields and improve food security, health education, hygiene and sanitation.

To ensure a school feeding program can be sustained beyond the life of the project, PCI’s FFE program design includes tailored technical assistance for each school and collaboration with local officials and farmers to guarantee long-term success.

PCI developed a strategy to measure and quantify sustainability in each of the 294 Tanzanian schools currently participating in our FFE programs. It identifies areas where schools require additional capacity building and investment in order to prepare them to graduate from the program.

This sustainability strategy was first applied to our Bolivia program with municipal governments trained by PCI to procure food from local markets and ensure proper storage and handling.

Today these 52 Bolivian municipalities continue to provide daily meals to over 110,000 Bolivian children. The lessons learned are now being applied to our programs in Guatemala, Tanzania and Nicaragua to ensure children continue to receive nutritious meals and communities can provide for themselves.


Image: Nicaragua, PCI Staff


Images: Bolivia, PCI Staff; Tanzania and Zambia, Janine Schooley


Program Quality

To bring about transformational change that is sustainable, it is crucial to continually learn from each of our programs in their unique country and cultural context.

That is the kind of innovative quality we have worked to achieve in our Parivartan program — a unique collaboration between PCI and the government of Bihar, India, supported by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Parivartan means transformation in Hindi, and the program’s approach is designed to do just that, integrating maternal and child health, nutrition and family planning interventions into local groups of 15 to 20 mothers.

PCI’s approach to Program Quality allows the Parivartan team to regularly identify what targets are lagging behind and create discussions around the causes and potential solutions. This analysis has led to quick adjustments to how the program is being implemented on the ground and how families like Tabassum’s are benefiting from improved Program Quality.

Tabassum’s family is landless, her husband runs a small shop that makes quilts and mattresses and she has four children. When Tabassum was first introduced to Parivartan, she was hesitant about joining a community group, but did so with the encouragement of women in her village.

Through the program, Tabassum has not only learned about antenatal care, birth preparedness and newborn care, but also the power of savings. She received and repaid a loan of 20,000 Rupees to expand her husband’s business and further secure her family’s financial future.

Now the government of Bihar is partnering with PCI to work with 15 million women and families by 2020. That’s good news for families like Tabassum’s.

PCI’s comprehensive and systematic approach to Program Quality enables us to deliver programs that add value to people’s efforts to transform their own lives and allows for greater, widespread impact on global poverty and poor health.


Image: India, Janine Schooley

Mobilizing Youth
For Community

Nicaragua’s expansive Caribbean coastline and border with Honduras contribute to the country’s struggle with the drug trade, leaving the youth especially vulnerable.

With support from the U.S. Department of State, PCI’s POSsibilities (Peace, Opportunity, Security) project is bringing together local Nicaraguan NGOs and universities to educate and engage community leaders, business owners, women’s groups, journalists and young people to make their neighborhoods more resilient against drug trafficking. A special effort to involve the youth is helping in the fight against drugs there and in the U.S.

Mike, a 20-year-old from Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua, has been an active participant in transforming his community. Mike had a violent streak and was abusive in his relationships, but after attending workshops on leadership, conflict resolution, human rights, and drug prevention, his eyes were opened to a new way of living life.

He became a youth promoter who took the different themes learned in the workshops and educated his peers. Mike and more than 400 other youth promoters have now reached thousands of young people in the area, helping to combat the region’s problem with drugs and violence. Many of these youth leaders are also actively engaged in efforts to map out risks and assets in their communities and devise solutions, such as installing street lighting in areas highly susceptible to crime.

Programs like this are equipping the next generation of leaders, like Mike, with the tools they need to make their communities stronger, safer and more resilient against violence and drug trafficking.

Image: Nicaragua, Summer Williams

is change that unlocks new value.


2015 Financial Highlights

FY2015 FY2014
Cash Support 53,841,967 39,368,677
Non – Cash Support 9,431,434 4,246,223
Total Support and Revenue** 63,273,401 43,614,900
Program Services 50,217,634 37,118,756
Management and General 8,461,426 6,954,856
Fundraising 793,894 925,803
Total Expenses 59,472,954 44,999,415
Unrestricted 10,093 16,484
Temporarily Restricted* 3,710,494 (1,426,109)
Permanently Restricted 79,860 25,110
Beginning of Year 4,123,679 5,508,194
End of Year 7,924,126 4,123,679



* Unspent temporarily restricted funds are carried forward and therefore may produce deficits in the years when expended. Included in management and general costs are $2,597,000 and $2,100,000 in programs support costs during the years ended September 30, 2015 and 2014, respectively. Complete audited financial statements can be found on PCI’s website.

** The significant increase in PCI’s revenue in Fiscal Year 2015 is in part due to our leadership role in responding to the Ebola crisis in West Africa. PCI was privileged to be on the frontlines of this fight with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

Thank you to our


Larry and Jan Pritts have been part of the PCI family for more than four decades. Jan worked on numerous Walks for Mankind for PCI, introducing thousands of young people throughout the Midwest to community engagement and philanthropy. Jan and Larry have visited PCI in the field, in the U.S. and around the world, spending a significant amount of time and energy on PCI projects in Zambia that are especially close to their hearts. We are honored they consider their involvement with PCI to be life-changing, and we are grateful they have helped us make a difference in the lives of millions of children around the world.


Chris and Rebecca Twomey have been PCI supporters for more than 20 years. Chris has served on PCI’s Board of Directors, lending his business acumen and considerable talent to the Audit and Finance Committees. He and Rebecca have supported our Walks for Water and Hands Across Borders galas for many years and have visited PCI programs, seeing how far their dollars go in the field. This year, they took their three young daughters to visit PCI programs in Guatemala, introducing them to service and creating a family legacy of global citizenship.


PCI has been blessed over the years with friendships dating back to the very first days of our work. One of those very special people was Dr. Carlyn Halde, a professor of Microbiology at the UCSF Medical School and one of the first volunteers for PCI in our Casa de Todos clinic in Tijuana. She could always be counted on to recruit her best and brightest students to serve with us on the ground, often in faraway places like Vietnam and Hong Kong. In recent years, she was an active member of our long-time volunteer committee in the San Francisco Bay Area, which offered its time and treasure in support of our programs overseas for many, many years. Dr. Halde passed away on June 11, but her spirit and belief in our mission will live on.


PCI salutes all our corporate partners for striving to make the world a healthier, more hopeful place to live. Here are a few:


MEDTRONIC has helped thousands of families in communities across Tijuana build the foundation for a healthy life by generously funding PCI’s Healthy Children, Healthy Families program. The program offers nutritional counseling sessions and immunizations for children under the age of five and their mothers. It also equips community members with knowledge and tools to lead healthier lifestyles and prevent obesity, diabetes and heart disease. Gerardo de la Concha, Medtronic’s Vice President of Mexico Operations, has said they support PCI because “we both want to restore health and build healthy communities.”


Cubic Corporation has been a friend to PCI since our earliest days when Cubic’s founder, the late Walter J. Zable, joined a group of business executives to back PCI founder Dr. Jim Turpin and his mission to bring health and hope to vulnerable people around the world. Walter C. Zable continued the tradition and since then, Cubic has graciously underwritten many events, including our flagship Hands Across Borders gala as well as our Walks for Water. Cubic Corporation is a valued partner of PCI and an important ambassador for PCI in our community.


Southwest Airlines has been a corporate partner and PCI sponsor for more than 15 years, helping us touch the hearts and lives of millions around the world. With Lidia Martinez, their Manager of Corporate Community Affairs, leading the way, Southwest has donated essential in-kind resources to our work and facilitated introductions to important partners, media and like-minded organizations. Lidia has been instrumental in supporting our U.S. Border Programs in San Diego, our Annual Hands Across Borders Gala and other key initiatives.


Board of Directors

Ambassador Gaddi Vasquez
Chairman of the Board
US Ambassador (retired)
Senior Vice President, Government Affairs
Edison International

Nancy Plaxico
Managing Director
Retired Vice President
Healthways, Inc.

Anne Otterson
Chair Emerita
Community Connector

Judith A. Ettinger
Past Managing Director

Joseph Abbate
Director, Financial Planning & Analysis

Vikrant Batra
Vice President
Hewlett Packard

William Bold
Senior Vice President, Government Affairs
Qualcomm Incorporated

Alejandro Bustamante
Senior Vice President of Operations
Plantronics, Inc

John D. Collins, Esq.
Of Counsel
Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton, LLP

Ruth M. Covell, MD
Associate Dean Emeritus
Emeritus Director of AGRC
UCSD School of Medicine

Gerardo De La Concha
Vice President
Medtronic Mexico Operation

Sandra Hadley, CRS
Carrington Real Estate Services

Norm Hapke
Jacobs Family Foundation
Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation
Hapke Family Foundation

Peter Huffman
Senior Vice President
Merrill Lynch

William C. McQuinn, MD
McQuinn Realty, Inc.

Haida M. Mojdehi, Esq.
Community Leader

Linda Moore

Neil Otto
Managing Director
Otto Family Foundation

Karen Paterson
Managing Partner

Royce Pepin, AM, MBE, GCSJ, PhC
Pepin Pharmacies

Cheryl Pia
Pia Communications, Inc.

John H. N. Potter II
Vice President & Managing Partner
Strategy & UK

Bhasker Shetty, PhD
Vice President, Pfizer Worldwide R&D,
La Jolla Laboratories

Robert S. Sullivan
Stanley & Pauline Foster Endowed Chair
Rady School of Management, UCSD

Lawrence A. Weitzen
Senior Vice President
Alliant Insurance Services, Inc.

Alan Wheat
Chairman of Public Policy
Polsinelli PC