Robert Deutsch
Starita Ansari
Debbie Meyer
Voyka Soto
Executive Director

FOSI is an incorporated non-profit organized exclusively for charitable educational, and scientific purposes as specified in Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code.


The primary mission of Friends of Sofara International is to support the startup and running of Sofara International, an internationally focused dual language school in Harlem. However, our work also includes support of other educational non-profits and programs that enrich the lives of children giving them the exceptional skills they need for future successes.


FOSI is proud to be the supporting arm for both the proposed Sofara International Charter School and three distinct children’s enrichment programs based in Upper Manhattan: Aerospace Passport Project; The Outer-Space Project; and The Literacy Leadership Institute. We provide experience and exposure to the out-of-the-ordinary thereby giving children a unique skill set. for future success.

Education Projects

Aerospace Passport Project

Aviation is the central provocation for inquiry and exploration.

Expeditions and the real world are the classroom for learning about and solving aviation challenges. Flight school and the skies are the path for each child to receive their personal pilot license.

The Outer-Space Project

Opening up the world to children, Outer – Space takes adventure learning seriously! Our students are launched into spaces with specially curated experiences and learning opportunities. Skiing, equestrian, flying/piloting, camping, Lincoln Center, international travel and more!

Literacy Leadership Institute

Coming soon… taking on the transformations needed to address the issues and mitigate the impact of dyslexia. Imagine if we ended the dyslexia to prison pipeline and made sure everyone has a pathway to literacy, further education, employment and economic self-sufficiency and civic engagement.