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Check out Brillo de Sol 2017 Annual Report

Brillo de Sol, Inc. is organized exclusively for charitable and educational purposes, supporting and advancing the education, health and quality of life of children with special needs and disabilities in Guatemala, including:

1. Fundraising, educational and other support to:

• Provide scholarships and other direct tuition assistance to children attending Asociación Brillo de Sol School, a registered Guatemalan non-governmental organization operating a school for children with special needs located in San Gaspar Vivar, in the municipality of La Antigua, Sacatepéquez, Guatemala.

• Provide funding to Asociación Brillo de Sol for capital expenditures, instructional expenses of the school, and for administration of other programs designed to promote and foster special education teacher training and services.

• Educate and provide information to the general public about the educational, social, and health needs of families and children in Guatemala.

2. To recruit and coordinate the efforts of volunteers and professionals from the USA and Canada to assist Asociación Brillo de Sol and its partner organizations in providing educational and health services to children and families in Guatemala.

3. To promote and improve the Education and Health of indigenous communities in Guatemala and to cooperate with other agencies or groups delivering education and health services that augment or support Asociación Brillo de Sol’s programs.

A copy of our IRS 501 (c) (3) determination letter can be found by clicking this link:  501(c)(3) Determination Letter 

  

Board of Directors

 

ChristianeChristiane Dechert

President

Christiane is a speech-language pathologist and clinical educator at the University of Wyoming. She supervises graduate students’ clinical practicum in English and Spanish, and advocates for disability rights both in the United States and abroad. Christiane visited Brillo de Sol for the first time in January 2012 and began fundraising for the school that same year, involving both elementary school children and undergraduate students in Wyoming. 

“I feel honored to be serving on the board of directors of Brillo de Sol. As fellow speech therapists, Letty and I connected really quickly. Her founding and successfully running a school for disabled children is such a unique accomplishment, in the absence of the kind of legislation that we have in the US, such as ADA or IDEA. I wanted to contribute to the success of this school that allows these awesome children to obtain an education and with that the opportunity to find jobs upon graduation.”

 

10672246_10203877757040143_3023974600422290349_nJoe Phebus

Treasurer

As the founder and past-president of Brillo de Sol USA, Joe comes to us with 30+ years’ experience in accounting, information systems and operations management in both the non-profit and for-profit sectors.  He has served in a number of volunteer roles over the years, including many years as a board member and finance committee chair for a Catholic Elementary school in Baltimore Maryland, as a Scout leader, and as a volunteer with our partner organization, CasaSito, developing a curriculum and mentoring young entrepreneurs.  While living in Guatemala, he worked with Letty to formalize business processes and practices and assisted with the process of organization and recognition of Asociación Brillo de Sol as a Guatemalan ONG.  He is currently living in Concord, New Hampshire where he runs an IT consulting business.  He holds a degree in Accounting from Loyola University in Maryland and an MBA from Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts.    

“When I first encountered the children from Brillo de Sol at the CasaSito Festivals, and watched how they looked out for each other, I knew this program was something special.  Letty and her team have worked hard to grow the program, improve its organizational and educational capabilities,  and are working hard to put Brillo de Sol on a sustainable path for many years to come.  Its been a privilege to be a part of these changes over the past couple years.  We have a terrific team on the USA board and thanks to the help of our friends and supporters in the USA and Canada, the future looks bright for the school and the children and families we serve.”     

 

Elisa Udaskin

Secretary

 

Carly Reiser

Board Member

 

 

1472022_631655376877489_1427501003_n (1) Letty López Contreras

Board Member;  Founder and Executive Director of Asociación Brillo de Sol, Guatemala

A therapist, she found her mission a long time ago providing education to children with different forms of learning.  She began the school with a positive attitude, 2 tables and 8 chairs.  As a result Letty’s leadership,  Brillo de Sol has grown to over 50 students in the school, added an early learning program, plus programs for speech therapy, psychology, teacher training, parent education, cooking classes, karate , and other academic support.  Through various means, she carries the message of how important it is to provide special education opportunities in Guatemala and informs families about the strengths and minds of their children. She is a tireless champion for these children, constantly reminding people of the gifts and potential they possess.

“I work every day to maintain excellence in education and rehabilitation of our students, always ensuring that their education is appropriate to their needs, they learn values such as respect for diversity, develop their critical t

 

Brillo de Sol, Inc. is a tax-exempt public charity, a non-profit organization, incorporated in the State of Maryland (EIN:45-5267898).   All donations are 100% tax-deductible as provided by law in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.    A copy of our IRS 501(c)(3) determination letter, organizing documents, and the current financial statement of Brillo de Sol is available by writing 6605 Walnutwood Circle, Baltimore, MD 21212.   Documents and information submitted under the Maryland Charitable Solicitations Act are also available for the cost of postage and copies, from the Maryland Secretary of State, State House, Annapolis, Maryland 21401.

While contributions from donors to Brillo to de Sol USA (Brillo de Sol, Inc.) benefit the children served by Asociación Brillo de Sol in Guatemala, the Board of Directors of Brillo de Sol, Inc. has discretion over how and when these funds are distributed to Asociación Brillo de Sol, and to what purpose they are to be used.  This allows us to provide sufficient oversight and control to ensure that contributions are used only for purposes that comply with section 170 (c) (2) of the Internal Revenue Code and are tax deductible.  Brillo de Sol, Inc. has established procedures and controls to ensure that donations are used as intended.   For more information, e-mail us at brillodesolusa@brillodesol.org.