The Ama Foundation

Berkeley, CA   |  http://www.ama-foundation.org

Mission

The Ama Foundation is a grassroots, US-based 501(c) (3) non-profit organization that supports Ama Ghar, a permanent care home in Nepal for at-risk homeless children who have been abandoned, trafficked or have lost their home and family to poverty, drug/alcohol abuse or illness. We are dedicated to providing these children with a loving home, an excellent education, health care and the confidence to become productive, self-supporting adults.

Ruling year info

2002

Board Chair

Rob Sanders

Main address

PO Box 7075

Berkeley, CA 94707 USA

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EIN

36-4478880

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (O12)

Single Organization Support (B11)

Single Organization Support (P11)

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Our programs

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Support a Child

Our primary focus this year is to find individual or corporate donors to support our mission of providing healthy food, clothing, medical care, shelter and education - books, tuition, uniforms and transportation. It is our goal that each of our children, boys and girls, will be supported through the highest possible level of education so they can become self-supporting adults. So far, 30 of the children who have completed our program have moved on to a prosperous adulthood - that's a 100% success rate.

Population(s) Served

We provide scholarships for uniforms, books, shoes, backpacks and tuition for elementary school children in the villages surrounding Ama Ghar in Nepal, as many of the families in our local area can't afford these expenses and so don't send their children to school - girls in particular. In addition, we fund a $300 per year per family Kinship Care program that pays for food, shelter, clothing and school expenses so that families will not abandon their children or fall prey to the promises of human traffickers.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

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

Number of children who have the skills necessary to maintain personal health

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

Support a Child

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The children who live at Ama Ghar all arrive with some level of PTSD, so we ensure that they receive excellent mental and physical health care and training.

Number of program participants who receive a secondary school diploma or GED

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

Support a Child

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

All children who live at Ama Ghar in Nepal go on to either higher education or vocational training.

Number of program participants who obtain a job within 3 months of program completion

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

Support a Child

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

All of the children who have completed our program are now self-supporting adults, whose jobs range from trekking guides and baristas to doctors, nurses and IT professionals.

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.

1. To rescue Nepali children from poverty, malnutrition and abuse and give them a loving home and education.

2. To provide the children with the best possible education, so that when they leave Ama Ghar they will have employment and be able to support themselves in order to be productive citizens of Nepal.

1. We enroll the children in English speaking schools from an early age; we also ensure that they will learn the computer skills that are a necessity in order to find employment in this global economy.

2. We provide the children with tutors and counselors to help them overcome the difficulties that come as a result of trauma in their early life.

3. We provide tuition for the children to go to as many years of education as they can, depending on their individual talents, and also provide vocational training if they are not eligible for higher education. We also find internships for them so that they can have practical training.

We have a Country Director who has lived in Nepal for many years, so she is able to connect the children with appropriate internships and employers. In addition, our board in Nepal helps the children with this.

We have a strong fundraising strategy that includes communication via email, regular mail, social media and various online fundraising partners, so we have been able to increase the number of children we care for every year. We have strong support from Ama Ghar Suisse, our Swiss chapter, and they have increased our scholarship fund with a large grant from a donor in Geneva.

Since 2001, we have cared for over 75 children, 20 of whom have successfully moved on from Ama Ghar and are either in higher education or employed.

All the children who live at Ama Ghar are provided with a loving family atmosphere from our eight Nepali staff. In addition, they receive nutritious meals; regular medical and dental care; counseling; cultural, artistic and athletic outings to round out their education and support for their higher education or vocational training.

We have managed to help the villages surrounding our Ama Ghar home by providing scholarships so that their children can attend school through Class 10. (Anything above this is considered higher education in Nepal).

We have assisted in earthquake relief by providing funds for food, medical supplies, shelter, blankets and child safe places during the terrible earthquakes of 2015.

What remains to be done? More educational opportunities and internships for the children through partnerships and collaborations with other institutions.

Financials

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The Ama Foundation

Board of directors
as of 3/11/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Suyesh Karki

Ernst & Young

Term: 2015 - 2018

Bonnie Ellison

Country Director, Ama Ghar Nepal

Jane Ellison

Jane Ellison Design

Suyesh Karki

Ernst & Young, Salt Lake City

Sarah Pinkin

Culinary Arts

Fred Doar

Owner, Planet Freddo

Poonam Mudvari

Sarah Nikles

Accountant, Lockheed Martin - Geneva

Yasmijn Adhikari

Black Rock, Inc.

Mary Piasta-Valluzzo

Piasta Valluzzo Law Group

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 ? No
  • 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? No
  • 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