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Annual Report 2017
Younger Ones Home from Local School, May 2017 The Ama Foundation funds Ama Ghar, a permanent care home in Nepal for at-risk homeless children who have been abandoned, trafficked or have lost their home and family to poverty, drug/alcohol abuse or illness. We are dedicated to providing these children with a loving home, an excellent education, health care and the confidence to become productive, self-supporting adults. The Ama Foundation is a California 501(c)(3)non proﬁt corporation, Federal Tax ID #36 -4478880
Namaste, Friend - As a member of our worldwide Ama Ghar family, you know that it is the privilege and the duty of the Ama Foundation to raise funds within the U. S. to support the activities of Ama Ghar, our permanent care home for displaced children in Nepal. The Ama Foundation Board is incredibly proud of the Ama Ghar staff, led by our Country Director Bonnie Ellison. The complexity of giving love and quality care to 45 children ranging in age from four to 20 while ensuring that their 13 older brothers and sisters are placed in internships, vocational training, higher education and full time jobs would be overwhelming in any setting. It is especially difficult when working with two different currencies, two different calendars, two different governments and the very special needs of children who have experienced the most harrowing of traumas. We salute our dedicated and loving staff and our incredible Bonnie Auntie. We are proud to support them and we thank our donors for making it possible for them to continue their amazing work. Because of them, and because of you, the Ama Ghar children can look forward to a bright future. Sincerely, Suyesh Karki Chairman, Ama Foundation Board
We started 2017 with optimism that this would be a year of healing for the whole family, children and staff. We were rewarded with joyful events – our first wedding, our second grandchild (Anish’s beautiful daughter) and the regular return of our alumni who are in the area. Change is a constant at Ama Ghar. 2017 brought two new boys as well as a beautiful little five-year-old girl into our family and Ganesh, a sweet and capable young man, joined our staff to help Tan Bahadur with our new group of energetic boys. It was a busy year of many moves, so we ended 2017 with 41 children at home and 17 older ones living independently. Some moved into the Ama Ghar Youth apartment to begin adjusting to independent life while they pursue their studies; others went into training for Video Editing, Hotel Management, Trekking Guide and Social Services. Six older children completed their Bachelors and started their transition year of job hunting and living independently and six others completed the program and are on their own. Menuka was our first Ama Ghar bride and as we are her traditional “Mother’s Home” we held her wedding at Ama Ghar, as all of her Aunties looked on and beamed with pride. As our fledglings leave the nest, we watch the process of change with very mixed emotions. Pride, joy, sadness, concern, satisfaction – emotions shared by all of the incredible Ama Ghar caregivers who have raised these young adults since they were small children. You, our supporters, should also share in that pride of accomplishment, as you have given a childhood and future to our children. We can’t do what we do without you – please accept our deepest thanks for your past and future support. Bonnie Ellison, Country Director, Ama Foundation The entire Ama Ghar family celebrated at Bonnie Auntie’s 70 th birthday party in 2017.
Education and Children’s Advancement – as of 12/31/2017 Program Completion Manisha - married and taking Masters Pabitra - working as a Pharmacist Kalpana- working as a Health Assistant Mangel - working in Dubai at Doubletree Hilton Menuka - happily married, teaching and taking a Bachelors 2017 Transition Ashok – working part time looking for a job Sajan S - looking for a job in Banking Sushan – working part time as an actor in a TV series Laxmi – in Ama Ghar apartment, looking for a job Srijana – In final internship, then will be looking for a job Krishna – working at a Paragliding Company in Pokhara Uppal – Working as a trekking guide out of Pokhara Sandesh - Working on a project with Subash to build a school 2017 Higher Education Pabita - in 4 rd year of Bachelors in Development Sabita - in last year Bachelors of Culinary Arts – Chef Sharmila - in 2 nd year Bachelors in Business Administration Samjana - 1 st year in Travel and Tourism Bachelors Manju - Looking for a job in Advertising/ Marketing. Meena - 2 nd year of CTEVT nursing 3 year course Pushpa- 18 month course as Social Mobilizer Jael - 18 month course Hotel Management Persis – 18 month course in Hotel Management Sophia, Rupa, Sangita, Akriti, Jenuka, Ashim all passed Board Exams and are planning the next step in their education. Pawan and Prakash will go to vocational training Aruneema and Laxmi will start Class XI Santosh and Samjana - took first government exam - results pending. Meena is doing well in her three year nursing course.
We are a Family! And just like other families, we all have to share in doing the chores, we have medical appointments, we go off to school and scouts together. Unlike some other group homes, Ama Ghar staff members really do treat these children as their own - they eat nutritious meals, get plenty of exercise, are sent to highly rated English speaking schools, work with tutors if necessary and receive counseling when needed. Several of the children have learning disabilities and a form of PTSD, so they attend regular counseling sessions and do yoga and meditation. All our children receive regular medical, vision and dental care, including immunizations for all and gynecologist appointments for the older girls. Special programs included fluoride treatments for all and a sex education class for older children. When it’s time for higher education, we pay for the children to go to either vocational training or college/university, depending on their skills and talents. Our mission is to give them the tools they need to create a bright future for themselves, and so far 100% of our alumni are productive and self-sufficient. Photos – Above: Boys doing the dishes after dinner. At Left: Menuka and Arjun were the beautiful bride and handsome groom at our first Ama Ghar wedding.
Activities, Outings and Holidays At Ama Ghar, we celebrate Hindu, Buddhist, Muslim and Newari holidays as well as a winter holiday celebration that is all about peace on earth. Our children enjoy activities like chess, Tae Kwon Do, soccer, badminton and lessons in art, drama and dancing. We help them to develop their skills in anything that is of interest to them. In addition, they go on outings to the art museum, Patan and Kathmandu Durbar Square, the aviation museum, the fun park (amusement park), to Bhaktapur and other shrines and heritage sites around the valley. Photos – Top Left: Everyone enjoys celebrating Dashain and showing off their new traditional clothing. Top Right: Even the little ones get involved in our chess tournament. Bottom Right: Bhupendra and Rosina are both Tae Kwon Do champions.
Notes from the 2017 Ama Ghar Guest Book “Thank you for all the laughs and exercise! It was a pleasure for me to be a guest in your lively, vibrant home. I was very impressed with all of the diligent studying going on here. Good work. I will be sad to leave all of the silly, smiling faces. -- David Hogg, Canada “Thank you Ama Ghar! It’s been 5 years since my first visit, but it still feels like the same beautiful home. My heart leaves a little more full every time. To all the aunties who treat me like I am their own and all the children who feel like brothers and sisters, I want nothing more than to continue to see you again. I want to add that I was in Kathmandu for two days this trip and when I finally arrived back at Ama Ghar, I felt like I could kiss the sky. Being able to have a home as beautiful as this out in the fresh air is truly a blessing. Many kisses!” -- Kelly Wood, Los Angeles, CA “Thank you so much for letting me visit and to be able to dance with the children and see all their enthusiastic faces. It was great to meet you Bonnie and see what a wonderful home you have created for so many children. You are an inspiration and that can be seen by the happiness that filled the space. Many blessings and I hope to visit again sometime. Wish you all good health and happiness. " -- Josanne, Amsterdam, Netherlands “It’s a wonderful feeling to visit here and meet these wonderful children. Thanks to all for giving us such an opportunity to communicate with you all. We will visit again. Thank you!!!” -- Prakash Shrestha Family, Kathmandu, Nepal “We have had a wonderful visit to Ama Ghar. You are offering a fantastic service to the children. This is a truly loving and nurturing place! Thank you for sharing this place with us. It’s wonderful to see so many happy faces and the home that has offered them so much. We hope to be back to see Nepal in the future and we will be sure to visit again. ” -- Jerry and Mary Withrow, Charlotte, North Carolina Photo at right: Nicola and David Berlinsky of San Francisco enjoying a silly moment with the Ama Ghar kids.
Fundraising Events Many thanks to the staff and families of Moldovan Academy in San Francisco for their 10 th Anniversary Art in the Park Fundraiser, featuring art from the Moldovan children as well as the Ama Ghar children - it was a beautiful and rewarding day. Then Ama Foundation’s biggest fundraising event of 2017 took place in Mill Valley, California on December 14. Board member Fred Doar chaired and sponsored a fantastic Dance Party with local favorite band Wonderbread Five – everyone had a blast and the event provided much-needed funding. Thanks to Fred and all the Board Members and guests who made this happen! Photos – Top left: : One of the auction items from the Mill Valley event was a trek to Everest Base Camp with fundraiser Chair Fred Doar – lucky winners Bill Stock and Paul Markun are pictured with Fred and Bonnie at Ama Ghar after their trek. Bottom left: Andi Osbon and Kimberly Kam were two of the 150 happy attendees at the Mill Valley Fundraiser. Top right: Volunteers and Board Members from Moldovan Academy, Ama Foundation and Curry without Worry at September’s Moldovan Art in the Park Fundraiser.
2017 Staﬀ and Boards of Directors Ama Foundation Board of Directors Ama Ghar Board of Directors Shrawan Nepali, Founder Suyesh Karki, Board Chair Yasmijn Adhikari, Treasurer Sarah Pinkin, Secretary Bonnie Ellison, Country Director Rob Sanders Poonam Mudvari Fred Doar Sarah Nikles Jane Ellison Leslie Brown Mrs. Vijaya KC, President Shekhar Silwal, Treasurer Pradip KC, Secretary Jogendra KC Kanchhakagi Basnet Laxman Prashad Shrestha Lalita Thapa Dr. Neelam Adhikari Rabindra Shrestha Ashok Rai Pandey K. B. Shrestha Saradha Adhikari Ama Foundation Staff Ama Ghar Staff Barbara Moffat, Volunteer Administrative Assistant Cathy Clifton, Communications Director Bhesh Nepali, Administrator Uma Singh, House Supervisor Dhana Adhikari, House Mother Tan Bahadur Pun, House Father Bindhu Ghising, House Mother Anita Pandey, House Mother Anita Khadka, House Mother Ganesh, Assistant House Father Radhika Silwal, Laundry Woman Pashupati, Gardener
Contact Information In Nepal The Ama Ghar oﬃces are located in the Ama Ghar Home at Bishankhu Narayan, Godavari Mail: GPO Box 8975 EPC 2089, Kathmandu, Nepal Oﬃce Phone: 977 -1 -517 -4096 Skype: bonnieellison Email: [email protected] com Bonnie Ellison, Country Director Bhesh Nepali, Oﬃce Administrator In the U. S. Mail: Ama Foundation, PO Box 7075 Berkeley, CA 94704 Oﬃce Phone: 520 -255 -3556 Skype: Ama. Foundation Email: [email protected] org Cathy Clifton, Communications Director www. ama-foundation. org Facebook: Ama Ghar Twitter: @Ama. Ghar. Nepal Photo at right: New clothes for Dashain – made by Ama Ghar big sister Srijana!
Ama Foundation 2017 Contributions Revenue Sources 2017 Donations In the U. S. in 2017, individuals, corporations, foundations and corporate matching programs made up AF’s donor base. In total, they made 371 donations to the AF operating fund. Individuals made 70% of AF’s total U. S. contributions. Foundations, corporations and their employer matching programs made up 30 % of total U. S. contributions. 169 (45%) of the U. S. donations came through online sources. Average Individual U. S. Donation - $485 Average Corp/Fndn U. S. Donation - $3, 240 The majority of U. S. donations came as single donations from individuals who gave between $10 and $22, 000 to the operating fund. The majority of AF’s operating revenue comes from donations in the $50 to $500 range. International donations received in Nepal, accounted for separately, were $43, 109. $33, 107 of this came from Ama Ghar Suisse, our Swiss Foundation. US Ind. US Corp/Fdn Switzerland Nepal
Ama Foundation Statement of Activities for year ended December 31, 2017 Combined Expenses Ama Foundation U. S. Revenue and Expenses Ama Foundation U. S. Operating Revenue Interest Total U. S. Revenue 174, 131 25, 115 199, 246 Ama Foundation U. S. Operating Expenses Professional Fees Oﬃce Expenses/Postage/Fees Ama Ghar Ama Foundation Ama Ghar Expenses 2017 $197, 862 31, 355 4, 907 Admin Staff Food Education Medical Fundraising 20, 209 Clothes/Shoes Utilities Funds sent to Ama Ghar (not included in pie chart) 117, 750 Total U. S. Expenses 174, 221 Supplies/Maint Transition Misc/Charity