mission + core values
To empower impoverished communities through high-impact, sustainable development.
Through actively pursuing our mission, we strive for the following:
We envision a world where each individual and community has the resources needed to improve their own lives, to lift themselves and future generations from poverty, and to live happy, meaningful lives.
These are the driving principles that inform not only our work, but the values we seek to reach in our own lives...
Do the Most Good
In life. Every day. Choices and decisions should be made from the perspective of having the greatest possible impact. Maybe not always for today, but for long-term sustainability.
Lead with Integrity
Allow an honest heart and a moral compass to guide you.
Listen to All Voices
We do not have all the answers. We actively seek the voices of our community partners, and all stakeholders, to understand and make decisions.
One Global Community
We recognize the shared humanity that binds us, and we believe in MLK’s position: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
We believe all people are entitled to the same opportunities regardless of race, color, gender, ethnicity, language, sexual orientation, religion or nationality.
Believe in the Potential of Others
Everybody, when given the resources necessary, is capable of taking the torch and running with it.
Pay it Forward
Take the good fortune that comes your way and pass it on.
WHY WE FOCUS ABROAD
We are often asked why we don’t focus our work on poverty here in the United States. To help understand why we do what we do, it’s important to understand our Core Values. We believe in doing the most good we can, for the most amount of people, with the greatest amount of impact. Considering the majority of the global poor live in sub-Saharan Africa, and the fact that the dollar can go a lot further overseas, our focus is clear. We believe the world is one global community, and to quote Martin Luther King Jr, “an injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” With the greatest global inequality existing in sub-Saharan Africa, and thus the ability to reach the largest amount of people, at the lowest cost, we are committed to our mission abroad.
Nevertheless, there have been times in our organizational history where we have responded locally. When Hurricane Michael struck the Florida Panhandle in October of 2018, we mobilized our resources and materials because the need was great, and our ability to make an impact was high. Over two years, The Sonder Project supported 233 households to recover through the clearing of trees and debris, replacing roofs, and rebuilding homes, ending our initiative in August of 2020. The Sonder Project is not a hurricane relief organization, but if an overwhelming need presents itself again, and we believe we have the resources to make a significant impact, then you better believe we will be there.