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TURIMIQUIRE FOUNDATION INC

“When we are dreaming alone, it is only a dream. When we are dreaming with others, it is the beginning of reality.” Dom Helder Camara

Cambridge, MA   |  http://www.turimiquire.org

Mission

Our mission is to help low-income families and communities in rural northeastern Venezuela to develop their potential and break out of the cycle of poverty characteristic of the area. We empower women and their children through our Recipe for a Thriving Community, integrating public health, public education and family planning programs with agricultural and environmental projects to help rural communities become productive and sustainable. We also offer targeted humanitarian aid in the current Venezuelan crisis. We believe that community-based experiments like our own can offer effective solutions and models in the less developed world. We think globally and act locally to contribute to the current United Nations Seventeen Sustainable Development Goals to Transform Our World.

Ruling year info

1996

President

Mr. Steven Bloomstein

Secretary and Treasurer

Mr. William Bloomstein

Main address

16 Crescent Street

Cambridge, MA 02138 USA

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EIN

04-3286660

NTEE code info

Family Planning Centers (E42)

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

Rural (S32)

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What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Venezuela is currently in a severe socio-economic crisis which is expanding and exacerbating poverty throughout the country. Public health in Venezuela is in poor condition, leaving low-income people tragically vulnerable to the lack of public services and widespread scarcity of common medicines and medical supplies. The private sector is also struggling to serve the diminishing middle and working classes that can now barely afford its services. Families and communities suffer immense stress when even the simplest health problems cannot be resolved Family planning is a stated policy of the Venezuelan government, but the nation has not been able to keep up with the tremendous demand for this critical elective service. In the state of Sucre, where we work, the teen pregnancy rate is one of the highest in the country, placing it among the highest in the Caribbean basin, and hence in the world. The unmet need for family planning remains enormous.

Our programs

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

Family Planning in Venezuela

Family planning is a stated policy of the Venezuelan government, but the unmet need for family planning remains enormous.

The Turimiquire Foundationhas spearheaded family planning services in the northeastern State of Sucre. Since 1997, we have supported family planning in public health facilities, private clinics, andrural dispensaries. We supply contraceptives, educational materials, and support for family planning services and reproductive health workshops.

Through Dec 2023, we have provided over 278,533 Couple Years of Protection, the metric by which USAID measures family planning achievement, to over 76,000 low-income rural and urban women and their families, an estimated 350,000+ beneficiaries. We have also offered more than 4500 Sexuality and Reproductive Health Workshops to over 98,500 student and adult participants.

All services are implemented by Venezuelan health care professionals in accordance with Venezuelan public health policies.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Adolescents
Adults
Health

Once families gain control of their fertility, they concentrate on giving their children the best possible future through schooling. We run a remote rural education center several walking hours up a river valley from the nearest road, and have a free Internet cybercenter in town. Rural and urban barrio students are supported with modest scholarships for high school and college. Over 500 of our students have attended high school, some 100 have graduated, we have 10 students in college, and five college graduates! Most students in these rural communities previously abandoned their education at or before the sixth grade. Our goal is to jump from illiterate parents to college graduates in one generation, a process that can normally take 3 or more generations.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Young adults
Young women
Adolescent girls
Older adults

We focus on environmentally sensitive rural community development, introducing low-impact utilities like solar electricity and gravity water systems, and promoting ecological agriculture, generating tools and self-sustaining employment for an enduring rural future. We have installed more than 30 solar (photovoltaic) electric systems for rural families, including the local school and chapel; and have installed and maintain an extensive gravity piped water system, providing over 120 dispersed rural households with clean water from the many crystalline mountain streams that feed into the river valley. We have introduced and disseminated a wide range of fruit trees that are new to the region, including Mangosteen, Durian, Rollinia, and Jackfruit, in order to expand the local food base, contribute to the local economy, and foster self-employment for the valley rural population.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Farmers

The Foundation has expanded our portfolio of medical services to include general surgery, orthopedic, ginecologic, pediatric, oncologic and other medical consultations and procedures, including laboratory exams, x-rays, CT scans, sonograms, biopsies, and laparoscopic diagnoses for low income patients who can no longer depend on the public health system. We are very fortunate to have dedicated medical teams that are able to maneuver through difficult circumstances and deliver high-quality medical service.

We help families resolve small problems that can become insuperable obstacles. Small sums can help to solve a myriad of individual and practical problems that will permit families and the rural community as a whole to survive, if not flourish. For example, $50 USD can lift a family through an immediate crisis and allow a child to stay in school.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
People with diseases and illnesses

Where we work

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.

We seek to show how in one remote rural community, the Rio Brito, where we have lived and worked for several decades, it is possible to help people visibly lift their own communities in the course of just one or two generations, by applying the three-prong "recipe" that we have developed: (1) Family Planning and Reproductive Health, (2) Rural Education, and (3) Infrastructure and Community Support.

We further offer our family planning services across three rural counties, in response to the enormous demand and unmet need that has enveloped us strictly by word of mouth from our original program on the Rio Brito.

We would like to introduce our "Recipe for a Thriving Community" to additional rural communities beyond the Rio Brito -- we have excellent nearby candidate communities in mind -- if we can receive the necessary funding to do so.

Our bottom line is always to change under-privileged human lives for the better, one after another, in the most efficient way possible, and in this way to leaven whole communities.

Financials

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TURIMIQUIRE FOUNDATION INC

Board of directors
as of 02/19/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Steven Bloomstein

Turimiquire Foundation

Term: 2020 - 2025


Board co-chair

William Bloomstein

Turimiquire Foundation

Term: 2020 - 2025

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