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COSECHANDO FELICIDAD INC

Empower the community of Santa Maria de Jesus, Guatemala by forming genuine relationships

Williston, VT   |  http://harvestinghappiness.org

Mission

Cosechando Felicidad Inc., (or Harvesting Happiness, in English), is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation working in Santa Maria de Jesús, Guatemala. Our goal is to empower the community by forming genuine relationships through which people can receive the help they need.

Notes from the nonprofit

We are humbled to be able to carry out this work. We acknowledge our time, money, and energy was never our to begin with. It is all for Him.

Ruling year info

2015

President

Ms Emily Keller

Vice President

Ms Brennan McMillen

Main address

117 Elk Ln

Williston, VT 05495 USA

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EIN

47-4437262

NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Cosechando Felicidad Inc is working to fight extreme poverty and its implications in the community of Santa Maria de Jesus, Sacatepequez, Guatemala.

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?

Feeding Program for the Elderly

Currently, our main project is a feeding program for the elderly. This was established after finding that many of the elderly do not eat more than one meal a day, if that, and have to work in the fields to earn money to feed themselves. This work usually means strenuous physical labor. The feeding program is open to any of the elderly in the community who are in need and feeds anywhere between 30-40 people at each meal. Additionally, meals are delivered to the elderly who cannot come to the project such as the physically handicapped. Food is served three times a day by around 15 Guatemalan volunteers. The volunteers are young people approximately aged 16-25 who are passionate about helping others in their community. They are the most giving people we have ever met and cannot thank them enough for their tireless efforts. Our two employees help to maintain the feeding program and rotate between either making tortillas or cooking the food. Each week we use 150 lbs of corn for tortillas.

Population(s) Served
Seniors
Indigenous peoples

The building we use for our feeding program also serves as community center. We have been blessed to outgrow two facilities and are now in our third, which we hope will serve as our home base for the future. Our door is always open to our volunteers. We provide a safe place where they can come and help with the feeding program, eat a nutritious meal, get homework assistance, and more than anything else, feel a sense of community. No matter the hour of the day, there are always people at the facility hanging out and working to support our projects. We have become a close-knit group of friends who are more like family. We are growing all the time and the community knows our doors are always open to whoever would like to come.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Adults

We pay for 50% of the educational costs of our regular volunteers. They must come a minimum of once a week and are assigned a mealtime to attend based on their schedule and the needs of the program. We pay 50% of their monthly payment and school supplies. These scholarships allow us to thank our volunteers for their precious time while also supporting their futures. In addition, if anyone in the community needs a scholarship they can become one of our volunteers. If a mother wants a scholarship for her child, she can come and volunteer with us and we will provide the same partial scholarship for her child. Volunteers are eligible for a scholarship once they have come consistently to volunteer for a month. In everything we do we try to instill the value of paying it forward and helping others. We bless others because we have been blessed.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families

Living in the conditions of a developing nation means there is a lot of sickness. We will pay for a set amount of medical treatment per individual per month. In addition, each year we help several people get lifesaving surgeries and advanced medical treatments. For example, 5 year old Jeffy was born with many health issues and was able to get surgery that ultimately saved his life in 2017. As another example, we also helped Baby Alan get his cleft lip repaired.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Several times a year we welcome groups to our facility to help with projects in the community. Over the course of the year, we take note of any families who are particularly in need. For example, this may be a single mother whose children sleep on cardboard on the dirt floor of a cornstalk hut without a door. These groups do their own fundraising and we coordinate projects for the duration of their visit. We welcome the opportunity for them to see for themselves how we function as an organization. We expect any short-term volunteers to return home and share their experiences with their friends and families to raise support and awareness for the organization. It is important to note that we do not accept long-term volunteers, as we strongly believe in supporting the locals to help themselves and their neighbors. We believe long-lasting change comes from within the community itself.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

We provide monthly assistance with purchasing formula for members in the community who require it. If something happens to a mother here and she is not able to produce milk, it is a huge financial burden on her family. The result is usually sugar water or coffee in a bottle for the baby. There are also special circumstances such as a special needs individual who was raped and her family is trying to raise the child, but don’t have the resources. Our goal is to support families so they can raise their own children. We want to prevent children with loving parents from ending up in orphanages merely because their families don’t have the resources.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Families

Each month we provide groceries to families in need. We provide a set quantity of sugar, beans, maize, coffee, soup packets, salt, oil, rice, pasta, etc. each month. This helps to relieve some of the financial burden from families and provides them with more nutritious options for their families. Often, when families cannot provide food for their families, they live off only corn tortillas alone.

Population(s) Served
Families
Economically disadvantaged people

We recognize single mothers are in an especially difficult situation. In this culture, it is common for the fatherly figure of the family to be an alcoholic or to have abandoned the family altogether. We think it is very important to support single mothers so their children are taken care of and can have options for a bright future. We provide a larger amount of groceries to single mothers each month. This is often what they rely on to feed their children each month. They find work when they can washing clothes, working in houses, or the fields, but with little children, they cannot have a steady job that leaves their children alone during the days. Single mothers are often the recipients of our construction projects as they are some of the most needy people in the community. On our “Donate” page you can select the option to sponsor a single mothers groceries. The cost is $20 and can be set up through automatic payments. We also purchase local weavings from the single mothers that can be purchased by a donation through our Facebook page.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Women and girls

Guatemala is a country filled with active volcanoes, steeply sloped mountains, treacherous terrain, and other natural features that make it particularly prone to natural disasters. Historically we have been able to help with relief aid after natural disasters such as monsoons, mudslides, and volcano eruptions. Most notably, we have been able to provide extensive disaster relief to the most affected communities following the devastating Volcan de Fuego eruption of 2018. We are poised in country ready to do whatever possible to help our brothers and sisters in need in their times of greatest need.

Population(s) Served
Victims and oppressed people
Emergency responders

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 meals served or provided

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

Seniors, Family relationships

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We greatly expanded our food aid during covid to account for the massive leap in meals provided during 2020

Number of children who have access to education

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

Children and youth

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

As our volunteers age and continue to graduate, we have fewer who are of school age and requiring scholarships.

Number of health outcomes improved

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
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
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.

We aim to empower community growth from the inside. We seek to be an organization run by locals. We believe powerful lasting change comes from within the community itself. All of our programs are run and designed along with local volunteers. We aim to develop the community to a point where they are not reliant on us. In the future, we plan to expand our programs to include more medical and dental aspects. Both of the founders of the organization will soon graduate as healthcare professionals and are excited to use their knowledge and experience to expand the scope of the organization.

We will continue to expand by creating directed programs. Before we enroll anyone in one of our programs, we first do a home visit to assess the need. To be eligible for our programs, families or individuals must prove to us that they have a need. We ask those who receive our assistance to come and help at the community center or with the feeding program as a way to pay it forward.

We are a group of extremely dedicated and organized individuals. We have been able to grow our nonprofit exponentially in a short amount of time and will continue to do so. We have our own facility in the town and are well established community members.

So far we have grown 8 specific programs. We plan to maintain these programs while expending them and creating new. We plant to focus on medical and dental care as well as home-health aid in the future.

Financials

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Operations

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

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COSECHANDO FELICIDAD INC

Board of directors
as of 01/09/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr Edwin Osoy Yuman


Board co-chair

Mr Rocael Vasquez Boco

Edwin Osoy Yuman

Irma Yolanda Vasquez

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 4/8/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/08/2021

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • 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 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.