The model we follow is a successful one, where we combine our passion, business skills and a well defined mission. We started with a small project in Aceh, Indonesia and have been able to implement the same principles in other countries. We plan to scale that model globally until we establish more homes in every continent of the world.
GiveLight Foundation is focused on its goal of establishing well-run orphanages on a global scale. Our approach, however is need-based. This method helps us identify the most immediate needs of the orphaned children we seek to support, and tap into resources to help us build a loving home & family for our orphaned children.
Our work focuses on the long term care of orphaned children, although in some cases we have rallied our community to help with emergency and short term relief as we did in the case of earthquake in Haiti.
Our business model follows the following steps based on what we learned from our success in Aceh:
When a disaster strikes a region, we begin by researching which credible organizations are working on the ground.
Based on our the findings, we narrow down our research to those organizations that meet the following criteria:
a. Focus on helping orphaned children
b. Share our philosophy of making sure that 100% of funds reaches the orphaned children or as close as possible (some organizations takes 3% for admin cost to visit orphaned children in remote areas such as in Kashmir)
c. Our leadership team personally meets with the head of organization to ensure there is synergy and alignment in priority and work ethics
We then search for donated land. This far we only build our homes on donated land with the first one in Aceh, the second in Pakistan, third in Sri Lanka, fourth in Bangladesh, fifth Cambodia and sixth Morocco.
Our Founder, Dian Alyan personally travels to visit the location and meet with the family who will be running the orphanage on our behalf. We create a "Memo of Understanding" that outlines how we will jointly raise funds and manage our home/raise our children.
We develop the project time line and agree upon a grand opening time. Active fundraising for construction efforts and furnishing begins.
When the orphanage is ready, the orphan children move in and with that begins our next phase of supporting their living and schooling expenses.
Funding and the building are only part of the equation but the most important thing for us is the "children". They must be cared for, loved and given the chance to rise to their full potential.