Religion, Spiritual Development

FOOD FOR HIS CHILDREN, Inc

Christ centered community development that starts with a goat.

aka Food for His Children Farm and Development Center   |   Forest Lake, MN   |  www.foodforhischildren.org

Mission

Food for His Children helps individuals, families and communities become all God created them to be and to empower others to do the same. We do this through the micro-loan of a dairy goat and training in animal husbandry, agriculture, entrepreneurship, and spiritual development. We serve families in rural Tanzania, Africa who earn less than $2 per day. We start with a goat Community development addresses the root of the problem, while fostering empowerment and transforming lives. We start with one materially-poor family. We provide them a dairy goat along with veterinary support and agriculture training. We offer spiritual sustenance through the Gospel. We help them set goals. We watch them succeed.

Ruling year info

2011

Founder and Executive Director

Pastor Kerrie Holschbach

Program Manager

Honorina Honorati

Main address

Po Box 722

Forest Lake, MN 55025 USA

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EIN

27-3242500

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Christian (X20)

Economic Development (S30)

Animal Related Activities N.E.C. (D99)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Food for His Children addresses material and relational poverty with the rural poor in Tanzania, Africa. By working to restore and create healthy relationships with God, self, others and the rest of creation, we get to the root of the true causes of material poverty for each family we work with. The families we work with are taught how to address nutrition, clean water, sanitation, having a strong home, saving money, a boundary for their yard/compound, and relationships in the home using Biblical principles, values and examples. Our goal is to equip and empower families to become all God created them to be and to teach others to do the same. To learn to identify their strengths and resources and how to solve problems using their own resources and gifts. We provide training, coaching, one on one case management, vet care and pastoral care.

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?

Food for His Children

Food for His Children seeks to eradicate extreme poverty in Tanzania, Africa, one family, one dairy goat at a time using holistic community development as a catalyst for generational change. Food for His Children equips materially poor individuals and families in rural Tanzania to become all they were created to be so that their children can be educated, have food and medical care and they can achieve their dreams and goals and then teach others to do the same.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people
Adults
Budget
$180,000

Where we work

Accreditations

Great Nonprofits Top Rated Status 2018

Affiliations & memberships

Great Nonprofits 2018

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 savings accounts used by clients

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Food for His Children

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Food for His Children offers participation in savings groups to all program participants. Many are in community savings groups outside of FFHC. Groups members save an average of $1 per week.

Number of timely caseworker visits

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Food for His Children

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of home visits by Field Officers/Case Managers to assist with goal planning and support.

Number of families served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Food for His Children

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of families that Food for His Children has provided service to during the year.

Number of people hearing the Gospel during outreach events

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Food for His Children

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Food for His Children serves everyone, regardless of their religious beliefs. We share our faith and belief in Jesus through pastoral care, Bible studies, seminars and showing Christian films.

Number of veterinary field clinics held

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Food for His Children

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

FFHC provides vet care and training to all FFHC recipients including de-worming and vaccination clinics. Farmers are taught how to do de-worming at these clinics.

Number of animals vaccinated

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Food for His Children

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Food for His Children provides vet care for FFHC dairy goats and their offspring. This includes vaccinations. In 2018, we provided additional vaccination clinics due to a goat pox out break.

Number of goats provided to families

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Food for His Children

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Food for His Children provides dairy goats to families who meet income guidelines and who complete training and build a shelter for the goat. Many families take over a year to build their shelter.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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?

Our main goal is for individuals, families and communities to become all God created them to be so that their children have food to eat, education, medical care and are able to achieve their dreams. To know their gifts and talents and use them for the benefit of their family and community. We also aim to make the ministry as self sustaining as possible so the reliance on US funding is minimal. To do this, we have purchased land in Tanzania to have a goat breeding farm and development center that will also provide income through farm tours, a chai tea shop, a cultural center, a community center available for rent, training center, internet café, a creamery to make products with goat milk to sell to tourists and safari companies and lodges in the area and gift shop with items made by Food for His Children families. We would love to see churches filled with people who know the Lord in a personal way and are living as Christ would •Small groups that pray together, share in their faith journey and study the Bible to gain a closer relationship with God and each other Communities empowering each other to live out their gifts and passions, becoming all God created them to be. •Families that can provide for their family, send children to school and pay for expenses like medical bills •Communities that support each other in times of need •Communities teaching other villages what they have learned •Communities solving issues and providing solutions independently

Goal: Increase family income for FFHC program participants Strategies: • Provision of dairy goat • Provide training in animal husbandry, agriculture, entrepreneurship, health & environment, and savings • Goal planning and mentoring • Offer savings group to all families • Business planning assistance • Provision of veterinary care Goal: Improve health of FFHC families and communities Strategies: • Teach 15 Points of a Healthy Home • Teach about Health and Sanitation • Microloan of a dairy goat • Training in agriculture resulting in increased crops • Use of manure for crops • Training about importance of protein, fruits and vegetables for nutrition Goal: Improve environment of families & communities Strategies: • Teach about environmental conservation • Provision of trees to plant • Training about contour farming to prevent soil erosion • Provision of drum pits for trash disposal • Environmental activity days Goal: Restored relationships Strategies: • Teach using Discipleship for Development principles • Provision of case management services to all goat recipients • Provision of pastoral care services to all program participants • Identify and address root cause of poverty in each family • Develop community within each project site Goal: Children complete primary and secondary school Strategies: • Provide training to parents in animal husbandry, agriculture, entrepreneurship and savings so they can increase their income • Offer savings groups at all sites for capital when needed for larger school expenses • Assist with business planning so families have more income to use for school expenses • Provide coaching and mentoring to work towards goals • Provision of a dairy goat as a means of capital and form of saving assets as the goats reproduce • Provide problem solving support and connection to appropriate resources to parents who struggle to pay school expenses • Provide school supplies for program participants once per year Goal: Improve spiritual health of families Strategies: • Provide pastoral care and Bible study • Provide Bible based training • Use Discipleship for Development • Provide case management services to all families • Show Christian Films at sites to teach about Jesus • Provide marriage seminars • One on one case management and mentoring for goat recipients Goal: 80% of families utilize best practices for good goat management Strategies: • Monthly training in animal husbandry • Follow up and assessment at recipient’s home • Provision of vaccination & deworming clinics • Provision of a dairy goat buck that is not cross bred for all sites • Provision of veterinary consultation & care to goat recipients • Collaborate with government livestock officers Goal: 60 % of program participants harvest more crops Strategies: • Monthly agriculture training in all sites • Demonstration of agriculture training practices at the Farm & Innovation Center site • Follow up/evaluation with program participants

Food for His Children currently has 10 full time Tanzanian staff, 1 part time Tanzanian pastor and 1 per diem employee, an agriculture specialist who retired from the Tanzanian government. Our Program Manager in Tanzania, Honorina Honorati, has a Bachelor degree in Nonprofit Management and diploma in Community Development. Our Program Coordinator, has a Bachelor degree in Sociology. We have 4 Field Officers/Social Workers who each have a caseload of families and work with them one on one to identify and achieve their goals. We have a Livestock Specialist and a Livestock Officer who care for sick goats, provide routine preventative medical care and train all FFHC recipients how to do basic care for their goats. Our Planning Officer has a Bachelor's degree in Planning and Urban Development, he works on special projects, implementing program assessments and measurements. In 2020, we will add a Training Coordinator and 2 more Field Officers. We are building a Farm and Innovation Center in Tanzania to breed dairy goats and provide on site training for all recipients. This will be income producing via tourism in Tanzania to reduce the need for ongoing donations. In the US, we have one full time employee. Pastor Kerrie Holschbach is the Executive Director, who is in charge of donor and community engagement, program development in Tanzania, spiritual development of staff in Tanzania and fundraising. Kerrie is a Licensed Pastor and Social Worker with over 27 years of experience working with diverse groups of impoverished, disadvantaged and disabled individuals, most recently with people who are being released from prison. She is the founder of Food for His Children and has traveled to Tanzania 17 times since 2005. She travels to Tanzania 2 times annually to provide program oversight, capacity building, and staff support and development.

Families will be able to provide basic needs of food, medical care and pay for school fees. Families will achieve their stated goals. Families will have improved relationships with God, self, others and creation. There will be less conflict within the family and the community. Communities will have increased percentage of children going to secondary school and families who are able to attain their goals. Homes will have a latrine, a hand washing station, a place for bathing, a drying rack for their dishes, a separate structure for cooking so smoke is not inhaled by family members on a regular basis, a tree for shade and food, a boundary on their property, a family budget and savings, livestock will not sleep in the house with families but in their own structure safe from predators. Families will demonstrate leadership qualities of integrity, honesty, transparency, faith in Christ, love, encouraging and positive demeanor, love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self control. Families will be known for this in their community and others will ask them about it, then the families and communities will share what they learned with another family and community so the blessing can spread and multiply.

Food for His Children currently works with over 220 families in 11 villages, 8 project sites, including over 1500 people. We have over 700 goats currently in our project and several that families have sold to provide their needs, send their children to school, start businesses and build stronger homes. We are working to add 2 new project sites and approximately 200 new families in 2018. As previously mentioned, we are ready to start a breeding farm and development center to provide income for Food for His Children in Tanzania and reduce the need for outside funding. We are planning to do a pilot project with an existing orphanage in 2018, providing them with training in agriculture and animal husbandry, savings and budgeting and dairy goats for milk. We plan to have a family sponsorship program for US and Tanzania families to walk together in this journey, encouraging one another. Once our farm is started, we will also provide goat milk and training in agriculture, animal husbandry, entrepreneurship, saving and budgeting and conservation skills to the primary school students next to our farm property.

Financials

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FOOD FOR HIS CHILDREN, Inc

Board of directors
as of 3/17/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Kerrie Holschbach

Food for His Children

Term: 2008 -


Board co-chair

Bria Grudzielanek

Mental Health Resources

Term: 2014 -

Kerrie Holschbach

Food for His Children

Bria Grudzielanek

Mental Health Resources

Denise Grudzielanek

Food for His Children

Thomas Malundo

Scantron

Pastor Calvin Kessy

KKT Lutheran Church

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

GuideStar worked with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit board leadership and governance, to create this section.

  • 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? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/24/2019

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
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not Transgender (Cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Female, Not Transgender (Cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/24/2019

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

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.

Keywords

community development, spiritual development, micro-development, micro-finance, agriculture, animal husbandry, economic development, Christian, holistic