SewHope, Inc

Health, Opportunity, Education

Toledo, OH   |  www.SewHope.org

Mission

SewHope partners with the poor, marginalized and exploited in Guatemala to help end the injustices of poverty and bring about sustainable communities.

Ruling year info

2008

Mission Administrator

Emily Osborn

Founder & Board President

Dr. Anne Ruch

Main address

P.O. Box 12522

Toledo, OH 43606 USA

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EIN

26-1639100

NTEE code info

(International Relief) (Q33)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

SewHope works to combat the systematic poverty that currently prevents many citizens of rural northern Guatemala from living full, dignified lives. We especially focus our efforts on women and children, who often suffer the brunt of the effects of lack of access to quality healthcare and education.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Education Program

SewHope's education program is a half-day after-school program designed as a supplement to the public education system (Guatemalan public schools are also only half-day programs). SewHope employs cutting-edge online curriculums that adapt to an individual student's needs, and, in addition, uses direct instruction, small group work, games, songs, crafts, and more to engage all types of learners.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Cervical cancer is one of the leading cancer killers of women in Guatemala. SewHope educates women about cervical cancer, provides pap smears, treats pre-cancerous abnormalities, and refers patients with cancer to appropriate services.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Economically disadvantaged people

SewHope's public health programs help families experience healthier and safer lives through homes and lifestyles improvements. From student gardens and the women's co-op, to tilapia farming and chicken raising, the Public Health program runs numerous project in collaboration with our community members.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Our results

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

Number of women who received a pap smear (for cervical cancer screening)

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Women and girls

Related Program

Cervical Cancer Prevention

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of students enrolled

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Education Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of meals served or provided

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Economically disadvantaged people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of chickens raised in our poultry project

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

SewHope aims to see communities and individuals transformed by the love of God and equipped with the skills and tools needed to self-determine their futures.

SewHope was founded in 2007 on the principles of the U.N. Millenium Development Goals and continues work towards the future described in the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals, specifically: (1) no poverty, (2) zero hunger, (3) good health & well-being, (4) quality education, (5) gender equality, and (6) clean water & sanitation.

SewHope focuses its efforts on women and children through:
1) A comprehensive cervical cancer prevention program
2) Childhood health initiatives including malnutrition programs, vitamin distribution, and deworming
3) Quality after-school educational programs for school-aged children
4) An agricultural co-op program for women to learn skills (such as gardening and raising chickens) and earn income from their products
5) Public health initiatives including clean stove installation and water filter distribution to support a healthy lifestyle

SewHope believes in empowering the local community by hiring our staff locally. All staff members in Guatemala are from the Petén (Guatemala's northern department).

SewHope is growing quickly in terms of its staff capacity. We employ 6 full-staff in Guatemala (and 2 part-time staffer in the U.S.) -- all of our staff believe in our mission and work hard towards its' accomplishment.

In 2013, SewHope purchased property in Santa Ana, Guatemala. That property now houses a medical clinic with modern equipment, administrative offices, a two-room school, and a small hostel for hosting visiting guests. Future plans include a larger school building to accommodate our growing education program. Our property also includes a vast garden area, complete with chicken coops, which is used by women and children for growing fruits, vegetables, and herbs, and raising chickens.

Since 2008, SewHope has performed 10,900 pap smears and 680 treatments for pre-cancerous abnormalities. We intend to expand this program in the coming years by hiring and training additional staff and increasing our outreach to rural villages.

Currently, SewHope has 90 children enrolled in our education program. We are currently in the process of building a separate, larger education center.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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SewHope, Inc

Board of directors
as of 2/26/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr. Anne Ruch

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No