A World Aware, Inc.

Educate, Empower, Encourage

aka AWA   |   Brighton, CO   |  http://www.aworldaware.org

Mission

A World Aware, Inc. (AWA)’s mission is to educate, empower, and encourage people from historically disadvantaged and impoverished communities, primarily in South Africa’s Limpopo and Gauteng provinces.

Notes from the nonprofit

Board selection was done on the basis of needs for a successful organization, and since inception all responsibilities have been performed to the satisfaction of the board as well as donors. Evaluation is not formalized but part of the fabric of AWA during regular meetings and is always on the table.

Ruling year info

2005

Principal Officer

Mr Michael Calamia

Main address

992 South 4th Avenue PMB505

Brighton, CO 80601 USA

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EIN

20-2225555

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

General Outreach in South Africa

AWA works with local partners who are already serving people in need, such as schools, day cares, individuals, teachers, and churches. By listening to these partners and asking them to express their needs (whether emotional, physical, spiritual, or educational), AWA works with these people to cooperatively discover a path to resolution. Here are a few of AWA’s goals and projects:
• Providing materials and labor to erect facilities to serve large groups and communities in need.
• Providing resources to enable partners to continue to serve people in their sphere of influence.
• Working with community leaders to analyze and implement solutions for areas of critical need.
• Empowering children of all ages by providing them with the support and resources they need to be successful.
• Providing educational materials for children and adults.
• Providing and/or improving educational facilities.
• Enabling those trying to increase their job market potential.
• Providing food preparation and serving facilities.
• Helping our partners in distributing necessary resources.
• Feeding the utterly poor (compassionate intervention).

All of these solutions and projects are based on what our partners identify as their greatest needs, not what AWA deems "most important" or "best." Using this approach, AWA develops solutions that are meaningful, sustainable, holistic, and long-lasting.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers
Adults

One of AWA’s main focus points is on children ages 0-6 and ensuring that they receive better nutritional, educational, physical, and spiritual opportunities in their places of learning. AWA trains teachers on Early Childhood Development, including the needs of children at different ages, how to structure lessons for those different developmental stages, and how to teach children of varying learning styles and abilities. AWA also educates teachers in basic first aid and nutrition, making sure they have the knowledge to provide quality care to the children.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers
Adults

AWA helps to build and teach others to construct tower gardens, which enable people to grow nutritious vegetables in a very efficient way, especially for a drought area. Each garden, using 2 liters of water per day, feeds a family of 8-10 people.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Infants and toddlers

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    AWA serves impoverished areas of South Africa, establishing partnerships with organizations and people already trying to make a difference. We look for solutions to the problems keeping them from grater achievement in their mission. Our goal is never to manage or take over, but rather to strengthen where needed so our partners mission is more effective.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Our mission has several creches as partners which we have served for years. In our efforts to educate, empower, and encourage at these places our modality is training teachers, demonstrating teaching to their students, and much more in the holistic development. During the pandemic, our outreach changed due to restrictions in attendance, and our teams responded by a significant change of activity. After lockdown we investigated rules and regulations for re-opening creches from pertinent government agencies and then our teams launched efforts to help each creche prepare for the eventual reopening and acceptance of children again. AWA's flexibility gives examples to our partners that even when things change it does not mean we have to quit. We keep looking for ways to serve the children.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    That is our MOO. AWA is not about keeping control but rather teach our partners to become more self sustaining, then work with us to help other partners do the same.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection,

Financials

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A World Aware, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 3/20/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr Michael Calamia

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Board co-chair

Mrs Lois Calamia

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Jeffrey Sones

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Michael Calamia

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James Clarke

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Stephen Miles

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Lois Calamia

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Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and 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 ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Not applicable
  • 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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/20/2021,

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/20/2021

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  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.