FOOD FOR HIS CHILDREN, Inc

Christ centered community development that starts with a goat.

aka Food for His Children Farm and Development Center   |   Harris, 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

Chief Operations Officer

Hwa Lee

Main address

Po Box 252

Harris, MN 55032 USA

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EIN

27-3242500

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 people
Adults

Where we work

Accreditations

Great Nonprofits Top Rated Status 2018

Great Nonprofits Top Rated Status 2019

Great Nonprofits Top Rated Status 2020

Affiliations & memberships

Great Nonprofits 2018

Amplify Mission Network 2018

Hosanna Church 2014

Faith Lutheran Church 2016

Elim Lutheran Church 2019

Cultivate International 2020

AFID 2017

Street Business School 2021

Discipleship for Development 2013

Chalmers Institute 2014

Rotary International 2018

Thrivent Financial 2016

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
Population(s) Served

Extremely poor people, People of African descent, Families

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
Population(s) Served

People of African descent, Families, Extremely poor people

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 and vaccinations for FFHC dairy goats and their offspring. 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.

Number of health education trainings conducted

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

People of African descent, Families, Extremely poor people

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 teaches families about health and hygiene. We encourage all families to achieve the 15 points of a Health Home. In 2020, we taught 384 families about COVID precautions.

Number of businesses developed

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

People of African descent, Families, Extremely poor people

Related Program

Food for His Children

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The number of businesses that were started in 2020 by families Food for His Children serves.

Number of children who have access to education

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

People of African descent, Families, Extremely poor people

Related Program

Food for His Children

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The % of school are children who are attending school.

Number of children served

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

People of African descent, Extremely poor people, Families

Related Program

Food for His Children

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Children under 18

Number of training workshops

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

Includes all the training workshops FFHC provides.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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.

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 25 Tanzanian employees,. We have1 part time Tanzanian pastor and 2 agriculture specialists. Our Program Manager in Tanzania, Honorina Honorati, has a Bachelor degree in Nonprofit Management and diploma in Community Development. Our Operations Manager has a Masters Degree in Development Economics and a Bachelors degree in Rural Development. Our Program Coordinator, has a Bachelor degree in Sociology. We have 10 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 2 Livestock Officers 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. We have 2 Trainers with teaching degrees. Our Marketing and Communications Officer has a Diploma in Community Development, is a creative writer and a skilled photographer. We have 2 Team Assistants who float between teams to help all staff members and also act as drivers for field workers who do not yet have a motorcycle license. Our Administrative Coordinator is skilled in graphic design, event coordination and a multitude of other administrative skills. Our 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 two full time employees. 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 31 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 18 times since 2005. She travels to Tanzania 2 times annually to provide program oversight, capacity building, and staff support and development. Hwa Lee is our Chief Operations Officer. She comes to FFHC with over fifteen years of experience in operations, supply chain, project management, business development, planning, customer service and sales, serving in the leadership team at global corporations such as Brooks Brothers and Bally. She spearheaded various corporate initiatives to improve business practice, organization, and technology world-wide. Along with demonstrating professional excellence in streamlining processes for productivity, Hwa is passionate about serving her community and supporting people to fulfill their God-given potential.

Since 2008, Food for His Children (FFHC) has provided Christ centered community development and humanitarian services to families and communities in rural Karatu, Tanzania, targeting those with income below $1 per day. Our vision is to eradicate extreme poverty so that children and families have food to eat, medical care, education and the ability to work towards their dreams and that families and communities can become all God created them to be.

We desire to see families and communities able to sustain themselves without relying on outside resources. We do this by providing a micro loan of a dairy goat, pastoral care, faith-based training in entrepreneurship, animal husbandry, agriculture, health, environment, leadership, and savings; one on one case management and coaching, goal planning, and veterinary care services. Food for His Children works in over 40 sub villages in Karatu District serving over 400 families over 2500 people.


Food for His Children currently works with over 400 families in 40 sub villages, 13 project sites, including over 2500 people. We have over 1200 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. Our training curriculum includes 16 topics each quarter. 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 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.

Food for His Children families are better able to provide school fees for their children, pay for medical care, and provide nutritious foods for their family to have 3 healthy meals a day. They have started businesses, are working in community to save money for future needs, they have increased their income and doubled or tripled their crop production. They have a steady income provided from their dairy goats. FFHC families have seen marriages restored, recovery from addictions and healing from severe mental illnesses. Once seen as outcasts or having a self perception of such, program beneficiaries have increased confidence and are seen as role models in their communities. They develop better relationships with God, self, others and the rest of creation.

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?

    We serve people who are materially poor in rural Tanzania. Our beneficiaries are of all African descent. We seek to prioritize women headed households.

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

    Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes, Community meetings/Town halls, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees,

  • 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?

    We started doing sub village meetings instead of project based meetings. Beneficiaries indicated that one reason they had poor attendance at meetings, trainings and vet clinics was due to the distance they needed to walk to get to these events. Now instead of gathering in 13 sites, our staff travels to 40 sub villages.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    Food for His Children (FFHC) has always had a Central Advisory Committee and site committees led by the people we are serving. These committees are made up of our beneficiaries. We seek to always empower the people we serve and to listen to their felt needs rather than imposing our plans or goals on them. FFHC assists the families we serve with writing goal plans, their goals, not ours. Our goal is to help them attain their goals and dreams.

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, 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,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time, It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve,

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FOOD FOR HIS CHILDREN, Inc

Board of directors
as of 12/28/2021
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 Lockhart

Food for His Children

Thomas Malundo

Scantron

Pastor Calvin Kessy

KKT Lutheran Church

Christine Davis

Forest Lake School District

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? 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? 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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/28/2021

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

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Asian American/Pacific Islanders/Asian
Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 12/28/2021

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Data
  • 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.