Circle of Peace International

aka COPI   |   Henrico, VA   |  www.circleofpeacintl.org

Mission

Circle of Peace International promotes access to formal education, greater social understanding, and cultural exchange through outreach and relationalship building between Americans and Ugandans.

Ruling year info

2011

Chair, Board of Directors

Ms. Betty M Allen

Treasurer

Ms. Iria Jones

Main address

2404 Prestwick Rd

Henrico, VA 23294 USA

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EIN

45-0794959

NTEE code info

International Student Exchange and Aid (Q22)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (O12)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

IRS filing requirement

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

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Programs and results

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Our programs

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Channeling Financial Support to Circle of Peace School

Since inception, COPI has raised nearly $100,000 (cash and in-kind) to assist with maintenance and operational costs at the school.

Population(s) Served

COPI’s service learning program has thus far attracted over two dozen volunteers from various universities and churches. Volunteers have assisted in the classroom, supervised building projects, upgraded the facilities, and engineered projects. Volunteers must travel to Uganda at their own expense and pay a minimal charge for room and board at the school or at a nearby US-run club. For an application form click here. To view the guidelines for volunteers at COPS click here.

Volunteer Teachers
Whether you are a new or experienced teacher, you are welcome to visit the school and assist in the classrooms. Besides teaching classes, teacher and administrator training would be helpful to the COPS staff.

Volunteer Laborers
People with building and maintenance skills would be most welcome to visit the school. Painting and construction work are almost always needed.

Volunteer Technical Experts
People with particular expertise in alternative energy, diesel engines, business planning and management, photography, and other skills are very useful to the school.

Population(s) Served

In 2011 a chicken farm was established in Uganda that supplies eggs for student meals as well as cash to run the school. The business was made possible by a $10,000 grant from the Davis Projects for Peace Foundation submitted by University of Richmond student David Davenport and is operated Abraham Bbaale.

Population(s) Served

COPI’s operates a Pen Pal Program that connects grade school children in the United States with grade school children at Circle of Peace School in Makindye, Uganda.

Population(s) Served

COPI’s promotes a Student Sponsorship Program that connects donors with orphaned or abandoned children living at Circle of Peace School in Makindye, Uganda.

Population(s) Served

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Awards

Community Builders Award 2014

St. Johns Masonic Lodge No. 36

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

Circle of Peace School, which has 300 students in nursery through grade 7, is bursting at the seams. An expanded campus and new classrooms are desperately needed. COPI is committed to helping Circle of Peace School acquire the funding to make this a reality.

• Land to expand the current campus.
Land is available next door to the current campus. This property is on a main road and has access to public water and electricity. Without additional space, moving forward with new classrooms will be difficult.

• New classrooms
Currently, there are currently 8 classrooms in use at the school. Two of these are temporary “makeshift" classrooms of impermanent structure. All classrooms are in need of renovation, including new windows, floors, and ceilings. In general, the classrooms are cramped, and the amenities in them including desks, chalkboards, and teaching resources, are outdated and in need of an upgrade.

Option A: Small Building—Recently, COPI received plans for a two-story, permanent building that would house additional classrooms, the administration office, the library, a staff room, and a dorm

The budget for Circle of Peace School is about $24,000/year. The budget is kept low because several members of the Bbaale family donate their services to the school as teachers, administrators, cooks, and maintenance personnel. Families of children attending the school provide what support they can; many students come from very poor families and others are orphans.

COPI has instituted a program of student sponsorships to pay for food, housing, clothing, medical care and education of these orphans.

With COPI's help, a chicken farm has been established and profits from the farm are contributed to the school. A mMaize mill business is about to be launched, which will provide food for the children at the School and additional revenue to support the School on an ongoing basis.

Donated services, tuition, student sponsorships, and farm income barely covers the costs of running the school. Sources of support for the land acquisition and construction project must be raised from outside sources. To this end, COPI has set this project as its highest priority for the next two years. We are instituting a program of small dinner parties where our President, Joanita Senoga, the founder of Circle of Peace School, can speak directly to individuals who may be in a position to assist. COPI's annual appeal will focus on this project, and we are actively searching for foundations whose focus may be in line with our objectives.

Over the past five years COPI has helped the school to construct, latrines, improve cooking facilities, access solar power and solar hot water, construct a dormitory, establish a library, upgrade the playground, dining shed, and classroom furnishings, and much, much more. We have sent 40 Americans to do service learning at Circle of Peace School in Uganda, enlisted 10 U.S. grammar schools to form pen pal programs with Circle of Peace School, enlisted 17 sponsors for orphans at the school, and attracted a dozen volunteers to lend their time and expertise to a variety of organizational tasks. Our board members are dedicated and hard working. We are creating five standing committees to increase the efficiency of the organization. We are a part of HandsOnGreater Richmond, the Partnership on Nonprofit Excellence, Give Richmond, and Connect VA. We utilize a number of online resources such as VolunteerMatch, TechSoup, SalesForce, BoardSource, Blue Avacado, and more.

In only 5 years we have
Installed a solar photovoltaic system at the school that provides electricity.
Sent 40 US citizens to Uganda for service learning projects at the School.
Engaged 10 US grammar schools in pen pal programs with students at Circle of Peace School.
Upgraded the cook stoves at the school.
Established a chicken farm that provides eggs for student meals and revenue to run the school.
Installed water harvesting systems and solar water heating systems at the school.
Built latrines and showers.
Sent school supplies and money to buy office equipment such as a multipurpose printer.
Supplied new desks, school uniforms, a television, mattress covers, team uniforms, two sewing machines, computers.
Painted classrooms, dorms and offices, renovated the playground and fenced the compound.
Renovated the dining shed, set up a library, installed playground equipment installed fire extinguishers, established a new girls dormitory, upgraded the visitor's kitchen, trained and outfitted a security guard, supplied materials to build new desks, and provided funds for graduation.

What is left to accomplish is to acquire land next to the current school compound to build new classrooms. We also need to further fund profit making businesses that will benefit the school so that Circle of Peace School can eventually be self sufficient. We need to find sponsors for 20 more orphans.

Financials

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Circle of Peace International

Board of directors
as of 04/29/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Betty Allen

Circle of Peace International

Term: 2010 -

Betty Allen

Circle of Peace International

Iria Jones

Circle of Peace International

MJ Ebenhack

Circle of Peace International

Tom Wright

Circle of Peace International

Matthew Luger

Tejdev Sandu

Punjab Financial, LLC

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