Educational Institutions

Alfalit International, Inc.

  • Miami, FL
  • www.alfalit.org

Mission Statement

Founded in 1961, Alfalit International is a faith-based, non-denominational 501(c)3 ministry, providing literacy, basic education, early childhood development, health, nutrition, savings clubs and community development programs to those who, due to harsh circumstances of their lives, have been deprived of even the most basic forms of education.
The VISION of Alfalit resides in the heart of every human being who yearns to improve himself or herself and longs for a better quality of life, but has no opportunity to get it. Our MISSION is to improve the quality of life and well-being of the people in the communities we serve.

Main Programs

  1. Adult literacy, basic education and preschool programs
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

Africa: Angola, Democratic Republic of Congo, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mozambique, South Sudan (starting in 2014)
Europe: Portugal
Central America: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama
Caribbean: Dominican Republic, Haiti
South America: Bolivia, Chile, Colombia (starting in 2014), Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru
North America: United States (Florida)

ruling year

1975

President, Board of Directors

Self-reported

Rev. Roberto P. Perez

Vice-President, Board of Directors

Self-reported

Mr. Joseph Milton

Keywords

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literacy, education, children, women, community development, nutrition, reading, faith-based

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Also Known As

Alfalit

EIN

59-1595459

 Number

2219302002

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Education N.E.C. (B99)

Community Improvement, Capacity Building N.E.C. (S99)

Christian (X20)

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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Nearly 8 million persons around the world have been educated through Alfalit's programs since 1961. Currently, Alfalit serves in 23 countries in Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean and Portugal. Our programs are offered in Spanish, Portuguese, English, French and Creole (in Haiti). Our current goals for Africa include to continue developing our programs in Guinea Bissau and successfully expand beyond our current locations in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In Latin America, we are exploring new literacy opportunities in Colombia and Peru.
Another important goal is to leverage current technology to improve the administrative functions and our fundraising results.
New evaluation and monitoring technology is enabling improvements in our ability to measure student and teacher development progress.

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

Adult literacy, basic education and preschool programs

Alfalit programs provide a solution to human suffering caused by illiteracy. There are 796 million illiterate people in world. It is impossible to overestimate the effect of education on individual lives. Experience shows that those who know how to read and write have a better chance of improving their economic situation and thus the overall quality of their lives and their families. In many countries, Alfalit also works with incarcerated men and women. In addition to teaching them to read and write, Alfalit teaches them skills to reintegrate them into society.Trained volunteers teach illiterates in urban and rural areas how to read and write and do arithmetic in just 120 hours, using the Laubach method, which has adapted it to Spanish, Portuguese, English, French and Creole materials. Supplementary readings include nutrition, health care, home finances and other subjects for improving the everyday life of the family and the community. The program offers more than letters, words, and numbers. It views students as whole human beings, providing for their material as well as spiritual needs. The cost per student averages $60. BASIC EDUCATION provides the students with elementary education through the sixth grade, we encourages students to continue their education with the hope that a great number will complete secondary education. Only $105 covers the costs of this three-year program. PRESCHOOL PROGRAM provides education to children ages 4-6 years old. Preparing them and encouraging them to continue learning. UPLIFTING WOMEN encourages women and helps them define their role in their families and communities, and teaches them skills helpful for their daily lives and marketable so that they can contribute to the support of their families, which increases their self-esteem. Wives and mothers who have a sense of self-worth are better equipped to contribute to the physical, psychological, and spiritual welfare of their families and communities. ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS offer a variety of skills that help families and communities become self-supporting. They range from teaching arts and crafts to business development projects such as how to start rabbit and chicken farms, community gardens and bakeries. PRISON PROGRAMS: Volunteers work in prisons of providing literacy and basic education. VOLUNTEER PROGRAM: Alfalit is able to provide all these services by training volunteers in its literacy methods and projects.

Category

None

Population(s) Served

Adults

Females, all ages or age unspecified

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$3,585,000.00

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?
    Alfalit's goals are:
    1. Start our programs in South Sudan with emphasis on training of elementary & basic eduction teachers.
    2. Expand our enrollment in Latin America
    3. After the launch of our first French program in the Democratic Republic of Congo, expand our programs to other French speaking African countries.
    4. Expansion of programs in the United States beginning in South Florida based on model of successful start-up in the Homestead area.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    We are currently working with a number of churches to recruit and train volunteer teachers and find sites to hold programs.
    We are raising funds to cover the cost of printing books, teaching materials and school supplies.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Alfalit International, Inc. has been providing proven, cost effective literacy, basic education and early childhood development programs for the past 52 years. Alfalit teaches an illiterate person to read, write and do basic math in approximately one year at a an average cost of $60 per student. We provide services in Spanish, Portuguese, French, Creole, English and some indigenous languages.

    Alfalit works in remote, impoverished communities in urban and rural areas where people have limited or no means of obtaining an education. Our teachers are volunteers that receive a small stipend to cover their transportation costs and they come mostly from the communities where they work. Alfalit's method of "One Teaches Another" prepares our students to share their knowledge with other members of their communities.

    We enroll over 123,000 students annually, including 9,000 pre-school children. We train over 1,200 teachers annually. We also offer instruction in nutrition, health (HIV/AIDS prevention, TB, and malaria) and economic and community development programs like micro credit, savings clubs, community enterprises, and vocational training.

    Our mission is to create hope and understanding through literacy, providing the neediest in the world with the necessary tools to earn a better living, provide for their families and become more productive citizens in their communities. Our administrative costs average less than 10% of budgeted expenses.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Alfalit programs graduate an average of 85% of enrolled students. There are two monitoring systems in place to safeguard the reporting process. Each of our program affiliates have an Executive Director, Coordinators (the number varies depending on the geographical distances and number of enrolled students), Supervisors and Facilitators (teachers). Coordinators and Supervisors visit programs to verify enrollment, see that the program is being used properly, observe classes and attend graduations. Along with the Executive Director, they are responsible for all the physical monitoring of the classes in their area.

    We have a proprietary student progress reporting system, "Alumnos" that all program directors use to send monthly reports of student enrollment and progress to our Miami headquarters. These reports are sent monthly and are part of the established reporting standards we use to provide each country with the funds necessary for the operation of the program.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    In the past three years we expanded the languages of our program to include French in order to extend our outreach to French speaking Africa. Our first French language program in the Democratic Republic of Congo got underway with great support from Rotary Clubs in Miramar/Pines, Florida and Lubumbashi, the Rotary Foundation, and other private foundations and individual donors and the program started this year (2013).

    Our next program will start in South Sudan in 2014 with funds from UMCOR (United Methodist Church Committee on Relief) and private donors.

    Our next goal is to expand our program in our own backyard in South Florida. We currently operate a pilot program in the Homestead area funded by an agriculture company for their employees. The first group of 20 students graduated earlier in 2013, and the current group has doubled in numbers and classes have increased from twice a week to four times a week to better serve the additional enrolled students in two groups. There is a tremendous need for literacy services among the immigrant and migrant worker population in the southern end of Miami Dade County and Alfalit is working to fill that need.
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

Africa: Angola, Democratic Republic of Congo, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mozambique, South Sudan (starting in 2014)
Europe: Portugal
Central America: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama
Caribbean: Dominican Republic, Haiti
South America: Bolivia, Chile, Colombia (starting in 2014), Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru
North America: United States (Florida)

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Financials

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ALFALIT INTERNATIONAL INC
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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President, Board of Directors

Rev. Roberto P. Perez

Vice-President, Board of Directors

Mr. Joseph Milton

BIO

Rev. Roberto Perez began his involvement with Alfalit as a volunteer literacy tutor in 1967. Alfalit founders, Justo and Luisa Gonzalez and Rev. Eulalia Cook Gonzalez (all deceased) chose Rev. Perez to lead Alfalit. Rev. Perez graduated from Florida International University with a Bachelor's of Science in Education and History. He completed pastoral studies at Emory at the Candler School of Theology and later at Northwestern of Chicago at the Garret School of Theology obtaining a Masters of Divinity. He was admitted to Barry College where he obtained a Masters degree in Psychology. His driving force is to demonstrate Christ's love in action to all by carrying out the Lord's commandment that we love God above all things and your neighbor as yourself. He has sacrificed during his entire life in service to others in need. He believes in helping parents to help their children: "The uplifting of the adult is important to the healthy development of the child." Parents teaching their children bring solidarity and love to the family unit. Breaking the illiteracy cycle ensures the success and prosperity of future generations. In 2011, Rev. Perez received the Presidential Citizens Medal from President Barack Obama.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Dr. Roberto P Perez

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