One of the Best Organizations You’ve Never Heard Of…

Last week, I shared this cool video from the Gates Foundation as a way to highlight the impact of family planning efforts in developing countries. An astute On the Front Lines reader posted a comment in which she mentioned Pathfinder International.

You’ve never heard of Pathfinder International? Until I started working at the FPA, I hadn’t either. But I’m so glad to have learned about this amazing organization, with roots right here in New England.

It’s not a surprise that many people here in the U.S. don’t know about Pathfinder. Even their website acknowledges this with the comment, “We’re often unseen.”

How does an international organization that’s been around since 1957, works in over 20 countries, collaborates with more than 200 local partner organizations, and employs over 850 people remain relatively unknown even among advocates and supporters of family planning in this country?

The answer to that question lies in the organization’s core values and the way Pathfinder does its work.

Pathfinder’s mission is to ensure that people everywhere have the right and opportunity to live a healthy sexual and reproductive life.

From the beginning, Pathfinder’s founders knew this meant investing in local communities, helping them to deliver services through their own existing health systems and community structures. In countries throughout the world, Pathfinder works with local non-governmental organizations, government agencies, private sector institutions, and faith-based organizations to mobilize local communities in order to improve reproductive and sexual health.

Pathfinder has six main focus areas:

  • Adolescents
  • HIV & AIDS
  • Contraception & Family Planning
  • Advocacy
  • Abortion
  • Maternal & Newborn Health

The FPA is privileged to have collaborated with Pathfinder on several events here in Maine. And we’ve got another one in the works for next spring.

I just know you’ll want to learn more about this amazing organization.

You can watch this video and visit for first-person stories about how Pathfinder International is changing women’s lives — you’ll be glad you did.

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