Youth Development

The Ama Foundation

  • Berkeley, CA
  • http://www.ama-foundation.org

Mission Statement

The Ama Foundation was created to provide a home, family environment and education for the most underprivileged children of Nepal.  By providing a stable, loving environment, and exposing the children to opportunities that enhance their development, we improve each child's ability to become a productive and mindful citizen.

Main Programs

  1. Support a Child
  2. Local Scholarships
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

Ama Foundation funds a children's home located 18km South of Kathmandu, Nepal. Currently Ama Ghar provides a loving home and education for 54 underprivileged children.

ruling year

2002

Board Chair since 2012

Self-reported

Rob Sanders

Keywords

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children's home, orphans, education, Nepal, environmental sustainability, community,

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EIN

36-4478880

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (O12)

Single Organization Support (B11)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (L12)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Accomplishments for Fiscal Year Ending December 31, 2015

1. Continued to support 60 children, including 13 new children that we took in during 2015 as a result of the earthquake. We had only budgeted for 2 new children, but the earthquake made it necessary for us to help as much as we could by taking in additional children. We also raised over $100,000 for earthquake relief, which we passed through to relief organizations in our immediate area.

2. Eleven of our older children are attending university classes in Nepal, studying public health, architecture, computer science, business management, animation, architecture and hotel and tourism management. One of our recent alumni graduated from medical school at Tribhuvan University in Kathmandu. Five others have received graduated either from university or from vocational training and are now working as flight attendants, health care assistants, trekking guides, child care workers and elder care workers.

3. Provided scholarships to 75 children in the surrounding communities, which allowed them to live at home and attend school.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Support a Child

Our primary focus this year is to find individual donors to support each individual child at Ama Ghar at a cost of $2,000 per year, which covers healthy food, clothing, medical care, shelter and education - books, tuition, uniforms and transportation. It is our goal that each of our children will be supported through the highest possible level of education.

Category

Human Services

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Budget

100,000

Program 2

Local Scholarships

We provide scholarships for uniforms, books, shoes, backpacks and tuition for elementary school children in the villages surrounding Ama Ghar. It's important to us to be good neighbors and an integral part of our community.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Asian/Pacific Islander

None

Budget

20,000

Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    1. To rescue Nepali children from poverty, malnutrition and abuse and give them a loving home and education.

    2. To provide the children with the best possible education, so that when they leave Ama Ghar they will have employment and be able to support themselves in order to be productive citizens of Nepal.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    1. We enroll the children in English speaking schools from an early age; we also ensure that they will learn the computer skills that are a necessity in order to find employment in this global economy.

    2. We provide the children with tutors and counselors to help them overcome the difficulties that come as a result of trauma in their early life.

    3. We provide tuition for the children to go to as many years of education as they can, depending on their individual talents, and also provide vocational training if they are not eligible for higher education. We also find internships for them so that they can have practical training.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    We have a Country Director who has lived in Nepal for many years, so she is able to connect the children with appropriate internships and employers. In addition, our board in Nepal helps the children with this.

    We have a strong fundraising strategy that includes communication via email, regular mail, social media and various online fundraising partners, so we have been able to increase the number of children we care for every year. We have strong support from Ama Ghar Suisse, our Swiss chapter, and they have increased our scholarship fund with a large grant from a donor in Geneva.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Our progress indicators all have to do with the success of our children. To date, 20 children have "graduated" from Ama Ghar, and all are either in higher education or employed. That is our measurement of success.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Since 2001, we have cared for over 75 children, 20 of whom have successfully moved on from Ama Ghar and are either in higher education or employed.

    All the children who live at Ama Ghar are provided with a loving family atmosphere from our eight Nepali staff. In addition, they receive nutritious meals; regular medical and dental care; counseling; cultural, artistic and athletic outings to round out their education and support for their higher education or vocational training.

    We have managed to help the villages surrounding our Ama Ghar home by providing scholarships so that their children can attend school through Class 10. (Anything above this is considered higher education in Nepal).

    We have assisted in earthquake relief by providing funds for food, medical supplies, shelter, blankets and child safe places during the terrible earthquakes of 2015.

    What remains to be done? More educational opportunities and internships for the children through partnerships and collaborations with other institutions.
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

Ama Foundation funds a children's home located 18km South of Kathmandu, Nepal. Currently Ama Ghar provides a loving home and education for 54 underprivileged children.

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Funding Needs

We have 46 growing children who must be fed, clothed, sheltered and educated, which requires us to raise at least $100,000 annually. In addition, we fund scholarships for local children in the village where Ama Ghar is located.

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Financials

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AMA FOUNDATION
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31

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Operations

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The Ama Foundation

Leadership

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Board Chair

Rob Sanders

BIO

Rob Sanders owns an online marketing company in the San Francisco Bay Area called Rob Sanders Online. He has been volunteering and visiting at Ama Ghar since 2008 and is dedicated to improving the lives of the Ama Ghar children.

STATEMENT FROM THE Board Chair

"Ama Ghar is unique in that our children live at the Ama Ghar home until they are self-supporting. We emphasize education, and we also stress how important it is for them to grow up within the Nepali culture, so that they grow up to be good Nepali citizens and help their country. We believe that peace in the world is built by giving love and an education to one child at a time."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Rob Sanders

Rob Sanders Online

Term: Jan 2012 - Dec 2015

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

No

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

No

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?