Health—General & Rehabilitative

SOLACE FOR THE CHILDREN INC

  • Mooresville, NC
  • www.solaceforthechildren.org

Mission Statement

Together we are building peace on a foundation of health!

Main Programs

  1. Solace Summer Program
  2. Solace Extended Program
  3. Solace Learn

service areas

International

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ruling year

1999

chief executive for fy 2010

Patsy Wilson

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Keywords

peace, medical care, children, Afghanistan, Afghan, peaceful, surgery, treatment

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EIN

56-2078031

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Patient Services - Entertainment, Recreation (E86)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Citizenship Programs, Youth Development (O54)

IRS Filing Requirement

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

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Impact statement

While hundreds of medical surgeries and procedures have been
completed, many saving lives and all improving quality of life, communities in
America and Afghanistan see another important advantage… changed attitudes, and
changed relationships.  As Solace helps
to heal the bodies of children, we are also nurturing the children; learning
with each child what it means to live all your life in a war torn country; learning
that each child has much to teach us.  We
are connecting with Afghan families and breaking down barriers of mistrust and
misunderstanding.  A long history of war
has also created division among the people of Afghanistan.  As Afghan children come together for
treatment, they spend time together in relationshiheal, learn and grow, we are building peace on a foundation of
health.

Programs

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

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Program 1

Solace Summer Program

Acting on the belief that a mutual understanding of cultural differences and shared acts of genuine compassion are the foundation for true and lasting peace, Solace brings Afghan children to live with American host families for six weeks during the summer months. As of  the  2011  Summer Program, Solace Communities in 3 states have treated almost 150 Afghan children from 73% of Afghan provinces.

Category

Health Care

Budget

$292,500.00

Population Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Program 2

Solace Extended Program

Recognizing the tremendous need for medical support of the Afghan children, Solace provides treatment for children whose conditions are too complex or urgent for placement in the Summer Program.  Examples: a 4 year old with bone infection complications of a club foot, 6 open heart surgeries, a boy with shrapnel embedded in his eye from a rocket attack, prosthetics to reclaim limbs lost in IED blasts, and so much more.  Solace is thankful for the medical communities across the country who partner with Solace in this work.

Category

Health Care

Budget

$70,000.00

Population Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Program 3

Solace Learn

We continue to follow Solace children when they return to Afghanistan. Returning healthy to Afghanistan, many of the children have the first opportunity to attend school.  Solace provides basic support to make this possible.

Category

Education

Budget

$10,000.00

Population Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

service areas

International

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SOLACE FOR THE CHILDREN INC
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31

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Operations

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SOLACE FOR THE CHILDREN INC

Leadership

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CHIEF EXECUTIVE FOR FISCAL YEAR

Patsy Wilson

STATEMENT FROM THE CEO

"What a privilege to have watched this organization increase
its impact over the years!  The work of
more than 2,000 volunteers has allowed hundreds of surgeries and medical
procedures have saved lives and improved the quality of life for almost 150 Afghan
children and their families. 

For each dollar contributed to Solace more than $10 in
services is provided through the generosity of Solace Partners in the medical,
business and community sectors… each dollar multiplied by ten!  What an impact this has had on building
peace.  It has supported an increase in
involvement from one US community to eight and from four Afghan provinces to
twenty-five. 

Now is the time to focus on the future.  As we all watch the changes in the world
affecting the children of Afghanistan, we focus on replacing fear with hope,
anger with determination, war with peace, injury with healing, and animosity
with tolerance and even friendship . 
Solace has received about half of its recommendations to treat children
from our forces on the ground in AFG.  We
are now building our networks within the country through hospital personnel,
orphanages, families of Solace alumni and other Afghan citizens interested in
building peace and stability in their country. 
We are providing health and education to children with no voice, hope to
families, and a corner of peace for children in a world filled with suffering
and pain."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Paul M Barger III

Tradesman International

Term: Sept 2009 - Dec 2014

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