International, Foreign Affairs, and National Security

Help One Now

aka Help End Local Poverty

Raleigh, NC

Mission

Help One Now is a catalytic tribe committed to empowering and resourcing high-capacity local leaders who care for orphans and vulnerable children in order to transform communities and break the cycle of extreme poverty.

Ruling Year

2009

CEO/Founder

Mr. Chris Marlow

Main Address

PO Box 26716

Raleigh, NC 27611 USA

Keywords

HELP, Haiti, Uganda, Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Dominican Republic, Congo, Orphans, Peru, Community Empowerment

EIN

26-3618295

 Number

3426142513

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

International Development, Relief Services (Q30)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Our programs

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Garage Sale 4 Orphans

Child Sponsorship

Ten Dollar Tribe

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Our Results

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Number of people receiving safe drinking water from community systems

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Children and youth (0-19 years),

Adults,

Families

Context notes

We provided consistent access to clean water to these individuals.

Number of meals served

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Children and youth (0-19 years),

Families,

Students

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Number of meals served per year in our communities

Number of children who are receiving a quality education

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Children and youth (0-19 years),

Students

Number of teachers who are receiving a fair salary

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Adults,

Academics

Total number of children who have been sponsored

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Children and youth (0-19 years)

Related program

Child Sponsorship

Number of children who have been rescued from human trafficking situations

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Children and youth (0-19 years),

At-risk youth

Number of high-capacity local leaders who have been empowered and resourced

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Number of orphans who have received 24/7 holistic care and support

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Children and youth (0-19 years),

At-risk youth

Number of communities that have been impacted

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Children and youth (0-19 years),

Adults,

Families

Charting Impact

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

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

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What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

Internationally, we strive to end the cycle of extreme poverty in the communities we work in through partnerships with indigenous local leaders who are already working effectively within their respective communities. In other words, they're not waiting for us to begin – they already have the passion and history of doing the hard work of community transformation. We come alongside them, work with them, encourage them, equip them, pray for them, and serve them in their greatest areas of need. These leaders are friends and partners in the fight against extreme poverty. They are our greatest resource, and without them, sustainable change is not possible.

As a collective group of churches, businesses, communities, and individuals from around the world, we are dedicated to using our gifts, talents, and resources to care for orphans and vulnerable children, rescue slaves, and see communities transformed through our international partners. We strive for every person to have food, clean water, proper shelter, education, access to healthcare, and economic opportunities so that they can provide for their families and serve their communities with joy, hope, and dignity.

Locally (US) Help One Now runs like a tech startup. We strive to run lean, hiring the most capable staff and investing in the right technologies to make HON as effective and efficient as possible. Each of our team members is a leader in their space, and works to constantly update and upgrade our systems to continually push the status quo. This tenacity, along with our operations fund “the Foundation" allows our team to stay focused, and create the most impact possible.

Help One Now joins alongside leaders in their communities to learn about what they believe to be their most difficult and pressing issues are and how they believe they can be fixed. Through our various initiatives like child sponsorships, Garage Sales for Orphans, Do It Yourself Campaigns, church partnerships and private donors, we help to empower and resource leaders to be able to deal with these problems. Once the burden of these problems is lifted off of our leaders' shoulders, they will have a greater ability to share the Gospel in their communities.

Help One Now believes in honoring human dignity by providing invisible holistic care including education, job creation, healthcare, and spiritual development. We choose to focus on people, not projects. We care for them deeply and we want them to experience how much we love and respect them.

Ultimately, we believe that education changes everything. We have built preschools and primary schools to educate children, and empowered their families by connecting them to economic opportunities. We are working to start secondary schools and transition programs that provide professional training intended to have a huge impact in the communities when these children become productive adult citizens.

Help One Now also works through our leaders to bring the community together to challenge existing stigmas about disease and facilitate greater access to treatments. Together we advocate for a paradigm shift in the culture of our communities, allowing for growth and tangible healing.

Our greatest asset is our indigenous leaders. We partner with some of the most passionate, dedicated and brilliant men and women in the developing world. They understand the challenges their countries and communities are facing better than an outsider ever could. They also understand the assets that their people have to meet those challenges. They have a clear vision for transforming communities and ending extreme poverty, but they don't have the resources or support to accomplish that vision. We come alongside these incredible leaders and empower them to accomplish their vision. Our capabilities lie, as they should, in the strength of our local leaders.

We'd like to introduce you to 2 of our 12 leaders:

Aschalew Abebe is our local leader in Addis-Ababa, Ethiopia. He leads our orphan care and community development initiatives in Gunchire and Woliyta Sodo. With a Master's degree in community development, Aschalew's thoughtful and holistic approach to ending the orphan crisis in Ethiopia is as inspiring as he is. He and his team are committed to seeing orphaned and vulnerable children released from physical, economic and spiritual poverty. While championing domestic adoption and reunification, Aschalew is also working hard to empower families and prevent poverty orphans. His organization has facilitated more domestic adoptions in Ethiopia than any other group, and they have won multiple awards from the Ethiopian government for their work in the community. They have empowered hundreds of families and enhanced the education of thousands of students. Aschalew's holistic approach to community development will yield incredible transformation in the years to come. Community awareness and education—family empowerment—domestic adoption—reunification—and long term group homes for children who have no other option. Aschalew believes that every child deserves a family, and that we WILL see the end of the orphan crisis!

Jean Alix Paul is one of our local leaders in Port au Prince, Haiti. He is a talented businessman and a dedicated pastor who has mastered the art of raising up leaders. Over the past 25 years, he has planted 10 churches, started 5 schools and founded 3 children's homes. He is also helping us fight trafficking and slavery by working with us to build and oversee a trafficking prevention refuge in northeast Haiti. He believes (as do all of our leaders) that there are two things that are most needed to break the cycle of extreme poverty in Haiti: 1) people must know Jesus; and 2) children – and adults – must have a good, solid education. Among other things, there are currently over 1,000 children receiving a good education because of this incredible leader. And we have seen over 60 children rescued from trafficking in the past few years as we have walked alongside Jean Alix. He is ready to shift his focus from aid to development, and he has a plan to see Haiti transformed from the inside out by way of agriculture, business and education.

Help One Now is present in the communities we serve, but we strive to stay as invisible as possible and follow our leaders. Storytelling is central to our work and we're intentional about the stories we tell. We ask for permission before we share the story and our local leader is usually the one who decides what story to tell and how to tell it. Stories inspire people to have compassion and take action.

Thanks to our friendship and partnership with our local leaders, we are able to stay in contact with our communities and receive constant updates about them. Through our various initiatives, we can see the measured impact we have in each community. The number of children and communities we've been able to reach has increased each year.

We have not figured out the perfect way to help the poor… but we have seen some amazing progress since we launched in 2009. After launching our first partnership in Zimbabwe, we have expanded our reach to Uganda, Haiti, Peru, South Africa, Ethiopia, and most recently, to the Dominican Republic and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. We have been fortunate enough to grow to partner with 12 amazing local leaders. Our annual reports highlight the impact we have had in these communities, including building schools and preschools, homes, clinics, community centers, and playgrounds. We have sponsored a total of 1,160 children and empowered hundreds of vulnerable families to stay together through community development projects focused on education, health care, economic opportunity and spiritual care.

We have continued to expand the number of individuals we serve in 2016. We're on track to serve 1.2 million meals this year. We'd like to continue this trend in the coming years. We are especially hoping to empower 1,500 families in both the Democratic Republic of Congo and in Ethiopia in the next five years.

Our team will continue to build Help One Now. We will not give up; we will fight for justice, love the poor, empower local leaders, and try to innovate and execute along the way.

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Financials

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Operations

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Board Leadership Practices

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BOARD ORIENTATION & 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 & 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

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Gender

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Sexual Orientation

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Disability

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