Escuelas Hermanas Inc
1124 135th St NE
Bradenton FL 34212
Educating children to become active citizens of their local community, their national community and citizens of the world.
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
Board Chair Mr. Andy Guyre
Board Chair Affiliation Manatee River Rotary Club
General Info
Organization DBA
Escuelas Hermanas dba Sister Schools
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 2015
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Mar 2019
State Registration Yes Nov 2021
Financial Summary
Note: Revenue includes the value of in-kind contributions/donations
IRS Letter of Determination
IRS Letter of DeterminationView
Impact Statement
1. Southeast High students and Johnson students helped touch up a mural on the middle school that we support. Their schools helped finance construction of the school.
2. Teachers from Wakeland Elementary and Johnson Middle Schools held training sessions for teachers in Guatemala to raise skill levels as they prepare Mayan children for middle and high school.
3. Opened only public high school in the area. Built through a partnership with us, Manatee Riverside Rotary, city officials and the community provided the labor. We contributed $61,000. 
4. International Baccalaureate in ouir program student provided water filters for villagers to obtain clean water.
5. We carried pen pal letters from Wakeland students to Chiquic in June. 
6. Opened only health clinic in the area. first time villagers have health care. 
1.Build two more classrooms at our middle school there.
2. Pay for another teacher at primary school.
3. Buy math books for primary school teacher
4. IB student in program provides solar lights for villagers so kids can read at night.
5. Provide $1000 stipend for needy student from our IB high school to make trip. 
Needs Statement
  1. Build two classrooms at Middle school. Construction materials $15,000.
  2. Stipends for three teachers from Manatee county to go and continue lessons for teachers in Guatemala. $2,700. 
  3. Scholarships for middle and high school students $12,000. This 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). 
  4. $7,000 to continue building reading/Spanish program in Chiquic (primary school) and operate for one year (books, school materials, stipend); also begin English program at high school. Bring one teacher to U.S. next October-December for immersion English course.
  5. $5760 for tutoring. Two volunteer teachers tutor high school students (Mayan dialect first language) in Spanish and Math so they can be successful. 
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 actually began earlier 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.

Wakeland Elementary and Esquela de Chiquic became Sister Schools 

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. 

Thousands of  Manatee County students, their families and other members of the community have been touched by the program, from raising money for projects at the three Guatemalan schools to making trips to their Sister Schools on a yearly basis and incorporating the relationship into lesson plans in the schools.

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. Another raised money for water filters for the villagers and another is putting solar lights on the moutain so the kids can study at night.

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 led a side trip one year to Mayan ruins to incorporate into his classes.

Three 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. Our teachers put on training sessions during visits to Guatemala.

A Southeast student returned to the area in the summer of 2015 for an immersion Spanish course before entering University of Florida. This was his third trip. He went back in June 2016. 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-four 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, resales them here and plows the money back into the Program. Their living standards have risen over the past years of the program.

We provided money for a public high school in the Chamelco area, only the third one serving a million people. The town of Chamelco donated land for that school, an architect donated his talent and time, we provided $61,000 and the villagers donated their labor, a true partnership of neighbors like all Sister School projects. With the tennis court, the village has a dry place to meet when rains come, and their children have an educational pathway down from their mountain to the middle school we support in Chamelco and the new high school. The University of Guatemala at Coban is less than 10 miles from the new high school, and our first student begins in 2018.

Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Manatee
FL- Sarasota
Areas Served Comments Sister Schools primarily serves Manatee and Sarasota counties 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.
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director
we continue to struggle with the Mayan students not learning enough Spanish to test into the University of Guatemala branch in Coban. We are consulting with our volunteers there with changing tactics. Instead of  trying to use tutors to remedy this, we are asking University to provide tutors in our high school there, while we move our tutors to Elementary to bolster early education in Spanish and Math.
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.
Description The indigenous people of Chiquic Guatemala have no electricity, so the kids can't read or study at night in their homes. So, an International Baccalaureate student from Southeast High School is putting solar lights in the homes of the students in our Program there. He has three test lights now on the mountain.
Budget $2,000
Category Education, General/Other Educational Delivery
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Short Term Success One of the test lights is in the home of a young woman who is the first from her village testing to attend University. She reported that she is now reading and studying at night. 
Long Term Success
When all the lights are installed, our older students will be required to read to the young ones in their village from adventure books written in Spanish that we took there. This will help them with their language acquisition.
This is the beginning of a movement to involve all our middle, high school and University students in helping to educate the younger students in the village. They will speak their indigenous language in their homes, but Spanish is the language of education there, and this will help them begin speaking the language at an earlier age. Language and comprehension are the biggest problems for our students, according to principals and teachers at the primary, middle, high school and university levels. This is an important part of the solution.
Program Success Monitoring We pay a teacher in the primary school, so she will be monitoring this on a daily basis. Also, we have a program coordinator in the nearby town who keeps check on all three schools. She tutors our kids in math and helped one get into University.
Program Success Examples You have to test into the university. The young woman who begins next January is testing in September, and she said having the light gave her more opportunity to study for the test. 
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 is 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. We also are assisted by other Rotary clubs in Manatee and Sarasota counties and by the Rotary Club of Coban Guatemala.
External Assessments and Accreditations
Awards & Recognition
Plaque for making education available to Maya childrenMayor of Chamelco Guatemala2014
Plaque for helping build high schoolEducation officials in Coban Area2017
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years 5
Strategic Plan Adopted Sept 2017
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures No
Management Comments by Organization
We have just completed our ninth trip to Guatemala, including one early in 2017 for the dedication of the new high school that we helped build. Four high school students, three from Southeast IB and one from Manatee High,  and four from Johnson Middle School were on the trip in June. Three parents and two 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.We are at a critical juncture in our project. Much of the decison making now rests with our volunteers and educators in Guatemala. We have long-term plans to make the new high school an International Baccalaureate school, something that will take money on our part and time and hard work on the part of our volunteers.
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 River Rotary Club
Board Term Feb 2016 to Feb 2018
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Mr. Chad Braniger Community volunteer
Mr. Sal Brizuela Community Volunteer
Mr. Andy Guyre Manatee County manager
Ms, Judy Jones Community Volunteer
Ms. Erika Jones Community Volunteer
Ms. Lindsay Jo Peterson Community volunteer
Mr. Eddie Robinette Community volunteer
Miss Makenna Stewart student
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 6
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 1
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 4
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 99
Board Orientation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 75
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 2016.  Then we had another meeting in August to talk about the coming year's work. We see each other outside board meetings on a regular basis and keep in frequent contact via email and phone calls. We have had one meeting this year and are planning another before our annual trip to Guatemala in June. In 2017, we had a board meeting.........
Governance Comments by Foundation For 2016, organization has held only one board meeting.
Current Year Projections
Tax Year Start Month Jan
Tax Year Start Day 01
Tax Year Begins 2018
Tax Year End Month Dec
Tax Year End Day 31
Tax Year Ends 2018
Projected Revenue $45,582.00
Projected Expenses $45,582.00
Total Projected Revenue includes "in-kind" contributions/ donations No
Organization has Endowment No
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign Yes
Anticipate Campaign within 5 years? Yes
Campaign Purpose Add two classrooms to NUFED, our middle school in Guatemala, so the kids can go every week instead of every other week. There are too many children wanting to go there now for every-week school.
Campaign Goal $15,000.00
Campaign Dates Sept 2017 to Mar 2018
Amount Raised To Date 4000 as of Oct 2017
IRS Form 990s
Form 9902016
Audit/Financial Documents
Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$96,864$12,517--
Administration Expense$566$0--
Fundraising Expense$0$0--
Payments to Affiliates$0$0--
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.991.00--
Program Expense/Total Expenses99%100%--
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%--
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$642$0--
Current Assets$642$0--
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0--
Current Liabilities$0$0--
Total Net Assets$642$0--
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $81,206Contributions, gifts, grants $8,517--
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising $15,091Foundation & Corporate Support $4,000--
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount0 $00 $0--
CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%----
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization
We just became a non-profit December 2015, so the first full year of fundraising was 2016. We have a 990 for that. This year we need $15,000 to buy materials for construction. Community provides labor, land, services, architect, etc. Rotary will help us as will an anonymous foundation.. We hope that individual donors make up the rest. We made more than anticipated on our fundraisers in 2016 so we were able to go ahead with the health clinic this year. That will complete construction for years to come on this project. From now on it is raising the academic level of the schools and the living standard of the Mayan community with sanitation,  solar lighting, third world stoves..
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 34212
Phone 941 224-8232