Educational Institutions

CERCLE SOCIAL USA

  • Dallas, TX
  • www.cerclesocial.org

Mission Statement

Our mission is to improve the access to secondary education for disadvantaged youth in Benin (West-Africa) by providing them with necessary tools to secure further studies and employment.

Main Programs

  1. Scholarship Project
  2. Computer Lab project
  3. SNACS project
Service Areas

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International

Benin, West-Africa (where is Benin in west-Africa? visit google Map)

ruling year

2011

Founder and President since 2010

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Mr. David Kebo Houngninou

Co Principal Officer

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Alexis Odounton

Keywords

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Build self esteem — Youth development through education — Education — Disadvantaged — Orphans

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Also Known As

Cercle Social

EIN

27-3806481

 Number

0094964813

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Secondary/High School (B25)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (O12)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (N12)

IRS Filing Requirement

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

Programs + Results

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Overview

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Every year, Cercle Social extends it support to more secondary school in the rural areas of Benin. Our strategy is to
assist each student closely, keep track of their progress in school and make sure they receive all the care and support they need for academic success.

We also work on implementing technology into the school system while providing schools with the necessary infrastructures.

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

Scholarship Project

PRERIOD: November 2010 to Present

#PARTNERED SCHOOLS: 4

PROJECT'S GOAL: The goal of this project is to give a chance to underprivileged youth to attend and to stay in school through graduation. Thus, build and foster the self-esteem within each youth and grant then the chance to be educated.

Cercle Social takes financial responsibility for school tuition and fees for students (boys and girls) at the secondary schools of Tori, Gbéto, Zè and Sèdgè located in the department of Atlantique in Benin.

To ensure academic success, the scholarship program tracks student grades to ensure that students receive the necessary care and support. When an enrolled student achieves our academic standards, that student is guaranteed financial assistance through graduation.

Category

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Female Youth/Adolescents (14 - 19 years)

Budget

$12432.90

Program 2

Computer Lab project

PERIOD: November 2012 to present

#PARTNERED SCHOOLS: 2

PROJECT'S GOAL: The aims of the project is to introduce technology into the secondary school system to allow students to early connect with the basic of competing. The computer course is to enhance classroom learning and prepare students for the job market. We notice that students do not get hands-on experience outside of the daily classroom routine

In fact, many schools struggle to provide the basics despite the dedicated efforts of teachers and families. A lack of equal access to technology and knowledge puts entire communities and populations of students at a disadvantage.

This project provides students — in 11th grade, 12th grade and those enrolled in Cercle Social scholarship program — with computer training classes during summer and school year.

Category

Population(s) Served

Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified

Female Youth/Adolescents (14 - 19 years)

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Budget

$9024.00

Program 3

SNACS project

SNACS (SCHOOL NUTRITION ASSISTANCE by CERCLE SOCIAL) is designed for all of our sponsored students to enable them to have access to a balanced meal while attending class. The vast majority of students are fed at home once a day — hindering their ability to learn when hungry.

Through this program, we will provide students with a meal, and snack while they are at school — allowing them to focus, and better retain the material that they are learning in school.

Category

Population(s) Served

Female Youth/Adolescents (14 - 19 years)

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

$7000.00

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?
    We have high aspirations for the education for the poor and vulnerable youth in rural areas. We want to help them lift themselves out of extreme poverty and boost their self-esteem to secure further studies, employment and a better life.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    We offer projects that covers school tuitions, fees and materials for secondary schools. Our strategy is to assit each student — keep track of their grades and make sure they receive all the care and support for an academic success.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Improvements in secondary education are the product of our sustained effort.
    The measure we currently use to track and improve student's academic performances, non academics needs, attendances and behaviors and define youth education success — the actions we are implanting through our projects to fix problems — even the inner-commitment of our members, local volunteers and partners to determine which problems are problems — are by far the best way we could connect to our mission.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    We stared our activities in 2010 with only 3 students. Thus far, our projects has helped more then 778 students in less then 5 years.
    We reduced the drop out rate by 38% in a school we support and we know they are more students in need to benefit from our projects.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Quantitatively and qualitatively — we envision to partners with 10 schools by 2020. Extending our projects to more community, we anticipate the number of our projects beneficiaries to nearly two thousand students.

    We preciously collect and evaluate students: Performance — Attendance — Behaviors.
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

Benin, West-Africa (where is Benin in west-Africa? visit google Map)

Social Media

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Funding Needs

After speaking with our local elementary schools we have learned that during school year over 87% of students in the region of Calavi, Benin; have no qualify for free/reduced meal rates. As far as the actual education, approximately only 25% of students are reaching the benchmark for passing grades. We believe that if more of our kids had access to education their reading, writing and knowledge levels would rise. Many of these kids do not come from families who are able to go out and purchase books, food, nor computers so it is up to us to supply our local kids with them.

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CERCLE SOCIAL USA

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Founder and President

Mr. David Kebo Houngninou

Co Principal Officer

Alexis Odounton

BIO

Master of
Science in Computer Engineering
Bachelor of
Science in Computer Engineering
02 years of
experience as computer engineer
03 years of
experience as a web developer
05 months of experience as a high school tutor
Bilingual in French and English

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

David Kebo Houngninou

No Affiliation

Term: Oct 2010 - Oct 2016

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