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Ancora Ministries Inc.

"Ancora" is Latin for "anchor." It also means "Hope, Support, Refuge." We exist to offer hope, support, and refuge to vulnerable populations in Central TX and Guatemala.

Kyle, TX   |  https://ancoraministries.org/

Mission

We envision a Central Texas where NO child is hungry. We envision a Guatemala where NO child suffers from malnutrition. We believe that God has a plan for every single child. We partner with vulnerable and underserved communities in Central Texas and Guatemala to make sure children have their the fundamental needs met so that they can be everything they were created to be!

Ruling year info

2020

Founder/Executive Director

Mr. Trey Williams

Main address

P.O. Box 798

Kyle, TX 78640 USA

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EIN

85-2042847

NTEE code info

Nutrition Programs (K40)

Christian (X20)

Health - General and Rehabilitative N.E.C. (E99)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We envision a Guatemala where every child has the ability to develop to their full potential through good nutrition, sanitation, clean water, healthy homes, and access to education. We work one community at a time. We start by meeting with community leaders to determine if collaborating on community development would be beneficial. If so, we start with nutrition programs, and then add clean water, sanitation and health programs. We envision a local community where children have access to food even when school is not in session. We work with local schools in Central Texas to identify food-insecure children, and then send "backpack bags" of food home with them on Fridays so that they have food to eat over weekends and school breaks.

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?

Ancora Asociación - Guatemala

Our Guatemala ministry became a registered nonprofit organization recognized by the Guatemalan government in early 2021, so we are fully registered and compliant with the laws in Guatemela.

Our vision is that no child in Guatemala would suffer from malnutrition or hunger; that every family would have access to clean water, a latrine, and a safe cookstove.

We work in communities that for one reason or another have been ignored by local and national government entities, as well as humanitarian organizations. Our goal is to partner with these communities to fight hunger and malnutrition, and to create self-sufficiency through education and community development programs. We work TOGETHER, so that our partner communities are contributors to the work, creating true partnership.

How does this look?
1. Nutrition programs
2. Clean water programs
3. Ancora Academy, an education & training program, particularly for women
4. Community projects like road improvement and construction projects

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families

HaysHope2Go is a partner program that was co-founded by Ancora's Executive Director in 2019. Ancora's Central Texas presence is largely through working with and providing funding for HaysHope2Go.

HaysHope2Go provides nutrition to some of the most food-insecure families in the Hays Consolidated Independent School District. The program sends food home with students on Friday afternoons so that there is sufficient food for them over weekends and long breaks.

Annual budget number represents Ancora Ministries' financial commitment to HaysHope2Go, which is only a part of the HaysHope2Go budget.

Population(s) Served

Dripping With Hope is just like HaysHope2Go, but it serves the community of Dripping Springs, TX and the schooles in the Dripping Springs Independent School District. It provides food for students on Friday afternoons so that they have food over weekends and long breaks.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families
Children and youth
Families

Level The Field provides athletic shoes to middle school students who do not have the proper footwear to compete in athletics. We recognize that not having proper footwear is prohibitive to participation for some students, and therefore, they miss out on the life principles and lessons that athletics can provide them. We work directly with the coaches, who identify the kids, and the coaches then provide the shoes to them discreetly.

Population(s) Served

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.

Number of children reached with a meal each school day

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

Adolescents, Children

Related Program

HaysHope2Go

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our Feed Kids Right Now backpack programs serve 600+ students across 33 schools in Central Texas every week. We have gradually been able to add children to our programs each year.

Number of clients whose nutrition has improved

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

Children, Infants and toddlers

Related Program

Ancora Asociación - Guatemala

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In the communities where we work, rate of malnutrition among children averages 74% when we begin. Historically, within 12 months, that number is betweeon 0%-5%.

Number of children who received school supplies

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

Children

Related Program

Ancora Asociación - Guatemala

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

This program launched in May 2021.

Number of communities provided clean water

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

Families of origin

Related Program

Ancora Asociación - Guatemala

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In 2023 we provided access to clean water to more than 1200 people in 9 communities in Guatemala.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

Goal #1: A local community where NO child is hungry.
Goal #2: Guatemala where NO child suffers from malnutrition.
Goal #3: Healthy families who have their fundamental needs met.

We believe that God has a plan for every single child. We partner with vulnerable and underserved communities in Central Texas and Guatemala to make sure children have their the fundamental needs met so that they can be everything they were created to be!

What does that look like?
1. It looks like food and nutrition programs so that children can develop to their full potential, and perform at their best because they aren't hungry all the time.
2. It looks like clean water programs so that families can drink water that isn't contaminated with fecal matter (poop), bacteria, parasites, and other pathogens that make them sick all the time.
3.. It looks like community projects like road improvements, building onto village schools, and health initiatives like anti-parsite treatment for kids.
4. It looks like education programs so that our partner communities can become more resilient, self-sufficient and begin to create opportunitiies for success.

Ancora is 100% funded by people who share our passion for helping children and families be everything they were created to be.

$5 will provide nutrition for a child in Guatemala for a month.
$20 will provide weekend food bags for a food-insecure child in Central Texas for a month.
You can make a difference today by setting up a monthly donation at https://ancoraministries.org/donate!

In Guatemala, we work community by community. We provide a nutritional supplement which contains all the necessary micronutrients a child needs for optimal development to children between ages 6 months-6 years. We add water filters, latrines, and safe cookstoves to every household that needs them, prioritizing the need and meeting the needs as our capacity allows. Along with these nutrition, health, and sanitation initiatives, our staff offers trainings on first aid, safety, and healthy food preparation, to make sure families have the tools necessary to be self-reliant.

In Central Texas, we work at the school level, delivering "backpack bags" of food to each school in our program every week. Those backpack bags are given to identified students through school counselors or interventionists on Fridays, and provide enough food for a child to have 3 meals per day plus snacks over the weekend.

In Guatemala, we have a team of 3 employees and 15 volunteers on the ground to execute our mission. The team is made up entirely of Guatemalan residents. Currently we are working in 2 communities (about 200 people in each community) in the southern rural mountains, as well as a network of churches in and around Guatemala City that serves another 300 people.

In Central Texas, we serve 270 students each week through the HaysHope2Go backpack program. Our Executive Director executes the local programing, as well as directing the Guatemala programming by working with the team on the ground.

Ancora Ministries launched In July 2020. In our 1st 6 months, we helped 90 families - 480 people - in Guatemala, primarily through food and nutrition programs. We provided over 19,000 meals.

In 2021, we have launched nutrition and medical initiatives in Guatemala, as well as food security initiatives in Central Texas.
In Guatemala, we worked in 8 communities providing preschool nutrition programs. We also ran nutrition intervention programs (4 months in duration) to 15 communities from June-September. In all, we served 1577 families - over 2300 people. We provided nearly 42,776 meals, school supplies for 60 students, preventative and emergency medical care for 77 children and 3 adults, and we partnered with one of our communities to build a kitchen for the community's schools.
In Central Texas, we served 477 families - nearly 2000 people. We provided 13,000 meals to children experiencing food insecurity, and bought 54 pairs of shoes for middle school athletes who could not afford proper footwear.

For 2022, we committed to 2 new communities in Guatemala, and tripled the number of children we support through local food programs.
Guatemala Impact for 2022: We provided nearly 65,000 meals to almost 2200 families and brought clean water into a mountain village of 200 people for the first time ever. Total impact in Guatemala, including medical treatment, food and nutrition programs, clean water, community education/training programs, was 4200 people served in 10 communities.
In Central Texas, we launched a food security program in Dripping Springs, TX, and doubled the number of children served in the Hays CISD (Kyle & Buda, TX). We provided over 35,500 meals to 6200 people in Central Texas in 2022.

In 2023, we have launched new community partnerships in Guatemala. We are currently serving 450 children in 15 different community feeding and nutrition programs. We've also launched an economic development program in San Miguel, Petapa, to train women in launching their own microbusinesses. Everything we do is aimed at improved nutrition and health, and self-reliance.
In Central Texas we've increased the number of children in our food insecurity programs from 250 at the end of 2022 to 350 in the spring semester. These 350 children receive food every week.

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

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

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, 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 demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Ancora Ministries Inc.

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Trey Williams

Caroline Asimakopoulos

ML Holdings Company Crane Group

Sylvia Cruz

Whataburger, Inc.

Diana Nejat

A1 PartSmart

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? Not applicable