Human Is Kind

La Jolla, CA   |  www.humaniskind.org

Mission

We know that the root cause of poverty is unequal access to education for girls. We also know that, in order to break the cycle of unequal access to education, we must provide a safe and comprehensive program aimed at menstrual and reproductive health. We, at Human is Kind, work closely with the Obunga community in Kisumu, Kenya, to provide its most at risk girls not only with the aforementioned, but also with an informal academic education focused on marketable skills, self-esteem, and community leadership. In addition, we provide free menstrual supplies, clean drinking water, a daily snack, clinic visits, and free access to school supplies. Our US team is volunteer based only with our only paid staff being Kenyan professionals with experience working in this delicate community.

Ruling year info

2021

President, Founder

Kate Pache

Vice President

Matt Keefe

Main address

8081 Caminto Mallorca

La Jolla, CA 92037 USA

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EIN

83-2513281

NTEE code info

Services to Promote the Independence of Specific Populations (P80)

IRS filing requirement

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

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Obunga community has an average girls' education level of 3rd grade. Because of this, women of this community are often forced to work in illegal or dangerous jobs to support their families as they don't have alternate means of income. Gender based violence, extreme poverty and poor reproductive and menstrual health often leads women to carry a great burden of childcare and illness without any assistance. (The HIV rate is approx 19% but believed to be higher than reported). Furthermore, lack of financial independence often results in both them and their children being taken advantage of by men.

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?

Human is Kind Learning Center

Based in the heart of the Obunga slum, the HIK learning center is a free center open to any girl between the ages of 3 and 17. Although we target girls who are unable to attend school, we accept every girl who would like to learn, practice schoolwork, engage in creative art or to learn about their health and bodies. The program is open 5 days a week and includes a certified teacher, teaching assistant, and operations director who makes sure the teaching staff has everything they need as well as that they stay within the community guidelines. We have computers, a growing library and clinical resources to ensure that the girls remain healthy and able to learn.

Though not a formal accredited school, we do offer traditional academic learning as well as a comprehensive reproductive and menstrual health program aimed at creating a safe and open environment where girls can ask questions about their bodies and their rights.

Population(s) Served
People of African descent

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 students enrolled

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

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We opened in 2022 with the expectation we'd have 10-15 girls attend. Our average daily attendance is 23 girls but can exceed 30.

Average online donation

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

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We had raised seed money in 2019 to build our program. Since then, we receive, on average, $887 in donations per month.

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 goal is to reach as many girls possible to provide them with a comprehensive reproductive and menstrual health program so they can make better decisions about their bodies and their futures. We want to teach them about sexually transmitted diseases with a strong emphasis on HIV, as many of them are born positive and not taught how to take care of themselves. We provide each girl with clean drinking water, a snack and both physical and emotional support.

Because attendance varies based on life circumstances for many of our attending girls, we don't have an exact metric to measure progress. However, do we believe that if enough girls are taught marketable skills, taught about their bodies and rights, and taught to value themselves, they will not only have a better chance of success but will also raise children who are more aware of their choices and more apt to make better decisions for a healthy and stable life.

We offer a free learning center which is open 5 days a week. (Closed Tuesdays and Sundays) We provide them with books, school supplies, art supplies, menstrual supplies, toiletries (soap, clean underwear and socks when needed as well as basic first aid supplies which they are welcome to take home for wound treatment), a daily snack, clean drinking water, and computers. We have a fully certified Kenyan teacher on staff as well as a teacher's assistant who lives in the Obunga community herself. Each girl is given a safe environment to ask questions, seek assistance and engage in social and creative play focused on raising a women supporting women community

We are strictly volunteer based in the US. Each volunteer pays his/her own way to Kenya annually to assess progress, review accounting and meet with our leaders. We are a 100% donation based organization so most of our stateside responsibilities center on fund raising campaigns.

Each of our board members offers a professional skill that we rely on for program development and fund raising.

After much planning, 2022 was our first year opening our learning center. Since then, we have discovered that the need for such a place was underestimated. We have already outgrown our space with much of the activities being performed outside as our leased building is too small to hold all of the girls at once. Our community based costs have been twice what we originally anticipated based on the overwhelming attendance we've seen which is how we know that we were established in the right place. Since opening in April, we have had 4 girls progressively learn how to read (they couldn't read when they first started attending) and several of the small children who have learned addition and subtraction. We have also seen less illness in the girls who attend after investing in malaria testing kits which allows for quick identification and recovery. Since we also teach the importance of hygiene, we have given out over 100 bars of soap and toothbrushes and are constantly increasing our supply.

Financials

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Human Is Kind

Board of directors
as of 10/17/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Kathryn Pache

Human is Kind

Term: 2021 - 2025


Board co-chair

Matt Keefe

Human is Kind

Term: 2021 - 2025

Nicole Schaeffer

Human is Kind

Juliana Soares

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Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/17/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Asian American/Pacific Islanders/Asian
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

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