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ABOUT ALFALIT INTERNATIONAL

Literacy is the cornerstone of all humanitarian efforts

We are a faith-based, nonprofit organization founded in 1961 by Eulalia Cook, Justo and Luisa Gonzalez. We offer programs in literacy, basic education, early childhood development/preschool, health, nutrition, job and skills training and community development to the poorest in 24 countries throughout Africa, Latin America, Europe and the United States. Alfalit reaches very poor and remote areas and provides high quality, cost-effective education with compassion and respect for the people we teach.

ABOUT ALFALIT INTERNATIONAL

Literacy is the cornerstone of all humanitarian efforts

We are a faith-based, nonprofit organization founded in 1961 by Eulalia Cook, Justo and Luisa Gonzalez. We offer programs in literacy, basic education, early childhood development/preschool, health, nutrition, job and skills training and community development to the poorest in 24 countries throughout Africa, Latin America, Europe and the United States. Alfalit reaches very poor and remote areas and provides high quality, cost-effective education with compassion and respect for the people we teach.

54

Number of years Alfalit has been in operation.

8,000,000

Number of people who learned how to read, write and do math through Alfalit.

120,000

Students enrolled in Alfalit programs in 2015, between the ages 4 to 81.

11,000

Alfalit students who are children in pre-school from 10 countries.

Give a man a fish, you feed him for the day.
Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.

Historical Timeline

Alfalit Milestones

• 1943 Dr. Frank Laubach presents Laubach Method in Latin America & Cuba. Eulalia turned to Cuban educators Justo Gonzalez & Dr. Luisa Garcia Gonzalez, to assist with the literacy program.

• 1961 Alfalit is born.

• 1963-1974 Alfalit literacy & basic education programs gain momentum across Central & South America.

• 1968 Alfalit expands to the Caribbean.

• 1975 Alfalit International, Inc. is recognized by the IRS as a nonprofit organization. Roberto Perez becomes the first President.

• 1983 UNESCO awards Alfalit in Peru the First Prize for World Literacy.

• 2002 USAID partners with Alfalit to provide programs in Angola & Bolivia.

• 2004 U.S government partners with Alfalit to provide programs in Dominican Republic. Methodist Bishop James Lloyd Knox raised funds to begin programs in Mozambique.

• 2006 Alfalit Liberia begins operations. Alfalit Bolivia is chosen as model program by First Lady Laura Bush & UNESCO.

• 2015 Alfalit President Joseph Milton announces expansion of Alfalit Haiti & pledges to serve 8,000 students by end of 2016. Alfalit South Sudan commences classes. Jessica Milton launches Alfalit Young Professionals Board.

Alfalit Team
Board of Directors
  • Joseph Milton
    President, Chairman | President & CEO, J. Milton & Associates
  • Rev. Roberto Perez
    President Emeritus
  • Carlos Del Amo
    Vice Chairman
  • Luis Mata
    Secretary
  • Yannick Ngendahayo
    Treasurer
  • Carol Brock
    Public Relations Consultant
  • Aidib Eden
    President/CEO, Actualidad Media Group
  • Eugenio  M. Fernandez
    Comptroller, Enrolled to Practice before IRS
  • Fernando Gonzalez
    Managing Director, Glez Food Group, LLC
  • Manuel Gonzalez
    President & CEO, MGM Consulting, LLC
  • Patrick T. Ramge
    Sr. Vice President, Commercial Real Estate Wells Fargo & Company
  • Brent Reynolds
    Business Owner, NPI
  • Executive Committee
  • Joseph Milton - Chair
  • Carlos Del Amo - Vice Chair
  • Luis Mata - Secretary
  • Yannick Ngendahayo - Treasurer
  • Eugenio M. Fernandez
  • Manuel Gonzalez
  • Brent Reynolds
  • Fernando Gonzalez
  • The Alfalit Young Professionals Board was created to assist Alfalit International in its mission to eradicate illiteracy. We strive to help the uneducated attain a basic skill that will open doors to a world otherwise unknown to them. Alfalit YPB works hard in raising both funds and awareness for those who are illiterate. With the efforts of our board members, we are able to create fundraisers that help raise funds to build schools and supply all the materials necessary for an individual to learn how to read and write up to a sixth grade level.

    ALFALIT STAFF

    Catherine Penrod
    Executive Director
    Alexandra Coll
    Business Administrator
    Juan Marcos Bello
    Program Director for Central and South America, Haiti, Spain & United States
    Teresa de Almeida
    Program Director for Africa, Portugal & the Caribbean
    Esther Gonzalez
    Administrative Assistant