Youth Development

The Children of Lavie

  • New York, NY
  • www.thechildrenoflavie.org

Mission Statement

The Children of Lavié (The COL) is a grassroots non-profit with a singular mission – to plant the seeds of change by helping children, who otherwise would not be able to complete or get an education due to the financial limitations of their families, to fulfill their dream of learning to read and write. The COL follows through by working to enable these children to further dream for a brighter future, opening their eyes to a larger world. The COL envisions that the fulfillment of this ambitious but pragmatic mission will equip each child with the ability to succeed, and in turn serve as catalysts for change and development in their communities.
 
The COL believes that a gift for a child's education is the noblest gift one can give to bring about a durable change. In light of this, The Children of Lavié acts, with a stern focus on 3 small but direct and impactful strides to bring about change it dreams of:

Main Programs

  1. General Financial Assistance
  2. The Masa Memorial Essay Contest – MMEC
  3. The Lavié Library Project
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

Mostly West Africa

ruling year

2006

Director

Self-reported

Kofi Amouzou

Keywords

Self-reported

Youth Leadership, Education, development, international, Library, children, student, essay, contest, school, poverty

Notes from the Nonprofit

We need financial support from the public to build the Lavie Library.
Please donate online at www.thechildrenoflavie.org or send a check payable to The Children of Lavie to 603 west 115th street #195.
Donations over $50.00 will get a copy of our recently published book - "Kofi, a Child of Lavie"

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Also Known As

The COL

EIN

65-1214380

 Number

0830949958

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

IRS Filing Requirement

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

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

Self-reported by organization

The COL acts in 3 small, but direct and impactful, strides to bring about change it dreams:1 – General Financial Assistance – funds raised here go directly to pay school fees, just $10 per year, for students who cannot afford the costs of their education. To date, The Children of Lavié has renewed its support to the 1,700 school-aged children that are currently under its care. Please visit www.thechildrenoflavie.org(http://www.thechildrenoflavie.org/) and make a donation.

2 – The Masa Memorial Essay Contest – MMEC
Each year, MMEC awards between 9 and 26 prizes depending on what on availability of funds. Each winner receives a certificate and cash reward to further support their dreams of education. (Last year, due to a shortage of funding, MMEC did not take place. It is expected to resume this academic year. Please visit www.thechildrenoflavie.org(http://www.thechildrenoflavie.org/) and make a donation.

3 – The Lavié Library Project

It goes without saying that school libraries are simply a necessity. The COL wanted to build one and it has started with baby steps due to lack of funding. Small progress has been made this year again - work on a new roof and a new cement floor is currently afoot. Manpower is fully made available by the supporting community who can't wait to see a full-fledged library in operation. Please visit www.thechildrenoflavie.org(http://www.thechildrenoflavie.org/) and make a donation.

Programs

Self-reported by organization

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

Program 1

General Financial Assistance

General Financial Assistance – funds raised here go directly to pay school fees, just $10 per year, for students who cannot afford the costs of their education. Please visit www.thechildrenoflavie.org(http://www.thechildrenoflavie.org/) and make a donation.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Blacks

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

$25,000.00

Program 2

The Masa Memorial Essay Contest – MMEC

Each year, MMEC awards between 9 and 26 prizes depending on the availability of funds.
Each winner receives a certificate and cash reward to further support their dreams of education.
Please visit www.thechildrenoflavie.org and make a donation.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Blacks

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

$4,000.00

Program 3

The Lavié Library Project

School libraries are simply a necessity. The COL wanted to build one and it has started with baby steps.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Blacks

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

$45,000.00

Charting Impact

Self-reported by organization

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

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Provide financial assistance to every child in West Africa who wants to learn to read and write and gets an education.
    Build libraries for the villagers' use.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Raise the funds necessary to be financially able.
    Pay the school fees for students who cannot afford it but who want to go to school.
    Reward students at the top of their class with a cash prize.
    Equip the library with computers, books and other learning tools to improve their learning experience
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Given our grassroots status and direct impact style, we benefit from a strong Board support and solid donor base.
    Our mission is simple and pragmatic and the impact of our program tangible.
    Because nearly 100% of what the donors give go directly to fund each of our programs we draw from the strong commitment of donors and volunteers.
    Our donors and volunteers want to change the world and they believe education will do so.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Our numbers tell the story. We went from 16 students in 2004 to over 1,700 in 2014. 52 of which are now in college.
    We have 100% retention rate among our students
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    We have not raised enough money for the construction of the library. the library is designed in New York by Li-Saltzman Architects.
    We need help to accomplish this.
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

Mostly West Africa

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Funding Needs

Funding is needed for our Library project. Please contact us via info@thechildrenoflavie.org for more information.

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Financials

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The Children of Lavie
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

The Children of Lavie

Leadership

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Director

Kofi Amouzou

BIO

Author of “Kofi, a Child of Lavie” on www.amazon.com

STATEMENT FROM THE Director

"The Children of Lavie is a small grassroots organization with an ambitious mission to plant the seeds of change through education. It needs your generous donations to carry on this pragmatic mission in the fight for development.
Its library project is the area that needs the most funding. We count on your generosity."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Brooke Guven

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?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

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

Yes

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?


ORGANIZATIONAL DEMOGRAPHICS

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Gender
Race & Ethnicity
Sexual Orientation

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Disability

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Diversity Strategies
Yes
We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
No
We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
No
We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
No
We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
No
We have a diversity committee in place
No
We have a diversity manager in place
Yes
We have a diversity plan
No
We use other methods to support diversity