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AKUN

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ANCHORAGE, AK   |  http://www.supportakun.org

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AKUN

EIN: 47-2796082


Mission

Our Mission is to improve the lives of those worldwide in desperate situations and personal crisis by providing shelter, food, education and hope.

Ruling year info

2015

President

Mrs. Barbara Sanders

Vice President

Ms. Linda Franks

Main address

13631 WINDWARD CIR

ANCHORAGE, AK 99516 USA

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EIN

47-2796082

Subject area info

Vocational education

Community college education

Undergraduate education

University education

Continuing education

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Population served info

Children and youth

Families

Economically disadvantaged people

Students

NTEE code info

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

Home Improvement/Repairs (L81)

Food Service, Free Food Distribution Programs (K30)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

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

Our mission statement is to improve the lives of those worldwise in desperate situations and personal crisis by providing shelter, food, education and hope. We specialize in targeting individuals, families or groups and do not discriminate on the basis of religion, race, gender or geographical location, as long as the project adheres to the legal guidelines of our organization.

Our programs

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

Sunday Children's Program

In 2024, we have renamed this ongoing project, from the Sunday Feeding Program to the Sunday Children's Program. Our focus will widen to encompass the 'whole child', so we will be donating both for the cost of the ingredients for the bobo and towards the cost of the activities, which will focus on education, healthy living, respect, teamwork and social skills. This wonderful program started in 2008 in Chumkiri, Kampot Province, one of the poorest in Cambodia. It currently serves an average of 150 children coming from very poor families in the villages of Chumkiri, PhumOr and Tropeang Skun. Every Sunday, these kids are served one very nutritous meal of 'bobo': a rice porridge packed with eggs, chicken meat and veggies. That one nutritious meal a week has proved to improve the health of these children. It's also a nice way to gather them together and check on their health and family issues. The teenage volunteers, organise the children and their activities, supporting their community.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

The Sarah Meredith Fouad Scholarship was created in 2018 to honor the daughter of one of our members. It is agreed that every year we will set aside a minimum of $1,000 to educate student(s) who meet the criteria. There is currently no predicted end or financial upper limit to this fund. The Scholarship will be awarded on a yearly basis and renewed until degree or certification is received, providing passing grades are achieved. This program began by supporting students in Cambodia seeking further education. In 2022, it expanded to include scholarships for students in Guatemala and one student in Ethiopia. In 2024, this Scholarship has been awarded to students in both Guatemala and Cambodia.

Population(s) Served
Students
Economically disadvantaged people

Starting in September 2023, AKUN began funding the ingredients for the Mbambazi Primary School weekly lunch program. It began in March 2021 and fed all 132 students each Wednesday. Sadly, their sponsor was no longer able to continue providing the ingredients so AKUN agreed to cover the costs: $93.88 per month, from September to the end of 2023.
School Principal, Mr. Simasiku explained the program's importance to the school role and attendance:
'In 2020 the enrolment was 65 learners with 5 teachers and today is 132 learners with 8 teachers. This is due to the impact of the School Feeding Program. The parents have trust in the staff and learners are coming and we project the number to be 145 or more in 2024.'
We were able to talk with Mr. Simasiku the school principal, see the program in action and speak to some of the teachers regarding the benefits of the program to the children's education. We decided to sponsor this program in 2024, recently funding a 2nd day each week in 2024.


Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Children and youth
Students

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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We plan to sponsor 3-5 students annually, enabling them to continue their education at university or vocational schools via our Scholarship Program. We support students who are in desperate need and do not have other means to continue their studies. We also provide 100% funding for the Sunday Children's Program which feeds approximately 100+ children every Sunday in three locations in the rural province of Kampot, Cambodia. We also support a Women's group in the same area when needed. In addition, in 2024, we are supporting a weekly lunch program at a primary school in Northern Namibia. The area is suffering a drought and the lunch program is a crucial meal for the local children.

We have an organized fundraising campaign for each of our programs. Funds are raised through Facebook fundraisers, emails to previous donors, awareness events held in the US, UK and elsewhere (Christmas/summer fairs, special dinners, open houses, etc), and presentations to organizations such as Rotary Club. We participate annually in #GivingTuesday as we seek to support our long-term programs. We also pursue matching funds from organization's which offer this program to their employees.

We published a children's book "Theodore the Runaway Hamster" which is available on Amazon (authored by AKUN's President). All profits go to fund AKUN's programs.

We maintain an updated website with details on our programs and a donation link via PayPal. We update our Facebook page regularly with status reports.

Our Executive Board consists of a President, Vice-President, Treasurer and Secretary. We have three additional committee members who support our activities, including coordination of the Scholarship Program. The Board meets at least 6 times per year, or as needed, to report on current activities and plan forward. Meeting minutes are reviewed & voted on, and financial records are discussed and compiled. Each year we compile an Annual Report on each of the program area, which is published on our website. One member of our organization visits our projects in Cambodia and meets with scholarship students each year. We maintain regular contact with our local liaison in Cambodia who supports all our projects in situ. When assessing new projects, we are open to new locations, if we can verify the project, preferably through a third-party who will not directly benefit from it.

With regard to our Scholarship program, or any new projects, we have put in place an Application Process with selection criteria.

AKUN is now 9 years old. In this time we have:
1) supported a school, The Lindalva Centre, in the capital city of Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
2) provided 3 schools in Namibia with educational books and supplies.
3) provided backpacks for students at a school in Rwanda.
4) helped hundreds of children in the rural villages of Chumkiri, Phum Or, and Tropeang Skun in Cambodia. Our Sunday Children's Program started in one village and has now expanded to three villages, feeding more than 100 children every Sunday.
5) We have built/improved homes for 10 desperate families in the Chumkiri area of Cambodia.
6) Beginning in 2018, we began our Scholarship Program and currently sponsor five students at University and vocational schools. In Cambodia, many of these students began as children attending the Sunday Children's Program.
7) We support a Womens group which makes locally sourced crafts/products. We help them with product design, purchase of raw materials, and sales of same products in US & UK. This group also branched out to sew uniforms for local schools. We are assisting them with this endeavour, when needed.
8) During the pandemic in 2021, we fundraised for an oxygen concentrator for a rural area in Peru that was in urgent need. We sent funds to purchase 1 machine thanks to our donors.
9) In 2023, we supported a weekly lunch program at a primary school in the Zambezi Region of Namibia, from September to December, after their sponsor was unable to continue providing the ingredients for the lunch. We are continuing to support this program in 2024 as we recognise the need due to drought conditions, unemployment in the area and the desperate need of the children there for a healthy filling meal whilst at school. This year the school has 145 children.

What's next? To continue with our successful programs and assess any new ideas that arise. The learning curve was steep for these first few years, but we are well established now. We continue to look for new fundraising avenues and ways to raise awareness. Within Cambodia, regarding the communities we are supporting there, we will continue to support scholarship students, feed the children on Sundays, provide adequate housing and strengthen the community with skills when requested. Our Scholarship Program has grown to include students in Guatemala and one student in Ethiopia, we are open to applications from students who are in desperate need and require sponsorship to continue their studies. Our focus is on students and families who do not have access to other support in countries where government support is not possible.

Financials

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Financial data

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Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: 2023

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Revenue
Contributions, Grants, Gifts $1,250
Program Services $0
Membership Dues $0
Special Events $0
Other Revenue $11,033
Total Revenue $12,283
Expenses
Program Services $12,411
Administration $0
Fundraising $0
Payments to Affiliates $0
Other Expenses $699
Total Expenses $13,110

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: 2023

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Assets
Total Assets $13,775
Liabilities
Total Liabilities $0
Fund balance (EOY)
Net Assets $12,948

Operations

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

Documents
Letter of Determination is not available for this organization
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

President

Mrs. Barbara Sanders

Barbara is a trained primary school teacher who has lived internationally for the last 20 years. She has a real interest in the education and health of children and young adults. Her involvement in supporting children in Cambodia began in 2008 when alongside Linda Franks, she decided to visit Chumkiri, a village in Kampot Province and saw the need for good nutrition and basic hygiene. She and Linda began supporting the community there via a missionary based at the local church. They set up a feeding program held on Sundays and provided funds for a garden to grow produce for the program. Barbara was a co-founder of AKUN in 2015 and served as Vice President for 8 years before taking on the role of President in 2023. Since becoming President, Barbara has overseen new projects in Namibia. AKUN has donated books to a high school in Windhoek and is currently supporting a weekly school lunch program at a primary school in the Zambezi Region.

Vice President

Linda Franks

Linda founded AKUN in 2015 while living in Alaska, alongside 3 like-minded women. The founding of AKUN has enabled Linda to expand her desire to help others. She has been the driving-force behind our non-profit, helping it to branch out from initially supporting programs in Cambodia, to supporting projects in Namibia and Peru, as well as scholarships to students in Guatemala. Linda has lived in a number of different countries throughout the last 20 years and she has sought to give back to her local communities. Learning about a project in Cambodia supporting children whose mothers were working in Phnom Penh's factories, led Linda to visit the community there and so began her journey supporting children in Cambodia. Her annual visits to AKUN's projects and students there, strengthen these relationships. She has also been an active member of Rotary Clubs, in 3 of the countries she has lived in. Using her enthusiasm and energy to support others is a key part of Linda's character.

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Board of directors
as of 05/07/2024
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Board co-chair

Mrs. Barbara Sanders

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Term: 2023 - 2025


Board co-chair

Ms. Linda Franks

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Term: 2023 - 2025

Christine Shaw

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Tera Schaumann

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Anna Andrews

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Pamela Meredith

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Maria Saenz

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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? Not applicable
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • 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? Not applicable
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable