Youth Development

Fabretto Children's Foundation, Inc.

  • Alexandria, VA
  • www.fabretto.org

Mission Statement

Fabretto's mission is to empower underserved children and their families in Nicaragua to reach their full potential, improve their livelihoods, and take advantage of economic opportunity through education and nutrition.

Main Programs

  1. Early and Primary Education Enrichment
  2. Food Security and Nutrition
  3. Rural Secondary Education
  4. Community Well-Being and Development
  5. Vocational and Life Skills Education
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

Fabretto works exclusively in Nicaragua, supporting children and families in underserved communities throughout the country.

ruling year

1993

President/CEO

Self-reported

Mr. Kevin Marinacci

Keywords

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nicaragua, central america, spanish, nutrition, education, youth development, vocational training, preventative health, music, dance, art,

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Also Known As

FCF, Fabretto

EIN

36-3894824

 Number

1774897677

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Economic Development (S30)

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

IRS Filing Requirement

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

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Through programs implemented in seven education centers and more than 100 public schools, Fabretto now supports over 12,000 children and youth living in underserved communities in Nicaragua.

Recent impact includes:
 Improving literacy: From 2011 to 2013, the percentage of primary student beneficiaries reading At or Above Grade Level more than doubled (25% to 62%). To measure this impact, Fabretto contracted an external agency to conduct the Early Grade Reading Assessment (EGRA), a literacy proficiency assessment made popular by RTI and USAID.
 Teacher Training: In 2012, Fabretto implemented a robust program that trained over 1,500 teachers. The performance demonstrated by Fabretto-trained teachers influenced Nicaragua’s Ministry of Education to take steps toward adopting Fabretto’s model and use Fabretto-trained teachers to train more public school teachers. In 2013, Fabretto trained 63 pre-school teachers in the Montessori methodology, improving education quality for over 1800 children.
 Since 2011, Fabretto has served over 2 million meals through its school lunch program. In 2013, in collaboration with the USDA’s Food for Education project, Fabretto helped plant 185 school gardens to support community food security.
 Fabretto's award-winning rural secondary education program provides youth in 58 communities with access to secondary education. The program was selected as a finalist at the 2013 WISE Awards, sponsored by the Qatar Foundation.

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

Early and Primary Education Enrichment

Through initiatives in seven Education Centers and more than 100 public schools, Fabretto’s enrichment programs support and supplement public education in underprivileged areas to prepare children for future success. With limited resources and an average school day of just four hours, the Nicaraguan education system often fails to meet the learning needs of young students. Fabretto’s programs impact the lives of over 10,000 preschool and primary age children.

Category

None

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Infants/Babies (under age 5)

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Budget

Program 2

Food Security and Nutrition

Fabretto’s nutrition programs form a holistic response to food insecurity in Nicaragua with a series of integrated programs designed to target specific nutritional needs. Fabretto’s nutrition programs treat childhood malnutrition and build community nutritional knowledge to create an environment in which children can develop to their full potential. The program also includes an educational component, training students and families in nutrition, gardening, and sustainable agriculture. By involving parents in programs and developing key resources, Fabretto creates lasting positive change in overall food security in underserved communities.

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None

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

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Program 3

Rural Secondary Education

Fabretto implements an innovative high-school program called the SAT program for its initials in Spanish (Sistema de Aprendizaje Tutorial) in remote, rural communities in Nicaragua. SAT brings quality education to isolated rural communities through specially trained tutors and a “learn-by-doing” methodology. The SAT curriculum is tailored to the rural context and is built upon four main pillars: mathematics, science, language & communication, and community service. Students also learn how to identify economic opportunities in their communities and develop small business initiatives (such as cash crops, bee keeping, raising chickens, etc.) through student-run cooperatives.

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None

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

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Program 4

Community Well-Being and Development

Fabretto’s community programs create supportive environments in which children and families can thrive by strengthening community health, knowledge, and infrastructure. Through community education programs, parents, teachers, and students learn about important ways to prevent illnesses and improve health and hygienic conditions in their homes and communities. Fabretto also supports local projects that improve water systems and school infrastructure.

Category

None

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Adults

Adults

Budget

Program 5

Vocational and Life Skills Education

Fabretto’s vocational and life skills programs offer training to help youth create their own economic opportunities to pull themselves and their communities out of poverty. Fabretto’s programs have two goals: help adolescents develop marketable and technical skills to take advantage of existing job prospects and motivate youth to become small business owners and entrepreneurs.

Category

None

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

None

Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

International

Fabretto works exclusively in Nicaragua, supporting children and families in underserved communities throughout the country.

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Funding Needs

As for any organization, general operating funds are always the greatest need.  Unrestricted contributions allow us to meet the necessary but more general operating expenses such as: the electricity to run our computer centers, offices and classrooms, security and janitorial services that keep our centers safe and clean for the children, transport costs that allow us to bring in thousands of dollars worth of in-kind donations so as to reduce other operational costs, and management salaries for those who oversee the Fabretto organization.   At any one point in time, we also have numerous identifiable project and program needs for donors and grantors to fund.  Please call our office to discuss as they are constantly changing and being updated as earlier priorities are funded and the projects executed.

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Fabretto Children's Foundation
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
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Fabretto Children's Foundation, Inc.

Leadership

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President/CEO

Mr. Kevin Marinacci

BIO

In his role as Founder and VP for FCF, Kevin manages and develops all program offerings of La Familia Padre Fabretto in Nicaragua. Kevin first went to Nicaragua in 1989 as part of a Georgetown University volunteer program, where he met Father Raphael Maria Fabretto and was first introduced to Father Fabretto's work with Nicaraguan abandoned, abused, orphaned and neglected children. After Father Fabretto's untimely death in 1990, Kevin took on a leadership role in establishing a much-needed organizational structure. Since then, Kevin has dedicated his life to developing Fabretto's mission to offer hope and opportunity to Nicaragua's poorest children. Since 1994, under Kevin's stewardship, Fabretto has grown from an organization serving less than 500 children to serving over 5,000 children in five different centers in Nicaragua. Kevin earned his B.A. from Georgetown University in 1989 and his M.B.A. from the Kellogg Business School in 1995. Kevin lives in Managua with his wife and son.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

William V Glastris Jr.

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