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Outreach Aid to the Americas Inc.

Serving vulnerable people in Latin America and the Caribbean through humanitarian aid, development assistance, and human rights advocacyin

aka EchoCuba and Americas Relief Team   |   Miami, FL   |  www.oaausa.org

Mission

To alleviate the suffering and foster the dignity and quality of life of vulnerable people in the Americas. OAA seeks to respond to the needs of individuals, families, and communities through civil society strengthening and fermenting positive change toward democracy and freedoms. OAA is a non-profit organization originally incorporated as ECHOcuba in the State of Florida in 1994. Main programmatic focus encompasses three key areas: 1) Relief, by providing humanitarian aid, respond to disaster events, and providing disaster preparedness capacity building; 2) Development, by empowering vulnerable communities through capacity building and civil society strengthening; and 3) Advocacy, by promoting principles of civil society and helping citizens advocate for human rights and basic freedoms.

Ruling year info

1995

President & CEO

Dr. Teo Babun

Main address

PO Box 546135

Miami, FL 33154 USA

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Formerly known as

Evangelical Christian Humanitarian Outreach to Cuba, Inc.

Americas Relief and Development Team, Inc.

EIN

65-0510432

NTEE code info

Disaster Preparedness and Relief Services (M20)

International Development, Relief Services (Q30)

Christian (X20)

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Programs and results

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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?

Leadership & Education

Provides resources to facilitate training and building leadership and sponsors pastor's theological education.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

Protect and promote religious liberties by organizing and mobilizing faith advocates.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

Conduct disaster preparedness in urban centers and ports in Latin America.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Young adults

Collaborate with partners to respond, stage, and ship humanitarian aid after a crisis occurrence.

Population(s) Served
Families

1) Strengthen independent civil society and equip local groups including members of various faith communities to advocate for human rights;
2) Create awareness among US individuals & organizations about the situation of the church and invite them to participate in the solutions.
3) Create awareness internationally about threats to religious freedom in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Population(s) Served
Christians

Provide relief aid goods and nutritious food to the most vulnerable people in Central America and the Caribbean Countries.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance - Organization 2008

Evangelical Council of Financial Accountability - Member 2007

Independent Charities of America 2008

InterAction - Member 2008

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 organizational partners

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our success relies on our partnership with other organizations who are aligned with our vision and mission, this number includes partners in the US and abroad.

Number of participants attending course/session/workshop

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Leadership & Education

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Pastors and seminarians attending courses in advocacy program, key airport personnel attending the PReP Program and students enrolled in freedom of religion courses.

Number of volunteers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Volunteers in local countries such as El Salvador, Cuba and in the U.S.

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

Holding steady

Context Notes

People receiving food aid in El Salvador, Haiti and Cuba.

Number of meals served or provided

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Pre-packed nutritional meals shipped, cleared and distributed in local countries, such as El Salvador, Haiti and Cuba. The target population is vulnerable groups: children, women, elderly and disabled

Number of people reached with the Gospel of Jesus Christ

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Persons that received Christian magazines.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Charting impact

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For 2014, we are committed to strengthening our focus on the Lord’s calling for our ministry. We will continue to provide resources and expertise to help advance the entrepreneurship, organizational skills, education, and social services that are the foundation of a healthy society. For example, in the Caribbean, OAA has successfully initiated more than 1,500 small businesses by equipping and developing self-employed participants from marginalized populations.

To promote equality and prevent abuse, OAA will continue to work at the local level with marginalized and vulnerable persons such as women and people with disabilities, implementing a wide range of programming from social services to advocating for human rights.

In addition to many other activities, in 2014 we plan to

 send 4000 Bibles and Christian books to Cuba;
 send 120 eTablets and laptops to church leaders;
 distribute 10,000 nativity sets to children at Christmas;
 work with volunteers to provide wheelchairs, crutches, walkers, prosthetics and other medical equipment for disabled individuals;
 continue the mission of Americas Relief Team (ART) by responding to regional disasters along with our strategic partners, providing humanitarian logistics assistance and educational programs, developing sustainable programs to ensure long-term resiliency in the face of a disaster, and developing and launching one new resiliency plan; and
 maintain high efficiency ratings with independent evaluating agencies such as ECFA, Charity Navigator, Ministry Venture, and Best of America.

•Establish a powerful network of NGOs and business partners with similar missions to collaborate in helping the most vulnerable
in the Americas.
•Create synergy with partners to effectively execute programs and build the capacity of local organizations; therefore improving
their services to the communities.
•Build trust and partners
•The people that we serve are poor and don’t have the necessary skills or resources to break free from poverty.
•Many of those we serve live in communities where their freedoms are limited and where they often lack the knowledge to defend their basic human rights.
•Our emphasis is in the Caribbean Basin.
•The Caribbean basin is highly prone to natural disasters and devastation; it takes years to rebuild communities wrecked by these events.
•The majority of pastors in the region have little or no formal leadership or theological education; particularly those living in rural areas.

OAA has extensive experience in strengthening CSOs in non-democratic and repressive societies. This program will benefit from OAA proven methodologies, tools, and training modules used for 13 years in Cuba and Central America. OAA’s work in the governance sector promotes citizen participation and assists CSO leaders in developing transparent and accountable practices. Through its expertise in networking, coalition building, and advocacy, OAA introduces key tools to local CSOs to enable them to take on a larger role in the governance of their society.

OAA has extensive experience in strengthening CSOs in non-democratic and repressive societies. This program will benefit from OAA proven methodologies, tools, and training modules used for 13 years in Cuba. OAA’s work in the governance sector promotes citizen participation and assists CSO leaders in developing transparent and accountable practices.

We are advancing toward all goals and report the results to the Board of Directors for their review in the form of a Dashboard.

Our EchoCuba program ministry worked to protect and promote religious liberty in a challenging environment, and we supported leadership training and theological education for pastors. We also facilitated full-service short-term mission trips to create awareness about the current situation of the church and participated in the reconstruction of a theological seminary, held community film screenings and concerts where hundreds learned about Jesus Christ for the first time, provided scholarships and new technology to new pastors, helped build a recording studio in a local church in Havana to produce and archive Christian music, sermons, and teachings and establish a base for future radio broadcasts, and built solid relationships with Christian travelers by engaging them in the distribution of humanitarian aid, Guías Pastorales (Pastoral Guide Books), and technology for seminary students.

Financials

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Outreach Aid to the Americas Inc.

Board of directors
as of 12/31/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Frank Allcorn

Coastal Construction Products

Paul R Williams

International Health Care Network

Teo A. Babun

ECHOcuba

Jose Garcia

Cargo Express International

Rollin Bancroft

Retired

Sandra Goodman

Missionary

Danny Thomas

Harvest International

Frank Allcorn

Coastal Construction

Irina Vilarino

Las Vegas Cuban Cuisine

Omar Aleman

Aleman & Associates

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 ? Yes
  • 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 12/6/2023

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
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data