DOVA INTERNATIONAL CHARITIES LIMITED

Persecuted Christian Aid & Advocacy Non-Profit Charity

aka 47-3809658   |   Riverdale, MD   |  http://dova-international-charities.org/

Mission

Our purpose is to provide necessary aid and vital assistance to persecuted Christians, especially the Christian children in war torn areas of the Middle East.

Ruling year info

2015

Founder & President

Dr Kathleen L. D'Ovidio

Main address

PO Box 407

Riverdale, MD 20738 USA

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EIN

47-3809658

NTEE code info

Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash) (P60)

Other Housing, Shelter N.E.C. (L99)

Nonmonetary Support N.E.C. (W19)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Christians in the Middle East & Africa are experiencing very harsh persecution. Their villages are destroyed, community members & family members kidnapped or killed, and infrastructure ruined. Basic supplies that we take for granted are desperately needed. Christians who are being persecuted need to be heard. We will work to advocate for them. We will work to build relationships with government officials who are willing to assist then. We also collaborate with other organizations committed to human rights & religious freedom. We will use social media to spread the truth about the horrors of the persecution. We are raising money to address the unusually high rate of suicides occurring in the Refugee Camps in Iraq among the minority youth due to depression & PTSD. Many Iraqi children have been deprived of part of their childhood. They suffer because of the war & violence that devastated their communities and resulted in the loss of their family members.

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?

Mission 2015-2016 - Used Clothing Drive for Christian refugees in the Middle East

This was our very first Mission as a charity founded in September of 2015. A used clothing drive was conducted from the end of 2015 through the end of 2016 where 5 boxes of gently used clothing was gathered and was sent to our partners in California. This aid was shipped to Iraq & distributed to the Christians in Northern Iraq refugee camps.

Population(s) Served
People of Middle Eastern descent
Christians

7 Boxes of medical supplies, oral care products, personal hygiene products, baby products and feminine care products were gathered and then shipped to our partners in California, from where they were transported to Iraq and are now being distributed to Iraqi Christians in refugee camps.

Population(s) Served
People of Middle Eastern descent
Christians

Dova International Charities is partnering with Iraqi Christian Relief Council, to fund a project to build a playground for the Christian children in the village of Alqosh, Nineveh plain Iraq.

Population(s) Served
People of Middle Eastern descent
Children and youth
Christians

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 hygiene kits distributed

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

People of Middle Eastern descent, Christians

Related Program

Mission 2017-2018 - Humanitarian aid for Chrisitan refugees in Iraqi refugee camps

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

3 Boxes of medical supplies and feminine care products were shipped to our partners in California, from where they were shipped to Iraq and are now being distributed to Iraqi Christians.

Pounds of clothing donated

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

People of Middle Eastern descent, Christians

Related Program

Mission 2015-2016 - Used Clothing Drive for Christian refugees in the Middle East

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

A used clothing drive was conducted from 2015 - 2016 where 5 boxes of gently used clothing was sent to our partners in CA. This aid was shipped to Iraq & distributed to the Christians in refugee camps

Number of organizational partners

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

People of Middle Eastern descent, Christians, Victims and oppressed people

Related Program

2019-2022 Mission: I Build Up Hope for the Christian Children of Alqosh, Nineveh Plain, Iraq.

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

ICRC

Number of donations made by board members

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

People of Middle Eastern descent, Christians

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Most of the funding for the charity comes from the Board members personal savings. Their dedication to this cause is so strong that they feel compelled to spend their life savings on their projects.

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.

To be able to:

provide Humanitarian Aid to Christians in War torn areas of the Middle East & Africa which includes new clothes, toiletries, baby products, feminine hygiene products & medical supplies.

raise funds to build safe and healthy facilities in refugee camps.

advocate for those who wish to immigrate to the USA and find help for them if they need immigration assistance & financial support.

support newly admitted Christian refugees with various forms of assistance to help them acclimate to the USA.

offer specific job skills training in the trades, technology, and other areas where individuals can obtain gainful employment, assist newly arriving Christians with learning English & teach specific cultural mores, our Constitution, our political system and history.

Our Mission this year of 2019 is to help these orphans by providing the funding for the construction of a Recreational Facility so that they have safe designated spaces in the Refugee Camps to enjoy their free time, play sports & express themselves by constructing an athletic field.

We will work with our existing partners and develop new partners in order to gain greater footprint, and more resources so that we can all work together to improve funding possibilities in order to reach our goals.

We will work with members of Congress and Government Agencies who are deeply involved with this issue so as to determine ways to assist Christians who are suffering from persecution.

We will send out fundraising Newsletters and post on social media our Mission & goals & appeal for donations.

We are located in the Washington D.C. metro area so advocating with Congress and Government Agencies is convenient and easy.

We have multiple language capacities so that we can speak to various ethnic groups and get them involved with this issue.

We will continue using various Social Media and Web based fundraising sites, tools and strategies in order to raise funds as well as apply for federal government grants.

5 Boxes of gently used clothing was were shipped to our partners in California, where they were sent to Iraq to be distributed to Iraqi Christians.

7 Boxes of medical supplies, oral care products, personal hygiene products, baby products and feminine care products were shipped to our partners in California, where they were sent to Iraq to be distributed to Iraqi Christians.

We have raised thousands of dollars to achieve our Mission this year of 2019 is to help these orphans by providing the funding for the construction of a Recreational Facility so that they have safe designated spaces in the Refugee Camps to enjoy their free time, play sports & express themselves by constructing an athletic field.

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 demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
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 bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Changed how we communicate to our partners in Iraq.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our board, Our community partners,

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

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback,

Financials

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Operations

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

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DOVA INTERNATIONAL CHARITIES LIMITED

Board of directors
as of 05/31/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Dr Kathleen D'Ovidio

Dova International Charities

Term: 2015 -


Board co-chair

Mr Jaime Vazquez

Jaime Vázquez Saldaña

Dova International Charities, Ltd.

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 ? Yes
  • 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? Not applicable
  • 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

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/13/2020

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person with a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/13/2020

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Data
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.