AMISTAD MISSION

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

Nashville, TN   |  http://www.amistadmission.org/

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 info

1990

Executive Director

Mr. Chris King

Main address

P.O. Box 23030

Nashville, TN 37202 USA

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EIN

63-1011215

NTEE code info

Christian (X20)

Leadership Development (W70)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

Amistad Mission has a Level 1 and a Level 2 atrium to work with over 70 children from the ages of 3-9 in teaching the parables of the Bible and developing a personal relationship with God.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers
Children and youth

Amistad Mission is unique as one of the only organizations in Bolivia that helps raise children in a Christian, family model from infancy and continues to provide support through adulthood to university and technical school students.

Population(s) Served
Students
Adults

Amistad for Families serves vulnerable families who are on the brink of separation. Referrals to our program come from Child Protective Services or the Office for the Defense of Women. Families enter voluntarily and are strengthened through the following supporting services: family development plan, nutritious meals, tutoring, parenting classes, counseling, Christian worship, home visits, and microloans. Since the program's inception in July 2014, we have served over 250 families and 500 children, and not a single child from these families has entered an orphanage.

Population(s) Served
Families
Children and youth

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.

Percentage of families at Amistad for Families who implement at least 85% of their family development goals during and after their participation in the program

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

Children and youth, Families, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Amistad for Families

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

We serve up to 68 families in a calendar year. Each family develops a family development plan that targets specific focus areas to strengthen the family and achieve safety and self-sufficiency.

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.

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.

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.

Financials

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AMISTAD MISSION

Board of directors
as of 8/9/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mrs. Kelly Hulsey

Monica Urness

Bill Catchings

Mark Demler

Burgin Dossett

Kelly Hulsey

Ann Jones

Liz Lee

Clay Manley

Kelly Reddell

Michael Shepherd

Remington Slone

Katharine Van Wie

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? Yes
  • 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 02/03/2021

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Leadership

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