Human Services

TURIMIQUIRE FOUNDATION INC

  • Cambridge, MA
  • http://www.turimiquire.org

Mission Statement

Our Recipe for a Thriving Community on our website defines our mission and work in three key areas:

Health and Women: The first and crucial step towards truly empowering women is to offer them the means to control their fertility. Since 1997, we have supported family planning in a wide range of public hospitals, private clinics, and walk-in public health facilities in three largely rural counties.

Education and Children: Once families gain control of their fertility, they concentrate on giving their children the best possible future through schooling. We enable selected students in remote rural areas and marginal urban barrios to graduate from high school and go to college.

Sustainable Livelihood: We focus on environmentally sensitive rural community development, introducing low-impact utilities like solar electricity and gravity water systems, and promoting ecological agriculture, generating tools and self-sustaining employment for an enduring rural future.

Main Programs

  1. Family Planning
  2. Rural Education
  3. Rural Development
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

Rural and low-income urban areas in northeastern Venezuela

ruling year

1996

President

Self-reported

Mr. Steven Bloomstein

Secretary and Treasurer

Self-reported

Mr. William Bloomstein

Keywords

Self-reported

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

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EIN

04-3286660

 Number

0390083778

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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?

Overview

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The population that we serve is mostly rural (campesino), very poor and uneducated (largely illiterate), 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 changes lives, giving families - and especially young people - the enormous opportunity to control their fertility, educate and develop themselves into what is a new and modern world for them.

In the twenty years since we started in 1996, we have delivered contraceptives to over 38,000 women and adolescents across three rural counties. Many of these women have been using our reliable services for years now. This amounts to almost 90,000 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 50,000 participants (mainly adolescents) in our responsible sexuality workshops.

In education, we have helped about 600 rural students in the isolated rural valley where our education work started fifteen years ago. A majority of these students are going to high school, unprecedented in this rural community where most of their parents are illiterate. Some thirty students have gone on to higher education, and we have even produced five college graduates! We are enabling a generation of children whose parents are marginalized and uneducated farmers to go to high school and even college in one generation.

Programs

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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.

Through 2015, we have provided 89,739 Couple Years of Protection, the metric by which USAID measures family planning achievement, to over 38,300 low- income rural and urban women and their families. We have also offered more than 2600 Sexual and Reproductive Health Workshops to 50,700 student and adult participants.

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

Category

Human Services

Population(s) Served

Female Adults

Female Youth/Adolescents (14 - 19 years)

Budget

60,000

Program 2

Rural Education

Once families gain control of their fertility, they concentrate on giving their children the best possible future through schooling. We run a small remote rural education center, several walking hours from the road, and offer students in remote rural areas and marginal urban barrios scholarships for high school and college. Over 400 of our students have graduated from high school, we have 22 students in college, and five college graduates!

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Young Adults (20-25 years)

Budget

$20,000.00

Program 3

Rural Development

We focus on environmentally sensitive rural community development, introducing low-impact utilities like solar electricity and gravity water systems, and promoting ecological agriculture, generating tools and self-sustaining employment for an enduring rural future. We have installed more than 30 solar (photovoltaic) electric systems for rural families, including the local school and chapel; and have installed and maintain an extensive gravity piped water system, providing over 120 dispersed rural households with clean water from the many crystalline mountain streams that feed into the river valley. We have introduced and disseminated a wide range of fruit trees that are new to the region, including Mangosteen, Durian, Rollinia, and Jackfruit, in order to expand the local food base, contribute to the local economy, and foster self-employment for the valley rural population.

Category

Community Development

Population(s) Served

Adults

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

$10,000

Charting Impact

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

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    We seek to show how in one remote rural community, the Rio Brito, where we have lived and worked for several decades, it is possible to help people visibly lift their own communities in the course of just one or two generations, by applying the three-prong "recipe" that we have developed: (1) Family Planning and Reproductive Health, (2) Rural Education, and (3) Infrastructure and Community Support.

    We further offer our family planning services across three rural counties, in response to the enormous demand and unmet need that has enveloped us strictly by word of mouth from our original program on the Rio Brito.

    We would like to introduce our "Recipe for a Thriving Community" to additional rural communities beyond the Rio Brito -- we have excellent nearby candidate communities in mind -- if we can receive the necessary funding to do so.

    Our bottom line is always to change under-privileged human lives for the better, one after another, in the most efficient way possible, and in this way to leaven whole communities.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
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  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
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  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
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  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
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Service Areas

Self-reported

International

Rural and low-income urban areas in northeastern Venezuela

Funding Needs

$50,000 a year additional funding

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Turimiquire Foundation
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31

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TURIMIQUIRE FOUNDATION INC

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President

Mr. Steven Bloomstein

Secretary and Treasurer

Mr. William Bloomstein

BIO

Steven has lived in Venezuela since 1973. He is co-founder, with Rob Albert, of the Dos Pasos (mostly organic) fruit farm near the city of Cumaná in northeastern Venezuela, and administers our urban and rural education, family planning and health programs there. Steven and Rob were classmates at Harvard University, class of 1970. Steven transferred to University of California at Berkeley, where he graduated in 1973 before moving to Venezuela.

STATEMENT FROM THE President

"We like to call ourselves THE LITTLE FOUNDATION THAT COULD. We do 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 15 years, an average of 93+ 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 do not 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 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 areas, and with the private sector equally as well.
 
We are honored to have this opportunity to serve the less fortunate."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Steven Bloomstein

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Term: June 2015 - June 2020

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