Creating ripples of change
in a sea of hope
IF Education, all things are possible.
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Nelson Mandela
With over 60 educational and training projects we are changing lives and creating better opportunities for individuals and communities in 21 countries around the globe. .
Projects by Zone.
CENTRAL & SOUTH AMERICA
We have extensive experience spanning 7 countries with 15 different projects in literacy, bilingual education, computer technology training and environmental education.
There are extremely low English proficiency rankings in many of the ASEAN countries, despite the mandate for English as the working language.
We have identified numerous educational and training opportunities throughout this desperately poor continent, and are identifying partner organizations with educational, training and environmental objectives.
Bilingual education in parts of Eastern Europe is not an option for many disadvantaged communities
We have 11 projects in the United States of America that provide education and opportunities for impoverished communities, victims of abuse and disadvantaged youth in economically depressed areas.
Only through literacy and bilingual education can we prepare students to interact in a global economy, which is critical for island countries that rely on tourism as the primary economy.
You can cast a pebble of change upon a sea of hope and help create a ripple that makes a positive global impact.
CENTRAL & SOUTH AMERICA
Education is free…
Children in agrarian families living near the Amazon River cannot attend school without supplies.
Children at risk…
AIDS orphans, impoverished families and lack of educational resources is typical in poor communities.
Lack of access…
Nomadic families constantly on the move struggle with basic needs and minimize education.
Lack of English literacy in a global economy creates a severe disadvantage in many developing areas.
Living in a developed country does not guaranteed equal access to resources outside metropolitan areas.
Countries relying on tourism are critically in need of English resources.
List of Board Members & Representatives
Patricia Sullivan – President
With an Accounting background and positions as a CFO and Controller for several corporations, Pat has prepared throughout her career to lead IFED projects responsibly and manage the fiduciary responsibility. Her financial due diligence experience with mergers and acquisitions enables her to identifying projects and partner NGO’s, analyzing their financial and operating strengths and determining the needed resources and supplies that IFED can provide that will help them to successfully advance their objectives and missions.
Ned Cone – Vice President & Treasurer
Ned Cone retired in 2014 after a career in logistics. His retirement has provided the opportunity to expand his involvement with several organizations that relate to issues and topics that are of importance to him (such as food rescue on behalf of those with food insecurity and working with international college students to provide them with a better understanding of Americans and day-to-day American life). Ned has been a supporter of IFED from its inception, having recognized the need in many diverse locations around the globe for assistance with education to those children underserved and deserving. He is a long time Board member currently serving as IFED’s Treasurer.
Nadeen Green – Director of Education
Nadeen Green has worked for many years as Senior Counsel with United Advertising Publications, Inc. and is known through her teaching and writing of articles and blogs as Fair Housing Lady for the multifamily housing industry. When not keeping abreast of the important civil rights issues in housing, Nadeen works with international students through the Atlanta Ministry of International Students. She is the author of several children’s books, including the IFED-published Let There Be Dragons which is a bilingual story with an environmental message. Nadeen has served for many years as Director of Education with IFED and has traveled to a number of countries to both support the IFED efforts and to share her book and its message.
Sherwin Kaplan – Global Project Advisor
Sherwin is a retired attorney who spent most of his professional career in Washington DC specializing in employee benefits law with the Department of Labor and in private practice. Prior to government service, he was a civil rights worker in Mississippi, Alabama and Chicago and spent several years as an attorney working with legal services for the poor programs. He was also a Peace Corps volunteer in Peru for two years. Throughout his adult life he has been a serious amateur photographer and a lover of travel, both of which have been put to good use as he now travels around the world with his wife, Patricia Sullivan, in support of IFED projects.
Will Shipley – Director of Marketing and Promotion
A senior technology and marketing expert with over 26 years of experience improving awareness and revenue for products and services. The most gratifying use of that experience these past several years is being an instrument of change in helping the global human condition through words and deeds one ripple at a time.
Vanenka Mosqueira – Director of South American Projects
As a gifted educator of children, Vanenka has influenced our project development and direction in South America, coordinating with our partner organizations and verifying operations. In addition to coordinating earthquake relief in Chile and educational projects in the slum schools of Lima, Vanenka is developing new and inspiring programs in America to benefit Spanish learners and travels Internationally to promote language learning.
Rodrigo Tobar de la Fuente – Director of Graphic Design and Webmaster
Our environmental program was given “wings” when Rodrigo partnered with Nadeen Green, the author of our wonderful bilingual children’s environmental story – Let There Be Dragons - by envisioning and bringing our dragons to life through his colorful illustrations. Rodrigo has dedicated countless volunteer hours to creating a presence for IFED through our website and to documenting and coordinating our projects in Peru and Chile with our partner organizations. His artistic talent and selflessness are a gift to all who know and serve with him.
Xue Xiaoming – China Project Manager
Xiaoming has been a leader of the Dragon Lake Keepers environmental and educational projects in Anhui Province. Through his involvement with children’s education, he has sponsored travel abroad programs and teaches social responsibility and global initiatives. His learning institute, Xue Rui Learning Center, sponsors educational opportunities for select students at the Bengbu orphanage each semester.
Judy Anderson – Bangladesh Project Manager
Having lived in 6 countries on 4 continents through my husband's job, I've seen a fair share of need. Distraught over my first glimpses of such, years ago in Africa, a colleague told me not to worry about it; in a few weeks I'd be used to it and not really see it anymore. I was horrified at that thought. Not see it? Not help it? Not reach out in any way? Impossible. Ridiculous. Downright callous. But destitution on a massive scale can be daunting. Like the hummingbird in the African fable of the burning forest, I've learned to bring a beak full of water into the fire, one drop at a time. I am a firm believer in 'No one can do everything, but everyone can do something'. One drop at a time, making ripples. Infinitely better than being blind to poverty and the disadvantaged.