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.
We have identified numerous educational and training opportunities throughout this desperately poor continent, and are identifying partner organizations with educational, training and environmental objectives. We started our first successful and exciting project in Morocco in 2015, and have since expanded to 8 countries, providing resources for impoverished families in rural villages to enable their children to have the required student supplies and pay the small fees to attend government schools.
There are extremely low English proficiency rankings in many of the ASEAN countries, despite the mandate for English as the working language. Opportunities for students are enhanced in the 12 countries and 40 projects where we have provided bilingual and English textbooks, training manuals, teaching materials and library resources.
Island countries rely primarily on fishing and tourism for their survival, both of which are being threatened by climate change as weather systems are destroying both. Countries already suffering from extreme poverty and natural disasters, are desperate for educational and vocational training for survival and opportunities.
Deforestation is a common problem in many countries in this region, as real estate development has expanded. Violence and drug wars also create an unstable environment that is dangerous for tourism, foreign investment and sadly, living. We are sponsoring individual students who need access to technology to continue their learning and remote classrooms where basic resources are needed. Hopefully, with education, opportunities outside of their battered regions will be possible.
Bilingual education in parts of Eastern Europe is not an option for many disadvantaged communities. Communication is becoming more critical as the global economy presents new opportunities and the tourism industry is developed. The public library in Croatia that worked with us to develop an English language center is making this possible for the community.
We have 15 projects in the United States of America that provide education and resources for impoverished communities, victims of abuse and disadvantaged youth in economically depressed. Our technology project in computer literacy was designed to teach communication skills for improved quality of life through family connection. In Mexico, we have placed bilingual educational resources for K through 12 for students to learn communication skills for access to opportunities.
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. Families with limited access to education walk vast distances twice a week to deliver their children to the school, where they sleep on the floor and are provided sustenance diets during the school week.
Since our first educational project in 2000, we furnished school supplies to libraries and schools in the Amazon jungle in Peru and resources to support projects in Chile and Paraguay. Our projects include literacy, bilingual education, chess programs, computer technology training and environmental & conservation education. Vastly improved literacy and education in Peru, has enabled us to partner with a local organization to bring agricultural training, provide tools, trees and resources which are economically enriching families. The aim of our conservation programs is to foster awareness and develop environmental sensitivity through youth stewardship programs.
You can cast a pebble of change upon a sea of hope and help create a ripple that makes a positive global impact.
List of Board Members & Representatives
Patricia Sullivan – President & Founder
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 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 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.