ORPHANS AFRICA

Tacoma, WA   |  www.orphansafrica.org

Mission

Mission Statement: Orphans Africa is dedicated to the education of orphan children in East Africa. The organization also focuses on creating self-sustaining programs to allow the schools to function without additional aid.

Ruling year info

2008

President

Carl Gann

Main address

2612 N 8TH ST

Tacoma, WA 98406 USA

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EIN

26-1494192

NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Other Youth Development N.E.C. (O99)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

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Programs and results

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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?

Marilynn Primary and Nursery School

When
OA first encountered the Marilynn Primary and Nursery School, its students and
staff struggled with no supplies, no books, no funds, no sanitary facilities,
no water, and a failing and incomplete infrastructure. Now the Marilynn School is OA’s most advanced, offering one of the highest
levels of primary education available in Tanzania. With textbooks, an abundance
of supplies, a library, a computer laboratory, and all-English instruction by
qualified teachers, the school gives students a strong educational foundation
in preparation for secondary school.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Unemployed people

Located in Bujela, one of the poorest, most remote villages of Tanzania, the Mwaji Secondary School began in 2008 as a tumble-down bamboo shack. The school now provides a quality education to approximately 100 orphans who otherwise would receive no education at all.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

In 2008, the Tanzanian government donated 80 acres in the Mbozi District of Western Tanzania for the development of a secondary boarding school, two nursery schools and a vocational training center for orphans. The Vocational School has launched a driving program that teaches this much needed skill to students. The installation of a deep water well provides the schools with irrigation water for farming and animal husbandry to support the students. Ultimately our goal is for the Isandula Center to educate up to 1,000 orphan and non-orphan secondary students once completed.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

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Goals for the next twelve months include:
1) Continuing the building of the infrastructure at our three schools, including the completion of the dining hall and kitchen, construct a water pump system to get water to the school during the dry season, and build a fifth classroom and a second science laboratory at the Mwaji Secondary School, the completion of the computer laboratory at Marilynn Primary School, and start up the driving course program at the Isandula Center;
2) Continuing to provide learning resources and mentoring so as to improve the quality of education;
3) Feeding and housing many dozens of students in new dormitories, including growing and expanding on the permaculture project which will hopefully feed all of the students at the Mwaji Secondary School;
4) Continuing to develop partnerships with other nonprofits so as to better serve the needs of our widows and orphans;
5) Implementing a Health Workers Training Program in the village of Bujela in an effort to provide basic health care services and;
6) Strengthen OA's organizational infrastructure to better support and manage its programs.

OA's strategies for achieving these goals:
1) Continue to bring professionally-trained volunteer teams to projects to teach and implement the various programs.
2) Utilize the expertise of various local (TZ) extension centers for agriculture and poultry, and train local "champions" to facilitate program growth and teach peers.
3) Aggressively apply for grants for building infrastructure, beginning a food & agriculture program, and administrative support.
4) Identify and implement necessary steps to strengthen OA's organizational infrastructure such as hiring employee(s) and increasing the number of regular donors.

OA has an international team of capable, dedicated volunteers, including those trained in nursing, teaching, engineering, science, counseling, accounting, business, web design, and management. The Tanzania-OA team is also composed of capable, dedicated volunteers who have a heart for the orphans, as many of the adult volunteers were also orphaned at a young age and some even attended OA schools. Each project school has a team of dedicated adults who are responsible for school administration, including such tasks as: forming the charter, government compliance, school board, personnel management (teachers and headmasters), and facilities maintenance and development. The Tanzania-OA team background includes degrees in Swahili, politics, materials management, accountancy, school administration, and teaching.

Much progress has been made over the past twelve months.

MARILYNN PRE- AND PRIMARY SCHOOL:
-- Completion on a large kitchen/dining/assembly hall; campus will soon have resident students.
-- Completion of computer lab room including tiling, wiring, computers and desk bases but still need the tops of the desks
-- Earned the highest scores in the National Examinations in their district, plus the top-scoring student overall!

MWAJI SECONDARY SCHOOL:
-- Secured a $30,000 grant from the U.S. Embassy in Tanzania for the first half of construction on a kitchen/dining/assembly hall, a necessary structure before orphans can reside on campus. Structure is 80% complete (should be completed by end of 2016).
-- Completed a temporary kitchen, toilet/shower house, and courtyard alongside the girls' dormitory.
-- Furnished the girls' dormitory and the girls moved in
--Constructed a permaculture agriculture project so the girls in the dormitory can grow food to eat as well as raise animals for their milk and eggs
-- Finished the Administration Hall
-- Provided a mobile laboratory
-- Completed a permanent science laboratory, the Donna and Herb McLeod Science Laboratory
-- Hired a headmaster
-- Had the highest scores on their National Exams in their Ward
-- Two American teachers taught mathematics and science (Nov. 2014 - Nov. 2015)
-- Completed an OA volunteer house (codes are up to date with Peace Corps living standards so that we may have volunteers in the future)
--Want to build four more classrooms as the student population is increasing and we want to be able to teach more students which would allow more orphans in the school
--Want to build a second science laboratory

ISANDULA CENTER:
-- Completion of administration hall and three classrooms
-- Began a porridge program for the 95 new orphan children, ages 3-7
-- Provided medical insurance for over 300 pupils
-- Provided clothing and shoes for the orphans
-- Provided new desks and chairs
-- Starting to raise money for the first course at the Isandula Vocational Technical School; a driving course where student will learn how to drive as well as how to maintain and repair cars (provided funds in March 2015 to get started on - completed end of 2015)
--Purchase of Car for driving school in September 2015
--Would like to purchase a second car for the driving school

Financials

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ORPHANS AFRICA

Board of directors
as of 01/25/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Carl Gann

Orphans Africa

Term: 2009 -

Carl Gann

Carl Gann and Associates

Dave Skoor

Boeing

Pablo Rodriguez

OA Mountain Biking Team

Becky Reid

The IR Group

Janet Francis

Coldwell Banker

Liza de Guzman

Ric Matson

Radio Parties

Amanda Bley

Freidmund Jackson & Tardif

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