Quarterly

NEWSLETTER

Edition #2 – June 20, 2020

Dear Alfalit Family,

Since our last newsletter, a lot has happened in our world to say the least. However, the importance of ensuring Literacy for All never ceases – not even in pandemics or during national turmoil. If anything, these situations make us realize just how essential the ability to read and write truly is. Thanks for taking the time to stay informed about Alfalit, particularly during this difficult period, as we try to continue to serve others as God intends. Alfalit believes that literacy is a fundamental right of every human. Your support is always critical to achieving this. And, for all of you fathers, grandfathers, uncles and every other man who has made a difference in a child’s life…

Thank YOU & Happy Father's Day

Catherine F. Penrod

Executive Director

Alfalit Adapts

Since March, Alfalit’s literacy, preschool, job skills and conversational English classes suspended to comply with government mandates in the wake of Covid-19. Of course, Alfalit did this willingly to protect our teachers, students and staff (and their families). That is still our priority.

Very tentative start dates for the 2020 semester are scheduled. Meanwhile, Alfalit’s affiliates in other countries adjusted operations with our guidance and suggestions. The financial and personal hardships experienced by our global family are intensified by extreme poverty, food scarcity, domestic violence, etc. Affiliate staff and volunteers are hard at work to provide food relief, clean drinking water, masks, other health and safety materials, and mental health referrals. See this video for just one instance of how we addressed the virus in another country. Going forward, Alfalit plans a renewed emphasis on disease prevention and personal hygiene as a part of classes.

The Headquarters team worked from home and in late May began to return to the office on a rotational basis while following all CDC safety protocols. Visitors are also asked to comply with hygiene information in our programs in the hopes that we can assist the residents of the countries we serve for years to come.

For more information on how you can help our students recover in their home country please email [email protected] or call us at 305-597-9077. Please note our response times might be delayed due to Covid-19 but rest assured we will respond as soon as we are able.

You care about our students & volunteer teachers in developing countries.
We know this. And, we are also aware that you want to help.
This is your opportunity to keep them safe and ready to learn.
Your gift today will provide supplies like masks, sanitizers, soap and so on.
Your compassionate generosity will also aid teachers as they prepare for classes later this year – when education can happen safely.
We ask that you keep our world wide family in your prayers.
Please know, you are are in ours. God bless!

Putter late than never

The Alfalit Golf Tournament is set to take place October 10!

Originally scheduled in May, we postponed the event to ensure a safe, fun experience for all. Sponsorships and golf foursomes are available now, just in time for Father’s Day. As we all know, things change daily in our “new normal” so be sure to watch for the latest news and updates on about this event –and all other activities.

For more information and registration, please click the picture or contact Todd Talbott at 323-804-0521

Happy Father's Day

During these difficult times, we have found new ways to connect. When flights were cancelled and physical distancing emerged, we phoned our loved ones and learned about the marvels of FaceTime and Zoom. Whether you are a dad or have been/are like a dad to someone, Happy Father’s Day!

Alfalit celebrity Board member Maksim Chmerkovskiy celebrates all dads on Father’s Day!

Dedicate your children to God and point them in the way that they should go, and the values they’ve learned from you will be with them for life. –Proverbs 22:6

It Really Is Going to Be Okay

There is strength in admitting our fears. Many of us feel anxious, worried or sad when we think about an uncertain future. Stress about health and well-being, economic stability and the safety of our loved ones as they walk out of the door abound. Where there lies doubt and questioning, so too does the hope that things will get better. We pray for all of our brothers and sisters, here and abroad, and to help us during these challenging times. As you read this, remember, you are not alone. Alfalit stands with you. More importantly, God does too.

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. -Isaiah 43:2

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Stay Safe!

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Alfalit International, Inc. is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization. Our Federal Tax ID # is 59-1595459. A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the Division of Agriculture and Consumer Services by calling toll free (800-435-7352) within Florida. Registration does not imply endorsement, approval or recommendation by the State.

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Alfalit International, Inc. is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization. Our Federal Tax ID # IS 59-159-5459. A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the Division of Agriculture and Consumer Services by calling toll free (800-435-7352) within Florida. Registration does not imply endorsement, approval, or recommendation by the State.

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Gradice Alexandre

US Program Consultant - Literacy (Haitian Creole)

Joined the Alfalit team: 2002

Gradice Alexandre is a retired licensed elementary school teacher from Haiti. She spent 25 years teaching in Haiti. She studied Psychologist at the Faculty of Humans Sciences. She also has a bachelor degree in Theology from the Christian University North of Haiti. She is a Church planter.  She is the lead Pastor of Rock’s Horeb Baptist Church in Torcel/Tabarre, Haiti. Beside the Rock Horeb Baptist Church, she established a foundation for kids in needed at Michaud/Croix-des-Bouquets, and is in the process to start an Institute (Missionary Training Institute) for teaching young with calling to be missionary at Ouanaminthe Northeast of Haiti. She served with love and dedication as the Alfalit’s Project Director in Haiti for 13 years, from 2002 to 2014 and now as Program Coordinator at Alfalit Miami Office since 2017. She is currently working on a Master’s degree in missiology and also in the process to study International Relations.

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Juan Marcos Bello

Program Director

Joined the Alfalit team: 2001

Born: Dominican Republic

Education: Information Technology degree, Universidad A.P.E.C., Santo Domingo, D.R.

The father of 3 sons, Juan Marcos has over 26 years of work experience. Alfalit is a family affair as his mother, Milagros Bello, serves as the executive director of Alfalit’s affiliate in Dominican Republic. A devout Christian, he is committed to bringing hope to those with the least worldwide.tudied in Prague (Human Rights); Bachelor of Science, International Affairs, Florida State University.

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Maria Teresa de Almeida

Development Coordinator

Joined the Alfalit team: 2006

Born: Angola, Africa

Fled to Portugal with her family in 1975 as a long, protracted civil war erupted leaving behind a successful coffee plantation which was never recouped. Teresa worked at Mount Hope Bible School (14 years) and Abundant Life Christian Center (12 years), where she was introduced to Alfalit as the Center’s liaison. Also, a translator/interpreter (20 years) for renowned speakers from Europe, Australia, and USA. As a testament to her parents, Teresa’s main goal is to serve others in God’s name.

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Alexandra Coll

Chief of Staff

Joined the Alfalit team: 2003

Born: Colombia. Moved to Miami in 1991.

Education: Studied Law and Political Science.

Currently enrolled in accounting classes. She and husband Alvaro have 3 children, two of whom are in college. She worked in the Manufacturing and Freight Forwarding Industry in management for many years before joining Alfalit. In all, she has over 20 years in the management and accounting fields. Passionate for the Kingdom of God, she devotes all her professional and personal efforts in the name of Christianity

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Catherine Penrod

Executive Director

Joined the Alfalit team: 2016

Born: Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania

Education: Masters Degree, Public Administration; Bachelors Degree, Social Sciences, both from Pennsylvania State University. Certification: Harvard Business School, Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management.

With over 30 years of nonprofit experience, Catherine feels she is blessed to end her incredible nonprofit career with Alfalit, an organization that has dramatically changed her life in many ways. The mother of four adult children, she plans to retire in 2022

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Gabriela Adarve

Development Coordinator

Joined the Alfalit team: 2019

Born: Orlando, FL. 1st generation American born to Colombian parents.

Education: Studied in Prague (Human Rights); Bachelor of Science, International Affairs, Florida State University.

Resides in Pembroke Pines with her parents and siblings. One of the newest members of the team, Gaby is motivated by the love and compassion she witnesses daily at Alfalit.