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JERICHO FOUNDATION INC

  • Oshtemo, MI

Mission Statement

To restore H.O.P.E. (Healthcare, Opportunity, Personal Relationships, Education) in Bosnia and Herzegovina, one child at a time.

Main Programs

  1. Healthcare
  2. Opportunity
  3. Personal-relationships
  4. Education

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Service Areas

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International

Jericho serves areas throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina however, we focus on serving the children and students of rural villages.

ruling year

2002

Executive Director

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Joanna Shields

Board President

Self-reported

Bill Traywick

Keywords

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Empowering Marginalized Youth in Bosnia and Herzegovina through education and personal relationships.

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EIN

38-3575834

 Number

0553728952

Physical Address

7170 Beatrice Dr.

Kalamazoo, MI 49009

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Undergraduate College (4-year) (B42)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (O12)

IRS Filing Requirement

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

Programs + Results

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Programs

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Program 1

Healthcare

Jericho provides basic dental hygiene lessons for the children at an orphanage. The use of visual aids and props, donated by an area dentist gives the children a fun and engaging way to earn about preventative health.

New toothbrushes, dental floss and toothpaste are donated and given to every child to help maintain the practice. In addition, Jericho promotes child health by providing vitamins and non-prescription medicines.

Category

Health Care

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

Program 2

Opportunity

The Jericho Foundation provides workshops to all of our alumni and current students. These workshops and training sessions highlight areas such as resume writing, team building, leadership and professional development. Our speakers are professionals in the business and educational sector from both the US and BiH, sharing their experience in our selected topics.

Students learn invaluable lessons and skills to further prepare them for the competitive BiH workforce. This opportunity has proven to raise confidence within our students and create the leaders of tomorrow.

The Jericho Foundation proudly offers a U.S. summer unpaid internships to our qualified students in their field of study. Still rebuilding from the country's shattering war, young people are looking for employment in a country plagued with 57% unemployment.

An internship provides an opportunity to gain the necessary experience to become a competitive applicant in the BiH workforce. All of our students who have participated in a U.S. internship gained employment immediately following graduation and employers expressed that the experience made them the leading candidates. This opportunity expands horizons for future professionals of BiH, further contributing to a brighter future in Bosnia.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Young Adults (20-25 years) -- currently not in use

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

Program 3

Personal-relationships

Personal relationships are the heart of our programs. Taking the time to learn, grown, and reach those who feel forgotten drive our efforts in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Annually, we visit the same orphanage in Bosnia to cultivate relationships on our Project Hope trips. Although each team is unique, the goals remain the same: to serve in BiH fostering lasting friendships, broadening educational perspectives, and increasing language skills of the children from an orphanage and Roma housing and educational center. Every year, we bring along school supplies, craft materials, and games to engage in the children’s creativity. Additionally, gift bags of a toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss, stickers, granola bars, gum and miscellaneous treats are delivered to each child. Our activities are fun yet educational, and allow us to connect and interact with each child.
Additionally, our internship program provides a unique opportunity for both a student from BiH and a local family to build a relationship and explore the wonders of another culture. The host family plays a large role in offering the student a view of the U.S. by providing a home base during their US internship, and immersing them in a variety of activities and experiences. Equally important is the emotional support the host family provides to the student, helping to guide them through the cultural adjustments and ease them into new surroundings.

Category

Youth Development

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Budget

Program 4

Education

We provide college scholarships to students of all genders, ethnicity, and religion. These students have different stories, but they all begin with adversity. From orphanages, broken homes, discriminated populations, and poverty, college is a dream and the immediate concern is saftey and food security.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

International

Jericho serves areas throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina however, we focus on serving the children and students of rural villages.

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JERICHO FOUNDATION INC

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Executive Director

Joanna Shields

Board President

Bill Traywick

BIO

Joanna Shields and her husband live in Kalamazoo, Michigan. They are the parents of four children and have two grandchildren. Joanna co-founded Mother to Mother mentoring organization, served as a leader for a small group women's ministry, provides tutoring to children through Kids Hope, and continues to be active in local community organizations. Prior to her full-time commitment to Jericho, Joanna was a sales director for an international cosmetic corporation. She makes bi-annual trips to BiH and stays in touch with her "Bosnian family" via Skype when back in the US.

STATEMENT FROM THE Executive Director

"Thank you for taking the time to view Jericho. The Jericho Foundation is truly built by people for people as we are sustained from monthly donors just like you and I. People rally together, giving from $35 a month to truly make an impact on the young people in Bosnia and Herzegovina. We are a mission driven organization with the heart for sustainable programming with lasting impact. We call the students we serve, volunteers, donors, board of directors, supporters and any individual surrounding us "The Jericho Family." We operate under the principle of family and love, striving always to serve better and love our neighbors as ourselves. Thank you again for taking the time to view our profile. We'd love to answer any questions you may have regarding our work or programs. "

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Bill Traywick

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