Empowering people who help people

We seek out world changers and difference makers around the globe, and equip them to fulfill their unique purpose.

We Work Together

we listen. we advise.

Upstream seeks and builds relationships with individuals who are making a diference in their communities.
By finding those who are already creating change, we are deepening impact instead of duplicating it.

We believe that in every community, there are individuals with untapped potential ready to make their community a better place.

Upstream seeks out people that are impacting the world around them but lack the necessities to further their work. By building relationships and providing assistance in the ways that best fit each need, we can empower a community to make progress towards a brighter future.

Your support is powerful.

Make an Impact

You have the opportunity to impact the lives of individuals and families devastated by poverty. It’s through your generosity that we create such powerful change.

get involved.

Sponsor a child.

Being loved, wanted and cared for - that is what your sponsorship provides every child that we are blessed to help. $50/month covers food, uniforms, school supplies as well as access to medical care and education costs. Every child deserves to feel someone cares.

Sponsor a project.

Help us spread hope and change lives. Your sponsorship of a project we're involved in allows us to create a direct, meaningful impact on the lives and communities we serve. From building a school to simply holding a hand, we are never alone with your support.

General donation.

Every ounce of generosity matters! Through your donation, we're a huge step closer to helping a community, empowering a servant leader, and deepening the amazing impact of every project we support. Make a donation, change a life.

Take part in a trip.

Have you ever thought about taking a mission trip to help others in person? Join us in Haiti or Africa! Come see the work we are doing and immerse yourself in rich history and beautiful culture. It's a life-changing journey and we're thrilled to help you take your first step.

Our commitment is that our work will never outweigh the depths of our relationships. Because of the value we put on relationships we don’t look at people with pity, but with the worth to be empowered.

Darvens Anderson Sylveille

Darvens Anderson Sylveille

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Vanessa Louis Chery

Vanessa Louis Chery

Vanessa says that she loves jumping and enjoys going to school at Cite Soleil Community School.
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Jan 1, 2018 Faith

If you're anything like me, balance is an issue for you.

May 17, 2017 Faith

As Joe & I flew over Chicago on our way to our Wisco-home from Haiti, I was hard struck by the innumerable displays of elec

Apr 28, 2017 Impact

Quite a few months ago Joe was approached by a group of men in Citè Soleil.

Melodiana Lara Chery

Melodiana Lara Chery

Melodiana says that she enjoys playing around and when her mom prays for her. She lives in Cite` Soleil, Haiti.
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Apr 28, 2017 Faith

There will be days you want to stay in bed all day. 

Additional Journal Entries

Mar 28, 2017 Family

Julie sponsors Cierra through Upstream International's Child Sponsorship Program. Last October Julie met Cierra a

Feb 3, 2017 Impact

A couple of months ago, a group of bold young men mustered up the courage to ask Joe if Upstream would consider sponsoring them

Jan 25, 2017 Impact

 • 1.8 billion people around the world don’t have the luxury of simply walking up

Jan 17, 2017 Faith

Sometimes when I write the thoughts that are circling through my mind, I fear that you will think that I, or we, are in a bad s

Jan 3, 2017 Family

I knew when we decided to move our family of 10 to Haiti that there would be a cost. 

You can make a difference

Sponsor a child, mission or come join us on a trip of a lifetime.