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

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
Women and girls
Economically disadvantaged people

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 people

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
Economically disadvantaged people

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 people

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
Economically disadvantaged people

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
Economically disadvantaged people

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
Men and boys
Adolescents

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
Children and youth
Adults

Provides interactive biblical teaching to kids ages 11 and under.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

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 people

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
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
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
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
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
Related Program

Youth Development Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Charting impact

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

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

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

    SMS text surveys, Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.),

  • 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,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

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

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback,

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 2/26/2021
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.

Daniel Sanchez

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

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/08/2020

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

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/08/2020

Policies and practices developed in partnership with Equity in the Center, a project that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems within the social sector to increase racial equity. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • 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 measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • 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.