“The leadership of this organization, rooted in such a remarkable woman, has changed so many lives and so many minds over the last century. I’m proud of the work we’ve done together.”
Hillary Rodham Clinton, former Secretary of State
“In 1990 a charitable organization called Helen Keller International started to encourage market gardens in Bangladesh, providing women (mostly) with seeds and advice. By 2003..., four-fifths of families in the target area had gardens, against 15% in the whole country. Almost all women and children were eating green vegetables three times a week, compared with only a third beforehand. And vitamin A intake had soared. Projects like this work because they improve what people like to eat anyway.”
The Economist, March 24, 2011, “Hidden Hunger."
“Helen Keller International’s worldwide expansion benefitting the most vulnerable populations is a testament to HKI’s real and measurable impact. There is much to be learned from Helen Keller International's transformative and encouragingly successful work.”
Henry R. Kravis, Co-Founder, Kohlberg, Kravis Roberts & Co., L.P. and Founder of the Kravis Prize
“That this nonprofit was started by such an irrepressible, extraordinary human being is only mirrored by its dedication to the exceptional, tangible work continued by its torch bearers, despite the challenging realities of being a global, life-saving entity. They have put remarkable, sustainable systems in place to change lives all over the world…”
Marie Josée Kravis, Chair of the Kravis Prize Selection Committee
“HKI’s multi-pronged approach to address VAD represents the organization’s ability to bring together a broad spectrum of effective programs, and influence and collaborate with a wide array of partners to ultimately have an important impact in the communities. HKI is a respected partner, innovator and leader within the global health community…In its nearly 100-year history, HKI has been steadfast in its commitment to help the world’s most vulnerable and disadvantaged by designing programs that can be owned and eventually sustained by the people it serves.”
David Nabarro, Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for Food Security and Nutrition, Coordinator of the UN High Level Task Force for the Global Food Security Crisis
“The way HKI functions in all its spheres is well illustrated by the example of vitamin A deficiency…Rather than simply be at the end of the distribution line, giving a vitamin A capsule to each child, they magnify and leverage their impact by changing global policy.”
Alfred Sommer, MD, MHS, Dean Emeritus and Professor, Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health—his pioneering research in the 1970s and 1980s revealed that twice yearly doses of Vitamin A reduces child mortality by as much as 34%
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