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AFRICAN CENTRES FOR LIGHTNING AND ELECTROMAGNETICS NETWORK INC - ACLENet

Lightning Kills! Save a Life in Africa

aka ACLENet, ACLE, ACLENet.org   |   River Forest, IL   |  https://ACLENet.org

Mission

ACLENet, the African Centres for Lightning and Electromagnetics Network, is a pan-African Network of Centres dedicated to decreasing deaths, injuries and property damage from Lightning. ACLENet's VISION is to have the African continent equipped to mitigate lightning damage and deaths by: 1. WORKING with GOVERNMENTS to improve lightning protection and forecasting 2. EDUCATING Africa's own EXPERTS 3. RAISING AWARENESS of the lightning hazard 4. PROVIDING timely WARNINGS to populations affected by lightning 5. DOCUMENTING the lightning injury DEMOGRAPHICS in each country 6. PROVIDING local and regional TRAINING of lightning protection specialists 7. ENCOURAGING RESEARCH 8. IMPROVING the ECONOMIES of developing nations by protecting infrastructure 9. PROTECTING SCHOOL CHILDREN

Notes from the nonprofit

ACLENet was incorporated in the US in January 2016 and in Uganda in June 2016. The first 990-EZ was filed for 2016 and has been filed each year since then. ACLENet is in the process of developing best practices, financial policies and other essentials as we transition from an all volunteer staff to our first paid employees. Other milestones for ACLENet: 1. Installation of first lightning protection systems (LPS) on six schools in Uganda. 2. Site surveys of additional schools for LPS design and fundraising 3. Publication of newspaper inserts, television broadcasts and public safety announcements on lightning safety, science, and protection. 4. Monthly Newsletter published since 2017 5. Maintenance of largest publicly available on-line database for lightning injuries and deaths - 33 of 55 African countries included by 2020. 6. All volunteer Lightning Protection Working Group: internationally recognized lightning protection experts meeting weekly since 2018 to design LP for schools

Ruling year info

2016

Managing Director

Dr. Mary Ann Cooper

Relationships Manager

Richard Tushemereirwe

Main address

632 Clinton Place

River Forest, IL 60305 USA

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Formerly known as

ACLIR

EIN

81-1417000

NTEE code info

Education N.E.C. (B99)

Safety Education (M40)

Community Improvement, Capacity Building N.E.C. (S99)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

ACLEnet is dedicated to decreasing deaths, injuries and property damage from lightning across the African continent

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?

Lightning Kills! Save a Life in Africa

More than half of the lightning deaths reported across Africa are to school children. 90% of sub-Saharan buildings are not lightning safe. Since schools tend to be the most substantial buildings in many villages, we are surveying schools to assemble portfolios of each school in order to design and install lightning protection systems (lightning rods plus down-conductors plus grounding systems) on schools. The cost for each school depends on the number of buildings, soil resistance and other factors. We will also be working with teachers and students to promote weather education and safety awareness. While it will take a generation or so, just as it has in the US, families will learn from their children and lightning injury prevention will become a standard. See http://aclenet.org/lightning-kills-save-a-life-in-africa/

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

ACLENet is working with universities in our national centres to expand graduate education (MS, PhD) as well as upgrading the training of graduated practicing engineers with Continuous Professional Development (CPD) courses.

Population(s) Served
Adults

We have been funded to use television programs and newspaper inserts to do public education in lightning safety. We are giving training in lightning safety to parents, children, and the communities of the schools we protect. We also work with media to help them spread lightning safety messages.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

Where we work

Awards

Global Resilience Partnership Grant 2015

U.S. Agency for International Development

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 entities served by expertise

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

Children and youth, Adults

Related Program

Lightning Kills! Save a Life in Africa

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

These are schools where standardized lightning protection systems have been installed. A total of 7 schools have been protected and we have donations for two more for 2023 implementation.

Total dollar amount of grants awarded

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

Lightning Kills! Save a Life in Africa

Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

2016 grant was for two years 2016-8

Number of evaluations conducted

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

Children and youth

Related Program

Lightning Kills! Save a Life in Africa

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

This represents the number of schools measured for lightning protection. Some schools may have had configuration changes since they were measured.

Number of list subscribers

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

Public Education

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Giving Tuesday and Newsletter mailing list. The 'never or seldom open' were deleted to decrease mailing costs. The result is a more active and involved readership, even if the numbers seem lower.

Number of public service announcements created

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

Age groups, Extremely poor people, Low-income people, Working poor, Victims of disaster

Related Program

Public Education

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Public service announcements on lightning safety and science are broadcast on radio and TV during the Christmas holidays. We would like to do considerably more if funds become available.

Total number of grants awarded

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

Age groups, Health, Social and economic status

Related Program

Lightning Kills! Save a Life in Africa

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of demonstration project or pilot sites

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

Age groups, Social and economic status

Related Program

Lightning Kills! Save a Life in Africa

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

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.

ACLENet seeks to decrease deaths, injuries and property damage from lightning across Africa by: 1. Working with governments to improve lightning safety and weather forecasting/warning 2. Doing public education on lightning safety 3. Working with universities across Africa to improve education in electrical engineering and do graduate training to educate Africa's own experts 4. Protect schools/students by installation of lightning protection systems compliant with the internationally accepted standards (IEC 62305) 5. Working to assess the number of lightning deaths and property damage in each country

ACLENet has an international board of advisers ready to help. The leaders of ACLENet are internationally recognized experts in their fields partnered with leaders in each country where ACLENet has national centres. ACLENet is building relationships with industry, universities, public health and national research organizations, mentoring researchers and teachers, and working with government to assure code compliant lightning protection systems in both new and existing schools.

ACLENet is actively seeking grants, networking with appropriate government and university programs to build programs, and building a donor base. We are recruiting and training personnel to help with each of our goals.

ACLENet has been incorporated and received tax-exempt status in the US. Each national center has its own areas of talent, interest, needs and opportunities: In Uganda, the host country, ACLENet has installed lightning protection (LP) at several schools and is working with the Ministry of Education and Sports to assure code-compliant LP designs for the new schools they are building this year. We are working with Makerere University, Makerere University Business School and the Uganda Institution of Professional Engineers to train electrical engineers. In Zambia, the first national center (ACLE-Zambia) was formed in 2015 and is working to institute graduate training at the University of Zambia and working with the Rural Electrification Authority to protect electrical generation (solar) and distribution installations in a country whose hydroelectric production has been sorely reduced by drought. Several other countries have expressed interest in national centers.

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 using feedback from the people you serve?

    To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, We serve extremely poor rural Ugandans. If they take time to meet with us, their family will not eat

Financials

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Operations

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

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AFRICAN CENTRES FOR LIGHTNING AND ELECTROMAGNETICS NETWORK INC - ACLENet

Board of directors
as of 08/11/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Dr. Mary Ann Cooper

ACLENet


Board co-chair

Richard Tushemereirwe

ACLENet

Term: 2014 -

Mary Ann Cooper

Professor Emerita UIC,

Ronald L. Holle

Holle Meteorology and Photography

Richard Tushememeirwe

ACLENet

Ken Nixon

University Witwatersrand

Kim Loehr

Loehr Lightning

Tonny Lusambu

Retired Commissioner of Education, Uganda

Daile Zhang

University of Maryland

Katie Flanagan

East Carolina University

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 10/14/2022

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
Female
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Unknown
Gender identity
Male
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data