Escuelas Hermanas Inc
1124 135th St NE
Bradenton FL 34212

Connecting our children with children in Guatemala so both can learn how to deal with a world that is rapidly growing more interdependent and complex.

CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
Board Chair Mr. Andy Guyre
Board Chair Affiliation Manatee County Supervisor
General Info
Organization DBA
Escuelas Hermanas dba Sister Schools
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 2015
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Mar 2017
State Registration No 0
IRS Letter of Determination
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $65,000.00
Projected Expenses $65,000.00
Impact Statement
1. Southeast High student started tutoring program so poor Mayan children can succeed in middle and high school.
2. Teachers from Wakeland Elementary held training sessions for teachers in Guatemala to raise skill levels as they prepare Mayan children for middle and high school.
3. Six students from Southeast, Wakeland and Johnson Middle read, in Spanish, to Mayan kids children's books. Then, we left the books with them. First language is Mayan dialect, but language of education is Spanish, so they need to increase skill level.
1. Begin building the only public high school in the area of Chamelco, one of only three public high schools in the state of Alta Verapaz of a population of 750,000 people.
2. Provide toothbrushes and toothpaste for the entire village of Chiquic, the village of Mayan descendants that we work with. Our children will show them how to use this.
3. Students from our three schools visited their sister schools in the Central highlands and also some of the homes in Chiquic. They received pen pal letters like the ones Wakeland's teachers sent back to Chiquic in February. 
4.Provided materials for villagers to build a pre-k building and a library. Buildings will be completed before 2017.
5.Met with University of Guatemala officials in Coban to obtain a plan and help getting our students into university when they finish the new high school. It will be completed in November. 
Needs Statement
1. High school construction materials.$15,000.
2. Construction materials for pre-k building for the elementary school(Chiquic) on top of the mountain. $4,000.
3. Stipends for three teachers from Manatee county to go and continue lessons for teachers in Guatemala. $2,700.
4.  Scholarships for middle school students (13). $468 a year covers food for family so child doesn't have to go to the fields, transportation from the mountain to school, a snack and school cost (copying lessons, etc. because no books). $6,084
5. Scholarships for high school students (6). $1,000 each per year to cover same costs above. However, they go every week. The middle school kids every other week.  $6,000
Background Statement

In 2007, Wakeland Elementary in Bradenton was on the verge of becoming the only International Baccalaureate (IB) school in Sarasota and Manatee counties, one of very few in the state and nation. Principal Chuck Fradley learned of a remote Mayan village on top of a mountain in the Central Highlands of Guatemala and of the possibility of pairing his school with the Mayan school. It was only an idea at that point, but Fradley said it would help him in his quest to become an IB school because IB schools put learning in an international context, teaching children to be good citizens of the world community and their local communities.

The idea had begun when Marvin Molina, principal of Escuelas de Chiquic in Guatemala was asked: “What do your children need most?” He responded that they needed two things: A connection to the outside world, and a future to look forward to.

Two more schools in Bradenton now are paired with schools in Guatemala. Johnson Middle with NUFED, both middle schools, and Southeast High with San Juan de Chamelco High in Chamelco, Guatemala in the province of Alta Verapaz. The high school is a fledgling operation renting space in a night school for adults.

Hundreds of Manatee County students and their families are part of the program, from raising money for projects at the three Guatemalan schools to making trips to their Sister Schools on a yearly basis.

Students are using Sister Schools as a basis for projects required to have IB stamped on their diplomas when they graduate. This puts them in the running for entrance to the most prestigious universities in the country. One created a tutoring program and raised money to fund it so that the Mayan children can succeed in high school.

Students from all three schools in Bradenton have made the trip to their Sister Schools. Students keep journals on their trips to help them when they write letters to accompany college applications. This sets them apart from other applicants.

Teachers are incorporating the program into their classroom teaching. One Spanish teacher at Wakeland had SKYPE sessions with students in Guatemala. Another wants to make a side trip this year to Mayan ruins to incorporate into his classes.

Two of the people working with the program in Guatemala have visited our schools here to learn new teaching methods and to meet our teachers and students in their school settings.

A Southeast student returned to the area last summer for an immersion Spanish course before entering University of Florida. This was his third trip. He is going back in June. Computer engineering is his major, but he has found his passion in another area.

Port of Manatee officials are seeking more trade with Guatemala, and want to bring more from the Central Highlands. They have offered help to the Program in moving school supplies to the country.

Hundreds of villagers in the area of the mountain village have been directly affected by this Program. Thousands in the surrounding area are taking notice. Twenty-two children from the mountain village of Chiquic are now on scholarship, coming down the mountain daily to middle school, high school and college. Before 2007, perhaps one came down each year – no girls. Now girls are at every level.

Village women have established a trade with us. The program pays them for indigenous goods, resale them here and plow the money back into the Program. Their living standards have risen over the past years of the program.

A soccer court was built on the top of the mountain. Like all Sister School projects it was a partnership. The Program paid for materials; villagers provided the labor. Now, the village has a dry place to meet with the rains come.

A new roof was put on top of the mountain school; the Program bought materials; villagers provided labor.

The only public high school in the area, one of only three in Alta Verapaz, a state of 750,000 people, is being built in Chamelco; the Program provides money for materials, the town provides the land and services – water, sewage and electricity. The community provides the labor.

Our teachers conduct training sessions for their teachers on the annual trips. Our children connect with their children.

Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Manatee
Areas Served Comments Sister Schools primarily serves Manatee County in Florida and the Central Highlands of Guatemala in the Coban area, but has been approached about expanding into other counties and perhaps other countries.
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Education
Secondary Org Type Public & Societal Benefit
Tertiary Org Type Youth Development
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
In 2007,  the principal of a mountain top primary school in Guatemala's Central Highlands said what his children needed most were a connection to the outside world and a future that they could look forward to. While not isolated, our children here need the same thing.
On every trip with students, parents, teachers and community members, this is being accomplished. One 10-year-old Bradenton student raised $19 before his first trip. Standing in the yard of the Highland's school, he looked around and said, "We have to do more. We have so much and they have almost nothing."
A Guatemalan student drapes his arms over the shoulders of one of our students, smiling for a photograph. A Guatemalan high school girl reads  out loud pen pal letters from Bradenton primary students. Her young listeners grab the letters (written in Spanish) and rush inside the school to quickly write responses to be carried back to Bradenton.
These kind of connections have occurred every year on trips. A high school student in Guatemala with parents who never attended school uses a surplus laptop donated by Manatee County to send Facebook messages to his new friends in the U.S.
These are an ancient people, having fought the Spanish conquistadors to a standstill and more recently fought their own government to a draw. They are resilient, but the world is closing in around them very quickly, and their children must have an education to fit into that world.
So, Sister Schools (Escuelas Hermanas) is a balancing act. We cannot break the village cohesion that is the key to their survival, while at the same time introducing new ideas into the village of fewer than 300 people. Our approach is to be partners, not supplanting local government, but leveraging local efforts. They have no money, but they willingly donate their labor and skills so that they are partners in our projects. This means a slower pace in bettering their lives, but we believe it will bring more lasting results.
We want their children with the help of our children to lead the way. They will be responsible for things like installing third world stoves and proper sanitation.
Our children will convince their parents to help raise money to buy the necessary materials.
Description Provides money for food for family, transportation to school, snack at school, school fees for copying lessons, etc.
Budget $17,000
Category Education, General/Other Elementary & Secondary Education
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Families Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Families
Short Term Success Children go to school instead of working in fields. This means they can better serve their community. For instance, one young woman on scholarship now is studying to be a nurse. Her community has no health care at the moment, but she will return to help out.
Long Term Success Every student and his/her parents sign a document that the student will return to the village for two years to help raise the standard of living there. Before scholarships education was not a top priority. Now, nearly all of the school age children of the village are enrolled. Three are doing college level work. Six in high school are only 10 miles from a university and are expected to attend. We told them we will bring the best to U.S. for graduate degree work when they finish University in Guatemala. A village elder said they need doctors, lawyers, teachers and other professionals to help the village. Our program is enabling them to do that.
Program Success Monitoring
Numbers of kids in school.
Pledges they signed include going to school every day and making As and Bs. We get reports from principals at schools.
Program Success Examples In 2007, only one boy was headed to middle school. No girls. Now 13 girls and boys are in Middle School, Six girls and boys are in high school and three girls and boys are doing college level work.
Description  Each year on our visits our teachers from Manatee schools hold instructional sessions for the Guatemalan teachers.
Budget $2,700
Category Education, General/Other Education, General/Other
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Families
Short Term Success Teachers in Guatemala, especially in indigenous areas, receive minimal training. They eagerly attend our sessions on their own time to elevate their professionalism. Each year they tell us how this helps them in the classroom, and children are better prepared for next grade level.
Long Term Success
A branch of the University of Guatemala is only 10 miles from the new high school. We will make sure our high school curriculum is tailored to the University's requirements. Our school should be a prep school for University. 
Program Success Monitoring Number of Mayan kids increasing in middle and high school, even onto University level.
Program Success Examples There are more children equipped to attend high school than ever before. Two are at post high school level.
* This program is under development *
This program provides books, both instructional and pleasure reading, for all three schools.
Budget $2,000
Category Education, General/Other Education, General/Other
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Latin America & the Caribbean Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Short Term Success We bring books to the elementary school to inculcate a love of reading. And, this coming year we will begin a reading/Spanish language course. We have provided a set of encyclopedias for the middle school in Guatemala. These children must learn Spanish since their first language is a Mayan dialect.
Long Term Success We met with president of University of Guatemala in Coban where we were provided a pathway for these Mayan children to go to University. He told us that good Spanish skills are essential and helped us develop a plan for our kids to make it into university where only 600 of 2,000 applicants each year score high enough to get into the university.
Program Success Monitoring We visit at least once a year and have discussions with principals at all three schools. In addition, we are in weekly contact with one of our four volunteers there, three of whom are educators. 
Program Success Examples We will have our first student in university in January, 2017.
Program Comments by Organization Education is the basis for Sister Schools. The scholarships are part of our educational partnership. We provide money for this program and they sign pledges to be good citizens, go to school every school day, make good grades and help their community when education if completed. We do many other things, but this informs all that we do.
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
CEO Term Start 0
CEO/Executive Director Email
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Senior Staff
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % N/A
Professional Development No
Contractors 0
Volunteers 25
Management Reports to Board N/A
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation No
We work with the PTOs at Wakeland Elementary and Johnson Middle, IB students at Southeast High and the Manatee Riverside Rotary Club. The Rotary Club has made us its International Project.
External Assessments and Accreditations
Awards & Recognition
Plaque for making education available to Maya childrenMayor of Chamelco Guatemala2014
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Fundraising Plan Under Development
Communication Plan Under Development
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years
Strategic Plan Adopted 0
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Nondiscrimination Policy Under Development
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures Yes
Management Comments by Organization We are just getting organized in a formal fashion, but we do have duties assigned. We have just completed our fifth trip to Guatemala. One student from the University of Florida, one from Southeast High School in Bradenton, three from Johnson Middle School and three from Wakeland Elementary were on the trip. Three teachers went as did four members of the Manatee Riverside Rotary Club. We met with the Rotary Club of Coban, the mayor and council of Chamelco and University of Guatemala Coban branch president.
Planning & Policies Comments by Organization While we don't have official policy about continuation of the operation, we have made sure that members of our board are dedicated and that their ages reflect a commitment to the future.
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Andy Guyre
Company Affiliation Manatee County Supervisor
Board Term Feb 2016 to Feb 2018
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Mr. Chad Braniger Community volunteer
Ms, Andrea Gonzalez educator
Mr. Andy Guyre Manatee County manager
Ms, Judy Jones Community Volunteer
Ms. Erika Jones Community Volunteer
Mr. Maddux MacDonald student
Ms. Lindsay Jo Peterson Community volunteer
Mr. Eddie Robinette Community volunteer
Miss Makenna Stewart student
Student serving on the board through Community Youth Development? Yes
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 7
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 1
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 4
Female 5
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 4
Board Orientation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 63
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Governance Comments by Organization We were an informal organization until Dec. 2015. We had our first organizational meeting in April.  
Governance Comments by Foundation For 2016, organization has held only one board meeting.
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Begins 2016
Fiscal Year Ends 2016
Projected Revenue $65,000.00
Projected Expenses $65,000.00
Organization has Endowment No
Capital Campaign
In a Capital Campaign Yes
Campaign Purpose construct high school and pre-K building in Guatemala
Campaign Goal $64,000.00
Campaign Dates Jan 2016 to Dec 2016
Amount Raised To Date 41000 as of Feb 2016
Anticipate Campaign within 5 years? Yes
Audit/Financial Documents
Historical Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$12,517----
Administration Expense$0----
Fundraising Expense$0----
Payments to Affiliates$0----
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.00----
Program Expense/Total Expenses100%----
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%----
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$0----
Current Assets$0----
Long-Term Liabilities$0----
Current Liabilities$0----
Total Net Assets$0----
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $8,517----
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFoundation & Corporate Support $4,000----
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount0 $0----
CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets------
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization We need $60,000 to buy materials for construction. Community provides labor, land, services, architect, etc. Rotary has helped us with fundraisers and individual donors have made up the rest of the $41,000. We have two more fundraisers coming up, but looks like we will fall short. So, we put off the $5,000 health clinic for a year if so.
Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information taken from unaudited compilations.  No balance sheet information has been provided.
Nonprofit Escuelas Hermanas Inc
Address 1124 135th St NE
Bradenton, FL
Phone 941 747-7915