Religion, Spiritual Development

AMISTAD MISSION

Friendship with God, Friendship with the poor, Friendship with each other

Nashville, TN

Mission

Mission: To manifest Christ’s love for the poor by helping Bolivian children and families in need. Vision: To provide nurturing Christian family environments for vulnerable Bolivian children to grow to independent adulthood and to strengthen families in crisis to establish loving and stable homes.

Ruling Year

1990

Executive Director

Mr. Chris King

Main Address

P.O. Box 23030

Nashville, TN 37202 USA

Keywords

Christian Children Bolivia

EIN

63-1011215

 Number

6769811423

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Christian (X20)

Leadership Development (W70)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

For the past 30 years, Amistad Mission has worked in Cochabamba, Bolivia to raise children who have been abused, abandoned, or orphaned. We unite biological siblings who otherwise would be separated based on age or sex in dismal overcrowded orphanages. We care for these children from infancy through young adulthood in a Christian family environment, providing them with the opportunity to attend university or technical school as young adults. We also seek to prevent child abuse and abandonment to orphanages through our Amistad for Families program. In the past five years, Amistad for Families has served over 250 vulnerable families on the brink of disintegration, and not a single child from these families has entered an orphanage.

Our programs

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Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

University and Technical School Education

Where we work

Charting Impact

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What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

Mission: To manifest Christ's love for the poor by helping Bolivian children and families in need.

For the past 30 years, Amistad has been combating the root causes of poverty in Bolivia and finding lasting ways of improving the lives of children and their families through the following programs: Children's Village: Amistad provides a loving, Christian community to 60 abandoned, abused and orphaned Bolivian children living in one of seven “casas," homes. At Amistad, God's children experience reliable relationships, develop a personal friendship with Christ and receive the support they need to recover from their traumatic past. Youth Houses: Amistad has two youth houses—one for teenage boys and another for teenage girls—that serve as transitional residences while these adolescents complete high school and technical school. Independent Life: Following 1-2 years in the youth house, the young adults at Amistad transition to live independently in a rented room or apartment in the city. This transition occurs when youth are beginning their university or technical school studies. Often, a pair of youth move together to share a living space and facilitate an easier transition. Amistad for Families: We work with families who are in danger of abandoning their children to orphanages and help to strengthen them to care for their children independently. Through daily nutritious meals, counseling, tutoring, parenting classes, home visits, spiritual formation, microloans, and family development plans, Amistad for Families combats the root causes of abuse and abandonment.

Amistad Mission is the only organization in Cochabamba that offers early spiritual formation in Levels 1 and 2 of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Program. Amistad Mission is the only organization in Cochabamba that raises large sibling groups in a Christian family environment from infancy to independent adulthood. Amistad Mission is the only organization in Cochabamba that works comprehensively with families at risk of abandoning their children to orphanages by including every family member in the intervention program. Amistad Mission provides lifelong bonds among and between friends in the U.S. and God's children in Bolivia.

At our Children's Village, Amistad assesses the success of our programs against the following measurable goals:
-Number of children who successfully complete their grade level
-Number of teens who successfully graduate and continue on to University programs or to trade programs
-Number of young adults who were raised at the Villa who can now successfully support themselves and their families

At Amistad for Families, we assess our success through such metrics as:
-Number of families who successfully complete the parenting classes
-Number of children who improve their academic performance
-Number of families who maintain a safe and healthy living environment for their children

The higher education program at Amistad has seen great success. All of the university students who we have supported and do support grew up at Amistad from a very young age. Each of the university and technical school students inspire younger generations at Amistad to pursue higher education. In some cases, these children literally see the success of older biological siblings and are motivated to follow this example. We believe that an emphasis on education is an essential component of self-sufficiency and a tool to equip these future leaders in the community.

Similarly, Amistad for Families has transformed the lives of many parents and children, who were once in danger of abandoning their children to orphanages. By strengthening families to keep them together, Amistad works to stop the cycle of abandonment before it begins.

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AMISTAD MISSION

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BOARD ORIENTATION & 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?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

No

ETHICS & 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