FRIENDS OF CANTERA INC

Baton Rouge, LA   |  https://www.friendsofcantera.org/

Mission

Friends of Cantera envisions supporting the mission of CANTERA by promoting the integral development of all people through the methodology of popular education, by cultivating a Solidarity Network that encourages people to share their talents, time and treasure, and by strengthening financial stability through fundraising, grant writing and endowment funds. CANTERA is a Nicaraguan, humanitarian, not-for-profit NGO that was founded in 1988. Its mission is, "to contribute to the construction of a new society where women and men live as protagonists of their own development and destiny. We collaborate to build a more unified society, one that is more human, more equitable and sustainable, one that is enriched by our very diversity. ”

Ruling year info

1993

President

Alvin Raetzsch

Co Principal Officer

Andy Choi

Main address

PO BOX 86233

Baton Rouge, LA 70879 USA

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EIN

77-0326005

NTEE code info

Single Organization Support (T11)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (P12)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

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Our programs

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Cantera

Cantera is a program in Nicaragua dedicated to developing the mind, body & soul of the disadvantaged people of this country. Friends of Cantera provides funding support to operate urban youth centers and preschools, rural development through experimental farms, water accessibility and housing improvement, and community development through gender equality workshops, native arts and crafts, sports, music and dance.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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Child Development:

Promote the participation, leadership and events of childhood in the municipal and national areas so that they will be recognized as full members of society with their specific human rights.

Youth Development

Promote in the territories where Cantera is working, the leadership and impact of youth in all those areas where they are involved so that they are recognized as citizens with rights.

Local Rural Development

Strengthening of the abilities of the residents in order to reduce the vulnerability and raise the level and quality of life of the farming communities with whom Cantera works, emphasizing the perspectives of: agro-ecology, productivity, gender, intergenerational relationships, ethics, spirituality and social justice.

Community Health and Alternative Medicine

To promote consciously healthy communities in the urban and rural population in order to improve the concepts, attitude and customs related to the environmental situation and health, from the perspective of gender.

Methods of Popular Education

To contribute to the construction of a more just and equitable society beginning with the development of methodologies and organization of learning that allows for the strengthening of the capacity for critical analysis and the personal and collective transformation of those involved.

Institutional Strengthening

To strengthen the internal developmental processes in order to obtain an institutional coherence with the Mission, Vision and Objectives.

Child Development
Strategies of the Program:

Impact pre-school and primary education with a non-sexist focus.
Child participation with gender equality.
Communication, promotion and social sensitizing within the framework of their human rights.
Methodological and political impact.

Youth Development
Strategies of the Program:

Youth participation with gender equality.
Communication, promotion and social sensitizing within the framework of their human rights.
Formation to enable them to enter into the work force.
Methodological and political impact

Local Rural Development
Strategies of the program:

Training, research, diversification, experimentation, innovation, and accompaniment in farming production and agro-ecology with the vision of safeguarding of alimentation and commercialization.
Organization of groups, collectives and/or cooperatives for the production, processing and/or commercialization with a priority for women and youth.
Health, environmental and community hygiene with the perspective of agro-ecology.
Support for educational, social, sport, cultural, ethical and spiritual development of people in the communities from the perspective of gender.

Strengthening of the promotion of sectors and communities.
Equality and democracy within the relationships of gender, organization, community management and municipal impact.
Integral development of rural youth.
Local and municipal communication.

Community Health and Alternative Medicine
Strategies of the program:

Training – Formation of groups, community leaders, health promoters and patients of the clinics.
Sensitizing, disclosure and spreading of information along with the interchange of experiences of community health.
Research of methods and useful techniques.
Accompaniment in the network of leaders of Natural Medicine and formation of local health networks .
Coordination of international institutions and events.

Methods of Popular Education
Strategies of the program:

Systematizing of learning of our social practices and other experiences.
Elaboration and distribution of methodologies (concepts and techniques).
Support in the formation of participants in the other programs of Cantera and other organizations.
Methodological accompaniment for Canter’s programs.
Interchange of information learned.

Institutional Strengthening
Strategies of the program:

Organizational strengthening and sustainability.
Processes of Alliance incidents.
Relationship with agencies with whom we cooperate and groups who contribute to our programs.
Planning, follow-up, monitoring and evaluation.
Administrative/financial follow-up and institutional sustainability.

Throughout over 25 years of experience, Cantera has made a significant influence on community development methods in Nicaragua as well as raising awareness around and advocating for gender equality. Cantera is recognized in the country as the first organization to promote Gender Work with men and created the first masculinity course directed at men. Through our methodology courses we train other organizations in the country and around the region on important themes and practices related to community organizaning, effective local development, cross-cutting gender themes, and the list continues. Our social programs are directly connected to our courses both by implementing our methodology as well as a tool for continual evaluation of our method.

Our experience and success over the years have allowed us to form good working relationships and alliances with other social organizations as well as government departments, such as the Education Department, the Health Department, Family Services, the national police, etc. In addition, we participate in various regional and national networks to enrich our work as well as collectively advocate for change.

Financials

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FRIENDS OF CANTERA INC

Board of directors
as of 3/25/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Alvin Raetzsch


Board co-chair

Melanie Rose

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? No
  • 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 01/19/2020

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