Blossoms of Guyana

Dedicated to serving the children of Guyana

LANHAM, MD   |  www.blossomsofguyana.org

Mission

To improve educational opportunities of low income students living in Guyana.

Ruling year info

2010

Principal Officer

Karen Bollers

Main address

9023 WALKERTON DDRIVE

LANHAM, MD 20706 USA

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EIN

26-4370823

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

IRS filing requirement

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

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Many public schools in Guyana are severely underfunded and without proper funding, schools cannot afford to provide books for reading or supplies to students. Additionally, 35% of Guyana’s population lives in poverty. This means that many parents do not have the funds to provide their children’s school supplies. Blossoms will help to address the funding shortage by providing books, school and teaching supplies to improve literacy in schools and educational outcomes for students.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Increasing Literacy

Blossoms of Guyana aims to improve the literacy rate among low income students in Guyana through the donation of books, renovating school libraries and providing schools supplies and teaching supplies to primary and secondary schools in Guyana.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of schools repaired or expanded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Increasing Literacy

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of books distributed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children

Related Program

Increasing Literacy

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of students served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Indigenous peoples, Ethnic and racial groups

Related Program

Increasing Literacy

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

Blossoms of Guyana renovates the schools' libraries to create safe and inviting spaces for students to learn to read. In addition, we donate enough books so that each student in the school has access to books. We also provide media equipment such as computers, projectors, and printers to create media centers within each school. To address the issue of low funding, we also provide teaching supplies and school supplies to teachers and students. Our goal is to provide the necessary resources that will allow teachers to teach and students to learn in safe and encouraging environments with the goal of improving educational outcomes of the students.

To ensure that we are working the right partners, we conduct an in person visit of each school prior to bringing them on board as a partner school. During our visit, we speak with the principal and at least one teacher. We identify the primary needs of the schools and determine a plan and a time line for completing our work. Our target schools are schools where the majority of students are low income and schools that are not currently receiving financial support from another organization.

Part of our work entails completing site visits each year by our board members. During our annual trips, we visit each school and meet with teachers, staff and students.

Our board and volunteers are made up of highly skilled educators and professionals. Our board members and advisory board members include teachers with over 15 years of experience in the classroom. We leverage this expertise when designing reading programs for our schools or selecting books to donate to schools.

In addition to our professional expertise, our board is made up of individuals that are from Guyana. This provides us with the cultural knowledge needed to be successful when working with the schools. Our personal connection to Guyana, also allows us to be able to connect with individuals living in Guyana that act as liaisons and volunteers. This allows us to increase our impact in the schools and provides first hand knowledge of the culture.

Since our founding in 2009, we have donated over 8,200 books to schools in Guyana. We have impacted over 4,584 students through our work with nine schools, renovating four school libraries, and donating over 20 pieces of euipment. Our goal is to continue working with additional schools. We have also begun providing stipends to reading specialists working at one of our partner schools. This additional resource has allowed for focused attention on students who are struggling to read. Working with these students has resulted in improvements in the reading levels of the students. Given this improvement, we hope to expand this resource to all of the schools we work with to help improve educational outcomes of students.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Our mission is to support the schools, teachers, students and faculty we serve. When creating programs we meet with school administrators and teachers teachers to uncover the needs of the students. We also conduct annual visits with schools where we meet with students to discuss how what their interests are.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To inform the development of new programs/projects, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Historically we have focused on literacy in schools. After several conversations with one of our schools where they indicated that their primary need was for a nutritional program, we expanded our support to the school to include a nutritional program for students.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our board, Our funders,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    Asking for feedback is part of our programmatic strategy. our goal is meet the needs of the schools and teachers we serve. We structure our programs based directly on the feedback we receive from the schools we work with. Each program is individualized based on the school's needs.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is hard to come up with good questions to ask people,

Financials

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Operations

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Blossoms of Guyana

Board of directors
as of 02/18/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Karen Bollers

Prince George's County Schools

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Not applicable
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Not applicable
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/18/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/18/2022

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Data
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.