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International Fund for Economic Development Inc

  • Hiawassee, GA
  • www.ifed-us.org

Mission Statement

IFED provides supplies, material and tools to volunteers, communities and other interested parties to facilitate the education, economic development, health and environmental programs that benefit impoverished communities and individuals.

Main Programs

  1. CARE International
  2. Para la Tierra
  3. Friends of Nomads
  4. Grandma Cares Partnership Program
  5. CONAPAC Amazon Library

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Service Areas

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International

Our economic development, education and environmental protection projects are primarily focused in, but not limited to, Peru in South America, Costa Rica in Central America and Anhui Province in the People's Republic of China.

ruling year

2002

Principal Officer

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Ms. Patricia Sullivan

Keywords

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IFED,International, Economic Development, Intercultural, Tourism, Literacy, Sustainable Income, Quecha, Cultural Preservation, Environmental Awareness, Ecology,Environment

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Also Known As

Ifed, International Fund for Economic Development, Inc.

EIN

16-1617006

 Number

2403507853

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

International Economic Development (Q32)

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

IRS Filing Requirement

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

Programs + Results

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Overview

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1)  We partnered with CARE International in establishing a computer training center for Quechua residents of 19 communities in Ancash, Peru. We were presented a State Level Silver Bowl Award and Silver Tray Award from Georgia Federation of Women's Clubs and C.A.R.E. International. 
 2)  Two scholarships were secured from Young Harris College in North Georgia. We facilitated in qualifying and selecting two students from Anhui University of Finance and Economics in Bengbu, China to travel and live in America.  The program and student success has extended this opportunity to 2010. These "goodwill ambassadors" share their culture with the student body and community and will share their American experience when they return.

 3)  Our Dragon Lake Keepers environmental program in China is in its third year and new student leaders continue promoting the global message of the need to protect the environment.  The students participated in activities for International Women's Day (Protecting Mother Earth), helped another organization to initiate a new environmental program, delivered environmental educational programs at several elementary schools and retained several new sponsors of trash receptacles for three universities in the community.

 4)  We plan to launch our second bilingual (Chinese and English) environmental children's book - The Ballad of Bengbu - in  2010.  The government of Bengbu will sponsor the publication and it will be made available to children in the elementary schools in Bengbu, Anhui Province.  
5)   We have formed a strategic alliance with Zoo Avenue and Nature Restoration Foundation.  Their Tropical Wildlife Rescue Center is Central America's largest rescue center, receives more than 1300 animals annually.  Our publication, Let There Be Dragons, teaching marine animal and water resource protection will be added to their wildlife and rainforest preservation programs.

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

CARE International

In Peru, we worked with C.A.R.E. Ancash on two programs which involve nineteen rural communities. The EDUBINA project relates to bilingual education (Quecha and Spanish) and enables the rural children to retain their cultural heritage while enabling them to socially interact. The result is elevated self-esteem by enabling them to become more competitive with their Spanish-speaking peers. We are providing educational materials, computers and software to assist in resourcing this program. There are approximately 2,000 children who benefit from the EDUBINA project.

The second program in the Ancash region is the development of an intercultural tourism program. The objective of this program it to assist families in these rural communities to create a sustainable and self-managed income source by teaching them how to provide tourism services and promote the archeology and natural resources of the northern Andean region.


Category

Poor, Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Adults

None

Budget

Program 2

Para la Tierra

This Paraguayan NGO is focused on conservation of fragile habitats in Paraguay. Their projects combine scientific research with education and outreach programs from elementary to post-university level. The supplies and material we supply will facilitate the creation of a curriculum for the conventional education programs in local schools, our newest venture - Eco-Clubs - and for designing material and exhibits for their museum. They have access to over 200 local school pupils and 1,000 Paraguayan tourists each year. The Eco-Clubs are still in concept phase, but we foresee being able to reach 30 children in the first year, and hopefully grow that number to as many as possible in the future.

Category

Natural Resources Conservation & Protection

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Adults

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$2,000.00

Program 3

Friends of Nomads

Friends of Nomads was established out of a heightened awareness of the serious risk of illiteracy among the children of nomad families, and a sense of social responsibility to make a difference and improve the lives of children.



Friends of Nomads are effectively the people who are touched and inspired by the compelling cause of elevating a child’s future.
Friends of Nomads are Individuals who believe a child should have access to the basic right to an education.
Friends of Nomads are ordinary people supporting an extraordinary movement.
Friends of Nomads are engaged in investing in a child’s future.










Who Will Benefit

Everyone, most especially children deserve the right to a basic education and an opportunity to advance their future with hope.

Without support and assistance, the children of the Nomads, as a result of their traditional lifestyle, are at risk of growing into adulthood without the benefit of a basic education and life skills to ensure their access to opportunities they need to succeed on their own in their future life.



Category

Educational Programs

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

None

None

Budget

$500.00

Program 4

Grandma Cares Partnership Program

Grandma Cares Partnership Program (GCPP) is a small grassroots organization that reaches out to help the communities located in Chiang Mai, Thailand and surrounding rural areas. Through a variety of programs that are delivered by volunteers from around the world, our families are gaining knowledge and strength to create better lives.

Category

Educational Programs

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Female Children ( 5 - 14 years)

Female Youth/Adolescents (14 - 19 years)

Budget

$2,500.00

Program 5

CONAPAC Amazon Library

IFED has been supporting the Amazon library programs since 2002, providing educational resources and books. We also supported the women's sewing coop Gaviotas de Amazonia by providing sewing machines, fabric and supplies. We sponsored the solar power project and provided computers, batteries and funded a teacher for computer education classes in the library.

Category

Poor, Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Female Adults

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

International

Our economic development, education and environmental protection projects are primarily focused in, but not limited to, Peru in South America, Costa Rica in Central America and Anhui Province in the People's Republic of China.

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International Fund for Economic Development Inc

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Principal Officer

Ms. Patricia Sullivan

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Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Patricia Sullivan

Patricia L. Sullivan, C.P.A.

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