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Arco Iris America

Welcome to Arco Iris America Foundation website

Who We Are

About Us

We believe every child has a right to feel loved. In 2007 we established The Rainbow of Hope for Bolivia’s Street Children, now Arco Iris America, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, Tax ID: 56-2677072, in the United States. We provide independent and impartial assistance through financial donations to respected Latin American charities focused on helping impoverished children, like Bolivia’s Fundación Arco Iris (FAI). Since 1994, FAI has served more than 30,000 homeless children through social programs in Bolivia – the poorest nation in South America. All donations to Arco Iris America are tax-deductible to the fullest extent permitted by U.S. law.

Our Vision

Our vision is that all persons regardless of their age, ethnicity, social condition and gender, and in virtue of their dignity and equality, have the right to be responsible agents of their material, moral and spiritual development and to enjoy a worthy life.

Our Mission and Objectives

Our Mission is to provide integral financial support to social programs focused on homeless children in urban settings in Latin America, the Foundation Arco Iris in La Paz, Bolivia. The Foundation Arco Iris created processes give homeless children in Bolivia welfare, social stability and self-esteem to help them achieve independence in their social, civic, and work environments.

In order to continue our mission, Arco Iris America relies on generous donations of the general public. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and all donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law.

Our Mission is to help fulfill the basic needs of poor children living on the streets, principally in La Paz, Bolivia. We do this by:
  • Providing financial assistance to local nonprofits who provide life-sustaining care, such as:
    • A safe place to sleep
    • Nourishing meals
    • Access to healthcare
    • Clothing
    • Education
    • Skills training (baker, carpenter, crafts)
    • Psychological support: helping them achieve independence; giving them trust and stability; raising their self-esteem.
  • Harnessing the energies, skills and talents of supporters in the U.S. and around the world to jointly develop and implement strategies for generating funds in support the above purposes.
  • Receiving holding, managing and disbursing funds for the fulfillment of the above purposes and to do so and perform all things necessary or proper for the of the above.

In order to continue our mission, Arco Iris America relies on generous donations of the general public. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and all donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law. Please CLICK HERE to donate.

Our Board Directory

Morayma BakPresident
Morayma Bak became part of the Arco Iris America Board of Directors in 2011, and its President in 2013.

Morayma Bak

Morayma Bak became part of the Arco Iris America Board of Directors in 2011, and its President in 2013. She has been instrumental in facilitating the presence and establishment of Hope Worldwide in Bolivia, who now work very closely and alongside Hospital Arco Iris in La Paz, Bolivia. She has led a group of volunteers in the Washington D.C. area in several fund raising efforts and events since 2011, totaling over $200,000 that have gone directly to support the Fundación Arco Iris in La Paz, Bolivia.

Morayma takes pride in representing the Board and volunteers, all of whom donate their time and talent without any monetary compensation. Morayma continues to work closely with officers and leaders of Fundación Arco Iris in La Paz, as well as its founder and President, Fr. Josef Neuenhofer.

Ansgar NeuenhoferTreasurer
Ansgar was born and raised near Cologne, Germany and earned his Doctor of Engineering Degree at the Technical University at Aachen, Germany.

Ansgar Neuenhofer

Ansgar was born and raised near Cologne, Germany and earned his Doctor of Engineering Degree at the Technical University at Aachen, Germany.

He and his wife Beate moved to California in 1994 where Ansgar worked at the University of California at Berkeley.

In 2001 the couple with their five children moved to San Luis Obispo where Ansgar taught at California Polytechnic State University.

In 2010, the family returned to their native Germany. Ansgar serves as treasurer for Arco Iris America.

Beate NeuenhoferVice President and Director
Since Beate and her husband Ansgar Neuenhofer adopted a child from Bolivia in 1995 they have been very involved in helping the street children of La Paz.

Beate Neuenhofer

Beate Neuenhofer is serving as Vice President and Director for Arco Iris America.

Since Beate and her husband Ansgar Neuenhofer adopted a child from Bolivia in 1995, they have been very involved in helping the street children of La Paz. In 2007, Beate started a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and became president of "Rainbow of Hope for Bolivia's Street Children", currently known as "Arco Iris America" in order to help raise funds and awareness in the U.S.. Arco Iris America so far has funded various social projects for street children in the amount of more than USD 200,000.

In 2008, after raising five children, Beate returned to work and joined Sports Warehouse Inc., San Luis Obispo, California. After the family relocated to Germany, Beate continued to work for their German branch Sports Warehouse GmbH/Tennis Warehouse Europe as financial coordinator and project manager.

Beate received her degree in Civil/Environmental Engineering from the University of Technology at Aachen, Germany in 1989.

Martin BakBoard Director
Martin was elected to the Board of Directors along with his wife, Morayma Bak, in 2011.

Martin Bak

Mr. Bak began his career at National Institutes of Health (NIH), where he collaborated with diverse teams of scientific investigators in the Laboratory of Neural Control. He also founded MicroProbes for Life Sciences (formerly Micro Probe, Inc.) in 1983 and currently serves as Chief Executive Officer and Head of Research and Development. Mr. Bak has dedicated his professional life to the innovative design and engineering of electrophysiological interface devices for neuroscience research and Brain Machine Interfaces for human neuro-prosthetic applications.

Martin was elected to the Board of Directors along with his wife, Morayma Bak, in 2011. He has worked closely with Morayma in trying to support her fund raising efforts and other activities in assisting the thousands of homeless children living on streets of La Paz Bolivia.

Gary ReguerinBoard Director
Mr. Reguerín is a native of La Paz, Bolivia who has lived in the Washington D.C. area since 1978.

Gary Reguerin

Mr. Reguerín, a native of La Paz, Bolivia, has lived in the Washington D.C. area since 1978. He attended Montgomery Blair High School; later he attended Montgomery Community College where he obtained an A.A. degree in Computer Science; later he obtained a B.S. degree in Computer and Information Science from the University of Maryland University College, where he also pursued graduate course work in Technology Management. He is the founder and President of the Washington Information Systems and Software Engineering, a Maryland corporation established in 1999. He is married to Barbara Martinez- Reguerín and has three adult children.

Mr. Reguerín has been for many years an advocate and contributor to social causes involving children around the world, and became a volunteer with Arco Iris America, formerly known as Rainbow of Hope for Bolivia’s Street Children, in 2011. In 2015, Mr. Reguerín became part of the Board of Directors of Arco Iris America.

Meet the Madrinas and Padrinos from Arco Iris America

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  • Ana Maria Doria Medina
  • Ana Maria Struckmeyer
  • Antonio and Sonia Torrico
  • Arthur R. Goldberg
  • Belinda Rivera Lebron
  • Blanca Kling
  • Braulia Espinoza - Madrinas leader (manager)
  • Cachita Jordan
  • Carmen Montoya
  • Elena Guevara Scott
  • Elizabeth and Leo Van Houtven
  • Emma Sanchez
  • Fidelia Barrientos
  • Gabriela Wilcox
  • Gary F. Reguerin
  • Gerhard and Patricia Menckhoff
  • Gilka Rosenthal-Larrea
  • Gladys Antezana
  • Gladys Salcedo
  • Gloria Requena
  • Jaime M. Oblitas
  • Jeanie Davenport
  • John and Amalia Ferguson
  • Jon and Marina Perry
  • Jorge and Gloria Requena
  • Katharina and Marco Pesquera
  • Liliana and Nelson Bernal
  • Lucia Maclean
  • Luisa Hendrick
  • Manuel y Teresa Valederrama
  • Margarite Hassenteufel-Rahn
  • Maria E. Moux
  • Maria Isabel Rodriguez
  • Maria Lee Vasquez
  • Maria Teresa Fergerstrom
  • Mark and Fatima Brown
  • Marlene Romano - Treasurer
  • Marlene Weiss
  • Max and Edith Wilton
  • Morayma and Martin Bak
  • Nadia B. Rivera
  • Nancy Cuellar
  • Nitza M. Iguina Monrouzean
  • Norma Benner
  • Pablo E. Solares
  • Patricia M.
  • Piero and Joanne Ugolini
  • Robert and Claudia Tsas
  • Rosa Montero
  • Sally S. Moy
  • Sara Fernandez y Jorge Quinteros
  • Silvia Sanjinez
  • Sonia Jadrijevic
  • Teresa Pacheco
  • Teresa Weinger
  • Teresa Willett
  • Vanny Marrero
  • Vesna and Oscar Harasic
  • Violeta Hilty
  • Zarela Garcia

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