Changing Destiny

Empower Educate Repeat

Houston, TX   |  www.changingdestiny.org

Mission

Our mission is to empower and educate vulnerable women and children affected by injustices like abuse, neglect, human trafficking, poverty, and no access to education. We will do what it takes to give opportunities for individuals to hold their heads up high with hope for a better future! We believe that English education for children will dramatically change their future. We believe that vocational training for women trapped in injustice will put them on a path for a dignified career. We believe in changing destinies!

Ruling year info

2016

Principal Officer

Lee Greer

Main address

15411 Tutbury Cir

Houston, TX 77044 USA

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EIN

46-4409961

NTEE code info

Philanthropy / Charity / Voluntarism Promotion (General) (T50)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

With the statistic being that South Asia has the highest number of out of school children at 13 million and that one out of four unschooled children will most likely never step foot in a classroom, we are working hard to bring education to the most vulnerable. The most vulnerable includes: low-income families, neglected children, abused physically or sexually, sex or labor trafficked, at-risk to trafficking, rural communities with no access to education. We have come to realize that children born into brothels also have a very low chance at receiving an education because of their social standing and the school’s administration’s inability to see past their background to the child that deserves a chance. We are also working to provide other job opportunities for women in vulnerable communities and/or limiting situations.

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?

The School Project

We believe English education has the power to break the cycle of injustice in a family’s life and give a child a chance in the ever-growing, modern South Asia and world.

At our residential school we provide a high-quality school experience with an international curriculum. The children learn to speak fluent English and receive a vibrant education including extra-curricular classes like art, dance, and music. Physical activities include soccer and basketball with future swimming and horse back riding lessons.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
Children and youth

We believe vocational training can ignite forgotten dreams and give the opportunity for a bright future with a dignified career. Many women, for example, are stuck in the sex trade because of illegal debt, while many are stuck because of their limited, to no, education. Vocational training empowers these women to fight for their future. They too have a right to education.

Our beauty program provides beauty training including hair cutting, styling, manicures and facials. Students also learn life skills like nutrition, exercise, and hygiene. In the future, we hope to provide safe housing and salon employment at our own facilities.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Sex workers

On any given night the babies of sex workers are exposed to an unimaginable amount of atrocities and dangers. Often these little ones are physically and verbally abused, drugged to keep quiet through the night, left to wander the streets alone, or left lying next to their mother as she takes in client after client. These children are some of the most vulnerable.

In partnership with a trusted organization, we have started a night shelter for these precious babies under the age of five. This night care provides: a safe place to sleep, an open place to play, a clean place to bathe, and a nutritious meal to eat.

Having this night care shelter also provides the opportunity to connect with more women in the red-light areas. The more women we connect with allows us to hear more of their needs and desires and hopefully provide a solution to change their destiny.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers
At-risk youth

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 members from priority population attending training

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Women and girls, Victims and oppressed people, Sex workers

Related Program

Beauty Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Due to covid and restrictions to meet in person, the focus of our program has changed. We no longer meet in person, instead, our focus has become outreach. Our team travels to meet and support women.

Number of children who have access to education

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, At-risk youth

Related Program

The School Project

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We have the ability to educate many more children but are currently limited to accepting more due to funding. Please consider sponsoring a child's education today to see this number grow!

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.

Our goal is to cultivate change in one’s life course through education and empowerment.

Our strategy to accomplish our goal is to make education and residential living available for children in vulnerable communities. By doing so, they are able to avoid further abuse, neglect, or future exploitation and instead receive care from house mothers, filling and nutritious meals, and an English education, all in which will help give them an edge in their future. Our strategy does not stop with the children! We also provide vocational training for women that are from vulnerable communities. Through our beauty program, they can learn a skill for a dignified career. In addition, we partner with another organization that provides child care for children 0-5 years old while their mothers work. Otherwise, they would be neglected, drugged, or abused to keep quiet.

Changing Destiny has an international board which helps us lead and make decisions for our programs and situations with a global perspective. A leader in our organization is on the ACSI board of education in South Asia where he has great influence in shaping education nationally which positively affects our residential school. We also work with local partners that have great relationships with families in the vulnerable communities that have developed trust between us and them. Our ground team consists 99% of locals which aids in our ability to connect with the community, while our international team works logistics behind the scenes.

Lastly, we plan to work with other organizations, NGOs, and businesses in the area of our work because we believe we can be more effective when we work together than trying to do the same thing on our own!

So far we have been able to implement three ongoing programs. At our residential school we are responsible for 100 children, providing them quality education and care. We run a beauty training program that empowers vulnerable women with new vocational skills. Through our child care program we provide care for about 20 babies.

Next for Changing Destiny, we want to make our education system at our residential school even greater through app development and more online and computer training. We would also like to create a Dream Center where residential living for women and further vocational training can take place, and multiply our child care centers while also providing overnight care for babies in need.

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?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Suggestion box/email,

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

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Changing Destiny

Board of directors
as of 03/04/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

W. Lee Greer

Anne Beiler

Patty Adams

Merv Smucker

Dan Harker

Jerry Pattengale

W. Lee Greer

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/29/2021

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