Human Services

Naomi's Village, INC

Hope Begins When A Child Belongs

Flower Mound, TX

Mission

Our mission is to glorify God in serving Kenyan children by providing spiritual, physical and emotional healing, that they may grow to impact their world. Here are some ways you can help us to do that.

Notes from the Nonprofit

At Naomi’s Village, we provide nurturing love, healthcare, proper nutrition, excellent education, leadership training, spiritual care, and individual counseling to each child. Our children receive what a child needs to develop fully, and to dream unhindered by limits. Our home is the kind of home your own child could live in. As our children heal and grow, we then engage them in serving the needy along with us. By doing so, we are field-training a core group of empathetic leaders to grow up and multiply this redemptive work in Kenya through similar ministries of their own. Only then, when Kenyans are catalyzed to solve their own crisis, will the number of orphans begin to decline. That is our vision, in short.

Ruling Year

2013

Founders

Robert and Julie Mendonsa

Main Address

PO BOX 270057

Flower Mound, TX 75027 USA

Keywords

Hope, Redemption

EIN

45-5242323

 Number

2165911348

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

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What we aim to solve

The problems we are working to address are Kenya’s generational poverty and systemic corruption. These two major issues are the primary cause and effect tied to the undervaluing of Kenya's most valuable citizens - its children. The primary cause, systemic corruption, denies millions of babies and children the necessary inputs required to thrive and escape the effect, generational poverty. By providing those necessary inputs for children and families in one strategic community, in order to raise a generation of compassionate and courageous leaders who will change Kenya, we hope to eventually end generational poverty for millions.

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What we are aiming to accomplish: We are working to end Kenya’s generational poverty crisis and systemic corruption by equipping its children for compassionate and courageous leadership. We believe transformational education is the answer for each child, for the Rift Valley area, and for Kenya. By replacing barriers with proven solutions in our key community, a core group of Kenya's most impoverished children will be raised to be the agents of change that influence tomorrow. To that end, we have founded K-12 Cornerstone Preparatory Academy, LEAP Preschool, community development programs, and an early childhood development program.  Our goals fall into 4 major categories listed below: 1. EARLY CHILDHOOD INTERVENTION  GOAL 1 - To positively impact the way that our future students are being parented in the earliest years of their lives, in order to improve their chances of success at Cornerstone Preparatory Academy and beyond  GOAL 2 - To improve the early language and literacy skills of children ages 0-4 in our Cornerstone catchment area  GOAL 3 - To ensure all incoming students to Cornerstone Preparatory Academy have passed through a vibrant school readiness program. 2. SPIRITUAL GROWTH  GOAL 4 - To understand who God is and what He created us for  GOAL 5 - To be a community that is well rooted in the word of God so that faith directs our lives  GOAL 6 - To develop students who are successful in and out of the classroom 3. PHYSICAL GROWTH  GOAL 7 -  To promote a healthy routine of physical fitness among our students in order to enhance their overall development  GOAL 8 - To provide basic healthcare and training for all Cornerstone students, so that they may be able to learn optimally  GOAL 9 - To ensure that all Cornerstone students understand the importance of and are provided with the best possible nutrition for optimal learning 4. ACADEMIC GROWTH  GOAL 10 - To recruit and develop a highly competent teaching staff that will provide quality education to enable Cornerstone students to achieve their full potential  GOAL 11 - To acquire the best teaching and learning resources, including educational technology, for effective delivery of the curriculum and to enhance academic excellence  GOAL 12 - To promote growth and development of higher order thinking skills that will empower students to become active problem solvers in real world situations  GOAL 13 - To provide students with experiences on and off campus that will teach them to view themselves as leaders and take initiative to transform their own community

GOAL 1: STRATEGIES Establish a structured program to interact with community parents of children ages 0-3, and pregnant mothers about healthy parenting practices. GOAL 2: STRATEGY Establish Home Early Literacy Program (HELP) to support all Cornerstone early parenting courses and LEAP Preschool with materials, workshops, and additional coaching and guidance of caregivers. This program will serve the needs of children 0-4. GOAL 3: STRATEGY Establish a best-practices, research based, LEAP Preschool with an intensive focus on preparing 4-year-olds for kindergarten. GOAL 4: STRATEGIES a) Develop a discipleship program for all ages.  b) Develop a chapel program at Cornerstone. GOAL 5: STRATEGY Start an outreach program to the community around Cornerstone. GOAL 6: STRATEGY Start a vibrant character development program. GOAL 7: STRATEGIES Ensure that all students participate in physical exercise for at least 3 hours weekly. GOAL 8: STRATEGIES a) Provide annual complete history/physical exams for all students in order to screen for/ obtain treatment for underlying health concerns. b) Equip students with skills through training in proper hygiene and sanitation. c) Provide a student health center on campus for diagnosis and/or treatment of acute and chronic health issues. GOAL 9: STRATEGIES a) Provide all students with a well-balanced diet. b) Educate all students about basic nutrition. c) Teach parents and caregivers of our students about the need of a a balanced diet. d) Conduct nutritional screenings and necessary follow-up lab work on all incoming students. GOAL 10: STRATEGIES a) Develop and implement a Cornerstone Master Teacher Training Program. b) Proactively recruit the highest qualified candidates and establish an application and interview process that results in quality hires. GOAL 11: STRATEGIES a) Benefit from ongoing partnerships with teachers who live abroad. b) Maintain updated and relevant learning resources that are best in line with the Kenyan curriculum. c) Research, write, and submit grants for educational technology. GOAL 12: STRATEGIES Integrate into the classroom a variety of teaching techniques such as meta- cognition, questioning, discussions, debates, riddles, and critical analysis. GOAL 13: STRATEGIES a) Develop a program that will empower our students with leadership skills. b) Engage our students in regular, structured community outreaches.

1. Operating budgets in Kenya are funded by income provided by almost 1100 monthly recurring child sponsors. These budgets total $86,097 monthly to support eight departments which are Administration, Caregiving (Academics at the academy), Social Work, Catering, Facilities, Spiritual, Community Outreach, and Healthcare. 2. We have 140 highly qualified Kenyan staff who run our children’s home, preschool, academy, and community programs. There are also two American couples, including the co-founders, and an American RN who live full time in Kenya helping to oversee the ministry. 3. We have an endowment seeded with $400,000 in 2015. The endowment fund was established to provide for scholarships for college education and/or vocational training for our students. 4. Our U.S. Office is led by an Executive Director, operations manager, volunteer coordinator, bookkeeper, sponsor relations coordinator and contracted marketing team. 5. We have a U.S. Board of Trustees with 7 members meeting biannually. The Board’s role is:   • 1) Duty of care: Trustees are expected to oversee and approve organizational planning and decision-making and to make sound and informed judgments. • 2) Duty of loyalty: When acting on behalf of Naomi's Village, Inc., trustees must put the interests of the nonprofit before any personal or professional concerns and avoid potential conflicts of interest. • 3) Duty of obedience: Trustees must ensure that Naomi's Village, Inc. complies with all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations, and that it remains committed to its established mission and vision. 6. In Kenya we have a Board for Naomi's Village and Cornerstone Preparatory Academy. 7. We have a 5-year Strategic Plan which has guided and directed the development of the above goals and strategies. 8. We have 2 major properties that have been developed. The first, Naomi’s Village, 5 acres with a beautiful home and resources to provide a healthy balanced life for children from birth through teenage years. Also at Naomi’s Village we have a guest house that caters to over 250 visitors annually. The second is Cornerstone Preparatory Academy, a state of the art school, housing students from K-8. Our school has large classrooms, dining hall, library, computer and science lab, cafeteria and a full-size gymnasium. 9. Our work is supported by church, school and corporate partners located throughout the US. 10. We founded a local ministry partners association in the Great Rift Valley 6 years ago called the Maai Mahiu Ministry Partners. This association meets regularly to 1) share resources and ideas, 2) collaborate on major initiatives like education, clean water, and community development, and 3) plan strategically about how we can cut costs and prevent duplication of services. Another long-term goal of this association is to gain more clout when dealing with corrupt government officials and agencies in Kenya, who we all need vital assistance from.

We know we are making progress by tracking our outcomes utilizing the Evaluation and Management protocols outlined in our Strategic Plan 2016-2020. See attached document. We also track our progress by using specific indicators. Some specific progress indicators: 1.We track academic progress through quarterly standardized testing at all grade levels, comparing our students’ scores against those of others taking the same tests nationwide. 2.We track physical growth and nutritional status through anthropomorphic measurements on every child, twice annually. This allows us to plot each child’s weight for his or her age and height on a curve that assigns a percentile score, thereby enabling our medical team to track the progress of our nutritional interventions for every child. This is key because our population contains a high percentage of children with malnutrition, some presenting to us initially with macro- and micronutrient deficiencies. Since one of our key interventions is the provision of 12 nutritionally balanced meals and 12 snacks weekly, we track these anthropomorphic measurements in order to monitor each child’s progress. 3. We monitor the interventions we make in the community with qualitative assessment tools such as structured and unstructured interviews, questionnaires, financial tracking of table banking and microfinance initiatives, and group forums to solicit feedback and suggestions for future interventions. 4. We monitor our financial health through independent annual audits of both our school and children’s home. We also carefully track our cash biweekly through financial reconciliations of all receipts and transactions.

GOAL 1: ACCOMPLISHMENTS a) Hired a program media coordinator and a community nurse with expertise in maternal fetal medicine. b) Established a course on child development. GOAL 2: ACCOMPLISHMENTS Established Home Early Literacy Program to support early parenting courses and LEAP Preschool. GOAL 3: ACCOMPLISHMENTS a) Built 6 classrooms, added 11 teachers and installed a playground. b) Develop outdoor play implements and staff capacity. GOAL 4: ACCOMPLISHMENTS Developed discipleship program and weekly chapel for Cornerstone students. GOAL 5: ACCOMPLISHMENTS a) Founded the Maendeleo Initiative which has five main emphases: Physical, Spiritual, Emotional, Capacity building, Health, ( see attached information). GOAL 6: ACCOMPLISHMENTS Created development curriculum and programs that is implemented in all our school activities. GOAL 7: ACCOMPLISHMENTS P.E. classes at all grade levels. Hired a P.E. teacher, built a gymnasium, installed a playground and a soccer field with a running track and bleachers. GOAL 8: ACCOMPLISHMENTS a) Students undergo a physical exam by a physician before each school year. Includes nutritional screening and HIV test. Students with health concerns are provided with appointments, transportation and treatment at a hospital. b) Conduct trainings with students and community parents about topics such as student hygiene. c) Established student health center to diagnosis and treat acute and chronic health issues. GOAL 9: ACCOMPLISHMENTS a) Cornerstone students provided with 12 full meals, and 12 nutritious snacks per week. Naomi’s Village receive 3 nutritious meals and snacks 7 days a week. b) Provide an educational program about basic nutrition. GOAL 10: ACCCOMPLISHMENTS a) Teachers receive trainings twice weekly which cover a variety of topics. b) Developed a recruitment program that attracts the best teacher candidates in Kenya. c) We have an HR department that works through recruitment platforms, agencies and colleges. d) We have 36 excellent teachers employed at Cornerstone and LEAP. GOAL 11: ACCOMPLISHMENTS a) Teachers from the DFW area and Baylor University School of Education travel to Naomi’s Village to train and provide resources to students and teachers. b) Maintain updated and relevant learning resources that are best in line with the Kenyan curriculum. c)Provided 32 new laptops and new furniture for our computer lab. GOAL 12: ACCOMPLISHMENTS a) Structured monthly debates for middle school students. with awards given for high performance. b) To start our own construction company in the coming years which allows our high school students to gain practical knowledge in constructing a foundation. GOAL 13: ACCOMPLISHMENTS a)Established a Cornerstone student government. b)All students now participate in the Scouts program. c)Students participate in the Maendeleo community outreach Initiative. d)Initiate a structured curriculum leadership training module.

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Awards

Pro Ecclesia Medal of Service 2016

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

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ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

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BOARD COMPOSITION

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BOARD PERFORMANCE

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