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Uplift a Child International, Inc

Leave No Child Behind For Education

aka Uplift a Child International   |   Silver Spring, MD   |  www.UpliftaChild.org

Mission

The mission of Uplift a Child Interntional (Former name -Vonumu International) is to identify the poor and needy children, place them in a school, and support them through 10 -12 years of schooling through the high school. This will keep the children off the streets, provide them with the basic skills to develop, and give them an opportunity to emerge as self-reliant and productive members of the society. By the time the children completes high school, they will have the necessary social skills and will be mature enough to plan and work towards a brighter future. Until then, we work with each child in helping the child grow in the right direction.

Notes from the nonprofit

We are very unique in one way and certainly ONE in a MILLION. We take risk by helping the children first and then look for sponsors. By doing this, we are saving one year of child's YEAR and they do not have to wait one more year till they find sponsors. Because of this risk, We suffer financially and struggle a lot But we benefit the child by giving them a New Hope one year in Advance and the child does not know about our struggles round the year while they go to school. We currently have a $200,000 negative balance which we need to pay to the schools and the schools are compassionate to us and never ask us. They trust us as we have been working with them for close to 19 years. They ask us to pay them when we have. We will appreciate if anyone can bridge that gap. We thank you and will never stop our mission till the end of the World. you may write to the CEO Sam Vonumu directly at [email protected]

Ruling year info

2006

CEO

Mr. Sam Vonumu

Main address

8705 Kodiak Drive

Silver Spring, MD 20903 USA

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Formerly known as

Vonumu International, Inc

EIN

20-1814364

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Secondary/High School (B25)

Primary/Elementary Schools (B24)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We are 100% funded by Individual sponsors and most of them pay their dues as promised. But there is always a 10% chance that the individual family (sponsors) may not keep their commitment due to honest reasons like Job loss, Family medical situation, Financial hardship etc. Because of that reason, we do have a good solution. We do Fundraising every year to bridge that gap by doing the following 1. Dance Schools Charity Events in various states for Uplift a Child 2. Walkathon 5K Walk events in various states for Uplift a Child We have been very successful with these events that bridge the gap and we are able to continue. This is our 20th year of operations and we are doing very well. We are able to manage any minor set backs or challenges and the future is very healthy and good for our organization. We have never done Grants before and this is another second back now for us. We have been working on Grants writing and applying for Grants. We will be successful.

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?

1000 Children Waiting For Educational Help

1. We identify the poorest of the poor children who got no oppertunity to go to school due to poverty and financial problems of parents.
2. We identify a school near by and admit them in the school program.
3. We pay for their School Tuition Fees, Provide them with Text books, Note books, School uniforms, Shoes, Socks, School belt and School Tie.
4. We have Volunteers locally who monitor's the child's activities after school
5. We have Volunteers who checks the educational progress at school and provide us the reports in a timely fashion.
6. We arrange special tuition assistance for those who are not doing well as school.
7. We have monthly meetings with parents to discuss the child's performance at school and after school.
8. We have annual function where we reward the outstandin children who performed well at school. This is one way, we inspire the children to do well at school.
9. We provide Quarterly, Half Yearly and Annual progress reports to the sponsors along with regular updates on child's development.

Population(s) Served

Support Children from LKG - Grade 10 (12 Years of schooling till high school). We pay for their full year tuition fee, provide them with school uniforms, shoes, socks, text books, note books, school belt and school tie. At some locations, we provide mid-day meals at school for our children.

Population(s) Served

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 students who receive scholarship funds and/or tuition assistance

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Support Semi-Orphan Children For Education

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

This is the total number of children that Uplift a Child has supported in these respective years 2017, 2018 and 2019. Paid all the children for Full year tuition fee, books, shoes, uniforms and others

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.

1. Support 100,000 in the next 10 years (LKG to Grade 10)
2. Have career guidance and hand hold them till they succeed.
3. Prepare our own children to become future ambassadors of our work so that they can continue on what we have started
4. Finally, through the gift of education, eradicate poverty on the face of Earth
5. Help children to become self - reliant and responsible citizens of the world.

1. Mandatory Volunteer and Children meetings every month to monitor children's growth
2.Receive updates on Quarterly, Half yearly and Final exam reports to evaluate results and share with the sponsors who are specifically supporting those children.
3. Arrange Skype meetings so that there is a direct contact between sponsors and children and the children eventually become like a virtual adopted child and the encouragement is well appreciated by the beneficiary family.
4. Annual Children Programs at all locations
5. All the staff and volunteers meet 100% of all children at all locations.

1. We now have close to 1000 sponsors and they are growing each month.
2. Our sponsors are all over the United States and we are planning to start a local chapter of UpliftaChild in each city which would bring in more local sponsors, more income and we will have more money then to support our goal.
3. Since we never did grants before, this is one venue we are very positive to succeed and this will be a second backup for our finances. But we are not depending on it 100%. We have a 99% success rate with our model of Individual sponsors
4 We are also working on getting company matching from all of our Individual sponsors that is working well.

So far, we have already laid a path to success with Individual sponsorship and it is standardized (for many years, sponsors pay us and sponsorship to the children continues. This is an ongoing effort and we keep the sponsors connected by providing periodic updates to the sponsors on their children's progress at school.

We are now doing Technological Upgrade on our website to accomplish the following
1. Individual sponsors pages
2. Individual sponsors videos with all of their sponsored children

These two are new additions which are already generating more news about Uplift a Child and it is spreading fast. We are also having a strong presence on the social media with a lot of weekly, monthly, quarterly, annual updates of our work.

While accomplishing all of the above, we are progressing forward and always willing to learn anything new that contributes to our work so that we can help many more children.

Financials

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Uplift a Child International, Inc

Board of directors
as of 02/25/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Sam Vonumu

No Affiliation

Term: 2020 - 2025

Vani Dontamsetty

Hebjan Paulus

Sahithya Alla

Vani Thaduvai

Sowmya Ramaiah

Madhu Bharathula

Madhavi Duddella

Satish Maram

Seeta Punji

Mahidhar Dontamsetti

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/7/2020

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Multi-Racial/Multi-Ethnic (2+ races/ethnicities)
Gender identity
Non-binary
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person with a disability

Race & ethnicity

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Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 06/08/2020

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Data
  • 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 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.