GRACE CARES INCORPORATED

A catalyst for development; where communities take the lead

Newfane, VT   |  https://www.gracecares.org/

Mission

GRACE Cares’ mission is to partner with local heroes and communities on small- scale community development projects that make a difference by empowering people to improve their lives. We do this with respect to local cultures and traditions. This is accomplished by helping to build healthy, educated, just, peaceful and productive communities. GRACE Cares provides expertise, funding, and support for health, education, peace, and social justice, cultural preservation, and economic development projects.

Ruling year info

2003

President

Dean Gallea

Main address

PO Box 442

Newfane, VT 05345 USA

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EIN

54-2081309

NTEE code info

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

GRACE Cares addresses issues that communities feel they need to survive; not what WE think they need. GRACE Cares accomplishes this by using local heroes within a community. These small changes over time lead to one big change. We are here to advise, support, and assist as much as needed.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Project Hearts

The mission of Project Hearts is to educate the people of Baitoa, located in the Dominican Republic in three areas. They believe that physical health, emotional health and economic health are interconnected; and that all three need to be met in order for success. Project Hearts wants to help provide their people with the knowledge & resources needed to transform their own communities. Since 2006, GRACE Cares has worked with Project Hearts on several successful projects, including a water project (W.A.S.H), community health leadership program, an elder care home, school improvements, safe stoves, and an egg business. They also build homes for the less fortunate and are working on several economic development projects. The vision is simple: Empower individuals and groups in Baitoa to make possible their dream of a happy, healthy and sustainable community.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

The Uzima Community Development Project supports the wellbeing and development of the Watha people in the Galana region of Kenya through development programs in education, health care, water access, and human rights training. The Wathas primarily inhabit four villages within the Kisiki sub-region with a majority living in Garisemuke Village in the Galana area. Most Wathas earn a living through farming, hunting, or charcoal burning. In addition to natural disasters and cyclical climate events like droughts, the Wathas have encountered the following developmental problems that have had adverse effects on their daily lives: access to clean water, poor infrastructure, healthcare, food security, and education. On December 22, 2018, the first organizational meeting was held in Garisemuke Village to introduce GRACE Cares to the elders and to present the proposed water project. In addition to the water project, there are plans to form women’s groups that will include livelihood training, microfinance programs, and development-building activities.

Population(s) Served
Indigenous peoples

Kali to Kali operates two projects—one in Pakistan and one in Rwanda. Kali to Kali aims to provide sustained education and wellness efforts in areas of need. These efforts are done by supporting local education systems and schools, providing access to clean water, addressing hygiene issues, as well as providing access to proper nutrition. Over the years, Kali to Kali has established long-term relationships with organizations overseas to ensure that sustainability can be continued. In addition, local workers are used to supporting and stimulate local economies.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
People of African descent

The Lucknow Project works to improve the educational system of rural villages in India, along with health and quality of life. Improvements to the educational and health systems have led to broader community empowerment and a sense of a future for the younger generations. Since 2006 the project has grown to employ six full-time, qualified, English teachers and are able to maintain the curriculum year-round. The Lucknow Project has been expanded to include an annual medical initiative, and they are recruiting physicians who are willing to donate their time for this cause. A community initiative is led by a group consisting of 7-10 members from each constituency in Amethi and they manages a small fund to help pay for marriages, funeral rites, birth certificates, hospitalization for a critical illness and other official ceremonies or emergencies.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Adolescents

GRACE Cares believes it is important to promote the arts and education projects that develop individual and community awareness on the importance of peacebuilding. By doing so, they join citizens across the globe to reflect on decisions that impact the lives of vulnerable people. We promote an agenda that respects the rights and responsibilities of humans: the right to be free and to live peacefully and to learn how to build peace within individuals, families, and communities.

B4 Peace uses art at the community level to engage communities in their own peacebuilding process. B4 Peace facilitates this exploration through art installations, performances, and peace-art workshops. In each project, B4 Peace utilizes multiple types of presentations to appeal to different people and their unique preferences. The model that B4 Peace follows is straightforward and profound: art + participation + discussion = transformation of hearts and minds.

Population(s) Served
Adults
At-risk youth

Thousands of indigenous Kakchiquel Maya households throughout the Chimaltenango department (~counties) of Guatemala live with constant financial uncertainty and instability, which greatly diminishes their overall quality of life. Community Finance Guatemala (CFG) is dedicated to reversing this situation by supporting indigenous Guatemalan women with the necessary knowledge and tools to empower themselves to organize their own financial systems.

Community Finance Guatemala provides financial education workshops designed to meet participants where they are at regarding literacy level, education level, and financial situation. Interested participants can also decide to receive savings group training to learn how to create and manage their own informal community bank. These community banks are comprised of friends and family members, are based on a solid foundation of trust, and provide easy access to financial services such as savings and lending on their own terms.

Population(s) Served
Indigenous peoples
Women and girls

The Munali Youth Empowerment Program (MYEP) provides early learning resources—books, reading workshops, health and safety programs—in the Lusaka Province of Zambia.

MYEP’s Knowledge in Motion initiative began in 2020. Since then, it has impacted more than 150 children with book deliveries and literacy workshops, facilitating unity through shared storytime. Books are borrowed on a rotating basis and are read individually or in a group, with many MYEP volunteers offering their time to read out loud. Moving forward, the project will provide the option for children and their families to receive books and educational materials in the comfort of their own homes.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Children
Preteens

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of free participants on field trips

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Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Project Hearts

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

2021 - Covid-19 limited our ability to conduct field trips

Number of new programs/program sites

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

GRACE Cares' is aiming to accomplish improved health, environmental status, peace, tolerance and education to communities all around the world. We do this with respect to local cultures and traditions. We focus on small-scale community development projects that make a difference by empowering people to improve their lives.

Some of our strategies include funding, as well as support for health, education, peace, social justice, cultural preservation, and economic development projects. We do this by listening to their needs and work together for change.

We help with fundraising to provide financial support. We assist with technical issues and marketing of their programs. We provide guidance for the program as it grows. We make site visits to watch progress and we monitor our identifiers for see changes in communities.

Along with our partners and local community heroes, we have accomplished: the creation of the WASH program, the building of schools, and teachers training in India and Rwanda. We provide sustainability by water purification systems, learning to garden, providing chickens for eggs in Baitoa. We built wells in Kenya, the WATHA community. We supported all these communities during COVID-19. In the future, we want to continue working with these programs and assist other communities in positive changes.

Financials

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GRACE CARES INCORPORATED

Board of directors
as of 02/25/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dean Gallea

Danielle Huffaker

Kasey Ochiltree

Sergio Garcia

Megan McLain Garcia

Daryl Caggiano

Philippe Elghouayel

Rita Bacho

Kasey Ochiltree

Organizational demographics

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