FOUNDATION PIERRE SMITH MONDELUS INC

2 Corinthians 5:18

St Augustine, FL   |  foundationpsm.org

Mission

Foundation Pierre Smith Mondelus is set forth to empower and equip residents of villages in Northern Haiti toward neighborhood revitalization through relief, development, and reconciliation efforts.

Ruling year info

2017

Co-founder

Shannon Lynne Miller

Main address

117 Pinehurst Pointe Dr

St Augustine, FL 32092 USA

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EIN

81-3329643

NTEE code info

Economic Development (S30)

Christian (X20)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The distance from the United States, the wealthiest Western Hemisphere nation, to Haiti the poorest is less than 700 miles. FPSM’s focus area is Milot, a northern rural farming community with few schools and scarce public services. Illiteracy entangles individuals in the cycle of poverty. Haitian adults average 5 years of school and have 40% illiteracy. Statistics are worse in our rural service area as the cost of primary school is prohibitive and adult education is unavailable. Illiteracy results in little awareness of farming practices to optimize production or income. 45% of children are malnourished yet crop choices are based upon tradition with little knowledge of nutritionally or economically favorable options. Illiteracy adds to the allure of superstitious practices in Milot where there is high reliance on voodoo. There are limited tangible ways to build economic capacity.

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?

Adult Literacy Training

Initiated January 2017, FPSM offers a 4-year literacy program for Milot residents with targeted competency in reading and basic math skills. Placement in one of 3 different class levels is based upon an initial literacy assessment by a trained FPSM ministry team member. Classes last for one year, at which point competency testing is performed. Successful candidates advance to the next level. Those who do not demonstrate sufficient competency are invited to repeat the course.
Haitians who complete the 4 year program, empowered by their new literacy skills, will be given the option to participate in a one semester business class and a micro-loan programs sponsored by FPSM. Graduates may also continue their education through sponsored programs in Haiti. 60 adults are participating for the 2021-22 school year.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Indigenous peoples
People of Caribbean descent
Economically disadvantaged people

This is an annual one-week program of Bible study, arts and crafts, music instruction and team competition. 150 area children participate. A warm lunch, prepared by local Haitian cooks, is received by each Haitian participant and team leader at no cost.
The program is led by the five Haitian members of FPSM with assistance from 40 Haitian men and women of the community who are employed as team leaders, teachers, cooks, and in other support positions. Ten to fifteen volunteers of varied ages and backgrounds travel to Haiti, at their own expense, to assist.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Christians
Indigenous peoples
Economically disadvantaged people

The cycle of poverty and hopelessness can be severed through Christian-aligned educational opportunities for all ages. Critical thinking is taught to young Haitians through a classical Christian-based education curriculum. After their first year of study, thirteen 4-5-year-old students are advancing to year two and fifteen 3-4-year-olds are registered for year one in the fall of 2022.
Haitian adults are equipped through agricultural and entrepreneurial education. Classes in graphic design and coding, with a focus upon global markets, are taught via video conferencing by volunteer professors of US academic institutions. A Christian seminary is equipping students with a sound theological education in conjunction with a marketable trade, critical if a Haitian pastor is to feed his family while he spiritually feeds his congregation. Utilizing video conferencing, 20 Haitian pastors are receiving instruction in theological studies from volunteer American seminary professors.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth
Indigenous peoples
Christians

Since 2017, the FPSM chapel has been the site of a weekly Bible study which meets every Sunday afternoon. Led by members of the 5-person Haitian ministry team, the weekly study has attracted 150-200 adults and children. The participants, placed in classes based upon age and biblical background, receive instruction in God's Word. They are challenged to reflect upon their personal relationship with Jesus Christ and to consider how this transforms them as they engage with members of their community and their families.
As a result of this foundation a church, led by Pastor Marcot who is a member of the FPSM ministry team, was commissioned in January 2021. The community gathers for Sunday worship followed by afternoon Bible study. The congregation meets one evening each week for a time of prayer. Additionally, the church building and property are utilized throughout the week as a site for many of the FPSM initiatives.

Population(s) Served
Christians
Adults
Children and youth
Indigenous peoples

The FPSM ministry team evangelizes to 15 neighborhoods surrounding the FPSM property. They teach the gospel and discuss worldview and what a relationship with Jesus can mean. An invitation is extended to accept what Christ has done for them through His life, death, and resurrection. Those who accept Christ are revisited within the month and invited to join Eglise Baptiste de la Promesse de Thibea, the FPSM church plant, and to participate in the Bible study held every Sunday in the FPSM chapel.

Population(s) Served
Indigenous peoples
Families
Economically disadvantaged people

The program's primary goal is as an opportunity for the students and their families to learn the strength born from a shared community experience. This group of peers is led by members of the ministry team and a part-time coach. 40 students (ages 10-18) participate in a weekly soccer clinic on the FPSM property. Participants learn the importance of teamwork, with emphases on attitude and encouragement, as well as soccer skills. Prior to each clinic, students participate in a Bible study led by the FPSM pastor. This includes a time of reflection and emphasis on the application of biblical truths to mold interactions on and off of the soccer field. Students receive a t-shirt, shorts, socks, and shoes, in addition to food, juice and water, so that they can adequately and safely participate.

Population(s) Served
Indigenous peoples
Adolescents
Extremely poor people

The goal of this year-long program is to create a family food source and self-generating income. A portion of FPSM property, which has been allocated as a garden area for local residents, is utilized. Participants are instructed, from a trained local farmer, in the process of planting, nurturing, and harvesting crops which are chosen on the basis of local conditions and nutritional value. They are trained in the testing and preparation of soil, as well as seed selection, to optimize yield. FPSM believes in using open-pollinated heirloom seeds for sustainability and participants are instructed in drying the seeds for planting the following season. At harvest, participants glean the fruits and vegetables that they have cultivated and have the option to either take them to their families to enjoy or to sell them at market.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Indigenous peoples
Economically disadvantaged people

Public education, at any grade level, is not available in Haiti. Families are responsible for the cost of tuition as well as for uniform expenses. Sixteen disadvantaged Haitian adolescents who reside in Milot, a rural area in Northern Haiti, receive tuition support from FPSM for their studies in one of the two existing neighborhood secondary schools. Continued participation is predicated upon maintaining a B- grade or better.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Indigenous peoples
People of Caribbean descent
Extremely poor people

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.

Total dollar amount of scholarship awarded

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

Adolescents, Indigenous peoples, Economically disadvantaged people

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Tuition and uniform support for 16 secondary students, predicated upon report card evidence of a C grade or better. 2020 tuition increase due to grade level advancement and inflation.

Number of students who demonstrate improved overall literacy

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

Adolescents, Indigenous peoples, Extremely poor people

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Progress monitored by report card grades which must be passing. 13 students have received continuous support. 2 left the area. One did not pass. Three new candidates were screened and receive support.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

FPSM is a Christ-centered ministry, established in 2017 to equip and empower residents of northern Haiti for neighborhood revitalization via sustainable personal, community, and economic development. Our desire is to develop sustainable programs with the primary focus of growing Christ's Kingdom in His love. As a cooperative effort between Haitian and American leaders, FPSM has directed its efforts accordingly.
A church was planted in January '21. Utilizing video conferencing and in conjunction with an American seminary, theological education was begun in 2021 with 20 Haitian pastors participating.
An added focus is to engage Haiti’s estimated 50% illiteracy rate, a root factor to poverty’s perpetuation. This has been approached on several fronts with the development of educational programs for both children and adults. 60 adults are participating in adult literacy training. Students who successfully complete the program and demonstrate the acquisition of basic reading and math skills, the option of a micro loan program is available.
Due to the lack of robust primary and secondary education in the rural area served, a primary school based upon classical Christian educational principles was begun in 2021. Thirteen 3-4 year olds were enrolled in the first class in the fall of 2021. An additional class will be added each year, with the long-range goal of a program that offers kindergarten through eighth grade educational opportunities for the community. Funding for the construction of an educational facility has been obtained and completion is anticipated by year's end.
Additional educational opportunities for adults will be directed at vocational training as well as basic business training and the above noted micro loan program. The global market will be utilized for opportunities that may not be available locally. To this end, four students are receiving instruction in graphic design and coding with focus on accessing the global market.


A cycle can best be broken if it can be approached at more than one point. If the people of Milot are to become independent members of society, illiteracy must be thwarted in both children and adults. There are schools for children in the area, but the cost is prohibitive for many families. The 5 member Haitian ministry team, who have a daily presence in the neighborhood, have identified and enrolled children from 16 families who receive tuition support. Continued enrollment is dependent upon grade performance. There are 60 adults enrolled in a 4-year literacy program, taught by trained members of the FPSM ministry team. The goal is competency in reading and basic math which is assessed by regular testing. At completion of the four year program, adults who wish to do so are eligible to participate in an FPSM-sponsored micro-loan program, with a one semester business education training program.
These educational programs, while successful, have a limited scope. They are also limited by the sporadic quality and inconsistent standards of available local schools. We believe the endemic cycle of poverty and hopelessness can best be severed through Christian-aligned preschool to adult educational opportunities, with the aim of a sustainable life style. Critical thinking and entrepreneurial skills will be introduced to young Haitian men and women. A Christian-based primary school curriculum, focused upon classical education, has been developed. All thirteen 3-4-year-old students who were enrolled for Fall '21 will advance after successfully completing their first year. Fifteen students are registered for the first year instruction for Fall '22. Additional classes will be added annually with the long-term plan for a K-8 school.
Agricultural and entrepreneurial education will be offered to adults. Classes in graphic design and coding, via video conferencing, have been taught by professors of a US academic institution. An added focus of instruction will include the utilization of the global economy, thereby opening markets unavailable in the students' native land. A Christian seminary will equip students with a sound theological education in conjunction with a marketable trade. Classes utilizing video conferencing, taught by volunteer American seminary professors have begun with 20 Haitian pastors participating. The first vocational class will involve instruction in sewing, sewing machine repair and a business model. This will be taught by a Haitian seamstress. All equipment has been acquired and education will proceed once a classroom is acquired.

FPSM has a 5 member Haitian ministry team that serves rural Milot, enabling a grass-roots assessment of local needs. Two team members have their BBA in Business Administration. A third is trained in educational literacy. Another is an ordained pastor. Co-founder Shannon lived in Haiti for 3 years, and knows the language and culture. The 5-member team is actively engaged with the area of involvement on most days, where they are able to witness and assess the needs of the community. During years of evangelism and Bible teaching, the team has built strong community relationships. Rather than imposing First World solutions, the FPSM board welcomes and utilizes the recommendations of the ministry team as the key element in the determination of how best to respond to community needs. Program implementation and development comes from a consensus among the Haitian leaders and the American board. Continuing programs which were implemented early on include adult literacy instruction, weekly Bible studies attended by 150-200 at the chapel, marriage and parenting programs and the student sports program. These have been a foundation upon which more comprehensive community programs and opportunities have been based.
FPSM has gained trust in the rural community we serve through a continuous presence for more than 5 years. FPSM has garnered trust with new donors as evidenced by a greater than two-fold increase in donations in 2021, compared to 2020. We place value in, and nurture lasting relationships with, established donors as is demonstrated by a greater than 80% donor retention rate. We have developed working relationships with American institutions of primary and secondary education as well as a college and seminary, to facilitate program planning and implementation.
One current limitation has been the lack of a dedicated space for instruction. Our chapel and other sites have been utilized. Funding has been procured for our community center. It is anticipated that construction of the center will begin in the summer of 2022, with completion by year's end. Delays have primarily been due to shortages of gasoline and building material in Haiti.

Since 2016, on the initial 3-acre property, there is a well, a watchman residence/storage facility, and chicken coop. A 250-person capacity chapel was completed in 2017. It is the site of a Baptist church plant in Jan '21 as well as ongoing weekly Bible studies. The enclosure of the property with a wall, required by Haitian government standards, has been completed. A Haitian gardener oversees planting on the property with crops which are selected for nutrition, salability, and sustainable seeds. The completion of the wall has enabled expansion of the agricultural program to train Haitians in farming and poultry.
Ongoing Haitian-ministry-led programs include community evangelism, an annual summer Bible camp for 150 youth who are led by 50 stipend-supported Haitians working alongside of an American volunteer team, and a weekly Bible study that has grown to over 200 participants in 4 years. Community enthusiasm was the impetus for the church plant in Jan '21. 150-200 attend the Baptist service and 40-50 attend prayer weekly. In an area heavily influenced by voodoo, there have been many professions of faith, baptisms, weddings, and increasing enthusiasm for the Lord’s Word in Bible study.
60 adults are participating in literacy training in math and reading. Six have completed the four-year program and have been given the option to participate in a 6-month business program followed by a micro-loan opportunity. Since all education in Haiti is private, FPSM provides tuition support for 16 high school students. Each of these programs have been funded for the current year.
Despite gratifying progress, more comprehensive methods to empower and equip Haitian men, women, and children have been identified. A 4.5 acres property, within a half-mile of the first property, was purchased Jan '21 for the new educational initiative which will include elementary and secondary education, vocational training and a seminary. Architectural plans have been completed for a 9-building complex, to be constructed in 5 phases. Phase 1, the multi-purpose community center and library, is funded. Pending construction, alternative sites have been secured for the primary education, seminary and graphic design classes. Graphic design education and seminary classes, begun in 2021, have been taught by college and seminary professors via video conferencing. It is anticipated that the sewing class, which will include instruction for a business model, will be started later in 2022.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    We serve a small community of several hundred people in northern Haiti.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    5 person Haitian team interacts in the community daily, assesing needs and reviewing program efficac,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    4 years of Bible instruction and evangelism revealed the community's desire for a church which was planted in Jan '21. Tuition support of local students demonstrated shortcomings in available quality education. Fall '21 began an educational initiative, enrolling 13 local 3-4 year olds. With their advancement, 15 students have registered for year one instruction beginning Fall '22. The long-term goal is a school offering K-12 education. Absent adult vocational education contributes to the cycle of poverty. Since Jan '21, graphic design and coding, utilizing the global economy, has been taught from American universities via video conferencing. 20 pastors are enrolled in the FPSM Christian seminary which was begun within the past year.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    High illiteracy rates limit traditional survey options and opportunities in the area. Our 5-person Haitian team knows and lives within the culture, interacts with the community daily, and is trained to discern deficiencies. This intimate involvement has disclosed both opportunities to serve and insight into solutions. Our president communicates weekly with two members of the Haitian ministry team and visits Haiti 4-5 times/year. Our board meets monthly and includes two Haitian members. Programs are developed from this cooperative effort. The Haitian team offers the primary oversight for the institution and management of our programs. Members of the community who have demonstrated growth and trustworthiness have been given the opportunity to move into leadership roles.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently,

Financials

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FOUNDATION PIERRE SMITH MONDELUS INC

Board of directors
as of 5/16/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr William Platko

Veronique Mondelus

Haitian co-founder

Marcot Vernoise

Haitian Pastor

Erin Curtinsmith

Amber Dempsey

Parker Jamison

Shannon Miller

Steve Papas

William Platko

Barb Westrate

Bill Westrate

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 05/16/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

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Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 07/05/2021

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Data
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.