Public, Society Benefit

FRIENDS OF HOPE INTERNATIONAL

Ordinary People can do Extraordinary Things

Sunrise, FL   |  www.friendsofhopeintl.org

Mission

Our mission is to Empower youth and communities through development, primarily in Latin America. We design and implement projects and programs to help individuals and communities become self-sufficient.

Ruling year info

2016

Executive Director

Esteban Almonte

Main address

9994 Nob Hill Place

Sunrise, FL 33351 USA

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EIN

27-2059981

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (W99)

Family Services (P40)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

the organization is trying to expand and implement its programs outside of the Dominican Republic and Haiti.

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?

The joy of sewing project

The purpose of the Joy of Sewing Project is to go into vulnerable communities and teach at-risk teenage girls a skill that allows them to generate income for themselves and their families. With the Dominican Republic and Haiti having a high incidence of teenage pregnancies, we wanted to work in the communities through these types of projects and programs. Partnering with Fundacion Nueva Alegria, a Dominican-based nonprofit, Friends of Hope transforms the lives of these young girls.

Population(s) Served
Females
Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people
Budget
$30,000

Many people, especially in rural and underprivileged communities, will never be able to own a dignified home. In most cases, people live in makeshift homes they built themselves. These homes are built from scrap materials, used wood, and other materials unfit for long-term housing. Most of these homes have mud floors, and it is typical for a family of 6-8 people to share one bedroom. Friends of Hope has partnered with local builders in rural areas to build modern two-bedroom homes.

Population(s) Served
Families
Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people
Budget
$50,000

Working with a pioneer in nutrition food assistance, FOHI distributes approximately $200,000 worth of meals to 1000-1500 school children annually

Population(s) Served
Children and youth (0-19 years)
Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people
Budget
$200,000

Many believe that access to safe water will one day be more valuable than having gold. In an effort to improve the lives of people, especially in rural areas, Friends of Hope partners with safe water organizations. After meeting with community leaders, FOHI installs wells and hand pumps and then trains community leaders how to maintain them. In 2015, FOHI completed a water project in Azua, Dominican Republic, a one-time investment that is still providing safe water for a community of 60,000 people.

Population(s) Served
Families
Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people
Budget
$30,000

In August 2016, FOHI and its Dominican-based partner Fundacion Nueva Alegria built a Youth Center in Haina. Today, Friends of Hope manages youth empowerment/lifeskills training, workforce development, and leadership development activities for 150-200 youth every week.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth (0-19 years)
Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people
Budget
$20,000

Music is such a powerful force in the lives of young people. It’s no different in the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Guatemala, Costa Rica and Panama. The youth are impacted by the lyrics and at times are directed by it. Our program is designed to provide teens a healthy alternative using Christian music and choreographers to teach them how to impact their communities through this art form.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents (13-19 years)
Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people
Budget
$20,000

Our barber shop school teaches young men barber skills. We do this for two reasons. Our desire is for all our youth to study in a University, but we know some might not make it that far due to resources or situations at home. This would help them either work and help their families on a temporary basis or serve as a job through which they can pay their college fees. The other reason has to do with our outreaches to poor communities. Our record so far is giving 60 haircuts to children and youth during our last outreach. That helps us promote the message of the gospel and save parents of those kids funds they would use for that purpose.

Population(s) Served
Males
Adolescents (13-19 years)
Budget
$30,000

Here, we dress casually, but take our faith seriously. Our band is high-energy, our sermons are practical, and our kids' church (which runs at the same time as the adult service) has FUN at its #1 core value. WE ARE: CASUAL. CONTEMPORARY. FUN. BIBLICAL. FAMILY-ORIENTED. JESUS-FOCUSED We have a non-denominational approach to ministry that makes it comfortable for people of different background. Everything we do revolves around celebrating the finished work of Christ on the cross as well as in our hearts and lives. so don't be surprised if you find lots of friendly, joyful, and encouraging people all in our location!  Our church's overarching purpose is to be a place where people from all walks of life can come and experience the wonder and fulfillment of knowing God personally through His Son, Jesus Christ. We are a Christian Church In Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic that loves God and loves people! Our Church is a Place: To be yourself. to ask tough questions and get honest answers. to meet new friends and build authentic relationships. to grow spiritually and relationally. to make a difference in your community and world by serving others.

Population(s) Served
K-12 (5-19 years)
Adults
Budget
$50,000

Provides interactive biblical teaching to kids ages 11 and under.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth (0-19 years)
K-12 (5-19 years)
Budget
$15,000

Dominican Republic, Haiti, Puerto Rico, Cuba and Mexico are susceptible to various forms of disasters. These include storms, hurricanes, earthquakes, and mudslides. Our outreach and disaster programs are meant to address areas where these disasters take place. Through GIK program with Cross International, we keep a portion of the food, clothing, and any other GIK product we feel will allow us to address these needs as they arise.

Population(s) Served
Families
Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people
Budget
$50,000

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 low-income families housed in affordable, well-maintained units as a result of the nonprofit's efforts

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

Families

Related Program

Housing Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of community-based organizations providing primary prevention services in unintended pregnancy

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

Females

Related Program

The joy of sewing project

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of people receiving safe drinking water from community systems

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

Families

Related Program

Safe Water projects

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of people within the organization's service area accessing food aid

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

Children and youth (0-19 years)

Related Program

Feeding program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of clients who become literate because of literacy education programs by the nonprofit

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

K-12 (5-19 years)

Related Program

Youth Development Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

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?

Friends of Hope not only addresses basic needs (in the form of food, clothing, medicine & housing) but also empowers youth and rural communities to increase job opportunities, prevent teen pregnancies and eliminate human trafficking throughout Latin America.

We empower youth and communities through development. Working with international nonprofits, we implement projects that address the needs of impoverished communities such as aquaculture, animal husbandry, agriculture, water wells, clinics, and community centers. In addition, we have built a website to reach more people across the globe who share our vision and would like to support us in accomplishing our goals.

Friends of Hope partners with other large organizations who share our mission and have a great staff that have dedicated their time in order to achieve common goals.

Friends of Hope tracks how many people we have assisted and how we have assisted them and compares its progress against milestones. We also track which other organizations have assisted us and how they have assisted us.

Friends of Hope has helped 20,000 families in Dominican Republic, Haiti, Guatemala and Honduras. We will continue to expand throughout Latin America and ultimately beyond.

Financials

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Operations

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

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FRIENDS OF HOPE INTERNATIONAL

Board of directors
as of 1/13/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Esteban Almonte

Friends Of Hope International, Inc.

Term: 2010 -

Esteban Almonte

Friends of Hope International, Inc.

Liony Batista

Friends of Hope international, Inc.

Carmen Fernandez

Friends of Hope International, Inc.

Joaquin Suero

Friends of Hope International, Inc.

Nidia Bustamante

Friends of Hope International, Inc.

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

Community and economic development, homeless, poverty, impoverished, education, shelter, medicine, food, clothes, safe water, aquaculture, agriculture, sustainability, self-sufficient