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My personal vision has always been starting my own non-profit organization, and my recent trip to East Africa gave me MORE than enough insight, inspiration, experience, and connections to start that process.
I would like to introduce Ubuntu Society to you all, a future non-profit organization focusing on education and resource allocation in developing countries.
In the immediate future, these are our three main initiatives (starting in East Africa):
1. Health, Fitness, & Sport Education
2. Women Empowerment
3. Conservation Education
For all three of these areas, I have been fortunate enough to already make connections with potential partners:
In Uganda, I will be working with ground handlers, park rangers, and local conservationists, all of whom I have met and know personally, to build a conservation education model.
In Tanzania, I will be working closely with an established NGO from the Netherlands, Buzz Women, to bring their women empowerment program to East Africa through The SOTE Initiative, a new Tanzanian-based non-profit headed by my long-time Swahili tutor, Gasto Lekule. Buzz Women has been operating for 10 years now and has helped 300,000 women in India, The Gambia, and Georgia.
In Kenya, I will be working closely with a social enterprise, Shujaa Performance, to bring citizens in developing countries access to health, fitness, & sport education. We will do this through in-person coaching clinics, educational seminars, resource allocation, and the development of a mobile app for continuing education, technology training, and scalable hands-on access.
Ubuntu means "I am, because you are" and it implies the collective humanity that exists among all of us, regardless of race, color, socio-economic status, creed, religion, or national origin.
The long-term goal is to develop curriculums, logistics, and procedures for all three initiatives in their individual countries and then scale to having programs for each in all three East African countries.
Ubuntu Society is currently registered with the IRS and we have our EIN, but we have not yet filed our paperwork to apply for 501c3 status (tax exemption).
This process is EXTREMELY tedious and must be done correctly the first time, as it takes 6-7+ months for approval of NPO status, or we risk delays on all of our projects of greater than 12 months if we are denied on the first go 'round.
To reduce risk and guarantee approval, we have found a company that specializes in helping small NPOs get organized, fill out the mountains of paperwork, and tow the line legally, the most important part. This company, FOUNDATION GROUP, has a 100% approval percentage...pretty unbeatable!
For what we need over the next year of working with them, cost of this process is upwards of $5500, and time is of the essence, because we already have interest from businesses, including The White Flag App, a mental health-focused social network, that want to partner with us to begin raising funds for our initiatives.
This is not possible without 501c3 status, so we need your help!
We are trying to raise $5500 to begin our work the Foundation Group as soon as possible.
Would you like to help?
Or do you know anyone who might like to take a look at our initiatives, learn more, and/or help us out? If so, please share this email with them!
If you would like to know more about our mission, the initiatives, or our partners, I have attached a NPO Profile (PDF) for Ubuntu Society that I created to give insight into our vision, our partners, and our next steps.
Thank you all so much for your time!
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