THE HAREMBEE FOUNDATION

Educating to Empower

aka THE HARAMBEE FOUNDATION   |   West Point, PA   |  http://www.harambeefoundation.org

Mission

Our mission is to Educate and Empower disadvantaged Tanzanian children and youth, improving their lives and instilling hope, in collaboration with local community initiatives. Our vision is to develop a community where children born into poverty have their lives transformed through education, thereby, becoming productive citizens and future leaders of their nation.

Ruling year info

2009

Chairman of the Board of Directors

Mrs. Audrey Muriel Pyle

Director of Field Operations

Mr. Joshua Johnston

Main address

PO Box 216

West Point, PA 19486 USA

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EIN

26-3683690

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (W12)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

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 problem is the lack of funding needed to build our own children's home, school, library, media/technology center and agricultural areas. Building and owning a larger children's home and school, with a well-equipped resource room, will allow us to serve more children. Agricultural areas for gardening and livestock, with a well for a clean water supply and irrigation, will help us become self-sustaining and provide new educational experiences for our children and youth. To provide a clean energy source and an ongoing electrical supply, we need to purchase solar panels. Lack of necessary funding limits our ability to do any of this. We have a large binder with the names of many homeless children and applications from mothers who beg us to accept their children in our programs. If we can solve our financial problem, we can increase our capacity. It will ease our reliance on monetary contributions from our US donors as well as in-kind contributions from the Babati community.

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?

Education Program

Our school provides government regulated non-formal education for children who are orphaned, abandoned, and come from abusive environments. Some of these children live at our children's home, while others live with a caregiver or parent who cannot effort to educate their children. The children in our school either have had no education, have dropped out of school, or are in danger of dropping out of school. They attend our school, taught by our certified teachers, for approximately 2-3 years. After completion of this non-formal education, the children are mainstreamed into formal primary school and then secondary education. We pay for all tuition fees, uniforms, lunch programs, and school supplies. We support the education of our children until they complete the highest level possible. This includes vocational training, college, or university.

Population(s) Served

We open our children's home each Saturday to impoverished children in the community. They receive a nutritious meal, laundry soap, hygiene products, school supplies and medical attention. Each Saturday we average between 55-60 children.

Population(s) Served

We operate a full board children's home and are filled to our 34 bed capacity. These children come from abusive environments and are homeless, orphaned, abandoned or house girls escaping domestic exploitation. Our goal is to build and own a larger facility, to meet the growing needs of the impoverished children in our community.

Population(s) Served

We provide treatments and general health care for children living at our children's home and attending our school. We also provide emergency health care as an outreach measure for street children living in Babati, who continue to choose to live on the streets.
We also collaborate with Support for International Change to teach our children about sexual health and HIV/Aids.

Population(s) Served

We offer seminars for vulnerable women living in villages outside of Babati Town. These two day seminars teach general child welfare and introduce women to "appropriate technologies" which reduce daily work loads (i.e) fuel efficient stoves.
With their reduced workloads, we teach women attending the seminars how to organize into a group and use their new found free time to start small money making ventures to support their families and children.
We have seminars on parenting and HIV/AIDS prevention.

Population(s) Served

Our children come from diverse backgrounds and we make sure their holidays are observed. Families from the community are invited to participate. This gives our children, many of whom have no family members, an opportunity to interact and celebrate with the MAHOCE family and community friends.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

Our goal is to Empower disadvantaged children and youth through Education. We aim to provide a safe, nurturing environment, where all basic daily needs are met in our own children's home. We provide food, housing, clothing, medical care, counseling, spiritual guidance, personal hygiene instruction and supplies. Presently, we serve 81 children and are rented facility is full capacity housing 34. With a larger home we will be able to add another 10 beds. We aim to build our own school with more classrooms, which will allow us to extend our outreach of a quality education to impoverished children and youth in our Babati community. The addition of a library and media/technology center will provide opportunities for research, exploration, and exposure to educational programs. These multi media resources are not readily available to the student population in Tanzania. As a result of building and operating our own facilities, our aim is for the children and youth we serve to become empowered, independent, and productive citizens. Having these necessary educational and life skills, we hope to accomplish a life for them that is free from poverty.

Being recognized by the Tanzanian government as a registered children's home and school, we already provide a permanent safe, secure space for living and learning, with sound discipline and accountability. Our children and youth receive proper nutrition, access to medical services, clothing, moral development, and love. However, these services take place in small rented facilities.
Our strategy for securing money to build our own home and school is to continue with our annual fundraising events and applying for grants. We also encourage donor support through newsletters, emails, phone calls, personal letters, social media, and in person contacts. We are in the process of applying for a $50,000 grant.
In order to expand our existing services and continue our best practices and programs, our strategy is to raise the funds to build our own home and school with a well-equipped library, media and technology center, with a well for clean water and irrigation, an agricultural area and solar panels.

Presently, we have not been able to raise the funds necessary to achieve our goals. While a significant donation has been made and we were able to purchase a suitable plot of land, we need to secure additional monies in order to build our own larger children's home and school with a well-equipped library, media and technology center.
Pennsylvania Alpha Delta Kappa, an international organization of women educators, contributes to our mission annually and their chapters make generous contributions. We have an annual Harambee 5K Charity Race, which is our largest fundraiser. Other fundraising events include participation in Pearl S Buck's Festival of Trees, Boscov's Friends Helping Friends, and local community events, where we can host an information table and sell goods from Tanzania craftsmen and women. A new start up church in the area, Kingdom Christian Culture Center, is taking on the Harambee Foundation as its foreign ministry. We ask donors to sponsor a child and cover the education costs of their student. The annual cost to educate one child is between $100 - $400, depending on their level in school.
We are in the process of completing a grant application for $50,000.

We have received what we consider to be a significant donation that allowed us to purchase a plot of land. The land plot is larger than the area we now rent and was purchased through the Babati, Tanzania Town Council. We will apply some of the money we received in this gift toward our building project. Our Field Director, Joshua Johnston, and the volunteer Board of Directors there are working to get the best estimates to begin phase one of construction. In America, we continue to explore other avenues of contributions, while maintaining a current level of funding necessary to carry-on existing services. We are in the process of completing a grant application for $50,000.

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

    Community meetings/Town halls, Suggestion box/email, Field Director's monthly reports and Board review of policies and procedures,

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

    To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    After review of our existing strategic plan, Board of Directors member Albert Geis, in collaboration with Field Director Joshua Johnston, wrote and presented a document with updated goals and a revised mission statement, which more clearly described our organization, to the BOD at a special meeting. As a result, a new strategic plan has been set in motion.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time,

Financials

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THE HAREMBEE FOUNDATION

Board of directors
as of 9/21/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mrs. Audrey Muriel

Harambee Foundation

Term: 2016 - 2022

Audrey Pyle

No Affiliation

Eleanor Smith

Lemuel Woodson

William Johnston

Albert Geis

Board leadership practices

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  • 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