Human Services

Turimiquire Foundation Inc

  • Cambridge, MA

Mission Statement

We're a careful and efficient private foundation delivering family planning, reproductive health, and education services to the lowest-income, primarily rural populations of northeastern Venezuela. We find our inspiration in the United Nations' Millennium Development Goals(  (MDGs) adopted in 2000. Our mission, quite simply, is to contribute to this noble effort.

Think globally. Act locally.
Based on more than 30 years of experience in Venezuela, the Turimiquire Foundation has developed our Recipe for a Thriving Community(  as a fast track blueprint for realizing the MDGs.

 We believe:

 1) That  our Recipe(  is a replicable service delivery model that speaks directly to the majority of low-income families striving to improve the quality of their lives.

2) That it is in the crucible of small, community-based experiments like our own that many of the most effective on-the-ground solutions for the Millenium are being forged today around the world.

Our Recipe(  guides our work through three key areas of service, always emphasizing human development:

Health and Women

The first and crucial step towards truly empowering women is to offer them the means to control their own fertility. The enormous rural demand for family planning and the unmet need for reproductive health services far exceeds our current capacity to provide.

Education and Children

Once families have gained control of their fertility, they concentrate on giving their children the best possible future through schooling. We support students in remote rural areas and marginal urban barrios through educational and cultural programs at our rural Casa Barrancas Community Center( and at our urban headquarters, Casa ServYr.

Sustainable Livelihood

We focus on environmentally positive rural development through introducing low impact utilities like solar electricity and gravity piped water systems, and promoting ecological agriculture, generating the means for self-sustaining employment towards an enduring rural future.

Our Recipe(  employs several KEY dynamics:

We don't spend money creating systems or building new infrastrucure.

Instead, we leverage the existing medical and educational infrastructure already available in-country. As much as possible, we ride piggy back on what already materially exists, and put our own resources into adding just what is needed to deliver additional services effectively. Often, a small increment of support is just what it takes to generate a far larger final result.

We use Social Marketing. To the extent possible, all services are offered at subsidized prices accessible to our clients. We recuperate a small margin of our expenses, and the client values the service with a sense of self-earned-esteem. But no one is turned away. The poorest of the poor are given the logistical and financial help necessary to successfully use our services. Our goal is to reach a maximum of low-income people and give them the tools to empower their lives on their own terms.

To this end, we invest almost nothing in promotion. Over the years, our services have become tuned to the pulse of the communities we work in. We offer what people really want and need to solve their problems, and as a result, satisfied clients eagerly communicate our work to others by word-of-mouth. We do not have to dedicate resources to reaching out. People come directly to us, and we can not satisfy the enormous unmet need that faces us everyday.

Main Programs

  1. Family Planning
Service Areas



Rural and low-income urban areas in northeastern Venezuela

ruling year


Principal Officer


Mr. Steven Bloomstein



Family Planning, Reproductive Health, Empowering Women, Rural Education, Sustainable Livelihood,

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Family Services (P40)

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

Rural (S32)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-PF.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?


Self-reported by organization

The population that we serve is mostly
rural, very poor and uneducated (largely illiterate), deeply vulnerable and
with very few options. We provide family planning, reproductive health, and supplementary
education where few of these services would exist without our presence. What we offer can actually
lives, giving families, and especially young people, the enormous opportunity
to control their fertility, educate and develop themselves into what is a whole new modern world for them.

   In the fifteen years since we started (1996 – 2010), we have delivered contraceptives to over 24,000 women and adolescents across three rural counties. Many of these women have been using our reliable services for years now. This amounts to almost 55,000 Couple Years of Protection (CYPs), the metric by which USAID measures family planning achievement. We have also delivered reproductive health education and family planning information to over 40,000 participants (mainly adolescents) in our responsible sexuality workshops.

In education, we have helped about 400 rural students in the isolated rural valley where our work started fifteen years ago. A majority of these students are finishing high school, unprecedented in this rural community where most of their parents are illiterate. Some are even going on to higher education. We are enabling a generation of children whose parents are marginalized and uneducated peasant farmers Our goal, and indeed our joy, is to change under-privileged human lives for the better, one after another, and in this way to leaven the whole community.


Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Family Planning

Family planning is a stated policy of the Venezuelan government, but the nation has simply not been able to keep up with the tremendous demand for this critical elective service. In a country whose population has more than quadrupled over the past 50 years, the unmet need for family planning remains enormous.

The Turimiquire Foundation has spearheaded the establishment of family planning services in the State of Sucre.

Since 1997, we have supported family planning in a wide range of public hospitals, private clinics, and walk-in public health facilities. We supply contraceptives, educational materials, staff and administrative support for family planning services and reproductive health workshops.

To date, we have reached more than 66,000 women and families.

All services are implemented by Venezuelan health care professionals in accordance with Venezuelan public health policies.


Family Planning: Our Story in Numbers


Human Services

Population(s) Served

Females, all ages or age unspecified



Service Areas



Rural and low-income urban areas in northeastern Venezuela

Funding Needs

$50,000 a year additional funding


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Principal Officer

Mr. Steven Bloomstein

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"We like to call ourselves THE LITTLE FOUNDATION THAT COULD. We have done an amazing amount of work on a tiny budget. We do not have deep pockets, and depend on the generosity and concern of many people, including friends, family and several Foundations, with donations large and small, to help us realize this work. Over the past decade, an average of 94 cents of every dollar has gone directly into service delivery to low-income populations.
Here is how we do it:
We “invest” all of our resources exclusively in “human capital”, directly into human beings, with a bare minimum of infrastructure and overhead.
We don't spend money creating systems or building our own physical infrastructure. Instead, we use what is already in place.
We have developed an effective network of already existing medical, social service, education and commercial partners and volunteers – both public and private. We work directly with the state and county governments in a number of different fields, often receiving their direct support.
We are honored to have this opportunity to serve the less fortunate."



Steven Bloomstein

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