FNE International

Facilitate Network Empower

aka FNE International   |   Weymouth, MA   |  www.fneinternational.org


Facilitate Network Empower International FNEI) promotes education and sustainable development projects world-wide. With a hand-in-hand philosophy, FNE works with impoverished communities to identify pressing needs, networks with local and international organizations, facilitates collaboration, and empowers individuals to actively participate within their communities.

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Michael Cipoletti

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PO BOX 890286

Weymouth, MA 02189 USA

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NTEE code info

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

Community Health Systems (E21)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

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Our programs

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

Richard Streb Memorial Library

The Richard Streb Memorial Library project will be a community library serving the people of Chacraseca, Nicaragua. Chacraseca is a rural town on the outskirts of the city of León. Once a large cotton production area, the majority of people now make their living from agriculture and small, in-home businesses. According to the 2007 census, the population is estimated to be 5,823, although it is now closer to 7,000. There are 13 schools in total, all teaching levels K-5, with the exception of Alberto Barrios, which is K-12. Neither León or Chacraseca offer a lending library and access to books proves exceedingly difficult and expensive for those in the entire region, particularly communities in rural areas such as Chacraseca.

Outside of the schools there are no literacy services for children or adults and many children are unable to attend due to the need to work or support their families because of the absence of a parent. There are no establishments to inspire young children with a love of reading and learning.

There are no community centers that provide information relating to agricultural work or micro-lending, two major aspects in the development of the community. In Nicaragua one in five adults (ages 15 and up) is illiterate. The Richard Streb Memorial Library will fulfill these needs, improving the education of the community as a whole. Because of a lack of public transportation and the fact that Chacraseca covers a large geographic area, a mobile library will be established to ensure that the entire community has access to the library’s services.

The library services will include: reading groups for children and their parents; early learning reading classes; adult learning classes; literacy classes in Spanish and English; support for teachers in building their curriculums using a wider base of resources; technology access and training. Serving the needs of both children and adults, the tools and skills learned will enable many to break the cycle of poverty. The library project is supported by a variety of organizations including FriendsNE, Friends of Students for 60,000, and a Nicaraguan organization, the San Isidro Association.

Please contact Clare Davitt at [email protected] or Lourdes Ojeda Hernandez [email protected] with any questions.

All donations are greatly appreciated and go directly towards the cost of books and materials for the library.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Cohort Program providing educational support and extracurricular English and other programming for 29 children. The program began when they were kindergarten and will support them until they complete university.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Children and youth

Medical care in limited resource environments are challenging in all the expected ways – limited equipment, minimal staffing, few medications – but also lack of access to specialty services. Too often physicians in health posts or well-meaning practitioners on medical campaigns refer a family to seek follow-up care for their child with a pediatrician or other sub-specialist. For many of these families, accessing care that may even be free or low-cost is still prevented by the barrier of travel costs and time away from work. Further adding to the challenge is that a sick or complex child is stressful to a medical provider not specifically trained in Pediatrics. This stress can lead to burnout and frustration on both the part of the medical staff and the families.

We propose to change that. Working directly with the Health Post in Chacraseca, we enroll children with chronic or complex medical needs in a longitudinal project to provide consultations on their care. Our team of pediatricians and nurses will review the cases, gather histories from parents, evaluate the patients and provide teaching to the families (including the patient when appropriate) and the local medical staff.

To make this project a success, we conduct Pediatric specialty clinics organized by the Health Post three times a year. We coordinate through the partnership of FNE, the Health Posts any relevant followup care, referrals and diagnostic studies and will actively participate in answering ongoing clinical questions in between visits. We also teach the local medical staff and seek partnerships with the local medical school and pediatric community to share experience and knowledge. We believe that our efforts build on, and go beyond public health approaches of vaccination and health maintenance and address directly the complex medical needs of our patients.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    FNE partners with developing communities in Nicaragua, Peru and the Dominican Republic. FNE partners directly with men, women and children in these communities with regard to efforts to sustainably improve health, housing and infrastructure.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    In response to the pandemic, FNE quickly shifted priorities and began supplying community members with PPE and other critically needed items (such as food for those without the ability/means to secure food on a regular basis).

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection,


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FNE International

Board of directors
as of 01/20/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Travis Kumph

FNE International

Term: 2019 - 2022

Amanda Lustig

Benjamin Albert

Katie Rostron Quinlan

Vero Gonzalez

Lauren Rosa

Jerrilyn Rothenberg

Nahirobi Peguero

Tristan Neeb

Travis Kumph

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

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/20/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/20/2022

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  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.