Covenant Home for Children

Embracing children in need.

aka CHFC   |   Altadena, CA   |  https://www.covenanthomeforchildren.org/

Mission

Covenant Home for Children (Covenant Home) is a charitable nonprofit organization headquartered in Los Angeles, California (USA) and focused on the homeless, runaway, abandoned, abused, trafficked, or exploited youth of Guyana (South America). As a faith-based charitable organization, Covenant Home aims to eradicate homelessness and poverty amongst Guyana youth, and promote comprehensive social change through educational improvement and opportunity. Covenant Home uses a comprehensive, or whole family approach, believing that investments must be made in Guyana, not only in housing, feeding and educating our children, but in all areas potentially affecting family stability. These include physical, social and economic improvements as well.

Notes from the nonprofit

Embracing children in need with the compassion of Christ, while giving hope and healing for a changed life. - W. Seetal, Founder & President

Ruling year info

2016

Founder & President

Walter Harry Seetal

Treasurer & Director

Lavone Seetal

Main address

3223 Grandeur Avenue

Altadena, CA 91001 USA

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EIN

47-4787204

NTEE code info

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

Community Foundations (T31)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Guyana poverty assessment found that an estimated 43 percent of the population fall below the poverty line using data from the recent Living Standards Measurement Survey. Roughly two thirds of the poor, or 29 percent of the total population, can be further classified as being extremely poor, with an expenditure level below that required to purchase a minimum low-cost diet. The majority of Guyana's poor live in rural areas, while extreme poverty is concentrated in the interior regions. In Guyana, less than half our children overall, and as few as twenty percent of the children in the poorest communities receive the opportunity for early childhood education. Less than thirty percent of the poorest children have access to learning materials or children’s books. Poor households tend to have more children and have attained lower levels of education than non-poor households.

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?

CHFC Children's Home Support

As a tax exempt charitable nonprofit organization, Covenant Home aims to eradicate homelessness and poverty amongst Guyana youth, but also promote comprehensive social change through educational improvement and opportunity. Our plan consists of two phases, the first of which consists of raising funds to perform community outreach, and develop a relationship with the community by supporting other Guyana charities and children’s homes, before ultimately building our own children's home as the second phase of our mission. Thus, we're now supporting three (3) existing children's homes in Georgetown, Guyana; Bless the Children, Save R Kids, and the Hauraruni (Girls) Home.

Population(s) Served

Covenant Home for Children is committed to supporting bereaved children with school supplies and necessities they’ve lost access to by their parents’ untimely death. The first two children we support come to us through our Trustee, Marva Langevine, who’s friend, Mikeisha Beckles, passed away on September 24, 2014 after a long painful journey living with cancer. She was diagnosed with stage four leiomyosarcoma when she was pregnant with her second child. After giving birth she was hospitalized and died a few months later. As the mother of two boys; Jahiem born in 2010, and Ronnel, born in 2014, they’re now cared for by their maternal grandmother who acquired full custody after her death because their father was unable to provide for them. However, just three months after Mikeisha’s death, their family was again devastated with the tragic news, as their grandmother, an orphan herself since the age of fifteen, was now a widow. Her husband, or Mikeisha’s father, died in a freak accident at work after a steel pole fell on him. As the sole bread winner for the family, Doreen was left homeless with two grandchildren to take care for. CHFC already commits to providing $100 (USD) monthly for the benefit of Jahiem and Ronnel, but your donation can help these young men continue to attend school, purchase books, school uniforms, food, and all required to nurture these children, now without parents.

Population(s) Served

At CHFC, we believe in a home where children can find love, protection, food and rest without fear. Providing extracurricular activities and athletics for our children is critically important. This is why we work to support the Tiger Bay Youth Soccer Club, a vibrant and talented group of children who enjoy the game of soccer, but lack in the basic necessities to grow and learn in the sport. Your donation can help to purchase these twelve young athletes soccer equipment, balls, pads, uniforms, cleats, and socks.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Guyana Friendly Society Charity 2018

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 children served

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

CHFC Children's Home Support

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In 2016 we started by simply donating to other Guyana causes who focus on helping children. However, by 2017-18, we began developing relationships with government and children's homes in Guyana.

Number of children who received school supplies

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

CHFC Children's Home Support

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

As we continue to grow, we're now able to provide school supplies for the children now living in government sanctioned homes.

Number of children who have access to education

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

CHFC Children's Home Support

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

As we continue to develop our programs, we're able to network and establish relationships with educators who share our vision and mission for the children in Guyana.

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 ultimate goal is to build a Children's Home and campus in Region 3 of Georgetown, Guyana. However, our first phase focuses on the said three existing homes, in addition to supporting bereaved children, and the Tiger Bay Youth Soccer Club.

Thus, we're currently starting a dialogue with our local professional soccer/sports teams who may have players from South America, who are willing to support the Tiger Bay club.

Using 2018 and 2019 for planning, fundraising and predevelopment, by January, 2020, we hope to be fully permitted and entitled for construction, with a Certificate of Occupancy issuance ultimately depending on whether we build from the ground up, or renovate an existing property.

The first year of operation, we will most likely coordinate in and around the school calendar year. Years 1-3 will focus primarily on our program development and outreach efforts, while continuously developing new global impact relationships with a variety of public, private, individual, and corporate entities.

By years 4-5, we will be in a full-scale operation, and sustainable operationally and financially. Covenant Home will continue to refine the approach and process, while also expanding the focus more fully to include post-secondary and family economic success strategies. We hope, by year 5, to have helped several thousand children and their families, through God’s work.

We're rolling out a multimedia campaign highlighting our founders, board and passion for this cause. Once we've built a strong reputation in the community with the existing children's homes, we're confident that more substantial donors will feel comfortable in helping to finance our effort in building a new home. As we establish our approach to fundraising, capital is obviously required to remain operational at some level, thus our planned financial projections will begin from this baseline below, and project fundraising and expenditure requirements based on our plans for engaging competent counsel, executive and administrative expertise, office space, and travel requirements.

To date, Covenant Home has already engaged certain broad-based support as the beginning of our donor base. To achieve our goals over the next five years, we will need to commission the completion of a thorough cost analysis of our planned real estate lease/purchase, construction/renovation, programs and operations. Covenant Home will soon prepare our Preliminary Budget and establish what will be needed as predevelopment capital to allow us to properly plan/develop the project.

Of the required needed start-up capital, we cannot yet anticipate whether a majority will come from public or private-sector funders, however we will fully vet all financial projections to ensure of an accurate baseline and prospectus for donors and grantors to consider.

As detailed in our full prospectus, Covenant Home will always pursue a variety of opportunities for addressing our most immediate financial needs, and for building a sustainable organization over time, which include:

1. Make better use of existing resources;
2. Strengthen and expand partnerships;
3. Create more flexibility in existing use of resources; and
4. Generate new public- and private-sector funding.

Leading the Covenant Home are three core branches of leadership, who have led this effort from the beginning, ensuring that it is well managed, transparent, well-resourced and stays true to its inclusive, global approach to service in impact through prayer, planning, and action.

Aside from our Board of Directors, Officers, and Staff, we also see the surrounding community of Georgetown, our American partnerships, and potential international peers as foundational allies in our ongoing effort. With over several decades’ worth of theological education and experience, Covenant Home enjoys the support, wisdom and faith of our team of Pastors who are also natives just as Covenant Home’s founder and president, Pastor Walter Seetal.

Other Covenant Home partners include a variety of committed community-based organizations, including the Union Rescue Mission in Downtown, Los Angeles, and aims to establish an open dialogue with a variety of government officials and global poverty eradication institutions, as well as several regional and national organizations.

Although a groundbreaking initiative for this part of South America, Covenant Home’s duly elected Board of Directors and Executive Leadership intend to build on the legacy of philanthropy and goodwill of other global charities such as the American Humane Association, Children’s Defense Fund, and the (American) Red Cross.

As of 2018, we have an open registration with the local government in Guyana as an international nonprofit organization, an active “Committee of Management” there in Guyana who collaborate with us, and we’re in the process of beginning to launch our first online Fundraising Campaign, and planning our first Fundraiser Event to support our campaigns for;

A. Children's Home Support Fund
B. Tiger Bay Youth Soccer Club
C. Children of Bereavement

After we've developed a strong donor base for these causes, we'll begin focusing on financing the development of our own children's home.

Financials

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

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Covenant Home for Children

Board of directors
as of 6/27/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Andre Giles

Fusion Multiplex

Term: 2017 - 2019


Board co-chair

Walter Seetal

Union Rescue Mission

Term: 2015 - 2019

Walter Seetal

Union Rescue Mission

Lavone Seetal

Azusa Pacific University

Andre Giles

Fusion Multiplex

John Lawrence

Image Work

Jade Quinn

Union Rescue Mission

Fonda Whitehead

Union Rescue Mission

Michael Zendejas

Moss & Co.

Michael Kravitz

Nestle USA

Steve Borja

Talbot School of Theology

Nicon Chetram

Mountain Heights Wesleyan Church

Nigel Chetram

Child Evangelism Fellowship of Guyana

Samantha Gale

Covenant Home for Children

Vedawattie Ram

Child Evangelism Fellowship of Guyana

Marva Langevine

Camp Golden / Giving Hope Foundation

Gladston Alert

Church of the Nazarene

Candice Evans

Covenant Home for Children

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? No
  • 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? 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? Yes