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ORPHANS AFRICA

Educate Orphans in Africa

Tacoma, WA   |  www.orphansafrica.org
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ORPHANS AFRICA

EIN: 26-1494192


Mission

Mission Statement: Orphans Africa is dedicated to the education of orphan children in East Africa. The organization also focuses on creating self-sustaining programs to allow the schools to function without additional aid.

Ruling year info

2008

President

Carl Gann

Main address

2612 N 8TH ST

Tacoma, WA 98406 USA

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EIN

26-1494192

Subject area info

Elementary and secondary education

Human services

Youth development

Population served info

Children and youth

Economically disadvantaged people

Unemployed people

NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Other Youth Development N.E.C. (O99)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We solve a difficult problem by wrap-around services to educate orphan children in Africa. There are many orphans in Africa due to poverty, disease, lack of adequate healthcare, nutrition, and clean water. When parents die, their children are dependent upon others that lack the resources to help them. Education is not free and orphan children cannot get an adequate education. Orphans Africa educates orphan children without cost to them. We build self-sustaining schools that include dormitories, water wells, food, medical insurance, libraries and other supports that give a quality education to the orphans. These total wrap-around services not only educate them but, protect them and give them a sense of belonging and love. The cycle of poverty is broken as education opens opportunity. The doors to higher education, vocational college, and employment are now available. We educate hundreds of children every year, year-round. We have had many years of success since starting in 2007.

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?

Marilynn Primary and Nursery School

When OA first encountered the Marilynn Primary and Nursery School, its students and
staff struggled with no supplies, no books, no funds, no sanitary facilities,
no water, and a failing and incomplete infrastructure. Now the Marilynn School is OAs most advanced, offering one of the highest levels of primary education available in Tanzania. With textbooks, an abundance
of supplies, a library, a computer laboratory, and all-English instruction by
qualified teachers, the school gives students a strong educational foundation
in preparation for secondary school. The school has won awards of excellence from the government.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
At-risk youth

Located in Bujela, one of the poorest, most remote villages of Tanzania, the Mwaji Secondary School began in 2008 as a tumble-down bamboo shack. The school now provides a quality education to approximately 100 orphans and non orphan students. Orphan students are funded by our organization and attend for free. The school's national examinations regularly score at the 85th percentile nationwide.

Population(s) Served

In 2008, the Tanzanian government donated 20 acres in the Mbozi District of Western Tanzania for the development of a vocational college for orphans. The Vocational School has a two-year vocational degree which includes electrician, solar power, automotive electrician, entrepreneurship, computer skills and social skills. The college also has a driving program that teaches this much needed skill to students. The installation of a deep water well provides the schools with irrigation water for farming and animal husbandry to assist in the support of students. Orphans attend for free.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Located in Vwawa, Tanzania, this nursery school provides preschool education and food to its students. They are highly prepared for primary school. Orphans also receive medical insurance and attend for free. All the children are protected in a fenced property, safe from traffic. Books and supplies are regularly provided by Orphans Africa.

Population(s) Served

The Chimbuya Nursery School is located in a severe area of poverty. All of the students are economically disadvantaged and attend the school for free. All students are fed and supplied with clean drinking water. The orphans also receive medical insurance. The community is extremely grateful for this school to help the children.

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

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 who perform at average or above on standardized testing

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

Mwaji Secondary School

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The 3 nursery schools do not have standardized testing.

Number of children who have the skills necessary to maintain personal health

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

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of children who have the ability to seek help from and respond appropriately to adults

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

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of teachers involved in school-wide decisions about student learning

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

Input - describing resources we use

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.

We educate orphan children so they can be independent as adults and not have to live a life of poverty.

We desire to relieve orphan children of the burden of severe poverty while growing up and getting an education. We build self-sustaining schools that mainstream students with parents with orphan children. The money from paying parents helps to support the school, along with other agricultural and business activities.

We provide dormitories, clean water, food, medical insurance, libraries, education from nursery through vocational college, hope and love!

1. Education brings opportunity and employment. People can make their own decisions to free themselves from poverty but they need to know how to research and solve problems. Education does that.
2. All of the children are fed at the schools we build. Hunger is not an option.
3 and 5. All of the orphans are provided with medical insurance so they can get care they need. We have periodically held health seminars at the schools to assist the students and teachers. Feminine hygiene kits are provided to the girls with education on using them.
4. The primary school has been awarded special recognition for its academic superiority. The high school consistently performs at or above the 85th percentile nationally on standardized testing.
5. All of the educational programs are open to all genders. Girls are encouraged to come.
6. We have drilled wells and installed water distribution systems at the schools for drinking, washing, bathing and cooking.
11. The schools are equipped with business and agricultural projects so that they can assist in sustaining themselves. Agricultural projects provide food for the students. They include meat, eggs, honey, and vegetables.
16. The schools have a board of directors from the community and oversight is also given by a group of people from the local foundation who assist with difficulties. Regular visits from the Orphans Africa Board members insures secure and strong institutions.

OA has an international team of capable, dedicated volunteers, including those trained in nursing, teaching, engineering, science, counseling, accounting, business, web design, and management. The Tanzania-OA team is also composed of capable, dedicated volunteers who have a heart for the orphans, as many of the adult volunteers were also orphaned at a young age and some even attended OA schools. Each project school has a team of dedicated adults who are responsible for school administration, including such tasks as: forming the charter, government compliance, school board, personnel management (teachers and headmasters), and facilities maintenance and development. The Tanzania-OA team background includes degrees in Swahili, politics, materials management, accountancy, school administration, engineering, and teaching.

Orphans Africa has completed 16 years of service in Africa.
We have built and operate the following 6 school programs in 5 locations.
MARILYNN PRE- AND PRIMARY SCHOOL

MWAJI SECONDARY SCHOOL

ISANDULA VOCATIONAL COLLEGE: 2-year electrician, solar power, and automotive electrical program. Driving program.

MBOZI NURSERY SCHOOL

CHIMBUYA NURSERY SCHOOL

Financials

ORPHANS AFRICA
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
NET GAIN/LOSS:    in 
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

0.14

Average of 9.23 over 7 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

1.9

Average of 2 over 7 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

8%

Average of 7% over 7 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

ORPHANS AFRICA

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of ORPHANS AFRICA’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $1,759 -$11,519 -$19,191 -$133,506 -$196,382
As % of expenses 0.9% -5.9% -8.3% -32.4% -56.3%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $1,759 -$11,519 -$19,191 -$133,506 -$196,382
As % of expenses 0.9% -5.9% -8.3% -32.4% -56.3%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $189,989 $182,185 $211,210 $277,937 $152,721
Total revenue, % change over prior year 0.0% -4.1% 15.9% 31.6% -45.1%
Program services revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.7% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 99.3% 100.0%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $188,230 $193,704 $230,401 $411,443 $349,103
Total expenses, % change over prior year 0.0% 2.9% 18.9% 78.6% -15.2%
Personnel 21.2% 27.6% 18.2% 6.8% 4.4%
Professional fees 0.0% 0.0% 1.4% 2.6% 1.8%
Occupancy 5.2% 5.0% 2.6% 0.1% 0.0%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 67.2% 62.8% 70.7% 86.4% 90.8%
All other expenses 6.4% 4.6% 7.2% 4.1% 2.8%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $188,230 $193,704 $230,401 $411,443 $349,103
One month of savings $15,686 $16,142 $19,200 $34,287 $29,092
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $1,696
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $203,916 $209,846 $249,601 $445,730 $379,891

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 2.2 1.4 1.3 7.3 1.9
Months of cash and investments 2.2 1.4 1.3 7.3 1.9
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 2.1 1.4 0.1 -3.8 -11.2
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $34,245 $23,101 $25,195 $250,857 $54,826
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 2.3% 5.1% 89.1% 151.3% 678.3%
Unrestricted net assets $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Temporarily restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total net assets $33,448 $21,929 $2,738 -$130,768 -$327,150

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Material data errors No No No No No

Operations

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

President

Carl Gann

Carl Gann is President and co-founder of Orphans Africa.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

ORPHANS AFRICA

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Compensation
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ORPHANS AFRICA

Board of directors
as of 01/19/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board co-chair

Carl Gann

Orphans Africa

Term: 2024 - 2026


Board co-chair

Vickie Lackman

Orphans Africa

Term: 2023 - 2024

Carl Gann

Carl Gann and Associates

Pablo Rodriguez

OA Mountain Biking Team

Becky Reid

Merit Financial

Liza DeGuzman

Hospital RN

Howard Stapleton

Retired IT

Michele E. Torrey

Author

Vickie Lackman

Retired Human Resources

Wayne Lackman

Retired Teacher

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/1/2024

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data