BWINDI COMMUNITY PROGRAM

Mission

Our mission is to enable the Bwindi Community to break the cycle of poverty through education of its most vulnerable residents, the children.

Notes from the nonprofit

Over the last eleven years, BCP has made dramatic changes in the lives of sponsored students as well as major contributions to the infrastructure of the schools they attend. BCP provided an assembly hall at a primary school. For the secondary school that all sponsored students attend, BCP provided water collection, wells and filtration, reliable internet and research capabilities; Student E- Library and Faculty Research Center. Sponsored students attend primary, secondary, a variety of vocational schools and universities. Students who have emerged from their education into the working world have achieved a life they never envisioned. They are grateful and want to help with those students who follow in their footsteps.

Ruling year info

2010

President

James I Tanis

Treasurer

Jan Tanis

Main address

20 Soldiers Trail

Sedona, AZ 86336 USA

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EIN

27-1539676

NTEE code info

Secondary/High School (B25)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The children of rural SW Uganda have few role models, illiterate parents (if any) and an overwhelming need for a way to finance their education. We pair sponsors with these children and assist the schools they attend with infrastructure issues, providing the children with their only path to a future.

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?

Sponsorship of Primary, Secondary, Vocational, Univ.

Provide tuition, room and board for primary and secondary students as well as vocational and university students

Population(s) Served

Many of the current buildings were never completed because of lack of funds. No plaster, doors, windows, floors, ceilings – no rain gutters, and no opportunity to install the electricity that is already available to the school. Not a good environment in which to learn.
As of 12/2021 these problems have been resolved due to generous donations

Worse, the mortar used was made of the wrong kind of sand – this has been remediated

The dorms and assembly hall need to be renovated. In order to do so, land must be purchased to provide space for expansion.

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

BCP would hope that all the Bwindi children have a chance to be literate in the next ten years. To reach this goal BCP plans to grow the number of sponsored students by 20% per year. It is also a goal of BCP to help the students achieve their full potential by providing sponsorships that allow them to continue their education in secondary school, vocational and even university.

We plan to assist the schools in their quest to improve their educational standards and improve the infrastructure of the secondary campus where 610 students board. BCP has provided reliable internet to the secondary campus and has an e-library project underway as well as already having provided water collection and purification and power enhancements.

We have successfully expanded our donor base from support for 20 students in 2010 to supporting close to 75 in 2017. We continue to expand our sponsor base by using our communication strengths not only in Uganda but also in the US.

BCP successfully reaches out to international donors and to the friends and acquaintances of sponsors currently involved with students.

- directly handle tuition payments for students so that there is less cost to support a child through us and we know, without question, that the money is properly accounted for,
- have a strong relationship with school administrations that allows us to maintain communication with the students, and
- have an endowed position on the secondary campus to counsel students and act as liaison to sponsors. The counselor advises on career paths and goals.
We are repeatedly told by sponsors that their previous experience with large charities lacked the continuity and communication that makes BCP successful.

In the US, the BCP employs a grassroots strategy to garner more U.S. based sponsors. Board members recruit new sponsors by spreading the word and speaking to groups. Satisfied sponsors also help to attract new sponsors.

Over nine years, we have successfully managed student's educations with the help of dedicated volunteers in Uganda. Our Ugandan volunteers seek out new vocational school opportunities, shepherd students as they enter a wider world, and suggest new paths for employment.
We have assembled a Uganda Advisory Panel residing in Kampala with a wide range of expertise. This enables us to trust the advice we receive regarding infrastructure on the secondary school campus and the selection of schools for various specialties.
BCP has trusted people on the ground who share the goals and ideals of the charity.
Our Board of Directors are individuals involved in Education. They provide guidance that is priceless.

BCP has impacted the lives of students through the sponsorship program; with 10 graduated and working.
We completed an Assembly Hall for the primary school. At the secondary school, BCP added water collection and filtration, 2 wells, power supply backup and numerous additions to the computer lab. BCP provided reliable internet and a Faculty Research Center in 2017-18. The current project is an e-Library which will serve the surrounding community as well as the 610 boarding students. This 140 seat facility will level the playing field for this rural school as their students apply for scholarship and complete with the schools in the capital for academic awards. The first phase of the Library is open in 2019 and we are very close to furnishing the remaining area and the balcony. It is a joy to see this come to fruition.
BCP continues to seek out the best possible career path for its students and assist as they journey toward their futures. We have expanded our research to incorporate new vocational and university opportunities. Students are continuing their higher level studies throughout Uganda in the fields of medicine and academics.

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 shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Students in rural Uganda that need financial assistance to attend school.

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

    Case management notes, Suggestion box/email,

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

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, 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?

    We listened to the needs of students out of school due to Covid closures and have supported them by enhancing their ability to study online.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our board, Our funders,

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

    The students mature as they understand how important their input is and how much they can change their own lives.

  • 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 ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, 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 any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

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

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BWINDI COMMUNITY PROGRAM

Board of directors
as of 4/4/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

James Tanis

James Tanis

Jan Tanis

Akankwasah Barirega

Lorna Gladstone

Janet Anderson

Michelle Bakalarski

Gina Norgard

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? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 06/30/2021

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