Alfalit International, Inc.

Literacy for All

Miami, FL   |  https://alfalit.org/

Mission

Alfalit International creates hope and opportunity through literacy and education in order to improve individual lives, raise self-esteem and to share the love of Jesus Christ.

Ruling year info

1975

Executive Director

Ms. Catherine F. Penrod

Main address

3026 NW 79th Avenue

Miami, FL 33122 USA

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EIN

59-1595459

NTEE code info

Education N.E.C. (B99)

Community Improvement, Capacity Building N.E.C. (S99)

Christian (X20)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

According to the UN, there are an estimated 781 million individuals globally over the age of 15 who are illiterate. Of these about 496 million are women. By investing in adult literacy we are working towards alleviation of poverty, economic and social inequities and restoring individual dignity. When a parent, especially a mother, learns to read and write s/he is able to care for her family in a more aware manner. They see the impact of education first-hand and keep their children in school longer, even in trying circumstances. Preschool education gives children from disadvantaged backgrounds the foundation of strong cognitive and social skills before they join their peers in the public schools. Job skills training opens up opportunities for economic empowerment and micro-entrepreneurship, especially in countries with large working-age population and few accessible job prospects.

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?

Basic education & adult literacy, preschool programs, job skills training

Alfalit provides basic education & literacy classes and job skills training to adults and preschool programs to children in the regions it operates. It also works with marginalized communities and with incarcerated men and women to reintegrate them into society. We train volunteer teachers in urban and rural communities to teach reading, writing, and basic arithmetic in 144-216 classroom hours. We follow the Laubach method, which has proven ideal for adult learners who have little or no reading skills and require a uniform, step-by-step approach to reading. We adapted the program in our Spanish, Portuguese, English, French and Haitian Creole materials. Supplementary readings include nutrition, health care, home finances and other subjects for improving the everyday life of the family and the community. The program offers more than letters, words, and numbers. It views students as whole human beings, providing for their material as well as spiritual needs. Basic Education programs provide students with an elementary education through the sixth grade. Preschool programs cater to children aged 3-6 years old. Job skills programs include vocational training for men and women such as electrical works, shoemaking, baking, sewing, etc.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

Where we work

Awards

First Prize for Literacy Work in Peru 1983

UNESCO

Literacy Prize for Work in Guatemala 1992

UNESCO

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total of students reached in our Literacy, Preschool, Job Skills and English Conversational Programs.

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

Older adults, Children, People of African descent, People of South American descent, Extremely poor people

Related Program

Basic education & adult literacy, preschool programs, job skills training

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our students should demonstrate their skills in reading, writing, basic math, job skills, and/or conversational English.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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

Charting impact

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

1. Add Alfalit preschool programs in more countries (beyond Dominican Republic and Bolivia)
2. Develop the capacity to increase student enrollment in Haiti from 10,000 to 20,000.
3. Continue to develop literacy programs in South Florida in Spanish and Haitian Creole for native speakers
4. Grow Alfalit Conversational English (ACE) classes (conversational English as second language) for Alfalit graduates in the US and Haiti

1. Targeted outreach to churches, governments, and prisons in the US and other countries to identify the need, volunteers and facilities.
2. Raise an additional $1 million to cover the costs of printing books, teaching materials, and school supplies.
3. Continue building our social media presence to build awareness.
4. Assisting affiliates in other countries to learn about PR and fundraising to help build their own sustainability.
5. Improve evaluation tools to ensure quality programs continue to be delivered every day in every Alfalit program.
6. Apply new technologies as possible to advance capacity and reach of programs, while retaining the human component.
7. Create web-based training to provide refreshers and references for trained teachers.

Our literacy, basic education, preschool, and job skills programs are proven to be impactful and are cost-effective. Alfalit teaches a low-literate person to read, write and do basic math in less than a year. We provide services at no cost to students in Spanish, Portuguese, French, Haitian-Creole and English. Alfalit works in remote, impoverished communities in urban and rural areas where people have limited or no means of obtaining an education. Our teachers are generally from the communities in which they teach. Alfalit's "Each one teach one" methodology prepares our students to share their knowledge with others.

In 2017 over 36,000 individuals enrolled in Alfalit programs. We also offer complementary instruction in nutrition, health, and human rights. Job skills programs focus on economic and community development through training in microcredit, savings clubs, cooperatives, and vocational skills.

Our administrative costs average less than 10% of budgeted expenses.

- We have taught over 8 million people to read and write since 1961
- Our programs are now offered in French, Spanish, Haitian-Creole, Portuguese, and English.
- We have initiated a program in South Sudan, and remain a key source of nourishment and hope to the displaced persons and refugees currently in the Ugandan refugee camps.
- Our pilot programs in South Florida targeting Spanish-speaking and Haitian residents are now expanded to more than 10 centers.

What we need to continue to work on:
As long as someone somewhere is illiterate, Alfalit must continue its job. Our philosophy is to keep our program as simple and inexpensive as possible so that we can maximize our reach. We need to find new ways to fund our current programs before we can consider expansion to other countries or states. There is a need for us to research and leverage technology in program delivery while preserving the human connection and offering hope and encouragement.

Financials

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Operations

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

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Alfalit International, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 07/02/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Joseph Milton

J. Milton & Associates

Roberto Perez

Retired Pastor

Carlos Del Amo

Law Offices of Carlos C. Del Amo

Luis Mata

Balsera Communications

Yannick Ngendahayo

Keefe, McCullough, LLP

Carol Brock

PR Consultant

Adib Eden

Actualidad Media Group

Eugenio Fernandez

Comptroller

Fernando Gonzalez

Glez Food Group, Inc

Manuel Gonzalez

MGM Consulting, LLC

Patrick Ramge

Wells Fargo & Company

Clyde Bagley

Tennessee Technical University

Giuseppe Mantica

IBERIABank

Board leadership practices

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  • 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

Organizational demographics

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Leadership

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White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Disability status
Person without a disability

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