Agriculture, Food, Nutrition

KORE FOUNDATION INC

Sustainable Solutions to Extreme Poverty

aka KORE Foundation   |   Gallatin, TN   |  www.korefoundation.org

Mission

We seek to provide sustainable solutions to extreme poverty for the people of Haiti.

Ruling year info

2010

Executive Director

Jennifer Farber

Main address

695 Nashville Pike #101

Gallatin, TN 37066 USA

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EIN

26-3196544

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Agricultural Programs (K20)

Nutrition Programs (K40)

Economic Development (S30)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Haiti only produces enough food to fill the needs of 55% of its population, importing some $400 million in food each year to fill the gap. Poultry farming in Haiti is also primitive and low yielding. Scavenging hens may lay only 30 eggs/yr where optimal conditions encourage production as high as 260 eggs/yr. Currently, up to 80% of Haiti’s poultry for consumption is imported. With proper training, quality breeds and implementation of best practices, there is opportunity to equip smallholder poultry farmers to yield high returns in eggs, and stimulate the economy while alleviating Haiti’s shortage of nutrient rich, easily accessible Animal Sourced Foods. The traditional malnutrition model has been based on relief: handing out free, imported food, providing a short-term fix and rarely transitions to development.

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?

Small Holder Poultry Enterprises

Small business loans are given to Haitian families who successfully complete business, operations and marketing training.  Loans are paid back over a two year period and the money is reinvested to help a new Haitian family start a business.

Population(s) Served
Families
Children and youth (0-19 years)

In November 2017, after a meeting with our Business Advisory team, KORE began a pilot project converting four broiler coops to layer (egg producing) coops with 180 laying hens per coop. This small-scale pilot project resulted in conversations with W.K. Kellogg Foundation and Summits Education, a WKKF partner representing one of three Model School Network school districts and 58,000 students in the Centre Department of Haiti. We received our 4th grant from W.K. Kellogg Foundation to expand this project to add 48 additional farmers with the capacity to feed 8,000 students an egg-a-day in MSN schools. In Haiti, due to financial, educational, and social constraints, children’s diets consist primarily of small amounts of plant- based foods with little to zero availability to Animal Source Foods, specifically animal proteins. Because eggs contain a high density of balanced, highly digestible proteins and essential micronutrients, they are an essential component in a nutritious diet that supports the development of children to their full physical and intellectual potential. Currently 2.4 million undernourished and malnourished children are being fed every day in feeding programs throughout Haiti. Most of this is being accomplished by NGOs utilizing surplus foods from the United States and Canada. While this is very important in terms of addressing immediate nutritional deficiencies in youth, it has a negative effect on Haitian producers and ultimately on the future for these children. One way for smallholder farmers to be competitive in today’s global marketplace, is for them to become integrated into providing locally sourced foods for feeding programs.

Population(s) Served
Families
Children and youth (0-19 years)
Budget
$1,200,000

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 businesses developed

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

People of Latin American descent

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of new farmers in production each year.

Number of job skills training courses/workshops conducted

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

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Technical training is provided by our Haitian Agriculture Director and Director of Agribusiness. Each farmer is visited daily by field extension agents. # reflected is for formal training courses.

Estimated dollar value of food donations distributed to community feedings programs

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

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Dollar value for protein (eggs & chicken) purchased from Haitian Farmers and provided to children in schools and orphanages. 2019, we started feeding close to 10,000 children an egg a day.

Number of children reached with a meal each school day

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

Children and youth (0-19 years),Aging, elderly, senior citizens

Related Program

Layer Production & Protein Intervention Feeding Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of children & elderly in our feeding programs. In 2019, we added 8,000 students to our Egg-A Day project and 80 elderly community members.

Number of eggs or chicken produced by Haitian farmers.

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

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In 2019, the majority of our farmers started to produce eggs. For 2018, this is the number of broilers (chicken) produced.

Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

Create jobs for families in extreme poverty by establishing more smallholder layer (egg) farmers, focusing on widows and single mothers. Increase availability of nutrient rich food, specifically animal protein, produced by local farmers for local consumption. Improve quality and production for farmers through training, extension services and quality inputs. Provide one egg each school day to 10,000 kids across 31 rural Haitian schools, and 3 eggs per week through summer programs to address and prevent diet deficiencies and increase their chance of long-term success. Explore alternatives to current feeding industry model. Introduce locally sourced foods by investing in the local economy. Make Jesus known to every farmer, child, teacher, and parent we encounter through ministry, bible studies, and vacation bible schools.

While there is a time for relief – an immediate response to emergency situations, such as a family on the brink of starvation – sustainable development focuses on providing resources that are not depleted over time. KORE implements programs that empower people rather than create dependency, equipping communities to change their own futures. We focus on addressing immediate needs AND empowering future generations with the ultimate goal of breaking the cycle of extreme poverty. In November 2017, after a meeting with our Business Advisory team, KORE began a pilot project converting four broiler coops to layer (egg producing) coops with 180 laying hens per coop. This small-scale pilot project resulted in conversations with W.K. Kellogg Foundation and Summits Education, a WKKF partner representing one of three Model School Network school districts and 58,000 students in the Centre Department of Haiti. We received our 4th grant from W.K. Kellogg Foundation to expand this project to add 48 additional farmers with the capacity to feed 8,000 students an egg-a-day in MSN schools.

Our purpose is to provide opportunities for Haitian people to overcome poverty and become self- sustaining. We use a “Business as Ministry” approach focusing on three key areas: l Economic Development Empowering future generations through business opportunities (Chicken Coops) l Physical Development addressing the immediate nutritional needs of children l Spiritual Development impacting eternal destiny by sharing the Gospel with those we serve. KORE’s Business Advisory Board We have assembled an impressive group, all committed to help make an impact in the lives of impoverished people. “For lack of guidance a nation falls, but victory is won through many advisors.” Proverbs 11:14 Steve Cesler Chair, Retiree from Procter & Gamble Don Stoner, Almark Foods CEO/Founder Larry Johnson, Riverview Farms CEO/Founder Blain Peerson, Director of Agribusiness (recent retiree from large feed mill in Florida) Rick Wood, CEO Wood Development KORE combines agribusiness opportunities with mission endeavors to provide a “wholistic” approach. We work with families to improve their agriculture practices for better production so they can feed their families and produce a surplus. We help them with access to the market so they have a place to sell. And we provide relief for malnourished children, partnering with our agricultural partners in the process.

We complete quarterly evaluations using tools such as PPI (Progress out of Poverty Index) and Family Hunger Index. We also do daily site evaluations to each farm site and weekly visits to the feeding program participants.

Since 2012, Small Holder Poultry Enterprise has been our primary tool, providing opportunity and resources to people stuck in dollar-a-day poverty. KORE provides the necessary resources, training and oversight to help Haitian farmers begin his/her own small business, providing food and income security for a family. KORE farmers do a great job raising healthy birds, but in the difficult economic climate of Haiti, finding markets not saturated by the Dominican Republic and other imports, is a challenge. We continue to work on improving market access and have been successful in securing a grower contract with Haiti Broilers, a subsidiary of Jamaica Broilers, to raise broilers (meat chickens) for market. Additionally, KORE supports the farmers by buying some of their chicken to provide much needed protein for at-risk children. In 2019, 22 new farmers started producing eggs. 2,033,605 eggs were provided to schools and orphanages throughout Haiti feeding 9,569 children. New and current farmers attended 5 technical training courses to improve production. We also started serving a community of elderly by providing improved housing and nutrition. We are entering the 2nd year of this current project and will be adding additional farmers and feeding more kids.

Financials

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KORE FOUNDATION INC

Board of directors
as of 2/5/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr. Dennis Bratton

Dennis Bratton

Tom Moore

Rick Wood

Randy Hale

John Carter

Katherine Louw

Alex Quintard

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? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • 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? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Keywords

Haiti Agriculture Sustainable Development Community Christian