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International Samaritan

aka International Samaritan   |   Ann Arbor, MI   |  intsam.org

Mission

International Samaritan works hand in hand with people living in garbage dump communities to help them break out of poverty.

Ruling year info

1997

President

Mr. Mike Tenbusch

Main address

803 N Main Street

Ann Arbor, MI 48104 USA

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Formerly known as

Central Amarican Ministries

EIN

34-1811907

NTEE code info

Services to Promote the Independence of Specific Populations (P80)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Thousands of human beings fighting with vultures, rats, cows, pigs, and among themselves for the resources of the city garbage dumps in developing countries. They live in what the UN considers the most severe and chronic poverty in the world, surviving on less than $2 a day. Many in the United States do not know that this level of poverty exists, so consciousness raising among high school and college students domestically is also a main priority of this organization.

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?

Francisco Coll School

One of IS's largest projects, provides quality, free education to more than 300 children. Additionally the school provides seminars to the children's parents. In 2005, CAM expanded the school to include two additional classrooms and a counseling office.

Francisco Coll School Nutrition Program

Created with the foundation of the Francisco Coll School, this program provides 3,000 meals weekly to the children of the Guatemala City Dump

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

International Samaritan worked in partnership with the University of Central America’s Institute of Public Opinion to better determine the most urgent and pressing needs of children and families living in the garbage dump of Guatemala City. The overwhelming majority of garbage dump dwellers who responded to the survey indicated they wanted better access to education after the sixth grade. In 2007, the Step by Step Scholarship Program was officially implemented and now gives hundreds of opportunities to students across four countries to continue their education, get job training, graduate, and become employed.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Students

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 students who receive scholarship funds and/or tuition assistance

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

At-risk youth, Economically disadvantaged people, Children and youth

Related Program

Step by Step Scholarship Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Step by Step Scholarships provide education and address other basic needs such as food, school supplies, uniforms, etc. The program has grown successfully over the past several years.

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.

International Samaritan aims to break the cycle of garbage dump poverty by providing educational scholarships and support to children and families living and depending on the dump.

International Samaritan works hand in hand with people living in garbage dump communities to help them break out of poverty. Our Step by Step scholarship program provides children with the means to go to school and continue their education to be able to get better, higher earning jobs than work in the garbage dump, and thus pull themselves, their families, and their community out of the cycle of poverty.

International Samaritan partners with in-country partners and staff to determine the needs of each specific community. NGO partners and in-country staff are able to communicate with community members and ensure that programs reach their intended audiences. The Ann Arbor office provides program oversight and ensures that programs run smoothly through administrative oversight.

Since 1994, International Samaritan has served tens of thousands of people who live and work in garbage dumps. We have distributed meals, built homes, provided educational support and scholarships, and provided medical care to thousands of community members across many countries throughout the world. In addition to continuing our programs, we are currently developing measures and processes for measuring the success of our programs to learn how to better serve garbage dump communities. We are already seeing the effects of education through graduates of our Step by Step Scholarship Program in Guatemala and Ethiopia, and we hope to see many more of these successes as our programs continue to develop.

Financials

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Operations

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

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International Samaritan

Board of directors
as of 09/14/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Dan Weingartz

Weingartz

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • 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 3/16/2023

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data