Public, Society Benefit

Courageous Kitchen Inc.

Inspiring young leaders through the power of food!

Stone Mountain, CA

Mission

Courageous Kitchen is a non-profit organization inspiring young leaders through the power of food!

We help students who are at risk of poverty and exploitation with education programs, including English and cooking classes, in communities in Bangkok, Thailand.

Ruling Year

2016

Principal Officer

Mr Dwight Turner

Deputy Director

Michaelle Tauson

Main Address

736 Oak Hill Circle

Stone Mountain, CA 30083 USA

Keywords

K-12, culinary, refugees, thailand, leadership

EIN

81-0914093

 Number

1917870536

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Leadership Development (W70)

IRS Filing Requirement

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

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

Courageous Kitchen works to mitigate the issues of poverty, malnutrition, and lack of access to education among the most marginalized in Bangkok. Most notably, urban refugees seeking asylum in the city. Many of these asylees arrive traumatized by the circumstances of their flight, to find the government actively jailing and refouling documented persons of concern. Thailand does not recognize international laws protecting refugee rights, forcing people to eek out a living in the shadows. This is especially tragic for families who have fled rural areas, and arrive with larger than normal household sizes, and no opportunities to support themselves legally.

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Free Saturday School

Food Aid & Assistance

Young Adult Culinary Training

Where we workNew!

Our Results

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Number of people within the organization's service area accessing food aid

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Immigrants, newcomers, refugees

Related program

Food Aid & Assistance

Number of hours of training

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Immigrants, newcomers, refugees

Related program

Free Saturday School

Estimated dollar value of food donations distributed to community feedings programs

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Immigrants, newcomers, refugees

Related program

Food Aid & Assistance

Charting Impact

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

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What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

Courageous Kitchen hopes to inspire marginalized youth through the power of food. This is done by providing food aid and education. The food aid is a lifeline and assist people meeting their basic needs. The education program teaches youth English and culinary skills concurrently, with the aim of increasing nutrition, self confidence, and developing employable skills.

Our recipe for creating transformative change is to feed the hungry, restore dignity by funding basic needs, and a provide free education program giving people the skills they need to lift themselves out of poverty.

Courageous Kitchen currently receives no institutional support. This neither includes governmental aid, nor regular donations from faith based organizations. Instead the organization has turned to the social enterprise model, creating a business to support the costs of programming for the needy. The business provides cooking classes to tourists visiting Bangkok, which supplements income from donations. To reach more communities, however, the organization must grow the number of supporters in the form of grantees, donors, and business customers.

To track the impact of our organization, we consider both qualitative and quantitative measures. For example, our annual report shares the amount of rice, cash, and instructional hours distributed to those in need. This is supplemented by quotes and stories of the lives we have impacted, including a documentary available on our website.

Courageous Kitchen has provided 500 hours of English language instruction for 3-6 year olds in our pre-school serving the children of asylum seeking refugees in Bangkok. In 2017, Courageous Kitchen distributed over $10,000 in direct cash aid to vulnerable families, and invested over $10,000 in education, and culinary skills training for the same community. This includes 2,200kg of rice distributed, positively impacting the lives of 300 people. In 2019, we hope to expand our supporter base to be able to share the hope and courage provided by our activities in the kitchen with more people in Bangkok.

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

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CEO OVERSIGHT

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ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

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BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

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BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

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