4 The World

Garner, NC   |  www.4theworld.org

Mission

Our Vision:
4 the World is focused on three project areas: computer centers, basic medical care and school refurbishment. These project areas are designed and carried out in collaboration with local communities and united by a common vision: to provide sustainable solutions in health care and education.
 
Who we are
“4 the World is a U.S.-based non-profit that provides medical and educational assistance to underdeveloped communities. It empowers local people to collaborate, learn new skills and improve their own quality of life."
So far, the organization has supported projects in Belize, Guatemala, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Philippines, Sudan, Uganda, Cape Verde, Dominican Republic and USA. Our focus in the coming year is to expand support to more schools and more children.                                 
 
What we do
4 the World helps needy communities by providing building materials, medical supplies, skills training, scholarships and educational resources. We also offer assistance with infrastructure development.

Ruling year info

2004

Founder / Executive Director / Board Chair

Mr. Robert Keith Froom

Education Director / Advisory Board

Shea Kerkhoff

Main address

404 Butler Dr.

Garner, NC 27529 USA

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EIN

75-3147466

NTEE code info

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

International Development, Relief Services (Q30)

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School Refubisment

Setting up a computer center for communities that have little or no access to computers or creating a library or feeding center for a school without books or resources to provide nourishing meals to its students. 4 the World’s education projects can even involve providing safe water for students throughout the year. Since these schools also serve as hurricane shelters our projects provide safety to entire communities during natural disasters. Projects are selected based on the needs defined by our host communities and the various project stakeholders. Projects are executed in collaboration with a cross section of the host community, with project ownership and overall leadership ultimately resting on the community members themselves. Teams of 4 the World Project Coordinators work with our host communities assessing needs, thinking creatively, and setting long-term goals for sustainable development projects.
Project Planning Steps
Listen to community leaders and assess their needs and project proposals.
Work with the community to create a budget, assess and agree on the community collaboration
Assign 4 the World funds and match individuals or groups of participants with the project
Establish a project timeline and begin work
Thoughtfully execute and evaluate the work
Unveil completed project

Population(s) Served

Healthcare professionals of all kinds are needed to provide vital services to underserved communities all over the world. If you have training in any healthcare field, you can help in areas such as home and community care, HIV/AIDS awareness and outreach education, dental care, patient care in hospitals and clinics, psychological treatment for abused women and children, and much more. Please contact us to learn about healthcare volunteer abroad opportunities below. We hope you will join us ON LOCATION™!

4 the World’s ON LOCATION™ Volunteer Excursion program combines volunteering, language learning, cultural activities to provide an incredible experience for volunteers and valuable support for communities in need. Healthcare Groups of students or professionals should contact us about our ON LOCATION™ group opportunities in Guatemala and Belize.

Population(s) Served

4 the World’s Education & Training Center opened on November 29, 2013. The center is a computer lab, internet café, trade school and language school all wrapped into one. 4 the World offers training programs for people to learn English, Spanish, Maya, basic first aid and CPR, computer skills, IT, and much more. The San Andrés community can use the Internet to access a world of information and networks.

The Education Center is one of the only facilities certified to teach English, Spanish, and Maya by the Ministry of Education. Teachers from many schools in San Andrés and surrounding communities come to the Education Center to learn English and take courses on computer training. Teachers then teach computer literacy to students in the school system.

Some of the programs are free, while other programs will help the center create revenue. The goal is for the center to be self-sustaining. Other ways the center will generate revenue is by the hourly fee to use computers or to access the internet, printing documents, scanning, and copying. We also sell refreshments such as water, juice, soda, and snacks like chips, cookies and crackers.

The center serves as a safe place for women to gain employment, for students to get help with school work, and for other organizations to meet. There are cultural dance groups that perform at the center so that young children and teens can learn about their culture. The center can be used as an emergency preparedness center to help inform the community during emergencies and natural disasters like flash flooding, drought or water shortages.

We do not plan to stop here as we would like to open more 4 the World Education and Training Centers, improve communication and education, create more employment opportunities, and make safe havens for boys and girls where they can learn and improve their own communities by volunteering.

Population(s) Served

4 the World recognizes that good vision is important if a child is to learn to read, follow instructions and get a good education. Our innovative vision program serves at-risk children living in rural communities around the world by providing free vision screenings and eyeglasses to children. 4 the World collaborates with communities to solve the two biggest barriers to good vision care: access and cost.

4 the World volunteers travel to primary schools in Belize and Guatemala.
We screen children on-site to determine their vision correction needs, and the same day we deliver a brand new free pair of glasses to those in need.
If more extensive treatment is needed, children receive a referral to an ophthalmologist.
Teacher and student surveys suggest that children who received eyeglasses increased in class participation, behaved better in class, and demonstrated increased self-esteem.
Strategic Partnerships
4 the World partners with individuals, foundations, corporations and other organizations to help deliver health care services to disadvantaged communities. The Vision Program is supported by generous financial contributions from our wonderful donors, the Municipality of San Andres Petén, and Dr. Sergio Alvarez Anzueto, who was instrumental in bringing the program to the community of San Andres Petén. In addition, First Sight Eye Glasses donated thousands of pairs of eyeglasses to kick start the program. Thank you to our amazing partners!

4 the World needs your help to continue to provide children with good vision to help them succeed in the classroom and to see their full potential in life.

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Optometrists and Ophthalmologists:

Volunteer optometrists and ophthalmologists provide eye care to patients alongside the local eye doctors. Optometrists share knowledge and skills with local optometrists and ophthalmic nurses, while ophthalmologists provide surgical training and skills transfer to local ophthalmologists.

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4 The World

Board of directors
as of 6/2/2016
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Robert K Froom

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Term: Jan 2004 -

Robert Froom President

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Megan Goodfellow Treasurer

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Namrata Patel Secretary

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Joyce Phillips Board Member

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