BRIDGES OF HOPE AND EMPOWERMENT INTERNATIONAL INC

Bridgesofhopeandempowerment

aka BOHEi.org   |   Fayetteville, GA   |  www.bohei.org

Mission

Achieve united and healthy communities through education,life skill training, feeding programs and community partnerships leading to self sustainability.

Notes from the nonprofit

Our new school, Bridges Empowerment Center offering training in Beauty skills, Computer skills and Entrepreneural skills opened in August 2018. We have partnered with Dot Kenya and the community to bring sustainable solutions for healthy living and employment. We are leasing land to help schools and families learn how to grow gardens and raise chickens. We also feel that every child and adult deserves food and education and supply uniforms, shoes, sanitary napkins and school supplies as able. We purchased land in 2019 in an effort to begin planning for a new school for primary school children. Due to COVID-19 we have focused our attention on alerting children and families to safety and health regulations, providing classes, masks, food and water tanks with soap.

Ruling year info

2017

CEO

Dr Karen Maria Lyons

Co Principal Officer

Ralph Lyons

Main address

180 Shady Brook Walk

Fayetteville, GA 30214 USA

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EIN

81-4900408

NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

IRS filing requirement

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

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Our organization is dedicated to giving hope, training and empowerment to the impoverished in Kenya through providing for basic needs, education, school supplies and uniforms, entrepreneurial training and scholarships. BOHEI mobilizes, trains and provides the basic human necessities to communities, for sustainable development and self-sufficiency in Kenya.

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?

Teaching and vocational skills

Teaching at schools and in villages to
eradicate property and promote
sustainability.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of training workshops

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Teaching and vocational skills

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We provide education and training workshops pertaining to COVID-19 regulations and safety issues and returning to school and social settings. Mask making, planting gardens, water and soap stations.

Number of individuals attending community events or trainings

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Children, youth and families and schools who we have served are numerous and are given nutritious food, masks, soap and water, school supplies, uniforms and shoes.

Number of meals served or provided

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Meals are mainly served in local schools, orphanages and in areas with large populations of street children.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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.

We provide opportunity for people to reach their full potential, attend and stay in school, have nutritious meals, access to clean water, healthcare and other basic needs.

We empower children. mainly girls to stay in school by providing sanitary napkins, uniforms, school supplies and other necessities.
The primary focus of Bridges of Hope and Empowerment International focus is partnering with the community, individuals, churches, schools and organizations to provide education and economic empowerment to the impoverished in Kenya.

Education and Training
Basic healthy living and nutritional needs, School supplies and uniforms; scholarships
Bethsaida School
The need of formal education in Kenya among the people of Kenya is very high, however due to poverty and vulnerability levels in many Kenyan families to them good education remains a dream. We empower women by providing sanitary napkins and other resources.

Hunger Relief and Healthy Living
One Plate One Mind Program
Slums in Kenya
Unlike other feeding programs in Kenya Bridges of Hope and Empowerment International intends to introduce a whole new dimension and intention in this program. The program will be used to set a platform of reaching the i reaches people in the community. The parameters of this program will concentrate on spiritual, psychological, cultural and sustainable economical well being of the communities in Kenya. This program will be used to create a network a network in the community that fosters growth and eases the burdens of one another in the community.

Community Empowerment
Arts and culture, vocational training,

Celebration Sanctuary Worship Event
Panua- Partners In Hope visit in Navaisha, Kenya

Bridges of Hope and Empowerment International (B.O.H.E.I.) is committed to working with the communities as a support system to students through developing educational programs. Examples include leadership classes, community health programs and mentorship which create self sustainable living (employment ) and reduce the cycle of poverty in the communities.

We seek to create self-sustainable living(employment) and reduce the cycle of poverty in communities. We are committed to work with individuals, churches and communities as a support system to students through obtaining dontions, gifts in kind, grants and volunteers who will serve as interns and mentors. We will offer life-skill and vocational training in areas such as sewing (clothes, bags for grocery shopping since plastic is banned in Kenya) hair and nail care, computer classes, planting gardens for food need's and community heath-programs adding HIV/AIDS awareness, treatment and prevention.

Much progress has been made since our incorporation as A non-profit in October 2016. We provided sanitary napkins, shirts, school supplies,food to schools and churches in Nairobi, Kenya. We offered computer training and life skill- classes. We also help communities largely in slums clean up the are and promote healthy homes, positive self-esteem and hope for creating a better lifestyle.

In the 2 years since the inception of Bridges of Hope and Empowerment International, Inc., our success indicators include the following : An ongoing Center which provides Beauty classes and basic and advanced computer classes, where we have graduated over 50 students in the first class of which 20 have already received jobs. 1,243 children, youth and adults have been assisted with medical aide and training, food, uniforms, shoes and sanitary pads. 200 bed nets have been distributed to families with children, orphanages and schools, and thousand of lives have been saved through our feeding programs and training on planting gardens and raising chickens.

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?

    Underpriviledged children and their families who are in the community of Kahawa West, Nairobi, Kenya.

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

    Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person),

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

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, 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 identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Due to COVID-19 pandemic and regulations, we have supplied more food, helped create home gardens, supplied water stations and soap, masks and training and awareness sessions about regulations and protection.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

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

    We work together as a team sharing our expertise and wisdom in helping those we serve in the ways they feel best equipp and empower them to become healthy and self-sustainable.

  • 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 get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • 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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BRIDGES OF HOPE AND EMPOWERMENT INTERNATIONAL INC

Board of directors
as of 5/21/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Darlene Bulger

General Motors

Term: 2019 - 2022

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
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? 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
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 01/22/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

No data

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

We do not display disability information for organizations with fewer than 15 staff.

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/22/2021

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.