Life-Saving Gifts Begin with a PROMISE

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EIN: 30-0259173


Our mission is to provide a quality education for vulnerable youth in the small fishing village of Takoradi, Ghana, West Africa and to orphans in Kafue, Zambia. CPI partnered with the Charity Amoa Memorial School in Ghana and New Beginning's Village Orphanage in Zambia, forming an alliance to educate youth, provide for basic needs of students, and provide skills training for employment opportunities after graduation. Our Vision is to prepare and enable youth through education and support to become healthy, self-reliant adults, and productive citizens within their society. Our graduates will be counseled, monitored, and provided skills training to market for employment opportunities.

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A Child's Promise International (CPI) is a very small AVO (all-volunteer organization). Our primary mission and goal is to keep our promise to vulnerable youth (students), including orphans, in the Sub-Saharan countries of Ghana and Zambia, where we have partnered with a community school in Ghana and orphanage in Zambia. We are not only supporting the education of students, but in Ghana we have been instrumental in helping with construction of a community school that will provide quality education. Training and employment center with relationships to businesses in Ghana's capital city of Accra are planned. The purpose is not only to educate youth for an improved way of living and self-reliance, but to provide learning tools and a professional network to gain employment after graduation and opportunities to enter college. The school is an integral part of CPI, with its sustainable success being evaluated and measured in the achievements of its students.

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Ms. Alease Newman

Chief Operating Officer

MS Elizabeth Mulenga

Main address

Alease V. Newman 811 Sheridan Street, NW

Washington, DC 20011 USA

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Subject area info


Elementary and secondary education

Elementary education

Secondary education

Human services

Population served info

Children and youth

Low-income people

NTEE code info

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

Secondary/High School (B25)

Primary/Elementary Schools (B24)

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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?

CPI Charity Amoa School, Ghana, West Africa

A Child's Promise International (CPI) created a relationship with residents of the community of Takoradi, Ghana, West Africa to educated their youth, build a school, and provide daycare services to enable parents to work and provide for their families. The CPI partnership school project will support and educate hundreds of children from pre-k to 12th grade who were being schooled in an overcrowded private home without proper school furniture, equipment or supplies.

CPI’s mission is to provide a quality education for vulnerable youth in the small fishing village of Takoradi. The Amoa family in Takoradi and CPI formed an alliance to educate community youth, provide for basic needs of students, and provide skills training for employment opportunities after graduation.

School in Takoradi, Ghana, West Africa
 Goal: Construct school building to educate and support youth living in West African coastal community.
 Construction ongoing until completion (Daycare, Kindergarten, Grades 1-12).
 Several classrooms completed with students in attendance.
 School supplies, learning materials, equipment, and more are continuously supplied to support school and students

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

CPI has partnered with the New Beginning's Children's Village for orphans to support the education of orphans who are housed within the orphanage. We provide for their education at a quality educational institutional in Kafue, Zambia and offer mentoring support to students. We follow their progress with help from orphanage staff to ascertain the maintenance of their welfare and security. Zambia has the highest number of orphans per capita than any other third-world country.

Zambia is a land-locked nation in sub-Saharan Africa whose population of 17 million includes 1 million orphans; AIDS killed an entire generation of parents, aunts, uncles and other adults. The result is a country where half the population is younger than 18. There are two major slums in the capital city of Lusaka
where orphans often sleep, and talk about living with HIV since birth.

Population(s) Served
People of African descent
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

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Build school in small fishing village of Takoradi, Ghana, West Africa for vulnerable youth in the community (Pre-K - 12th Grade).
Support students by providing necessary provisions/tools to remain in school.
Establish onsite job-training center as part of school facility and student future occupational orientation.
Monitor, evaluate and measure student progress against established academic achievement levels.

Certified teachers recruited for all grade levels
Partnerships with local community residents/businesses for volunteer support services
Establish local business networks for jobs and apprentices for mid-level students, graduates, and summer programs
Corporate sponsorships for key fundraisers
Maintain AVO (all volunteer organization) status w/no administrative costs and minimal operational expense

Educating hundreds of vulnerable youth in coastal community of Ghana, West Africa and orphans at orphanage in Zambia who otherwise would have no opportunity for a quality education, employment training, or access to higher education prospects.
Enabling residents to earn family living by including daycare services in school facility
Increasing cash flow for school construction and students by recruiting/using volunteer skilled laborers and engineers from community
Effectively negotiating with local businesses for donations of school bus transportation, classroom furniture, playground equipment, etc.
Actively campaigning online and locally both in US and Ghana for financial support, and seeking grants from international NGO's or US viable corporate or governmental options.

School Construction - Progress has been slow but continuing. From students attending school in a private home with crowded classrooms, no proper school furniture (desks/chairs), lack of school equipment and supplies, to new school facility with completed classrooms, separate bathrooms, principals office, day care area, library, and lunch area. Work has begun to finalize school construction which is planned for completion in 2021. Property for school construction donated by community residents.

Students - Progress has been steadily on the rise with students having virtually perfect attendance, high test scores, and being really proud and appreciative for their new school. Within the community, students are not attending the few ill-equipped government provided schools with untrained instructors. These youth are at home, on the street, or working to help support their families. We are attempting to reach these youth and/or their families to enroll them in the CPI community school.

Administration - Teachers are all certified by the regional government and the principal or headmaster is a retired volunteer administrator from the Takoradi region's Board of Education.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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    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

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    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 look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
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


Average of 0.00 over 9 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 1.6 over 9 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 0% over 9 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


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 A CHILD'S PROMISE INTERNATIONAL (CPI)’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 $2,273 -$1,067 $922 $1,624 $609
As % of expenses 15.7% -4.3% 2.8% 4.7% 1.6%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $2,273 -$1,067 $922 $1,624 $609
As % of expenses 15.7% -4.3% 2.8% 4.7% 1.6%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $16,792 $23,948 $34,199 $36,199 $38,027
Total revenue, % change over prior year 76.9% 42.6% 42.8% 5.8% 5.0%
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% 0.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $14,519 $25,015 $33,277 $34,575 $37,418
Total expenses, % change over prior year 50.1% 72.3% 33.0% 3.9% 8.2%
Personnel 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Professional fees 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Occupancy 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $14,519 $25,015 $33,277 $34,575 $37,418
One month of savings $1,210 $2,085 $2,773 $2,881 $3,118
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $15,729 $27,100 $36,050 $37,456 $40,536

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 2.9 1.2 1.2 1.7 1.8
Months of cash and investments 2.9 1.2 1.2 1.7 1.8
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 2.9 1.2 1.2 1.7 1.8
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $3,560 $2,493 $3,415 $5,039 $5,648
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) 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Unrestricted net assets $3,560 $2,493 $3,415 $5,039 $5,648
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 $3,560 $2,493 $3,415 $5,039 $5,648

Key data checks

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


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

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Ms. Alease Newman

Federal and State government, and private industry/nonprofit executive management experience.  Served as legislative director and advisor to members of Congress. Managed various major agency programs, overseeing  multi-million dollar program budgets.

CEO and Founder of A Child's Promise International a 501(c) 3 tax exempt educational nonprofit organization with international presence that focus on educating vulnerable youth to improve literacy and education, provide job training networks and opportunities for higher education prospects. Manage budget, administrative and operating procedures and policies, and volunteer staff.  Develop and create international partnership/relationships, working with cultural diversity, various business practices and protocols, and government regulations. International traveler, having traveled overseas to over 60+ countries learning and experiencing various cultures, people, languages, customs, and landscapes/architecture.  

Johns Hopkins University

                Masters Degree, Public Administration (Government)  

  Bachelor of Arts, Political Science



Public Administration, Harvard University Management Program

Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity Training

Occupational Safety and Health Training

Society of Human Resource Management Training/Certification

Nonprofit Management

Chief Operating Officer

Elizabeth Mulenga

Elizabeth is a graduate of The University of Maryland Global Campus with an MBA and master’s degree in Technology Management. She is a firm believer of education being a conduit to alleviating poverty because she and her siblings have been able to construct a sustainable living for themselves due to educational opportunities. Her passion for aspiring to create access to quality education for marginalized youth in developing countries led her to join CPI in early 2017.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990


Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Board of directors
as of 09/06/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board co-chair

Ms. Alease Newman

A Child's Promise International (CPI)

Term: 2031 - 2021

Board co-chair

Ms. Elizabeth Mulenga

A Child's Promise International (CPI)

Term: 2021 - 2031

Elizabeth Mulenga

Gov't Contracting Firm

Donald Killebrew

Gov't Official

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 ? 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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 8/31/2023

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The organization's leader identifies as:

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

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation


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Equity strategies

Last updated: 09/22/2021

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  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.