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PRINCESS PROMISE

Providing hope and healing so girls can live abundant lives in Christ.

aka Princess Project   |   McKinney, TX   |  https://princesspromise.org/

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Mission

Princess Promise serves vulnerable girls in Sierra Leone, Africa, empowering them and their families to live abundant lives in Christ. In partnership with the Sierra Leone government, we identify girls who have been displaced from their families due to extreme cases of neglect, abuse, or trafficking. Once in our care, we use family tracing to place the girls in safe, permanent homes where they can thrive and begin the journey of healing. Princess Promise supports them through weekly check-ins, monthly food supply, schooling, healthcare, family-strengthening training, and Bible studies. We believe that girls and their families can break the cycle of poverty and move into a future with greater hope and opportunity.

Ruling year info

2015

Founder/Executive Director

Mr Mike Chester DiLeo II

Main address

3900 S. Stonebridge Drive Suite 503

McKinney, TX 75070 USA

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EIN

46-5392334

NTEE code info

Christian (X20)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Sierra Leone is one of the top 15 poorest countries in the world, which leaves many children at extreme risk of trafficking, child labor, sexual and physical abuse, and neglect. Sierra Leone is a patriarchal and extremely male-driven society, which means girls are at a severe disadvantage and at risk of being displaced from their families. With a high rate of internal trafficking, many girls find themselves working for their caregivers. These girls are often the last to go to school, do all the family chores, and endure abuse. These circumstances often cause the girls to run away and live a life on the streets, putting them at further risk for abuse, rape, and more trafficking situations. We have identified our target population as youth and adolescent girls in Sierra Leone, as we believe they are one of the most vulnerable groups in this country.

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?

Reunification Program

We identify displaced and vulnerable girls who have been referred to us by the Sierra Leone government because of severe abuse, neglect, trafficking, and early child marriage, among other reasons. We provide temporary housing while we work to trace a girl back to her family or another safe family option so she can begin the road to healing in a loving and stable environment.
We provide after-school tutoring to the girls in our Princess Promise program, five days a week for 30 girls. They meet for an hour and a half, Monday through Friday. We also provide learning supplies and food for




We provide after school tutoring to the girls in our Princess Project program. There are four tutors who teach five days a week after school to our 30 girls. They meet for an hour and a half Monday through Friday. We also provide learning supplies and food for the girls each day. Our program was recently upgraded with 15 laptop computers for our girls to learn basic computer skills and programming.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Women and girls
Orphans
Victims and oppressed people
Families

Depending on the child and their circumstances, we support the girls educationally by sending them to local or private schools in their community. We also offer additional tutoring programs to help the girl excel in her studies. For the older girls, we assist them in applying to university or trade schools and continue to provide the necessary resources so they can thrive.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Orphans
Girls
Victims of crime and abuse
Families

We support the girls in our program in development, leadership, and other life skills through relationships with their individual Caseworkers and Social Workers.

Population(s) Served

In addition to supporting the girl in our program, we provide support to her family. We support the family by providing rice, cooking oil, palm oil, emotional and healthcare. Our Caseworkers and Social Workers check-in with these families often to ensure they are properly supported.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Women and girls
Orphans
Children and youth
Women and girls
Orphans
Foster and adoptive children
Children and youth
Women and girls
Orphans
Foster and adoptive children
Children and youth
Women and girls
Orphans
Foster and adoptive children

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.

Hours of tutoring administered

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

Women and girls, Children and youth

Related Program

Reunification Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of overall donors

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Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

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

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Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of children who have access to education

This metric is no longer tracked.
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Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of people no longer living in unsafe or substandard housing as a result of the nonprofit's efforts

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Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of clients in residential care

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Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of youth who demonstrate motivation to learn

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Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of youth who demonstrate that they have developed/maintained healthy eating habits

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Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of youth who demonstrate that they have developed a strong sense of self

This metric is no longer tracked.
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Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of people reached with the Gospel of Jesus Christ

This metric is no longer tracked.
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Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This metric includes girls in our care, staff and community members.

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.

We desire to provide hope, healing, and opportunity for vulnerable girls in Sierra Leone so they can live abundant lives in Christ. Our goal is to provide a safe place for vulnerable girls who have been referred to us as a result of abuse, severe neglect, and trafficking. Once they are under our care, we aim to address their physical, emotional, educational, and spiritual needs. We then use family tracing to accomplish our primary objective of getting these children back with their families where they belong.

We hope that each girl will have the confidence and resources to become a leader for the next generation in Sierra Leone. They will be well-equipped and self-sufficient to become nurses, doctors, teachers, social workers, lawyers, accountants, or whatever they are passionate about.

In partnership with the Ministry of Social Welfare, we identify girls who have been displaced from their families due to a variety of circumstances like child labor, trafficking, abuse, and neglect, among many other reasons. Once referred to us, we provide temporary safe housing until we can trace a girl back to her family or another safe family option where she can begin healing. Once reunified, we support the family to prevent the circumstances that lead to the initial separation. We support their physical, emotional, and spiritual needs through weekly check-ins, monthly food supplies, schooling, tutoring, healthcare, family strengthening and life skills training, and Bible studies. We aim to provide resources for the child and family for a future with greater hope and opportunity!

We are fully capable of accomplishing our tasks and goals. With a well-equipped 11-person team in Sierra Leone, every dollar fundraised goes directly to the growth of our girls' programs. Using our resources, we employ Sierra Leonean staff, including social workers, drivers, caregivers, teachers, tutors, and guards.

Princess Promise has served hundreds of vulnerable young girls to date in Sierra Leone, West Africa. We have created and implemented an after-school tutoring program that over 30 girls are involved with five days a week. We acquired a bus, a 15-passenger van, and three 4Runners to make our employees more efficient and the program more effective. Princess Promise employs 11 Sierra Leoneans, from case managers to care workers, tutors, drivers, and guards, to give our girls individualized care. In 2023 alone, we reunified 25 girls with their families. We recently opened our Transitional Home to house our older girls transitioning to university or trade school. This home is designed to give them more independence and resources to thrive and have a future with greater hope and opportunity. This Transitional Home will also serve as an Interim Care Center to temporarily house younger girls until we can find them a safe family home. We also purchased 2.5 acres of land to start an Agricultural Program for the families within our Family Care Program. This land will be used to grow vegetables and raise chickens and will be designed to promote sustainability and independence for the families within our Program.

Financials

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Operations

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

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PRINCESS PROMISE

Board of directors
as of 03/04/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mrs. Amanda Szecsy

Princess Promise

Term: 2023 -

Brooke Phillips

Free 2B Designs

Derek Rude

Pepsico

Leanne DiLeo

Forefront Entertainment

Scott Hager

Synergy Surgical LLC

Mike DiLeo

Princess Promise/Ski Daddy

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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? 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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/4/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

We do not display disability information for organizations with fewer than 15 staff.

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/08/2024

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
Policies and processes
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.