Amal Alliance Inc

Building Bright Futures for Kids

San Diego, CA   |  www.amalalliance.org

Mission

The Amal Alliance, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) dedicated to empowering displaced children through social development programs at refugee camps and informal settlements around the globe. We believe that we are all global citizens with a social and moral responsibility to ensure that all children have access to their cultural identity, knowledge of their history, and the tools and resources they need to reach their full potential. Our holistic approach stimulates the mind and body through education and integration programs that focus on social emotional learning and address trauma at its root cause. These programs allow children to find inner strength and resilience despite their challenging circumstances.

Ruling year info

2017

Founder and Executive Director

Danielle De La Fuente

Main address

601 11th Ave 1907

San Diego, CA 92101 USA

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EIN

82-0618872

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Community Mental Health Center (F32)

Physical Fitness/Community Recreational Facilities (N30)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

With various wars and political strife around the world, environmental changes, as well as growing discriminatory and religious animosity, the number of displaced people has grown to staggering numbers. Of the 65 million global refugees, 50 million are children, with more than half being unaccompanied minors. Not only have these children lost all remnants of hope, but have unfortunately endured incredibly scarring experiences like war and devastation. While larger NGOs look to provide immediate relief like shelter and food, education has fallen at the bottom of the humanitarian aid spectrum with only 3% of global funding. Sadly, the lack of access to education and psycho-social support makes these children incredibly vulnerable to a variety of security risks like human trafficking, harvesting of organs, or being recruited into terrorist organizations. Our program sets out to fill this gap, and ensure refugee children have access to social emotional learning they need and crave.

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?

Rainbow of Education

Our holistic programming enhances cognitive and interpersonal skills, and bridges the learning gap by combining psychosocial support with trauma-informed play-based learning to engage children at their confidence and capability levels. Highlighted by UNHCR as one of the “most promising holistic practices” at the inaugural Global Refugee Forum, our Rainbow of Education incorporates kids yoga, mindfulness, art therapy, dance, reading, and creative writing. Through innovative methodology we create a safe space in which refugee and host community children cultivate their voice, resiliency, and self-worth.

We fulfill our mission by collaborating and coordinating with like-minded humanitarian organizations and host communities through increasing global awareness and sharing outlooks to help counter marginalization and build cross-cultural relations.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Colors of Kindness is an innovative EdTech solution that aims to: 1) improve children’s social and emotional skills, 2) increase the overall wellbeing of children and their caregivers, 3) increase access to and engagement with distance learning, and 4) promote learning by leveraging technology and the internet as a social good. In light of the ongoing pandemic, the program aims to ease participants’ transition back to school once traditional learning environments reopen by providing digital resources for the social emotional development that is often missing from traditional curriculum. Colors of Kindness helps children develop the skills necessary to cope with the new and difficult emotions that accompany emergency situations and trauma.

With great emphasis placed on Access to Learning Environments, Colors of Kindness seeks to provide children in low-resource settings access to social and emotional learning (SEL) content through a learning management system. Learning Equality’s Kolibri Learning Management System (LMS) will be used for this project, providing a full set of features for NGO and governmental partners including class management, assignment tracking, feedback management, and gradebooks. SEL, rooted in a deep understanding of human dignity, is vitally important for learners and caregivers during emergency situations. The competencies and skills gained will holistically engage the learner and support teachers, caregivers and their children as they address trauma. Designed to be used in remote areas with limited connectivity, the program provides access to children who otherwise would be left behind.

Population(s) Served
Health
Children and youth
At-risk youth
Economically disadvantaged people
Immigrants and migrants

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 children who have access to education

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

Children and youth, Economically disadvantaged people, Immigrants and migrants, Health, At-risk youth

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In 2020, we switched to EdTech solutions due to the COVID pandemic. This exponentially increased our reach.

Number of training programs created

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

Children, Infants and toddlers, Preteens, Caregivers, At-risk youth

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We ran 4 official trainings/workshops, but spoke on close to 40+ webinars, panels, and online forums to provide guidance to parents and practitioners.

Number of training workshops

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

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.

Children can be powerful agents of change in the world when given the chance to succeed. However, global conflict and natural disasters have denied an estimated 50 million children their childhood and the opportunity to reach their full potential. Children’s vulnerabilities are amplified in emergency settings, where children are often exposed to repeated traumatic events. Adverse experiences during childhood development can negatively impact future well-being. These children can often feel hopeless and trapped in a vicious cycle of vulnerability and exploitation.

However, we seek to interrupt this vicious cycle through unique educational opportunities. Our name Amal is the Arabic word for hope, which is the essence of our work. Instilling a sense of hope is crucial in fostering resilience, and it serves as a magical power that allows children to adapt and emotionally heal from trauma. Through the use of traditional and nontraditional methods in a child-friendly space, we teach children interpersonal and behavioral skills which foster an increase in emotional intelligence, resilience, and sense of self-efficacy. In addition to basic reading and writing, our Rainbow of Education uniquely incorporates the use of kids yoga, mindfulness, dance, and art theory to support holistic development.

We offer children a chance to once again enjoy their childhood in a safe space despite the circumstances. They can engage in the therapeutic and developmentally appropriate act of play, which provides an opportunity to informally address underlying trauma. This is critical in nurturing their ability to acquire and develop the social, cognitive, and physical competencies that affect children’s present realities and future successes.

We also promote social cohesion by welcoming students from all backgrounds. Our safe spaces are areas in which children and teachers from different backgrounds can come to encounter and learn from one another. We emphasize social emotional learning to better the interpersonal skills and emotional intelligence necessary to build more peaceful communities. In addition, the teachers whom we train from both the host and refugee communities ensure the sustainability and cultural relevance of our programs by integrating local values and customs. We build upon the existing strengths and resources of a particular community, engaging in capacity building and professional development.

Amal Alliance seeks to engage both the micro and macro structures that affect displaced children, offering a holistic intervention for this extremely vulnerable population. Our trauma-informed programs on an individual level seeks to empower displaced and disenfranchised youth, providing a safe space in which children can simply be children. We incorporate mindfulness practices and play as an informal means to address trauma and foster a sense of inner peace. In addition, we focus on social emotional learning programming to better emotional intelligence and interpersonal skills necessary to build a more cohesive, peaceful community.

Realizing that issues do not occur in a vacuum, we also engage the macro structures to ensure the sustainability and effectiveness of our micro interventions. We advocate for psychosocial support, early childhood development, social emotional learning, and increased access to education in emergencies and protracted crises. We work with the United Nations, national governments, and other NGOs to create synergy between the systems to provide the support that displaced children so desperately need to grow. Engaging different system levels increases the effectiveness and ensures the sustainability of our work. A complex issue requires an equally complex response.

While we are a small sized organization, but have a mighty team. Currently we are an 100% voluntary organization with a team that includes highly skilled individuals coming from across globe. Together they form our Executive Board, Advisory Board, and day to day volunteers. We also have various partner and sisters organizations of like minded humanitarians that enhance our capacity and provide valuable insight and implementation. Our academic affiliates such as Columbia University, NYU, and Boston University provide us with resident students working to complete 21/hours a week of field placement.

Since March 2018- March 2020, we had reached 1,100 children, trained 74 teachers, built the capacity of 9 local NGOs in 3 countries: Greece, Lebanon, and Turkey.

2020 was marked with unprecedented challenges. Around the world, children had their lives and education disrupted by the COVID 19 pandemic. While the coronavirus presented a plethora of problems, it also provided an opportunity to reimagine how learning can take place anywhere, at any time. It has propelled individuals, organizations, governments, and education stakeholders to tap into innovative ideas and technologies, as well as the wonderful world of imagination!

At Amal Alliance, we too were among the visionaries that sought to tap into our creativity to explore and reinvent our traditional learning methods with imaginative solutions. We understood this complex issue would require an equally comprehensive response, and thus sought to work through a consortium effort, which built on the expertise of our global partners.

At the onset of the pandemic, we quickly delivered our emergency response. We Are in This Together, a podcast series, was distributed into four languages, and reached an estimated 160,000 beneficiaries. This led to winning UNHCR’s Humanitarian Education Accelerator (HEA) COVID 19 Challenge. Our team worked tirelessly to design an innovative EdTech solution for teachers and caregivers that included engaging social emotional learning (SEL) audio-based instruction, a digital workbook, and assessment instruments, delivered through a mobile app that worked offline. It was piloted in Bangladesh, and saw a dramatic 16.5% increase in SEL competencies in the children that participated in our 10-week pilot program.

We also worked with global partners to create downloadable content for offline learners, which reached another 110,000 users!

As the pandemic continues, our work has become ever more critical! We stand committed to ensuring all children can process these lived experiences and have a smooth transition back to the classroom.

Financials

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Amal Alliance Inc

Board of directors
as of 8/26/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Danielle De La Fuente

Amal Alliance, Inc.

Andre Gordilho

Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ

Bertha De La Fuente

Jet D'Eau Inc.

Eduardo Carrillo Marquez

KPMG

Genevive Trencher

Marketing Consultant

Tara Rafaat

Mphasis

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? 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? 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 08/26/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Multi-Racial/Multi-Ethnic (2+ races/ethnicities)
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability