2018 – Spring Newsletter

Welcome to our semi-annual newsletter. Our mission is to relieve poverty in developing nations by providing the necessities of life, including food, clean water, clothing, education and/or shelter to children and families who are poor or in need.

LOCATIONS OF SUPPORT

In 2017 we disbursed over $42,000 of funds raised for programs including a new pilot project to keep young girls in school in remote Nepal. We launched this program as there have been various studies which associate education with poverty reduction and girls’ education providing the highest impact per dollar spent.

This program was developed with the efforts of Arjun Guragain and the technical support of InReach Nepal, an NGO based in Kathmandu. It was launched in early 2018 with the selection of 20 school age girls whose families required modest financial support to purchase school supplies, uniforms and other necessities to enable the girls to stay in the public schools. We have committed to supporting the girls for 5 years if they stay in school.


Students and parents get together at the launch of the initial Stay-in-School pilot program

It is our goal for the program to be successful as we want to increase the enrollment to 100 girls in the program before the 2020 school year. The full cost of the program for the 100 students is expected to be $25,000 per year or $250 per student. Your support of one or more of the students in this program will be greatly appreciated. Please email Adarsh if you want further information about this new sponsorship opportunity


Student girls are happy about their new school supplies

CURRENT STORIES

When we created Jhamtse Canada in 2014 we took on a broad mandate to support multiple programs that we thought would be worthy of your and our support. With the creation of our second long-term international program we have begun the process of renaming the charity to better reflect this broad mandate. Nothing will change in terms of how we operate. One hundred percent (100%) of your contributions will continue to go to worthwhile projects. We will continue to support Jhamtse Gatsal and the InReach Nepal Stay-in-School programs.

We want the new charity name to reflect our multi-program mandate for self-sustaining development and how we operate. We will continue as a volunteer based organization and keep administration costs as low as possible and personally funded to ensure that 100% of your funds are sent where you want them to go. We will have to be creative in selecting our new name as most words associated with giving are already associated with other charities. Any suggestions you have will be greatly appreciated. We will be performing a formal name search in the coming weeks for the new name of the charity. We will keep you apprised of the upcoming changes.

Volunteers in Vancouver are having another Just Singin’ Round event in conjunction with the Synergy Collective. The event will be held on October 4th at the Vancouver Rowing Club in Stanley Park. Last year’s event sold out so mark the date and don’t delay in buying your tables and tickets.

Tickets this year are $60 per premium ticket and $35 for regular ticket and children under 12 are free. Tables can be reserved and are 10 seats each. The ticket purchaser will get a donation receipt for 100% of the ticket price

Jeff will be visiting Nepal and India in the fall of 2018 to meet with the schools in Nepal where we hope to expand our pilot program from 20 to 100 girls before 2020. Jeff will also visit Jhamtse Gatsal to see the recent changes at the Children’s Community and catch up with staff and students. Any sponsors of Jhamtse Gatsal children should get their letters and packages to our office over the next few months and we will deliver these in late November.

FINANCIAL RESULTS

Jhamtse Canada completed its third year as a registered charity in 2017. Below is the summary of the audited financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2017. The complete audited financial statements are available to review on our website at jhamtsecanada.ca under the News/Events heading.

In 2017 we raised over $85,000 while limiting administration expenses for the year to $4,300 or just 5% of revenues. This is down from 7% in 2016. Program travel in 2017 was deferred until 2018 with the launch of the new pilot program in Nepal.

We remain a 100% volunteer organization with no paid staff. Administration costs are covered by contributions from Adarsh Mehta and Jeff Jenner. As a result, 100% of your contributions goes to great causes and organizations.

During the year we provided over $40,000 to Jhamtse Gatsal in accordance with our three-year commitment to support their capital and operational needs. Initial funding for the Stay-in-School program through InReach Nepal was also sent in 2017.
We have accumulated a surplus that allows us to remain committed to continued support of Jhamtse Gatsal and to enable the launch of our 5-year Stay-in-School program in Nepal with confidence that we can maintain annual funding of programs that children depend upon to achieve great things.

DIRECTORS

We have a volunteer Board of Directors that meet semi-annually to review information, approve the audited financial statements and help plan activities. The Board of Jhamtse Canada is the following individuals:

  • Linda Bertoldi, LLB Partner, Bordner Ladner Gervais
  • Mark Foley, President, Jhamtse International
  • Jeff Jenner, CA, CBV, CEO, Potentia Renewables Inc.
  • Adarsh Mehta, MSc, MBA, Vice President, JRC Inc.

DONATIONS & VOLUNTEERS
Donations can be made by cheque and sent to the address on the footer of this page or by Paypal or credit card from our website (http://jhamtsecanada.ca/donate/). f you are interested in volunteering or creating other events for Jhamtse Canada please call Adarsh Mehta at amehta@jhamtsecanada.ca or telephone 905-990-2464.

We thank you for your support and trust.
Jhamtse Children

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