Educational Institutions

JERICHO FOUNDATION INC

  • Oshtemo, MI
  • www.jerichofoundation.org

Mission Statement

To restore HOPE in Bosnia and Herzegovina, one child at a time.

Main Programs

  1. Advocate
  2. Education
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

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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

5474 Stoney Brook Rd

Kalamazoo, MI 49009

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Undergraduate College (4-year) (B42)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (O12)

Citizenship Programs, Youth Development (O54)

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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In a country with 60% unemployment, 93% of our graduates are getting employed. This is a testament to our leadership program design as well as our supplemental resources to help students succeed.

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

Advocate

We work on the behalf of vulnerable youth populations in Bosnia and Herzegovina. We serve orphans, land mine victims, Roma children, and college students. Our holistic approach does more to provide for each child and student we serve. We help with basic needs such as emergency medical, dental health, vision, food and shelter. Beyond that, we strive to provide the tools and resources necessary for emotional and social health. By meeting their needs today, we are preparing them for a better tomorrow.
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.

Jericho volunteers have made annual trips to the same orphanage in BiH since 2006. All costs are covered by the individual team members, driven by the call to serve. 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.

From the beginning of Jericho, we’ve partnered with Miracles Centre, the only free provider of prosthetics in all of BiH. Years of armed conflict in BiH left over one million unexploded landmines; more landmines per square mile than any other country in the world.

Poverty and weak health care have left many victims without prosthetic care or psychological support. We partner with Miracles to provide victims with treatment and support; helping children to lead productive lives with the confidence to pursue their dreams

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

Youth Development

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

Program 2

Education

The statistics on education are conclusive. A college degree leads to higher earning power, greater access to food and electricity, healthcare and a stable home environment.

Because the country has not yet recovered from the brutal civil war, once thriving families have been unable to regain emotional and financial stability. For the next generation, higher education seems impossible as their families, by no fault of their own, have been trapped in a cycle of poverty and post-traumatic stress.

There are no scholarships or student loan options to help finance an education in BiH. We go beyond traditional aid by providing additional educational support through tutoring, room and board, english lessons and more
ericho Scholarships give our students hope for a brighter future. The forgotten youth of BiH will be the generation of change as the opportunity for higher education allows students to dream and aspire to help themselves and the country they live in.
The Jericho Foundation provides workshops to all of our current students and alumni. These workshops and training sessions highlight areas such as resume writing, team building, leadership and professional development. Speakers are professionals in the business and educational sector from both the U.S. and BiH, sharing from their experience in our selected topics.

Students learn invaluable skills to further prepare them for the competitive BiH workforce. These learning opportunities have proven to raise confidence within our students and create the leaders of tomorrow.
The Jericho Foundation proudly offers U.S. summer internship/externship opportunities 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 by 57% unemployment.

An internship/externship 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. Employers expressed that the U.S. based 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

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

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?
    We work to educate, equip and empower marginalized youth in Bosnia and Herzegovina. We reach the unreached, make education a possibility, and supplement the education gaps through hands-on experience and leadership training.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    We haven't tried to take on the world's problems. There's need everywhere, and it's tempting to expand, broaden and alter purposes but we started with a specific mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and we are seeing it through. We work to maximize impact by making your dollar go further within our four pillar programs. The children and students we serve trust us to fulfill our commitments as we walk alongside them during their journey.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    We promote lasting change, not temporary fixes. We know a bunch of Westerners with good ideas can't end BiH's struggle - only passionate, empowered and equipped local youth can make lasting change. We unite students of all ethnic, religious, and socioeconomic backgrounds to provide an arena in which cultural barriers can be broken. An investment into the lives of youth is an investment into the next generation of leaders in BiH.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    We go beyond traditional programing to develop the gifts and strengths of marginalized children and students. We invest in youth through our four HOPE programs knowing that they represent a generation of untapped potential with the capacity to change the course of their country. We track, measure, and test everything we do. We stay flexible to adjust with cultural changes and best meet the needs of the youth we serve.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    We have been growing exponentially. Our leadership curriculum has been designed and adjusted to effectively unite mixed ethnic groups. We are currently working to get more staff support in the region.
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.

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JERICHO FOUNDATION INC
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31

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Leadership

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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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